Women’s History Month

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  • Why Do We Need a Women's History Month?
    Some people question why there has to be a Women’s History Month. They wonder why we have to differentiate between women’s history and history in general. After all, doesn’t history include all of mankind (oops, I mean humankind)? Well, no, it doesn’t. Women are sadly underrepresented in the annals of history. Even though we are … Continue reading Women’s History Month
  • Caring For Women Around the World: International Women's Day
    One criticism of American feminism is that it has been too insular, too focused on issues that affect only American women. (This criticism is related to the one that it is also too white and middle-to-upper-class.) In recent decades this has been changing, but I think we are still too focused on the U.S. This … Continue reading Women’s History Month
  • Women's History Month Starts With You and a Photograph
    “Every family has a photograph.  Every photograph tells a story.  And every story is part of American history—your history.”  So writes columnist Colleen O’Connor in her March 1st article for the San Diego News Network.  She starts out by describing a family photograph of seven sisters, one of whom was her maternal grandmother: “Impressed by … Continue reading Women’s History Month
  • Why Women's History Is Often Ignored
    At the end of my March 1st post, “Why Do We Need a Women’s History Month?“, I wrote: “Keep your eyes and your ears open during March and you just might learn something you didn’t even know you didn’t know about the most influential group of people on earth.” What did I mean by that? … Continue reading Women’s History Month
  • Christine de Pizan: Early Feminist Writer and Historian
    For Women’s History Month I’m going to include some brief histories of famous women you may not have heard of.  The first of these is Christine de Pizan. Christine de Pizan has been called Europe’s first professional woman writer. Born in 1365, married at 15 and widowed at 24, she turned to writing to support … Continue reading Women’s History Month
  • It's About Time!
    WWII Women Aviators Receive Congressional Medals (Adapted from Feminist Majority Foundation‘s Feminist News) The women who flew US military aircraft during World War II were awarded with Congressional Gold Medals on March 10, 2010.  The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor Congress can give civilians, according to the Associated Press. The Women Airforce Service … Continue reading Women’s History Month
  • Antoinette Brown: Feminist Foremother
    It is hard for us today to imagine a time when women were denied leadership positions, in religion and in society. One woman who did as much as any to break down the barriers was Antoinette Brown (1825-1921), who was the first woman to be ordained as a minister in the United States, and who … Continue reading Women’s History Month
  • Friday Videos: Uncommon Women and Others: A Play By Wendy Wasserstein
    Playwright Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006) was, above all, a social historian. Balancing drama and comedy to write about social class in Manhattan and about Jewish-American identity, she drew inspiration from Chekhov and the comedies of S. Behrman, Moss Hart, and Noel Coward. The ideas of Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, Gloria Steinem, and Susan Faludi also informed … Continue reading Women’s History Month
  • The Equal Rights Amendment: Overdue or Overblown?
    On this day in 1972, the United States Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment by a vote of 84-8.  Good news, right? Not really, because an amendment to the Constitution has to be ratified by two-thirds (or 38) of the states before it can take effect and when the ratification period was up, it had … Continue reading Women’s History Month
  • Thursday Thoughts: On Being a Young Feminist
    Ah, to be a young feminist today! Wait, what would that look like? The 2010 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference that was held last weekend in Washington, D.C. provides us with one picture: 390 young feminist leaders came from 122 colleges in 30 states plus D.C. and Canada to learn more about what they can … Continue reading Women’s History Month
  • Friday Videos: Bits of Women's History
    History.com presents the following short videos in honor of Women’s History Month: Barbara Jordan’s Keynote Address Hillary Makes History Women in Politics Lucy Burns Photograph Maya Angelou on the Women’s Movement Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps The Pill Begins Sexual Revolution Witchcraft: The Salem Witch Trials What Happened to Amelia Earhart Sandra Day O’Connor’s Roots America … Continue reading Women’s History Month
  • Women's History Quiz
    Ms. Magazine recently started its own blog (which is great, by the way), and in honor of Women’s History Month, I’m directing you to their Pre-1972 Women’s History Quiz. The quiz originally appeared in the 1972 issue of Ms. and was written by Gerda Lerner. If you get more than 9 (out of 18) right, … Continue reading Women’s History Month
  • Jane Addams: Woman For Her Time
    It’s so easy to think of history as something stuffy and irrelevant.  This is nowhere more true than when we’re reading about people who lived and died before our lifetimes. But if these same people were somehow transported into today’s reality, we would see more clearly how much influence they had in their own time. … Continue reading Women’s History Month
  • Women's History Month: Does Being a Mother Count?
    I should have written this post at the beginning of the month instead of at the end, but somehow the fact that March was Women’s History Month got pushed into the background of my mind. And isn’t that what usually happens to women’s history? It’s always getting pushed into the background. It’s always been that … Continue reading Women’s History Month