“One woman can make a difference, but it is easier if we do it in groups.” That was the motto of the National Coalition of Women’s Organizations.
It’s important to know our “foremothers,” as Virginia Woolf advised us. Today, we all know her name. But what about Leonie von Zesch, a dog-sledding Alaskan dentist who cleaned cavities with hairpins? What about Alice Ball, the African American woman who discovered a cure for leprosy in Hawaii when she was only 24—only to have her Ivy-League professor steal the credit?
“You and I have to correct anything that is wrong—and we can always be heard.”
57 years ago today, the Women Strike for Peace march planted the seeds that have blossomed into today’s women’s movement.
The first American women’s rights convention, which produced the historic Declaration of Sentiments and led to a series of women’s rights conventions, took place at the Seneca Knitting Mill. 170 years later, the National Women’s Hall of Fame wants to set up shop there in order to best honor the achievements of the activists who bravely sparked the modern women’s rights movement—but they need your help.
The most merciless and widespread European witch hunts occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries, and are presumably a thing of the past. Author and feminist historian Silvia Federici is working to keep those memories alive—because only by examining the parallels between history and the present can we prevent that level of brutality from being unleashed again.
In the late 1940s, the Cold War closed in around a small but potentially powerful cohort of successful women in film and broadcasting, and a conservative backlash began to take shape. As a new backlash coalesces in response to the #MeToo movement, their stories tell us much about repression, resistance and resilience.
We’ve previously discussed the groundbreaking exhibit “Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900.” I think there’s more to the story.
“I would have killed myself. This isn’t hyperbole. If I couldn’t have had an abortion at 18, I would have killed myself—because I couldn’t see how I could possibly live my life.”
“I wouldn’t have missed this revolution, not for love or money. I remain forever loyal to that moment in time, that collective awakening, which set me free from my former life as a girl.”