I’ve always liked the saying, “Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History.” It’s been in my mind as we observe Women’s History Month during the month of March.
Posts Categorized: Feminist History/Achievements
Think about and compare the two time periods: 1945 to 1963 and 1997 to 2013. One would assume–hope, even–that more advancements for women would be made in the second period than the first, and yet we’re falling short.
Of the 100 sculptures (two per state) in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, only 10 are of women, seven of whom are white. A statue of Rosa Parks was unveiled on Feb. 27, introducing the first full-body statue of an African American woman. Two other statues, depicting Sacagawea and Sarah Winnemucca, are of Native American women.
Times have changed since the publication of “The Feminine Mystique.” However, Friedan’s words still resonate today.
Along with reports that President Obama may announce his Supreme Court pick this week has come confirmation that Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is on the short-list for potential nominees. Granholm, who is term-limited and leaves office in December, was also considered last year during the process to replace Justice David Souter, when Obama chose federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor.
It is easy to see why Martha Minow is on the short list of potential Supreme Court nominess to fill Justice Stevens’ vacated seat. Minow obtained degrees from Harvard University and Yale Law School, where she was an editor of Yale Law Review.
In addition to calling for more women justices, NOW would like to see an openly-gay liberal to join the United States Supreme Court. Fortunately, Pamela Karlan is just that.
When Supreme Court Justice David Souter retired in 2009, Elena Kagan, the first woman to hold the position of solicitor general, was considered to fill the spot. A former colleague of President Obama’s at the University of Chicago, Kagan is once again on the short list to fill Justice John Paul Stevens’ seat on the Supreme Court.
Through this experience we realized that women of all ages, races, shapes, and sizes are eager to talk about what they love about their bodies, but we want to hear from more of you! Add to the conversation by telling us what you love about your body in the comments.
There were other people breaking barriers long before the world heard of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama — people whose names are rarely mentioned in textbooks, but whose contributions are no less significant. Shirley Chisholm is one of these people.