I recently wrote a blog post about my feminist hero and Chile’s first female president, Michelle Bachelet. This woman came of age watching her country fall into the grip of tyranny. She personally suffered the monstrosities of Pinochet’s dictatorship—as the daughter of a murdered general, the prisoner of torturing interrogators, and finally, the exile… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Feminist History/Achievements
By Leora Lihach, President’s Office Intern In times of war and turmoil, women have mobilized to take the suffering out of their countries. One of these heroes is the first female president of Chile, who led her country back to health after it suffered a rapacious regime. From dictator’s victim to democratic leader, Michelle Bachelet… Read more »
By Hannah Brown, NOW Government Relations Intern Woman on the $20 Bill? – Mark your calendars, folks. In 2020, to note the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, a woman (gasp!) could be featured on the ten dollar bill. Meanwhile, other advocacy groups strongly believe that honoring a historically-significant woman on the… Read more »
Here’s what I care about regarding emails and Hillary Clinton — it’s what’s in my inbox. I’ve been hearing from a lot of women who are proud of Hillary Clinton’s lifelong commitment to preventing violence against women. Lately, they’ve been telling me they like what they’ve seen and heard about her vision for preventing the alarming… Read more »
The feminist movement has historically been divided into “waves” to distinguish between the biggest or most visible goals and ideals of each successive ebb and flow of the movement. Some say we’re currently still in the third wave of feminism, while others believe we’ve entered into a new, fourth wave distinct from the Riot Grrls… Read more »
Amazingly, it has taken 50 years for an honest and fairly comprehensive documentary about the beginnings of the modern women’s movement to be produced, entitled “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.” Director and co-producer Mary Dore with co-producer Nancy Kennedy have put together a straightforward account of the early years, 1966 – 1971, of the Women’s… Read more »
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.
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.