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 »
Posts Categorized: Feminist History/Achievements
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.
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.