BY Andrea Stopa
on Mar 10, 2014
Apparently feminism has immortal/zombie/undead/magical abilities because it was declared dead. Again.
This is not a new notion. The history of feminism is often told as a three wave model: first wave = suffragettes; second wave = the picketing bra-less feminists; third wave = the daughters of second-wavers. The wave model inherently implies that between these three waves, feminism was non-existent. Pretty bogus, amiright?Before we move on, you need to know ... Read More
“Boys are Presidents. Girls are First Ladies,” explains I’m Glad I’m a Boy! I’m Glad I’m a Girl!, a children’s book published amidst the cultural revolution that was second wave feminism. The book, written and illustrated by Whitney Darrow, Jr., appears of course to preach archaic rules of male and female occupation and behavior: in the home, the man creates and the woman nurtures, and at work, the woman serves ... Read More
World War II America saw some pretty major shifts for women. The slogan “the more WOMEN at work, the sooner we win” inspired women to enter the work force as real-life Rosies and Riveters. With men off at war, women were able to fill various professions previously reserved for men, like doctors and engineers. Lady gardeners canned food to store up on from “victory gardens.” Women even joined the US military, and occupied a heroic ... Read More
The term “feminism” wasn’t coined until the second wave, and it caught on like wildfire. Gloria Steinem’s Ms. Magazine aimed to educate women on equality and open their eyes to injustices; the magazine explained that women (and men) just needed to feel the ideas “click” into place. And the best way to help someone have a “click” moment was through a relatable anecdote.
As Brain Pickings’s Maria Popova ... Read More