An International Gathering of Women, 1965

Last Sunday was International Women’s Day. In checking up on the history of the event, I discovered that its first observation was in 1909 in New York – organized by the Socialist Party of America. Socialists and Communists continued the commemorations for many years with strikes and sometimes days off for women. It wasn’t until… Continue reading An International Gathering of Women, 1965

Internet Trolls and Patricia Arquette

In May of 1966, Marie Anderson, women’s editor of the Miami Herald, received a letter from an angry reader. It began politely enough (“Dear Miss Anderson”) then moved quickly to the point: It is people like yourself who are making it so easy for the government to take over even the smallest details of our… Continue reading Internet Trolls and Patricia Arquette

Do men need a guide for women at work?

The January 1, 1956 edition of The Bulletin of the American Society of Newspaper Editors was dedicated to “Women in Journalism.” A full page was given to an article written by Thomas Collins, the feature editor of the Chicago Daily News with the headline “There are Ladies Present” and the subhead, “(Being an account of… Continue reading Do men need a guide for women at work?

Language Matters

In July of 1979, Bob made history. After several years of protest from women’s groups – especially those around the gulf coast – Bob was the first male-name hurricane. Or perhaps himicane.  Jason Samenow provides an interesting history of this change, including the worries of many in the meteorological community that storms named after men… Continue reading Language Matters

Found Feminist Poetry

That venerable resource, Wikipedia, defines “Found Poetry” as “a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.” A bit like sampling in rap songs or creating… Continue reading Found Feminist Poetry

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Ah, early May. Flowers emerging from recently frozen ground. Ducklings and goslings learning to navigate the water on their own. Final exams at colleges across the country. Mother’s Day. And, I have realized in recent days, weeks in honor of two careers: Teacher Appreciation Week runs from May 5 – 9 (just the school days,… Continue reading What do you want to be when you grow up?

Did Dorothy have a confidence problem?

Dorothy Jurney had quite a career in journalism. Born in 1909 to a newspaperman father and suffragette mother, she began her career at the Michigan City News and was women’s editor at the Miami Herald, Detroit Free Press, and Philadelphia Inquirer. Journalism scholar Jean Gaddy Wilson said that she “single-handedly changed American newspapers” by changing… Continue reading Did Dorothy have a confidence problem?

Equal Pay – Now and Then

A few days ago – Tuesday, April 8 – was “Equal Pay Day” – the date that symbolizes how long a woman would have to work (on average) to earn what a man earned the previous calendar year. President Obama commemorated the day by signing two executive orders providing incremental fixes to address continuing pay… Continue reading Equal Pay – Now and Then

Music and Feminism – Do We Need Some New Anthems?

I used to fool myself that I would work on airplanes. What a great pocket of time to get things done, right? And I see lots of passengers with spread sheets, word documents, or (now) email open – these folks are clearly being productive. I don’t think this anymore. Instead, I accept that for me… Continue reading Music and Feminism – Do We Need Some New Anthems?