Consciousness Raising on the Women’s Pages

Kathie Sarachild was a powerful voice in the fledgling women’s movement of the 1960s. She coined the phrase Sisterhood is Powerful. She held the Women’s Liberation banner aloft at the protest of the 1968 Miss America Pageant. She gave the keynote speech when the New York Radical Women held a “burial of traditional womanhood” at… Continue reading Consciousness Raising on the Women’s Pages

A Woman of her Times

Do great women and men drive the trajectory of society or does the historical context exercise a powerful grip that molds the actions of individuals? Social theorists such as Georg Wilhelm Hegel and Karl Marx have argued that historical context can wield an overwhelming influence – even a great thinker such as Aristotle, they suggest,… Continue reading A Woman of her Times

November 22, 1963 – Vivian Reports

There was a lot of news to cover in Dallas on November 22, 1963. President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy were arriving at Love Field after a 13-minute flight from Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth. It would be Kennedy’s fourth stop in Texas, and although he hadn’t officially declared his candidacy for… Continue reading November 22, 1963 – Vivian Reports

Some Words from Dad

Today would have been my Dad’s 88th birthday. He was born in 1925 in rural Illinois, served in the infantry during the final World War II battles in Western Europe, returned to complete college at the University of Illinois, and had a successful career as a newspaperman, mostly spent as news editor at the Detroit… Continue reading Some Words from Dad

To Ms. or not to Ms.

In a current “About.Com” entry, interested readers are provided detailed instruction about When to Use Miss, When to Use Ms, and When to Use Mrs. Even today, it seems to take an awful lot of explaining. In contrast, the website’s section on A Brief Mention About Men’s Titles begins with the comment that “Men are… Continue reading To Ms. or not to Ms.

The Original Mommy Bloggers

An internet timeline pinpoints the first Mommy Blog as appearing in the spring of 2002, when Melinda Roberts began posting on TheMommyBlog.com. Well, I suppose if you consider the technical definition of Mommy Blogs as a “weblogs which feature commentary and discussions especially about home, family, and parenting,” this is about right. But if you… Continue reading The Original Mommy Bloggers

What’s in a Name?

At first, they were the “Society Pages” – portions of big city mid-nineteenth century newspapers devoted to the comings and goings of the white glove crowd. Soon these pages evolved into the “Women’s Sections” that continued the society reporting but expanded to cover what were considered important women’s concerns in the early 20th century –… Continue reading What’s in a Name?

Rosie the …. Reporter?

The image is iconic. A woman in blue workshirt and red polka dot kerchief flexing a bicep. Her message: “We can do it.” A less iconic image from the same era shows a pretty blond saluting from behind a typewriter. The message: “Victory waits on your fingers.” These images tell a straightforward story. World War… Continue reading Rosie the …. Reporter?

Brides, Brides, Brides

The bride’s sister officiated for the marriage of Katherine Irene Miller to …. So began a short two column story in the Farmington Observer on August 13, 1981. The marriage was very short-lived, so I won’t reproduce all the details regarding participants in the ceremony. Suffice to say that other paragraphs were typical of wedding… Continue reading Brides, Brides, Brides

From Big-S to Small-S Society

As I write, information sources ranging from NPR to cable news to my Facebook feed tell me about what was happening 50 years ago this week: Late August in 1963, the historic March on Washington culminating in the I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a watershed event, and as… Continue reading From Big-S to Small-S Society