Women of Protest: A Feminist History Refresher
It wasn’t until 1920 that women were granted suffrage, but it was 1917 when members of the National Women’s Party — Alice Paul, Lucy Burns and others — picketed outside the White House, burning copies of Woodrow Wilson’s speeches and demanding the right to vote. What resulted — mass arrests (most for “obstructing traffic”), unlawful imprisonment and bloody beatings — became known as the Night of Terror, though it’s fair to say most among my generation don’t know it.
The Night of Terror took place on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Workhouse Prison, in Occoquan, Virginia, ordered his guards to teach the suffragists a lesson. For weeks, the women’s only water had come from an open pail. Their food had been infested with worms. But on this night, some 40 prison guards wielding clubs beat the women senseless — grabbing, dragging, choking, kicking and pinching them, according to affidavits recounting the attacks.
Make sure you vote today, ladies.
John and Janet Bouvier with 5-year-old daughter Jackie (as in the future Kennedy) attending a horse show in Southampton in 1934. Courtesy of Bettmann/Corbis.
Oh. My. God.
On this day in LIFE Magazine— April 23, 1971: Busy Rebel: Jane Fonda, Pusher of Causes
I’m reading about the advent of activism for my civic engagement class and all I want to do is sift through pictures from the 60s and 70s of activists and protests and politics. My fourteen year-old self is very confused… who am I!?
Name: Annie Sullivan
Why she rocks: She was the teacher and companion of Helen Keller. She used revolutionary teaching techniques to teach Helen how to understand language and read. She and Helen lived, worked, and travelled the world together their entire lives.
Quote: Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
Because of this woman… we can learn from her patience and determination, and see that all communication barriers can be broken with the right state of mind
Adding to my list of books to read: biographies of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan.
The first woman to ask for divorce and lead an army, Eleanor of Aquitaine lived until she was 82 (pretty good considering most died in their 40s). She got a formal education, which was really rare for women in that era. There are rumours that she poisoned her second husband Henry II’s mistress, the Fair Rosamund.
This lady’s bad-ass.
Thanks to “The Lion in Winter,” I’m obsessed with Eleanor of Aquitaine. Most amazing woman EVER.
Forty years ago, a group of feminists, led by Gloria Steinem, did the unthinkable: They started a magazine for women, published by women — and the first issue sold out in eight days. — New York Magazine.
In the years leading up to the birth of Ms., women had trouble getting a credit card without a man’s signature, had few legal rights when it came to divorce or reproduction, and were expected to aspire solely to marriage and motherhood. Job listings were segregated (“Help wanted, male”). There was no Title IX (banning sex discrimination in federally funded athletic programs); no battered-women’s shelters, rape-crisis centers, and no terms such as sexual harassment and domestic violence.
Few women ran magazines, even when the readership was entirely female, and they weren’t permitted to write the stories they felt were important; the focus had to be on fashion, recipes, cosmetics, or how to lure a man and keep him interested. “When I suggested political stories to The New York Times Sunday Magazine, my editor just said something like, ‘I don’t think of you that way,’ ” recalls Gloria Steinem. “It was all pale male faces in, on, and running media,” says Robin Morgan, who was Ms.’s editor in the late eighties and early nineties.
But in the mid-sixties, feminist organizations such as New York Radical Women,Redstockings, and NOW began to emerge. On March 18, 1970, about a hundred women stormed into the male editor’s office of Ladies’ Home Journal and staged a sit-in for eleven hours, demanding that the magazine hire a female editor-in-chief. Says feminist activist-writer Vivian Gornick, “It was a watershed moment. It showed us, the activists in the women’s movement, that we did, indeed, have a movement.”
Image: Ms. staff meeting in June 1972. From left: Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Sloan-Hunter, Suzanne Levine, Mary Thom, Harriet Lyons, Patricia Carbine, and Ruth Sullivan. Photo by Nancy Crampton.
Fay Hubbard, 19-year old suffragette, selling suffragette papers
My sister came across this photo from a book on the 1920’s actress Louise Brooks (who also deserves a spot here ;D ). I’m such a huge Bogey fan and after looking through this wonderful blog I thought I should share it with you! :) So here he is, the one and only Humphrey Bogart during his younger Broadway years!
Equality for all
OMG this perfect gif.
Reblog for love. SO MUCH LOVE.