Hello! Thank you for visiting our website. Let me take a minute to tell you what we are all about. I’m a Mom of two little girls. Two little girls who I think should know the names and the stories of the women who came before us. The women who made so many of the worlds discoveries, inventions, advancements, and who sparked change. Women who Succeeded, and women who failed. Scientists, Soldiers, Leaders, Writers, Athletes, Academics……the list is long! When my child comes home from school on presidents day my wish is for her to know not only the names George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln as she did this year, but to know the names Victoria Woodhull, the first female to run for president, and Shirley Chisholm, the first African American Woman to run for president. Statistics show that the stories we hear are dominated by men and boys, adventuring and exploring, fighting, and saving, discovering and inventing. The stories we tell our children must include these women, the women that throughout history were told to stay in the kitchen, do their duties, and raise their children. Women who decided to do all of those things while also fighting for an education or a career, or rights. I started this project as a way to raise my daughters as Feminists.
Today Gloria Steinem is a year older. I have really enjoyed reading about Gloria Steinem, and her life and work. I can relate to many of her experiences, and I just find her to be very funny. My illustration of her is one of my favorites so far.
Gloria is a writer, organizer and activist, who confronted the cultural beliefs of the time about women’s roles in families and society. She graduated from Smith College, and was selected for a two year fellowship in India. Steinem’s experience in India made her aware of the extent of human suffering in the world, and the privilege she had experienced growing up in America. She returned to the US with a strong sense of social justice, determined to make a difference. Beginning work as a freelance journalist, she became deeply involved in the political movements that were stirring thousands of her generation into action. Her quick wit, good sense of humor, and fiery comebacks gained media attention, and she was able to shine a more positive light on the feminist movement than other feminist leaders during the time, making feminism more mainstream.
Some of the accomplishments of the Second Wave of Feminism include:
-Women gaining control over when they choose to have children, giving them more time to pursue a college education and a career.
-Employers being prohibited from hiring only men, and other types of gender discrimination in the workplace. This resulted in more opportunities for women within professions that had previously been dominated by men.
-Laws were passed making domestic abuse illegal, and making it easier for women to obtain a divorce.
-A more widespread and accepted belief that women should have autonomy and freedom over their choices, as well as equal rights with men.