The roots of feminism were planted millennia ago; we must understand feminism throughout history to contemplate how much farther we can go.
Sister Circle Dear Harriet Tubman, You don't know me. Still, you are in my sister circle. You are just like one of my pals. I don't have many friends. I haven't met many people who have good friendship qualities; but, even while you don't know me, and I've never met you, you are in my sister circle.
My dear Hypatia
My dear Hypatia, you were the greatest astronomer and mathematician of your time. You were a professor at the University of Alexandria one and a half millennia ago, teaching mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy, writing books on algebra and geometry. I learned about you through study, would you believe? In your age, it was not common for women to lead an academic life like you did but now we are free to pursue this to our heart’s content. I know you had your father, Theon, to thank; he taught you his trade as a professor like people would usually teach their sons. I did not take the trades of my family; I am forever a student, a learner, a teacher – just like you were!
The Brown copy and paste
One of the crucial parts of sexuality representation is the study of the people it actually includes. Black women being portrayed as hypersexual beings has been part of the White imaginary for a long time, this belief spreading onto many stereotypes such as the Jezebel. While those are old, they persist in our society, including films, through a remolding of those racist and misogynistic ideas. This essay will touch on the ways that, due to the limited representation of Black female sexuality in cinema, the few examples available could hold more weight, including the stereotypical ideas they contain, such as the resemblance to the Jezebel stereotype and how their ‘‘promiscuous’’ sexuality affects the rest of their life.
The story of Secretary Frances Perkins, the first woman to hold a Cabinet position
Recently there has been a lot of attention being paid to barriers being shattered by women and minorities (as well as to the various barriers that remain standing that need to be shattered). In light of this, and of the fact that it is currently Women’s History Month, let us reflect on a somewhat lesser known example, the life and career of Frances Perkins.
The Fairy Tale That Never Was
It’s an enchanting photograph. The black and white image of “The Kissing Sailor” romanticizes Americans’ joy and relief at the announcement that World War II was coming to an end. When I first saw it, I was convinced that the sailor and the nurse were reunited lovers who were expressing their happiness over the long awaited news. Their poignant uniforms evoked images of two people committed to service in a time of national need. They, more than most, deserved a moment of bliss after sacrificing so much.
The Woman of History
In a society that undermines women in almost every aspect of life, often we forget to recognize the women of history that shaped the society of which we live in. Such women include, the commemorated military leader, Jeanne d'Arc. Her role as a female leader in the hundred years' war has earned her the title as the National Heroine and Saint. For centuries women have been subjected to the collective inequalities, discrimination and prejudice inflicted by men. However, it is women like those of Jeanne d'Arc that has shaped women's representation over the course of history.
A Streetcar to Justice
Years ago, while doing research on black history, I came across a phenomenal woman who back in 1855 forever changed the private streetcar system in New York. Before Elizabeth could take on the railcar system she first had to be born. Elizabeth Jennings was born free in March 1827. While her father was a Freeman and Elizabeth was born free, her mother, Elizabeth Cartwright was born enslaved. Elizabeth’s father was a successful tailor, who was later identified to be the earliest black person known to have a U.S. Patent in his own name. In 1821, he was awarded a patent from the U.S. government for developing dry scouring, a new method to dry clean clothing, and used the proceeds to buy his families freedom.
The Diary of a Young Girl
Well, a hell lot of us know about this personal diary of Anne Frank, but still let me re introduce it to you. So this "book" is a personal diary of a girl who started writing on her 13th birthday and took us to her journey in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
Say what?? You want me to narrow this story down to just one person? This was my reaction to this month's writing challenge. The challenge is to pick a black person whom I admire that has been an innovator, inventor, or creator. The actual challenge is there are too many to choose from. Alas, the educator in me wins out yet again. I choose Bellen Woodard.
We'd Be Lost Without Her
My sister, Jeanie, grew up two years older and a mile into the air taller than me. She could see high above the crowds like nobody else, so she always picked the best friends. Since her days in kindergarten, Jeanie has chosen wisely.
The Enlightened Woman
Over the last year, I've been upgrading some high school courses in order to bolster my university applications (29 year old, going to post-secondary for the first time here! Woohoo!). One of the courses I'm taking is World History, which has been extremely insightful considering the global events that have transpired since March 2020. Recently, I had the opportunity to select a topic of my choice for an essay. There was a list of suggestions I could pick from, or I could present an idea of my own. On the list I saw two intriguing topics right next to each-other:
International Women’s Day:5 Women who have changed the world
As we prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 and commemorate all the remarkable women who have changed the world, I thought it would be nice to bring to light some of the ‘hidden heroines’, who throughout the ages, have not only offered their expertise, energy and lives to help build a better world but have perhaps not been fully appreciated for their contributions and the stage they have set for younger generations (such as myself) to strive and make a difference.