Feminist Friday

Lisa informed me that March is Women’s History Month, and kindly suggested I should incorporate this in a FF post. And who am I to argue with this?

Aside from 8th March being women’s day (don’t get me started…) I honestly had no idea that this was a thing, but it seems as though it was started as a history week in 1980 in the USA by president Carter. According to Wikipedia* [oh, as I read on, it’s not only Wikipedia, the old proclamations can found online, here] he made a pretty nice speech about this:

From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well. As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, ‘Women’s History is Women’s Right.’ (link)

Obviously I’ll have to read up on Gerda Lerner ’cause that was very well phrased. Incidentally it was just a few days since a friend, named Matilda, posted on Facebook about the Matilda effect, which ties in rather nicely with this. For those who are too lazy to click the link and read, it’s about gender discrimination among scientists. It even has a name.

I don’t know how many times during my school years we questioned where the women were in history, and got the answer that women just weren’t into science, or didn’t care to do the things that lead to being mentioned in history books. Considering this, I guess a history month is… a start? But at the same time, is it not – just like with Black History Month – too little? These two months aside, that still leaves 10 months for white men’s history [in the making].

Can’t we take 80% of the attention given to Trump** and instead focus that on non-White man current events? We’ll just have to work on the name/catchphrase…

* I know, at Uni we weren’t allowed to use this as a source. But I’m not in Uni anymore, so deal with it.
** The New York Times have added the section “Fact checking” to articles concerning him. I just… feel like this smiley -_-
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