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March 1, 2008

What We All Know About Women's History

March is Women's History Month. We think this is kinda unnecessary since everybody knows that kids learn everything they need to know about women's history in school, just like junior high and high school students across the country are getting all of the sex education they could ever need.

Let's review.

~Betsy Ross--sewed a really big flag.

~Abigail Adams--asked husband John Adams to "remember the ladies", and he didn't, but eh, no big deal.

~Suffragettes--marched around and protested a lot until women got the right to vote. That was the only issue they really cared about, and Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were the only important ones. Also, they did some suffragey stuff up in Seneca Falls. Eventually they got their way and it was all cool.

~Marie Curie--a woman doing science!

~Rosie the Riveter--worked in a factory during World War II because there weren't enough men for all of the jobs and she was patriotic and wanted to do her part for the war effort. She never thought about silly things like equal pay for equal work or career advancement, and when the war was over she was perfectly happy to give up her job to a man and go back home.

~Rosa Parks--didn't want to give up her seat on the bus to a white person because she was tired, and inadvertently sparked a larger movement. It wasn't a calculated action on her part and there's nothing more to the story.

We're kidding, of course. Without women's real lives and voices and experiences, history is incomplete. So this month, we're going to try to bring you a whole mess of posts about every aspect of women's history that we can think of, from bra burning to the beauty myth. We know that we just might not have the freedom to get together and start up a blog called Evil Slutopia to spout off about what we think if not for some of the awesome women that have come before us. So in a way this is kinda like one big month-long thank you...and also a chance for us to dig through old books and papers from our college days and sit around having conversations about Naomi Wolf and Betty Friedan and Mary Daly and Jessica Valenti while eating Doritos and watching Rock of Love. Hopefully you'll all enjoy it as much as we do.

Happy Women's History Month!

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