Month: February 2020

Visibility Matters: A Statue for Mary Wollstonecraft

The VERY-soon-to-be-erected sculpture honoring Mary Wollstonecraft is highly captivating and holds an abundance of significance. This statue is significant because it honors the woman often referred to as the “foremother of feminism.” It’s significant in that it adds one more statue of a woman in a city, London, where “over 90% of the statues commemorate men”(Crockett). It’s significant that the artist Maggi Hambling is a trailblazer herself, a woman some call a “modern legend”(Slawson). Hambling explains that this sculpture, unlike the typical bronze male ones, “is designed to encourage a visual conversation with the obstacles Wollstonecraft overcame, the ideals...

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Sonia Sotomayor: A Leader for our Time (American b.1954)

Sonia Sotomayor is a hard-working woman. Her autobiography, My Beloved World, recounts her story of growing up in the South Bronx, achieving in school, getting into Princeton, then Yale Law School, being hired as a prosecutor by the DA’s office of the County of New York and then onto a private law firm before being appointed a federal judge, then an appellate judge and then achieving the highest honor of becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 2009. Sotomayor’s display of intense focus and dedication to justice is almost exhausting to read. She meets every new encounter with appropriate trepidation...

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Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts (Published in 2019)

Although we came to discover Matilda Joslyn Gage from different angles, I’m grateful that my search led me to Elizabeth Letts’ latest novel, Finding Dorothy. I set out to discover Matilda Joslyn Gage after I read of a phenomenon called the ‘Matilda Effect’, the focus of my recent post: Matilda Joslyn Gage: In Her Name. Elizabeth Letts explains her path to Gage in the Afterword in Finding Dorothy: “About six or seven years ago, I was reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz aloud to my son when I found myself wondering about the author. Why was I so familiar with...

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Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly (Published in 2018)

Reading the book Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly made me so angry! At the beginning of each chapter as Chemaly introduced an issue that women are angry about, I thought “That’s not me,” but by the end of that same chapter, after reading the descriptions of women’s experiences backed up by facts and statistics, I was engulfed by rage and anger. Chapter after chapter, reading about all the ways women are angry and why they are angry, I became more and more angry. I have spent a lot of time with my anger, reading and even writing about...

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