Tag: women’s health

The Awakened Woman: Remembering and Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams by Dr. Tererai Trent (Published in 2017)

I cannot imagine a woman more deserving than Dr. Tererai Trent, her likeness one of ten life-size bronze statues unveiled in New York City on Women’s Equality Day this past August 26, 2019.  Australian global public artists and activists, Gillie and Marc Schattner, revealed the statues of these inspirational women on 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) that glorious summer day! Their organization, Statues for Equality, is on a mission to achieve gender balance in public statues worldwide. In NYC prior to their unveiling, only 3% of the statues depicted females; this climbed to 10% on August 26. With...

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (First published in 1818.)

I finally read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, considered one of the greatest horror stories ever written, not only for its gothic style, but for its chilling depiction of what comes from ambition in overdrive and the absence of compassion. It’s uncanny that a horror story such as this, when closely examined, reads more like an instruction book for life, a cautionary tale about how not to behave if you’re seeking a fulfilling existence amongst the living. Mary Shelley was twenty years old when her novel Frankenstein was published, first anonymously, but five years later re-released with her name as author....

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Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (Published in 2019)

This book put me through the wringer. I was drawn to the title, Three Women, and the author’s last name, Taddeo, since I had worked with a student with that last name years ago. I had heard nothing about this bestseller, but there it was, on a new arrival display at Barnes & Noble. Soon this nonfiction work about female desire arrived at our library, so I eagerly checked it out. Riveted, I flipped through the pages, periodically reminding myself that these were true accounts. Soon it became apparent that in order to get through this book, I was...

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Mary Wollstonecraft: A Wild Wish, English (1759-1797)

In March of 2013 a stencil silhouette of a woman many refer to as the ‘mother of feminism’ mysteriously appeared on an exterior wall of the Unitarian church on Newington Green, in north London. This life-sized image of Mary Wollstonecraft was not entirely shocking, since many had been campaigning for a statue of Wollstonecraft to be erected in this place, where in 1784 she had established a school for girls and later completed much of her writing, her best known work being A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, published in 1792. How did this 18th century woman come...

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Rupi Kaur: how dare she? (1992 Canadian)

Who does that? Who posts pictures of a woman having her period, a menstruating woman bleeding all over the place? Who dared allow the curse out of the darkness, out of our bedrooms and bathrooms, onto Instagram and Tumblr and then Facebook for all to see and censor, celebrate and revile? Rupi Kaur, that’s who. 2015 was donned the year of the period for several reasons, including Kaur’s posting of her visual rhetoric project created for a course she was taking as an undergraduate at Waterloo University. The assignment required students to challenge a societal norm. Kaur chose menstruation...

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