Tag Archives: women in history
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Get Real!

9 Dec

Listen to your elders. The largest generation are the people over 50. However, in the media the majority of actresses and actors range from teenagers to people in the late thirties. The Baby Boomer generation has been through a lot and our current generation needs to analyze their ways in order to keep making progress, especially in the fight for women equality.

Malala is my Hero

14 Oct

Many of us, Americans, take our rights for granite.  We are born with the right to freedom of speech and we just assume we have the right to speak out against anything unjust and typically there aren’t any consequences for our words. I could not imagine living in a country where if you speak your mind you are faced with death. After reading the article about the 14-year-old girl, Malala Yousufzai, who spoke out against the Taliban I was shocked. She wrote about how the Taliban restricts women especially when it came to education.

The young girl acted years above her age and understood she could face death when she wrote about her beliefs. Yousufzai was hunted down and the Taliban opened fire at her school. She was left seriously injured but awarded with the Pakistan’s first peace prize for her bravery.

Margaret’s Words of Wisdom

12 Sep

This is how Margaret Thatcher thinks about Women and Politics.

Margaret Thatcher was the first woman to hold the position of elected Prime Minister in England, in 1979. She held the position for three terms then resigned in 1991; she was feeling the repercussions of unpopular policy and tension within her party. In addition, Thatcher occupied a seat in the House of Commons in 1959,  parliamentary under secretary for pensions and national insurance in 1961, secretary of state for education and science in  1970, and was leader of the Conservative Party in 1975 until she made history in 1979, receiving a position she believed a woman wouldn’t occupy in her lifetime.

Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?

3 Sep

This article is supposed to help you decide if you have more of a Marilyn Monroe personality or a Jackie Kennedy personality. Both had an allure that attracted many men but they were vastly different. Check this article out! It might surprise you who you are most similar to! I know I was not expecting my results!

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PROFILE IN COURAGE: Amelia Bloomer

27 Aug

I am personally very grateful that I don’t have to wear dresses every day. Thanks to the work of many women, including advocate Amelia Bloomer, we aren’t required to wear anything we don’t want to. Although the women’s rights activist didn’t invent bloomers, she increased their popularity. Bloomer advocated for equal rights in all aspects of life, including dress code, in her bi-weekly publication The Lily:

“The costume of women should be suited to her wants and necessities. It should conduce at once to her health, comfort, and usefulness; and, while it should not fail also to conduce to her personal adornment, it should make that end of secondary importance.”

The clothing was ridiculed by the press, and eventually Bloomer stopped wearing the costume that had since been nicknamed after her (called the Bloomer Costume or bloomers). However, her work towards equal rights and more comfortable clothing led to reform movements in clothing and eventually the ability for women to wear the same clothing as men.

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Bloomer began publishing The Lily in 1849 and it eventually reached a circulation of 4,000. It has become a model for other publications focused on woman’s suffrage. It was a voice for many women reformers including her contemporaries Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

She wrote for a wide array of periodicals her entire life and led suffrage campaigns. Unlike many women, her husband encouraged her writing and she wrote for his newspaper, the Seneca Falls County Courier. She served as president for the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association for three years.