I seem to be only keeping this around so that I don’t lose a link to the list I compiled. I need to do a project with this list. Besides, I occasionally add names to it.
Elderbear is subverting the dominant paradigm. has written 5 entries about this goal
Today I discovered that the Womyn’s History Month exhibit I have been facilitating on our floor is “officially” considered graffiti. Any “signage” (don’t you love korporatespeak?) that has not been officially approved and branded is “graffiti.”
My solution is to affix bulletin boards to all the walls. But nobody has asked me for a solution. At this point, I have four displays up: Hulda Crooks, Lysistrata, Emma Goldman, and Mother Jones. It’s pretty obvious I flunked kindergarten – but assembling these things is hardware and I was a software geek. Now I’m in the social “sciences.” Neither field has trained me to assemble posters in a workman-like manner.
I did spend some time using the GIMP to colorize a pic of Emma Goldman. It didn’t turn out too badly and looks pretty good printed out on a 4×6 glossy sheet of photopaper.
I took the time to post some articles outside my office for Black History Month. That got me put in charge of March’s “Women of Significance” theme. I’m glad I’ve got this list to refer to!!!
Today, the Wikipedia entry on Lysistrata went up outside my door. Tomorrow? That’s my day off!!! But I hope to have pictures and articles of admirable women all over our floor in the next week.
Egg me on, everybody!
I’m keeping this goal alive, because I hope to do much more with my list. I’m not ready to lose it to the bowels of this goal. I may only copy the relevant Wikipedia entries into a document and print it out – but I’ll at least do something like that.
It’s African American History Month right now, and the morale committee at work has put up a bunch of informational articles about African Americans and their achievements. I hung a poem by Langston Hughes (let America be America Again) outside my office door. It’s a radical poem, a poem that challenges not only racism, but economic and social injustices.
I want to do something similar with my list of women. I’ve got one for every week of the year!!! Wow! And that’s w/o stealing everybody else’s entries (for non-commercial purposes, of course).
All the responses to this goal are an excellent resource. We need a chief editor and some volunteer Womyn’s Studies students to turn it into a reader – or a set of readers for different age groups!
A few women of note that came to mind
- Emma Goldman — The Anarchy Review
- Mother Jones
- Shirley Chisolm
- Barbara Boxer
- Jocelyn Elders
- Dorothy Day
- Hildegard of Bingen
- Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
- Helen Keller
- The ‘Bread and Roses’ Strikers
- Maya Angelou
- Melissa Etheridge
- Oprah Winfrey
- Barbara Streisand
- The Dixie Chicks
- Ellen Degeneres
- Cindy Sheehan
- Eleanor Roosevelt
- Hannah Arendt
- Elaine Pagels
- Simone de Beauvoir
- Susie Bright
- Frida Kahlo
- Maxine Waters
- Susan Sarandon
- Octavia Butler
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
- Harriet Tubman
- Arianna Huffington
- Jane Goodall
- Marie Curie
- Carrol Grady
- Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
- Jane Addams
- Joni Mitchell whose Both Sides Now CD teaches more than a book ever could.
- Suzanne Sterling whose Bhakti CD inspires, but barely scratches the surface of her depth, compassion, and power.
- Rosa Parks
- Virginia Satir
- Mother Theresa
- Joan of Arc
- Indira Gandhi
- Clare of Assissi
- Chai Ling
- Marija Gimbutas
- Arundhati Roy
- Brinda Karat
- Katherine Hepburne
- Louise Bryant
- Candice Bergen
- Sojourner Truth
- Lady Di
- Wangari Mathai
- Joanne (J. K.) Rowling
- Hulda Crooks
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali
- Jeanette Rankin
- Billie Jean King
- Hillary Clinton
- Elaine Pagels
- Lucy Parsons
- Danica McKellar – actress and author – Math Doesn’t Suck
- Betty Dodson
- Benazir Bhutto
- Michelle Obama
- Karen Bradbury
Hilary made the list simply because there’s so much
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