A very happy Valentine’s Day to you! xo
Send a rad Valentine to your Valentine,
compliments of the National Women’s History Museum.
THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR 🎶 Was yesterday. Galentine’s Day. A day, in the word of Parks & Rec character Leslie Knope, when “lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it breakfast style…It will be a women’s-only marathon bonding session with tons of whipped cream. Side note: Do not Google that phrase.”
The good news? You can celebrate your people everyday.
Blare Wilson Phillips’s “Hold on”, pour a glass of champs, and tell your dear gal that you see her, her strengths, and all of her awesome musk ox ways. Better yet? Tell her she should run for office.
Need more? Read a piece by The Washington Post on the political power of women’s friendships.
WE WERE ONLY FRESHMAN 🎶 This week, The New York Times shared a snippet from their 1968 archive reporting a rebellious freshman congresswoman named Shirley Chisholm. Known for her advocacy, this daughter of Barbadian immigrants became the first Black woman elected to Congress, was referred to as “Fighting Shirley”, and introduced over fifty pieces of legislation to champion racial and gender equality as well as the plight of the poor.
Side note: There are several freshman in this year’s Congress carrying Chisholm’s torch of advocacy and recognizing her trailblazing efforts, specifically Ayanna Pressley (who occupies Chisholm’s former office).
I SEE YOUR TRUE (HISTORICAL) COLORS SHINING THROUGH 🎶 During President Trump’s State of the Union address, 106 congresswomen wore white—specifically the House Democratic Women’s Working Group—and urged others to do the same in tribute to suffragists and the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Because, well, suffragists wore white in their 1913 parade in Washington D.C.
Side note: BUT why did suffragists wear white? It was believed, according to author Rebecca Boggs Roberts, white would look “nonthreatening so people would have a harder time criticizing the women’s appearance as aggressive or masculine” and in the age of black and white photography, they’d be sure to stand out.
Need more? Read about the suffragists’ “night of terror” after picketing the White House in 1917.
Other good things:
Lyft celebrates Black history month by offering free rides to Black history museums and memorials. An elementary school door pays homage to hidden figures. A good reminder to encourage girls to be brave, not perfect. Barbie got a promotion. For the first time in history, Harvard University has four black female deans. Dolores Huerta received the Radcliffe Medal. New emojis featuring interracial couples, among others.
“What are some good intro books to women’s history?”
Entertaining, anecdotal & informative [with several stories that will make you want to turn to your work friend with, “DID YOU KNOW THAT A WOMAN WENT TO COURT IN THE 1950s FOR WEARING PANTS?! HOW IS THAT A THING”: Gail Collins, America’s Women and When The World Changed. Encyclopedic knowledge: Christine Stansell’s The Feminist Promise. Political History: Sandra VanBurkled’s Belonging To The World.