Adventures in Feministory

Adventures in Feministory: Margaret Tucker

Margaret "Marge" Tucker was a 20th-century Australian Aboriginal activist, organizer, and writer. Born on the Moonahculla Reservein 1904, Tucker (at the age of 13) and her sister (who was 11) were forcibly separated from their mother and sent to Cootamundra Girls' Home, where they were trained to... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo

Lourdes Portillo has a decades-long film career. Her films, which tend to focus on Chicano and Latino culture and identity, range from realism to avant-garde, fiction to personal narrative, with every kind of genre-bending in between. Portillo continues her work today as a member of Xochitl... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Justine Merritt, Peace Maker and Piece Maker

Today, the Raging Grannies wear purple to protests and harmonize songs like the “Free Trade Trot” or “Police Brutality.” In 1985, a 60-year-old Denver grandmother named Justine Merritt was an original raging granny—... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Queer Pioneer

As a good queer studies (not to be confused with lgbt studies, gender studies, and women’s studies–though, they’re all related) student, it’s important to have your bases covered. You start with the foundational texts, because as an incredibly new (we’re talking about my age... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Clara Schumann, Classical Music Composer

Though Clara Schumann was born in 1819, her biography reads more like a modern-day drama. Raised by a divorced father (the infamously temperamental piano teacher Frederick Wieck), Schumann quickly developed virtuoso skills on the piano and became a child star, touring Europe before the age of 18.... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Katherine Mansfield

I like to yank hermits into the spotlight. I'm a sucker for women whose work is sometimes considered "secondary," who kept a low profile... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Georgia O'Keeffe

Many feminists have praised praised Georgia O’Keeffe for her use of “female iconography” in her art (a.k.a. her vagtastic flower paintings). But O’Keeffe always denied this association as a conscious choice and instead claimed her art revealed the sensuality of nature… which... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Audre Lorde

Excuse me while I gather my bearings. Where do I even begin? Who is more badass than Audre Lorde? No, really. This is a question I want you to answer. Can’t think of anyone? Good. Did you think of someone? Don’t tell me yet. You’ll ruin this moment. Born in New York City on... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Pauline Kael

“I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Althea Gibson, the First Black Tennis Player to Win a Tennis Grand Slam Tournament

In honor of the French Open this week, it felt appropriate to highlight the achievements of the female singles winner from 56 years ago: Althea Gibson. Long before Venus and Serena started making waves in the tennis world, Gibson was... Read more »