Adventures in Feministory

Adventures in Feministory: Mad Woman Mary Wells

Recently, some friends and I saw the film Art & Copy, a documentary about the creative minds that make up the best of the advertising business. Now, there is a lot to be said about the problems inherent in advertising, but even the most skeptical... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: RIP Elizabeth Catlett

Last week, we lost one of North America’s most estimable, if underrecognized creators—artist and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett. Catlett was alive for nearly all of the 20th century, witnessing... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Ada Lovelace, First Computer Programmer

Lady Ada King, Countess of Lovelace—better known as Ada Lovelace—described herself as an analyst and metaphysician in her only published article. Seeing as how that article included what is cited as the first computer program and the first incidence of computers being assigned abilities beyond... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Jeannette Rankin, the First Woman Elected to U.S. Congress

Jeannette Rankin was a suffragist and the first woman elected into the United States Congress in 1916. A lifelong pacifist, Rankin was the only person in Congress to vote against entering both WWI and WWII. She believed that many of the problems in government were tied to the fact that there... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Annie "Little Sure Shot" Oakley

Born on August 13, 1860 to Quaker parents Jacob and Susan, Phoebe Ann Mozee early life could not begin to foreshadow the wild adventures she would have. As she grew up, Annie’s penchant for hunting became local legend... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Assia Djebar

In the midst of her university years, Djebar published her first two novels, La Soif and Les Impatients (she also took on her pen name, fearing that her father wouldn’t approve of her writing). The novels were much less politicized than her later writing and received... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Elaine May

Elaine May gained notoriety for directing the 1987 Hollywood mega-disaster Ishtar, but before that she broke barriers for women in comedy with longtime partner-in-crime Mike Nichols, and for women in film with her gripping Mikey and Nicky and hilarious The Heartbreak Kid... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Ella Baker

Ella Baker is best known for her involvement in the civil rights movement during the late 1950s and 1960s, when she helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Supersisters

Reggie Jackson. Wilt Chamberlain. Frank Gifford. Pete Rose. What do these guys have in common? Besides their dexterity with various kinds of balls, they were, in 1978, among the familiar faces bought and swapped on trading cards. They also weren't women, a fact duly noted by 8-year-old Melissa... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Gloria Anzald

Gloria Anzaldúa lived a pedal-to-the-metal life, refusing to deny any aspects of her dynamic identity and writing her own page in the great book of queer/feminist/critical theory by tearing out 20 others. Her writings are enactments of the “borderland/frontera” concept that she pioneered; her books... Read more »