Adventures in Feministory

Adventures in Feministory: Gladys Bentley

“If you’re looking for quiet, soothing music that will lull you to sleep, put a record on your phonograph and spend the evening at home. But if you want to hear singing that will make the blood pound in your pulse, listen to the brown bomber of sophisticated song at Mona’s Club 440.... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Anna May Wong

Born in LA’s Chinatown in 1905 to a family that ran a laundry service, Anna May Wong was Hollywood’s first Chinese-American movie star. Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Dara Puspita, The First Indonesian All-Woman Rock Band

Dara Puspita (“Flower Girls” in English) were the first Indonesian group of women to pick up instruments and play rock music on their own, without the assistance of any men. Up through the ’60s, many Indonesian women had found musical success singing for bands with only dudes, but Dara... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Jessie de la Cruz

“The average farmworker lived 49 years—compared to 70 years for the white majority in the United States. A migrant worker’s baby was twice as likely to die as babies of other people. Farmworkers were three times as likely as other people to get tuberculosis, three times as likely to get... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Cathay Williams (a.k.a. William Cathay)

Imagine, if you will, that you are living in Missouri at the end of the Civil War (1864 or thereabouts). Imagine also that you are a woman without a ton of moneymaking options who is in need of a job ASAP. Oh, and you are also a recently freed slave living in a place and time where people are... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Rena

I used to live in a neighborhood boasting several martial-arts schools, and always liked walking by at night to see them all lit up and peopled with serious-looking little girls and boys in their crisp white gis. But it wasn't until recently that I heard about the woman who was partially... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Ann Richards

Ann Richards, born Dorothy Ann Willis, was Texas’s second female Governor and one in a long line of Texan women badasses. Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Stevie Smith

Author Florence Margaret “Stevie” Smith was born in England in 1902. Though her family called her “Peggy,” Smith’s friends dubbed her “Stevie”... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Betty Ford

Former First Lady Betty Ford passed away on Friday. She was 93 years old—the same age her late husband was when he passed five years ago. The mega media... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Billie Jean King

As the WNBA prepares to celebrate its 15th season, let us take a look back at one of the women who paved the way for women’s professional and amateur sports today, Billie Jean King. Read more »