Adventures in Feministory

Adventures in Feministory: Maya Angelou

Through Maya Angelou’s grief, she started writing what would become perhaps the most famous series of autobiographies published in English; a series without precedent and which seems impossible to follow. Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Djuna Barnes

Djuna Barnes was a poet, novelist, journalist, and artist whose work was known for its unique prose rhythms, its sexual openness, and its fascination with the bawdy and grotesque. She lived in Greenwich Village in the bohemian 1910s, frequented the artists' salons in 1920s Paris, and late in life... Read more »

Feministory: The Great Witch Hunt(s)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out last week, and it’s pretty safe to say that most of the universe has witches (and wizards) on the brain. The... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Feministorical Ladyween Costume Ideas!

Ladyween (yes, that’s what we’re calling Halloween here at Bitch HQ these days—it’s gonna catch on, trust us) is fast approaching. If you’re still searching for the perfect costume, one that combines feminism with history and still leaves you looking sharp, look no further... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Voltairine de Cleyre, Anarchist without Adjectives

Voltairine de Cleyre was an Anarchist thinker, lecturer, and writer. A contemporary of Emma Goldman's, she was known for her strength of will and commitment to the power of the individual. (Incidentally, she was also a total babe.) I wanted to write about de Cleyre for the obvious reason that she... Read more »

Feministory: Phoolan Devi, "The Bandit Queen of India"

This week’s Feministory subject, Phoolan Devi, had a life that read like an action movie screenplay. In fact, her life BECAME an action movie screenplay. But integral to discussions of Devi and her harrowing story is the search for truth. Who knew the truth about her? Did she tell the truth... Read more »

Feministory: Luisa Capetillo

What do you know about Puerto Rican feminists? Not enough, right? Me either, which is why this week's Feministory features a crucial feminist of the United States'... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Elizabeth Bishop

Sylvia Plath is the most famous woman poet of the 1950s. She's probably one of the most famous poets of the 20th century. And she was a pretty good poet. Her work is honest, heartwrenching, and chock-full of angst and guilt and daddy issues. But she's also famous for her bummer life story (... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Norma Rae

Today is Labor Day, and while the most significant impact this has for many of us is on our wardrobes (see you next year, white pants) the holiday actually serves as a celebration of the contributions of American workers. I’m sure I... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Bessie Coleman, Queen of the Skies

What’s that in the sky? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Bessie Coleman, the first black woman in history to hold an international pilot’s license! Read more »