Adventures in Feministory

Adventures in Feministory: Lois Jenson and sexual harassment

The success of Senator Al Franken’s anti-rape amendment is one step towards greater culpability for sexual assault and sexual harassment on the job. This week’s Feministory is another case involving labor, sexual harassment... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: A Woman Alone--Forough Farrokhzad

All the poets Iran is famous for – Khayyam, Hafez, Rumi – lived hundreds of years ago... and were dudes. But modernist poetry in Iran is alive and well, and its most important female poet, Forough Farrokhzad, is a contemporary Iranian iconoclast on par with former prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh... Read more »

Adventures In Feministory: Josephine Baker

For whatever inexplicable reason, I started watching Gossip Girl a few weeks ago. Tonight's episode featured Tyra Banks as an actress playing Josephine Baker in a movie. At some point during the episode, it was brought up that Baker was part of the underground Nazi resistance movement during WWII... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

This tough woman was way ahead of her time—leaving slavery to become more independent than most women born free in her lifetime—here's the story of Mary Fields. (read more after the jump) Read more »

The Supergirls: A feminist response to catsuits?

There’s a surprising gap of research, let alone feminist research, on female superheroes from comics. Trina Robbins has turned out some amazing books on women and comics, including one on... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Oney Judge

You know how most of the time everyone glorifies the forefathers of this nation and kinda glosses over the f*#$d up parts of our great nation’s history? Yeah. Well, that’s one reason why it’s important to remember people like Oney... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Sophie Germain, Math

Long before Lawrence Summers’s unfortunate remarks at Harvard University a few years ago, there have always been powerful forces which assigned all manner of illogic to women’s “inability” to excel at math and science. Their brains were too feeble to handle such difficult concepts,... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: RIP Doris "Dobby" Brin Walker, progressive lawyer

Doris Walker worked throughout her life protecting and defending leftist causes and activists. She participated as an activist and legal counsel throughout almost every major America progressive social movement in the twentieth century, from denouncing Jim Crow laws and McCarthyism, to being a... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Viva Vita!

Vita Sackville-West was a woman with 'high class' problems — but her story is interesting nonetheless. Vita was, in addition to her default socialite status, a writer of prose and poetry, an avid gardener, Bloomsbury Group associate... Read more »

Adventures In Feministory: Pat Benatar

This is not new information: Pat Benatar rocks. It's so obvious, I know. Yet I felt compelled to write this week's Adventures In Feministory about Pat because, frankly, I did not know as much about her as I thought. My recent renewed transfixion with all things Benatar formed because of her current... Read more »