Well, we’re a full week into Women’s History Month, but Historiann has been so immersed in one woman’s fate that she hasn’t had time to come up for air–until today. Apologies, sisters and brothers! Consider this an “open thread” for any and all random thoughts on Women’s History Month–but just for kicks, here are a few l’il tidbits for your brain to nosh on:
1. Check out The Patriarchive, which I’ve blogrolled under “History Geek Squad” at left. Aside from having a most excellent name, this blog is about “gender, libraries, archives, technology, outreach, teaching, the digital divide, and blaming the patriarchy.” Whew! And what will she blog about after breakfast? Who is this young mystery Marxist feminist librarian, and can I read what she’s reading? We know only one thing about her–that like this dangerous woman she attended a subversive undergraduate college–but I hope we’ll learn more.
2. Anxious Black Woman is following up her excellent Black Herstory Month series with Women’s History Month blogging. Go check it out, especially because today is International Women’s Day. (Ortho at Baudrillard’s Bastard might be especially interested in her most recent post on Global Lockdown, an edited collection on women in the prison industrial complex.)
3. Women in medicine: part of an occasional series on the lives of women professionals around the world. This is a true story, although some of the details have been altered: one of Historiann’s college roommates is in academic critical care. (I know! Thank goodness no one’s life depends on me!) She writes: I’m a meeting for [The Very Important Research Physicians in Intensive Care Conference]. I am approached by an ICU Professor at the University of [Ben & Jerry’s] who introduces himself and then asks, “So what do you do?” I respond, “I’m here in [Whoville], and I work with [this Division Chief]”. He looks very puzzled. “But what do you do??” he repeats. “I mean, are you a resident or a nurse?” Uhmmm, no Jerky McJerkface, she’s just like you, an actual professor of this bullcrap, although she apparently has lady parts! This is just one in a series of insults that she has been offered in partial recompense for her lifelong dedication to her field. Is it better to get angry every time this happens, so that one doesn’t get become blase about these things, or is it better to take happy pills and say, “whatevs, Last Century Dude.” (Or, in l’esprit de l’escalier, should she have said, “I’m an attending physician dumbass, are you looking for the Senile Dementia conference?” What say you, PalMD?)
4. Do any of you have recommendations for a good picture book (ages 3-8-ish) that would serve as a good introduction to women’s history for the preschool/kingergarten set? Perhaps a moving story about a little girl in history? (Example of something like what I’m looking for: there’s a very good book for preschoolers that introduces the concept of slavery and emancipation called Henry’s Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, about Henry “Box” Brown.)
5. Et vous, mes amis? What’s happening around your council fire?