Badass WomenMarch 01, 2011
No, being a badass is not about wild women (well, maybe sometimes it is), nor is it meant in any derogatory manner. It is all about women in history who have changed our world whether personally, nationally, or globally.
It is in honor of my mom, who when she first heard the term “badass” about fell off her chair with shock and then laughter. A pioneer in her own right and denied a college education because it was “not the thing for a girl,” she ultimately became the first woman bond salesman on the West Coast, or so she was told. I distinctly remember her asking, “Have I earned my badass badge?” Her accomplishments gave her such pride; the boost to her self-esteem was amazing to see.
Despite women’s roles in our personal, everyday lives and in more public arenas, we’ve been given the short end of the stick during any history lesson. Many “unknown” deeds, words, or thoughts are now being attributed to women as historians take another look. By typing “unknown women” in my usual search engine, I found all kinds of information. (No, I’m not really interested in Tiger Woods’ “unknown” women, even if it could be argued that they made history!) I’ve listed what look to be interesting links below.
- Women’s History: Seven collections from the U.S. Library of Congress. Wow, if you are into American history like I am, you’ll love this.
- The National Women’s History Project: “Our history is our strength.”
- The National Women’s History Museum: “A better world awaits the generation that absorbs what women and men have to share about life from a joint perspective. Together, all things are possible,” says Founder Karen Staser.
- Women Who Changed History: A scholastic resource for teachers focusing on Women’s History Month (which starts today) and examples of pioneering women
- Women’s History via About.com: Many links to interesting women and topics, including the recent blog “Was Cleopatra Black? Weighing the Evidence”
- Women’s History Month via History.com: Includes links to numerous women’s history videos
- · Women in World History: A project from the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University
- The Radical Women’s History Project: “Just as women have been mostly left out of the broad discourse we call ‘history,’ women of color, indigenous, queer, trans, disabled, and non-Western women (and women living within all the intersections thereof) have been further marginalized, mostly left out of or tossed in as an afterthought in feminist attempts to add women to existing history,” says organizer Shelby Knox.
- Women artists via Wikipedia: “In the latter part of the 20th century, historians have endeavored to rediscover the artistic accomplishments of women and to give these artists their due place in the narrative of art history.”
- On Twitter? Follow #wmnhist, #herstory, @Wikipatia, and @chickhistory for wonderful information on women in history.
These are only the tip of the iceberg. What resources do you know and love? What women do you honor and why? March is Women’s History Month, and we will be posting as many links as possible, so please share!