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Who will our future daughters be?

November 5, 2010 in 1960s-1970s, Political history, Social history

Has anyone ever picked up a local, free publication called Skirt Magazine? It’s one of my favorites, and the November 2010 issue has made me smile. Inside I found an article by Shelby Knox called “Where Have All The Women Gone?” After reading it, I just knew it had to be shared!

The author asks her readers very simple questions that bring ‘the white elephant’ to the table to be discussed. She states, “While American women have progressed leaps and bounds since the feminist movement in the 1970’s, we still lag far behind in recognizing women’s contributions to society in the myriad of ways that we as a culture connote who and what is important.” (Shelby Knox, 2010). Shelby continues with her examples that build the case at hand and explore why ‘we still lag far behind’. Her explanation says, “Because we’ve lived for too long with the myth that men created the world and everything good in it and women stayed at home and did the laundry. Statues, stamps, street names and national holidays (of which there is not a single one honoring a woman), are how we as a culture teach children who is and is not important in our nation’s history and, by extension, our future. If young women can’t see ourselves as the inventors, artists, revolutionaries and creators that came before, how are we supposed to fashion ourselves into the modern version?” (Shelby Knox, 2010).

This point is very powerful and I wish for it to make a positive impact on those who read it. In addition, the article holds many other points that are worth reading: Equal Visibility Everywhere (EVE), National Women’s History Museum, and Victoria Woodhull.

Shelby Knox, SK. (2010, November). Where have all the women gone. Skirt Magazine, 44.

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