Maryland suffragists picket the White House, 1917.
Working for women’s rights has a long history in our country and has taken many forms,
from the early suffragists in the mid-nineteenth century up through today’s movement to ensure STEM education for young women. This Saturday, January 21, is the day of the Women’s Marches around the world. 215,000 people have RSVP’d to the Washington, D.C. event on Facebook, and another 1.3 million are expected to attend marches around the world, including over 60,000 here in Chicago[update as of 01/21 11:00 am central: 150K!]. (more…)
Before there was “Fifty Shades of Grey” there was Erica Jong and the “Fear of Flying”. To celebrate her birthday today we’d like to share her lively conversation with Stud’s from 1974. When “Fear of Flying” was published in 1973 it set off a firestorm of controversy for its frank portrayal of female sexuality and is often credited with the attitudes towards sex that dominated the second wave of feminism. In their lively discussion Studs and Erica touch on a range of subjects from the real meaning of her book to the prevailing attitudes towards sex in the ’70’s.
Early in the interview she tells an amusing story about the connection between sex and politics, how that connection got her speaking engagement cancelled by the Smithsonian and how that cancellation gained her a whole lot of notoriety from the Washington Post. Listen to their lively exchange and ask yourself how much has changed in the last 40 years.