Women's History Month
March is, of course, Women's History Month — the first since a global pandemic that has disproportionately impacted women around the world. In a special CircleAround series, we asked writers to explore the topic of women's history in America — from the past to very much the present — from a variety of perspectives.
* Fight Like a Man: Civil War Soldier Sarah Rosetta Wakeman: "The idea that a woman of the 19th century could pretend to be a man and live as a fellow soldier — sharing close quarters and fighting alongside them — without being discovered seems far-fetched to our 21st-century minds. However, the everyday customs and Victorian mindset of that era aided these women in their ruse."
* When Women Were Not Allowed to Have Credit Cards: "It’s clear that life was extremely difficult and unfair for women living in the 1860s. More than 100 years later, in 1974, Congress passed the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which allowed women to get credit cards in their name without having a male co-signer."
* Taylor Swift Kicks off Women's History Month by Slamming Sexism on Netflix: "On March 1 — the first day of Women's History Month — the 'Cardigan' singer slammed the streaming platform on Twitter for allowing its new show Ginny & Georgia to include a dig at her. 'Happy #WomensHistoryMonth, I guess'."
* Remembering My Mother, the Queen of Empanadas: "It was only then that I realized what the empanadas meant to them: Far from their country of birth, it was a little reminder of home. As these immigrants struggled to make it in a place where everything was foreign — the language, the people, the food — here was this small thing that was uncomplicated and familiar, labored over with love, requiring no translation."
* Chloé Zhao Makes History for Asian Women with Golden Globes Win: " 'Sometimes a first feels like a long time coming,' said Zhao in a video reacting to her win. 'I’m sure there’s many others before me who deserve the same recognition. I just love what I do. You know? I just really love it. If this means more people like me get to live their dream and get to do what I do, I'm happy'."
* The Gift of Menstruation: "Even though half of the world’s population experiences menstruation, getting your period is perceived as a problem. The euphemisms are endless — 'that time of the month,' 'Code Red,' 'monthly visitor,' 'lady time,' just to name a few."
* International Women's Day Event Guide: "Of hundreds of events one can find on the official website all over the country, here are five events taking place in the United States on #InternationalWomensDay — all of which you can participate in from your home living room."
* Why Women's History Month Makes Me Think About My Legacy: "As a Women’s and Gender Studies minor, I used to feel bad that my life hadn’t amounted to anything spectacular. Getting paid to write tweets for conglomerates wasn’t exactly impressive, glamorous, innovative, or progressive."
* Vegan Warrior: Alicia Kennedy Connects Food and Feminism: "All the environmental concerns around food — where it comes from, how it’s made — that influenced me to approach food writing with politics and economics at the forefront. I try to be as holistic as possible in terms of thinking about how food intersects with class, race, geography, and all of these things … combining culture and lifestyle food writing, merging two lanes, and taking on an eco-feminist approach to food.”
* 5 Things Not to Say to Your Friend Starting a New Business: "Women who found startups are 63% less likely to receive VC (venture capital) funding than their male counterparts. They start with fewer chances to succeed. Don’t make their lives harder than they already are by being a doubter or a hater."
* Women Who Changed History in 2020: WATCH this video featuring three women who changed the course of history in 2020 — in politics and sports.