Women’s History: April 18

18 Apr

Happy Birthday, Susan Faludi

Happy Birthday, Susan Faludi.  Faludi is probably best known as a strong feminist voice of the 21st century and the author of Backlash.  I remember reading Backlash in the early 1990’s and thought Faludi really captured the wave of misogyny erupting from the Bush Sr. administration. As I look back, her book now seems prophetic in some very scary and dangerous ways. Faludi does a remarkable job of addressing how our culture still finds the need to punish women for wanting parity in the workplace, or governance over their own bodies.  We have only to look at the recent attack on Planned Parenthood and the vicious and specious attacks on Nancy Pelosi and Michelle Obama to see the full accuracy of Faludi’s words.  I thank Faludi for her continued work in social reform and pushing for equality. I only wish her work were required reading in high schools.

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