Like Black History Month, I wish we did not have to celebrate a specific month for Women’s History. However, the truth of the matter is that we desperately need Women’s History Month, just as we continue to need to celebrate Black History Month.
The past three years in particular we have witnessed myriad vicious attacks on women and their bodies. John Boehner and his ilk seem to want property rights to every vagina in America. I’m very glad, as all of America should be, that my dear friend Molly Murphy MacGregor helped start Women’s History Month.
Over the course of the month we will look at women pioneers and women who fought for civil rights, while we also examine the continued hypocrisy and double standards that exist, as we witness right wing extremist policing women’s eggs. Reproductive health is debated by men (Catholic Bishops? Darrel Issa‘s all-male birth control panel?) with paternalistic moralizing and no reference to women at all. Sadly, it is not just men that are trying to control women’s bodies, but a faction of self-loathing women, who have internalized male oppression are also hurting women: are you listening Susan G. Komen Foundation? Helping everyone learn Women’s History is the best preventative for creating any new Phyllis Schlaflys or Karen Handels.
I leave you with one of my favorite School House Rock videos!