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Women’s History: February 22

22 Feb

Poet/Feminist

Happy Birthday, Edna St. Vincent Millay. Millay is best known for her poetry, specifically her poetry around issues of sexual and personal freedom. Millay was only the third woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Millay’s sexuality seems to have been somewhat fluid, having had relationships with women, and marrying Eugen Jan Boissevain. Both took on other lovers during their 26 year marriage. Millay was a strong feminist and activist. One of my favorite quotes from Millay is:

Let us forget such words, and all they mean,
as Hatred, Bitterness and Rancor,
Greed, Intolerance, Bigotry.
Let us renew our faith and pledge to Man
his right to be Himself.

Happy Birthday, Isabella Beecher Hooker. Isabella was the half sister of Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Isabella became a social reformer and strong suffragist. In fact, she became a close friend of one of my heroes, Victoria Woodhull. For those of you that follow my blog regularly, you will remember my story on Victoria Woodhull and how she lost many a friend for her article exposing the affair of the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, yet Isabella stood by our Victoria during this debacle.

 

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