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Women’s History: April 14

14 Apr

Simone de Beauvoir

It was April 14, 1986 that we lost Simone de Beauvoir. Beauvoir is probably best known for her book The Second Sex, which confronts misogyny and the oppression of women.  It was not until 1986 that I read The Second Sex; it and Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch probably stirred the militant feminist in me. It was not just Beauvoir’s feminist voice that I was attracted to, but also her perspective on religion.  While Beauvoir started off a devout Catholic, she maintained that religion was used for the exclusive purpose of manipulation.

Although Beauvoir was bisexual, her long standing relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre and the fact that they were able to sustain a polyamorous relationship seems to be what catches the public eye. In addition to The Second Sex, I would recommend reading The Mandarins which also focuses on issues of existentialism, feminism, and the intelligentsia.  To learn more about Simone de Beauvoir, click here.

It was April 14, 1964 that we lost Rachel Carson. Carson was a pioneer environmentalist and author of Silent Spring. In Silent Spring, Carson documented the dangers of pesticides and herbicides and the lasting ill effects of toxic chemicals in water and on land and the presence of DDT even in mother’s milk.  Needless to say, Carson was attacked by the agricultural chemical industry. Carson died of cancer shortly after the book was published.

Quote of the day:

    Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.–Rachel Carson



Women’s History, January 9

9 Jan

Happy Birthday, Carrie Chapman Catt.  Chapman Catt best known for her work as woman’s suffrage leader and president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). She also founded the League of Women Voters.  Chapman Catt did live to see the passing of the 19th Amendment.

Happy Birthday, Simone de Beauvoir. de Beauvoir, a French existentialist philosopher and feminist, is best known for her book, The Second Sex, where she addresses women’s oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism.

Happy Birthday, Joan Baez, award winning singer and songwriter; human, civil, and peace activist; founder of Humanitas, International Human Rights Committee (1979)  Enjoy one of my favorites by Baez.

Quote of the day:

    You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now.   Joan Baez                                                          
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