Women’s History Is A World to Be Fought For

 

Ida Tarbell: Jane Addams' editor, journalist, muckracker, feminist: 1857-1944
Ida Tarbell: Jane Addams’ editor, journalist, muckracker, feminist: 1857-1944

Dear Reader:

March is Women’s History Month. To celebrate, I’m posting a favorite image of one of my favorite American women, Ida Tarbell. Just this past week I learned that Tarbell was Jane Addams’ editor for Twenty Years at Hull-House, Addams’ autobiographical account of a groundbreaking approach to solving urban problems, the “social settlement.”    
You can read more here. And/or, you can join me here, when I will be discussing Addams’ work.  If you’d like to attend, please write to me at: rebecca@rebeccasive.com.
Happy Women’s History Month.

Beyonce Sings Her Heart Out

Dear Readers:

Sunday, Beyonce joined Diana Ross, Madonna and Janet Jackson as a Super Bowl halftime  star. Would she lip-sync, some joked. Not a chance: just as she did at President Obama’s inauguration, once she hit the stage she did her thing live and in living color.

While I listened and watched as Beyonce sang inauguration day, I got to thinking, and then I got to writing:  She sings two anthems, but President Obama only listens to one.

Her personal anthem is: “Who Run the World (Girls).” Yes, I’ve written about this song before: I love the song and its message. Alas, we’re not running the world, at least judging by who sits in President Obama’s most important Cabinet seats (State, Defense and Treasury).

Women’s History Month will be on us in a blink-of-an-eye, and it’s already Black History Month: Let’s make some history and raise a little sand.  

 Ida B. Wells: One of the great “raise a little sand” originals.

Best wishes.

Rebecca