My third grade art teacher was the first woman I ever knew to put “Ms.” before her name. I remember almost nothing about her except that astounding decision – and the fact that she let us dance to Helen Reddy’s I Am Woman for our after school club performance. She was probably the first feminist I ever met, and thankfully she left an imprint on her little charges. A few years later, I was already reading my sister’s Ms. Magazines, and eventually I went on to a life that’s been about writing stories that in one way or another advocate for girls.
So this weekend, when I was featured on the Women’s Media Center Live podcast, I was thrilled. WMCL is a weekly broadcast out of DC. It’s a project of a larger initiative called the Women’s Media Center which was founded in 2005 by feminist icons Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan. What I like about the podcast is that the guests are widely varied, (Anita Hill, Jimmy Carter, just two quick examples). I also like that Robin Morgan tackles any thorny topic with grace and brains.
You can catch it every Saturday morning, but you can download episodes via i-tunes if you miss the 11 am EST stream. This week, Robin and I talked about lots of things: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, how librarians are truly the butt-kicking heroes, Girls of Summer, REFORMA, and my favorite lists for finding pro-girl multicultural books. Check out Women’s Center Live on Facebook or twitter (@wmclive). Subscribe and enjoy!
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Nice post. Feminism was big when I was in high school. And Helen’ Reddy’s “I am Woman” a favorite theme song. In the late 60s early 70s so much had taken off in the feminism movement. Remember having Gloria Steinem at as a speaker at the Women in Communications, Inc., annual event in 1974. That was my era and I loved being around women ( a lot of journalists) who were trail blazers. Seems like yesterday. Robin Morgan is great.
You know, I have sweet memories of the early movement, too. So much energy and pride around being female – and so much excitement about banding together to make changes in work places, schools, etc. Thanks for this comment!