Let’s Give Our Sisters a Hand

December 29, 2009 by Jessica Acee · Comment
Filed under: Culture, Politics 

As misogyny continues to take a toll on our communities through violence and rising inequality, it’s important to remember the amazing work done on the feminist front in 2009. To that end I offer you ten short vignettes that have inspired and challenged me to think bigger about change. These are small, often personal, steps forward that should motivate us towards equality and justice in the years to come.

I’m proud to be a woman and proud to have witnessed the following women (and men) take a stand in 2009.
(In no particular order)

1. Rosie the Riveter High School opened in Long Beach, CA to help young women train for careers in the trades. A founder of the school and a former steelworker and longshoreman, Lynn Shaw, told the LA Times that the school is “about trying to change the way society looks at women.”

2. Pop star Rihanna showed young women how it’s done when she got the support she needed to deal with the painful and humiliating experience of domestic violence.

3. Fewer than half of the 22 officials designated by President Obama as having Cabinet rank are white men — only nine in fact. Obama has included a much larger proportion of women in his administration (36% so far) than Bush did, including Hillary Clinton and Sonia Sotomayor. Let’s boost that number to 50%!

4. Young women, many of whom are students, are playing a large roll in the Iranian opposition by organizing protests, marches and media outreach. They often risk their lives and do so in a country that is increasingly brutal towards women. Read more