Edit: You ladies are all awesome - just reading all these is making me tear up - thank you all! *sniffs*
OK, this is not so much a thinky thought as a call for assistance. I'm trying to collect a bigger mental collection of women heroes (RL ones, not fictional) - something to challenge the patriarchal consensus that men *do* things and *are* things in the world and women support and serve and subsume themselves in others.
Along with the various pressures to make that true, there is also a general erasing, re-writing and institutionalised forgetting of all the women who *do* and *are* in contradiction of this narrative. There is a pretty pitiable pantheon of 'significant' women who get trotted out again and again (Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie etc.) but there are loads whose significance has been written out of history.♥♥♥ Do any of you have any favourite female heroes you could tell me about/ direct me towards? ♥♥♥
To get the ball rolling. Here's a couple: Rosalind Franklin
, who worked on the discovery of DNA, but unlike Watson and Crick was not widely recognised for her contribution. No Nobel prize for her.Gertrude Bell
- a female Laurence of Arabia, only much less well known. She was a historian, novelist and member of the British secret service who played a major role in directing the political order in the Middle East following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. A biopic has just been made (2015) and do you know what the director says? "This is a woman who has a very complex, very beautiful inner life, and two tragic love stories." Blurgh!
In other news, this fest is going great! \o/
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