In light of women's history, allow me to soapbox for a moment and say a bit about the current attitudes toward Women's Studies. I have heard certain social and celebrity commentators make snarky remarks regarding liberal arts education, and in particular areas of scholarship which focus on women's history. These commentators are invariably white men whose very sex and racial history have dominated the historical narrative since the birth of western education in the Middle Ages. We are quite familiar with the historical narratives of Anglo-European men (of men in general), their triumphs, their failures, their conquests, their memoirs, etc., etc., ad nauseam. This is not to say that the histories written by men are inaccurate or invaluable, however, it is the dominate historical perspective, and from a social perspective (where women, children, minorities, and other marginal groups are also present and whose stories have been told by those other than themselves), it is a historical perspective that is largely biased.
But since the second wave of feminism in the 1960s, the traditional historical narrative has slowly been changing to reflect and include the stories of women (minorities, etc.). Histories have been recast, sometimes dramatically rewritten, but with great care and thoughtfulness. These changes in the historical narrative, altering what has been traditionally known, are not made lightly, they are often fraught with contention and take years of research and collaboration with historians across multiple disciplines. Critics of these changes to the historical narrative accuse historians and proponents of women's history of pushing a "leftist agenda" (whatever that means), as if women haven't been largely excluded from the historical narrative and when recognized treated as "help-mates" to history rather than history themselves!
|~John Stuart Mill~|
Now, as we encounter each minority commemorative month on the calender (Black History month in February, Women's History month in March, Native American History month in November, etc.), let's understand why these commemorations are significant and necessary to our historical narrative. Furthermore, as we transition into Women's History Month this weekend, it must be noted that if it were not for progressive thinking men (i.e. Frederick Douglass, John Stuart Mill, etc.) who openly identified with the oppression and subjugation of women and lobbied for women's rights, it is certain the plight of women would not have been lessened, laws in our favor would not have been passed, and our current state of relative freedom and equality would not have been realized. We womenfolk thank you. Now, to the quilt show and women's symposium (steps off box)...
Highlights from the Women's Quilt Show, January 30, 2014:
|~The Emergence of Mother, artist Gail Gyan~|
|~Entangled, artist Gail Gyan~|
|~I Spy, artist Linda Morgan~|
|~Denim, artist Cheryl Nickoson~|
|~Underground Railroad blocks, history class project~|
|~Linda Morgan and Me~|
My presentation and display at the quilt show:
WSU Women's Symposium, February 21, 2014:
Now that things have settled down, I can get back to normal and get back to sewing! I haven't touched my machines in weeks and I'm having terrible creative withdraw. I have a project list a mile long and new fabrics to play with - whoohoo!
Blessings and happy sewing!