March 25, 2013 - Happy Birthday, Gloria Steinem!

March is supposed to be “Women's History Month.” Why would we need a special month just to talk about women in history? Because the bulk of history books have been written by and about men—kings and generals, male explorers and pirates, male scientists and artists, and so on. Women worked and explored and created all through history, and women sometimes fought and discovered and ruled, too—but history often mentions these women when they explain that, for example, this woman scientist wasn't allowed into a university and that woman artist wasn't allowed to show her work in the academies. It's sad to say that the history of women often consists of tales of discrimination. In a world where even democratic countries didn't allow women to vote until the 1900s or even 2000s (and in Saudi Arabia, women are STILL not allowed to vote)—in a world where even now women generally make less money than do men who work the same job—well, we need to take time to especially focus on women.

One women who has helped to make a lot of positive changes for women is Gloria Steinem. Born on this date in 1934, Steinem grew up to become a journalist and an activist for women's rights. She famously became a Playboy bunny in order to investigate and write about how women were treated in Playboy Clubs. She helped found Ms. Magazine and worked for the Equal Rights Amendment, and she has written about many sensitive and controversial topics. She has worked tirelessly for equal rights, reproductive rights, and even LGBT rights.

Here are some quotes that share the wisdom of Steinem:

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”

We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.”

We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach.”

Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.”

Find many more quotes at

Also on this date:

Seward's Day

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