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Marking Feminist Pioneer Gloria Steinem's Birthday Today

Steinem's Birthday in Women's History Month Inspires Action

Update (several hours after writing this): There are 18 posts whose authors have checked the proposed hot topic category of "Women's History Month" as the relevant category for their respective posts, but the public cannot see those, because they can see only the hot topics chosen by the Psychology Today editors. One of the chosen ones, "Spring Cleaning," also has 18 posts. Should we laugh or weep at how it looks that, according to the PT editors, Spring Cleaning is a hot topic, but Women's History Month is not?

 

Following Second Wave Women's Leader in Women's History Month

How fitting that during March, which is Women's History Month, the brilliant, perceptive, courageous, witty, compassionate, and by no means least important, warm Gloria Steinem celebrates her birthday.

Happy Birthday, and may you continue to thrive and to see what we need to stand up against, to remind us of the importance of allying ourselves with other women and with supportive men, and to be a voice of wisdom about our public politics and our personal lives.

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And how wonderful it would be if Psychology Today recognized the importance of the work of Steinem and others by taking the simple but important step of making "Women's History Month" one of its "hot topics" before the month ends, as a way of taking a leadership role in recognizing the many achievements of girls and women and the long road ahead of us before we reach equality. Many Psychology Today bloggers have written about subjects (at least 17 posts) related to Women's History Month, and although what would be ideal would be to know that the time of equality is here, so that such a month would no longer be needed (and of course, given the ongoing power and manifestations of misogyny, by all rights women should have not just a month of recognittion but ongoing promotion of discussions and action to advance equality ... as is true for Black History Month), like the Psychology Today editors, each of us in our own spheres has various kinds of power and opportunities to highlight these matters. When hot topics the editors have chosen include one about pets and one called "Whoops!" it is hard not to wonder what keeps the requests for one about WHM from prompting this small but significant act.

Let each of us vow that, as Gloria Steinem has been doing for decades, in whatever ways that we are able, we will take the steps we can to move forward the cause of equality and celebrate what girls and women have done despite the hurdles that make it harder than it ought to be.

 

 

Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D., a clinical and research psychologist, is an Associate at Harvard University's DuBois Institute and former Fellow in Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program. more...

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