This week’s web roundup included a selection of the best websites for women, sixty of the most extraordinary women changing the world, a tribute to the Victorian-era journal as a catalyst for women’s empowerment, radical female poets, and a touching and dynamic video feature on Oscar-winner Rita Moreno.
Top 100 Websites for Women
We know our Women’s Voices visitors, Facebookers, Tweeters, etc., are among some of the more web-savvy folks out there. So we’re happy to share Forbes recently released Top 100 Websites for Women in 2012 that “speak to and for the female reader.” Of course we’re already fans of, and have featured on our Wednesday 5, some of the Bloggers who made the list, like Blogher and The Hairpin. And we are thrilled to see sites that encourage women’s increased engagement with technology, like Women 2.0, and with entrepreneurship, like Small Hands Big Ideas, on the list. Be sure to check out the full Top 100.
The League of Extraordinary Women
Speaking of lists, the July edition of Fast Company captured our attention with its cover story on The League of Extraordinary Women—a term we like to use to describe many of the women in our lives! In this selection of “60 Influencers Who Are Changing The World,” Fast Company profiled “high-achieving” women who are using their prowess to change the lives of girls and women within the United States and around the world. Of note in this extraordinary league are Pat Mitchell, of the Paley Center for Media; Laila Ali, of the Women’s Sports Foundation; Tina Brown, of Women in the World Summit; Tory Burch, of the Tory Burch Foundation; and a host of other fabulous 40-plus-year-olds who are voices for change!
…the Evolution of Women’s Rights in a Victorian Lady’s Journal
How often do you return to your journals or diaries? Can you trace the evolution of a movement (personal or public) in them? In Tracing the Evolution of Women’s Rights in a Victorian Lady’s Journal, Michelle Legro of Brain Pickings shows us “how the most private of frontiers became a public front for the gender dialogue.” That private frontier was the diary of Isabella Robinson, a 41 year-old housewife on trial for adultery in London in 1858. The events and thoughts captured within those pages were used against her to make a case for adultery. According to the law of the land, she was indeed guilty. But those pages also revealed a woman trapped by a life marked by “constrained dullness, monotony, and normalcy.” The lesson here: Perhaps you should go back and excavate those private thoughts written on the page. And don’t underestimate them. They might just be the beginnings of a revolution.
Early Radical Poets
If you’ve read our Poetry Sundays, you know we are poetry lovers. So of course a headline on “Radical Poets” is going to make it on our radar. And yes, there is such a thing as radical poetry! So says Alison Nastasi of Flavorwire, who, in a list of 10 Early Radical Poets, picks five women— Qiu Jin, Lola Ridge, Katherine Bradley, Edith Cooper, and Amy Lowell—who used poetry to rally for women’s rights, give voice to invisible communities, and added some spice to the women’s literary landscape.
Groundbreaking Rita Moreno
This week, Makers.com, the impressive living video library of stories of trailblazing women—both known and unknown—added the groundbreaking Rita Moreno to its archive. Moreno, now 80 years old, made history after playing “Anita” in West Side Story, which led her to become the first Latina to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.”I have no objection to playing an Hispanic,” she says in the video feature, “I have every objection to playing a stereotype.” The career of this still-working singer, dancer, and actress is unique, as she remains one of the few actors to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy. In the video, Moreno talks about her storied Hollywood career; the triumphs, and the stereotypes she encountered as a Puerto Rican woman; winning the Oscar; aging in Hollywood; having an unconventional mother; and learning to speak up!