The Wednesday Five: On Feminism


1. New Documentary Focuses on NY Hero for Women’s Rights

A new documentary film, “Inez Milholland: Forward Into Light” tells the story of a New York native who played a major role in the women’s suffragist movement before her death at a young age. When Inez Milholland died in Los Angeles in October, 1916, she became lionized as the “Suffrage Martyr,” the only person to die in the battle for American women’s right to vote. Inez was noted for her distinguished appearance on a white horse, leading the first great suffrage march in Washington, DC in 1913. Watch the trailer below.




2. Louisa May Alcott — Activist

louisa-may-alcotts-184th-birthday-5111070415912960-hpGoogle Doodle in honor of Louisa May Alcott’s 184th Birthday

Yesterday, Alexandra MacAaron wrote in her review of Gilmore Girls: A Year in Life that the show was “always more about the Gilmore women than the men in their lives, despite an ongoing parade of suitors for both Lorelai and Rory. And, true to form, the reunion focuses mainly on the three generations [of women] their personal struggles and their relationships.” The timing of Gilmore Girls’ release this week coincided with the 184th birthday celebrations of Louisa May Alcott, the famed author of one of the most compelling novels honoring women’s stories: Little Women. In honor of Alcott, yesterday, Google Doodle paid tribute to the writer with a doodle designed Sophie Diao that portrays the four sister-heroines in the novel. Alcott herself was a woman ahead of her time. Born in Pennsylvania in 1832, she became a suffragist, abolitionist and feminist and was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Mass. In a lovely piece by Mic, Talia Jane paid tribute to Alcott — the activist — reminding us of the causes that she fought for during her lifetime, including voting rights, racial equality and living wages.

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