Just a quick recommendation for a fantastic documentary series on BBC2, hosted by Dr Amanda Foreman! You can find it on BBC iPlayer; there are three episodes currently up there (but only for the next month). Check it out here: (x). In it, Dr Foreman investigates and examines the role of women throughout history. Our story has not been a simple progression from bad to good, from dark to light. As empires have risen, fallen and expanded, the status of women has fluctuated. Beginning with the earliest civilisations and progressing to the power struggle of the Middle Ages, she asks us to consider how far we have come – and how far we still need to go.
(I particularly enjoyed the section on Empress Wu in the second episode (“Separation”). I think you’ll like her too.)
“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”
– G. D. Anderson, author.
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticised anyway.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the USA (1933 – 1945)
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot. Together we can do great things.”
– Mother Teresa
I want to clarify that, while this is a great quote, I do understand that Mother Teresa was a somewhat controversial figure. She was “pro-life” and took the traditional Catholic stance on contraception. Personally, I’m pro-choice; I think we should protect the mother’s wellbeing first and foremost.
“Don’t allow men who hate women to define feminism as women who hate men.”
– John Marcotte, founder of Heroic Girls
“Men who want to be feminists do not need to be given space in feminism. They need to take the space they have in society and make it feminist.”
Kelley Temple, NUS Women’s Officer
“The default mode for women is self-loathing; you don’t feel normal. It’s like: why don’t you feel normal? It’s because you live in a world that was built by men.”
Caitlin Moran, “A Chat with Caitlin Moran” by Hannah Witton (x)