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Women History Month: Part 1

March 1, 2011

Last month was the Black History Month, and this Month is the Woman’s History Month. It is easy to dismiss it as another PC-affair but we fail to realize that very little archive of women and on women, especially the precolonial and the colonized woman. The woman’s signifier and identified, if not subsumed under that of the men who owned them, are often erased from the annals of historicized teleology. I would not even pretend to know everything there is to know about the history of women. But to commemorate this month, I would like to begin a series of blog post addressing the different issues of womanhood. Being as busy as I am, particularly this March, I am unable to curate an actual showcase of womanhood and what that means, but I would like to draw your attention to all the different things done by the other people to make sure that this event does not dissipate into history. In the next week, I will be attending some events about women’s histories (though spring break begins the coming week). My first blog post would be to try curating a listing of a bunch of cybersites that celebrate the manifold histories of women. You may want to start by reading Obama’s presidential proclamation

Feminist Philosophies

Stanford’s Online Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Feminist Epistemologies

Feminist Philosophers Blog

Queer Histories

A History of the People – a LGBT history, which include the histories of queer women

Queer women of Arab World

Feminist/Women Histories

Pauli Murray Project – I thoroughly admire this independent and brainy woman representative of the mixed ancestry of the US while proud of her African-American heritage. A play of her life depicted her also as struggling with her sexuality and attraction to women throughout her life.

Google Timeline on the History of Feminism and Islam

A documentary on China’s first feminist

SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas

Women History SourceBook

Women and Literature

A website with a clearing house of women writers (mainly from the west)

Women and Science

Cern apparently is having its own commemoration of women’s day celebration on March 8th through their website

What have 20th century women physicists of before the 1976 (remember, this was when it was HARD to be a woman scientist/mathematician and be taken seriously, let alone to be in that old-boys club of physics)

Greenversations – women in science

Feminist Science Fictions (still mainly of the West)

4000 Years of Women in Science

Under the Microscope – stories for, by and about women in science

Women and Social Science/Humanities


General history links

Women’s history hotlist (alas, this details mainly the history of women in the Western hemisphere)

A bibliography of Malaysian Women Studies put together by the UC of Berkeley

Women and Politics

Women revolutionaries of Mexico

Documents from the Women Liberation Movement in the U S – this is a list of materials from the Duke Scriptorium.

Foreign policy, women and the Middle East

Women in General

Empowering Malaysian Women

Women Nobel Prize Laureates

Women’s Speeches from Around the World

The Books of the Day

Panggil Aku Kartini Saja – I bought this book sometime in 2004 (if I remember correctly) during one of my trips to Jakarta and to its wonderful bookstore (at least in terms of local publications). I’ve only begun reading this book again recently (I am in a bad habit of hoarding books and not starting on some of them til much later) and found it to be pretty powerful. I will do a review of it later once I can get through more of it than the introduction and the first chapter. But rest assure that you will enjoy Pramoedya’s wonderful style and his story-telling talent. Ironically, this book is written by a man, a writer twice-nominated for the Nobel prize in Literature but never won.

Rosa Luxemburg Speaks – this is another book in my library (I bought it at a fire sale of a bookstore that had since closed down in Durham) that is part of my post-exams list. This time, the story of this woman revolutionary is told by that of another woman, Mary-Alice Waters. If you get to finish reading this before me, I would like to hear back from you on this.

Madame Curie – she was one of my earliest heroes and it was because of her that I initially chose a life in science (before finding that my aptitude and interest lie a little further afield). I found this book at a Sunday market near Manhattan sometime in Dec 2008 and I also have to confess to not having read it, though I am no stranger to the biography of Marie Curie. What is interesting about this book is that it is written by her daughter, Eve Curie, the non-scientist daughter. How many of you know that Marie Curie is the mother-in-law of the famous physicist and also Nobel Laureate, Marie being a twice-winner herself, Frederic Joliot-Curie (I kid you not, he ADOPTED the name of his wife, Irene’s, family)

Film of the Day

Agora – I haven’t watched it yet but discovered it by chance. It’s about the life of Hypatia and her misadventures among the Christianizing Romans. The film showed her as holding on to her atheistic belief right to the end. Here are some reviews: (if you read Malay)

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