Susan B. Anthony walked this earth from 1820 to 1906. With Elizabeth Cady Stanton and other allies, she dedicated her life to living as an activist for women's rights. This life culminated with an amendment to the Congress that they presented, to give women the right to vote. It was after her death in 1920 that the vote was passed and the US Constitution was amended for the 19th time, allowing women to vote.
ALLOWING. What a concept.
It reminds me of the point made by Catharine MacKinnon that when we women sing the song of inclusion, it is within the fugue of "we are the same." And that song, though important, is embedded within a structure that remains structurally oppressive and patriarchal and keeps our existence in correspondence to the male standard. The male body is the human body. The female body is the extra credit course found in ob/gyn.
Undoubtedly Susan B. Anthony had to field assorted insults and harassment that remain evergreen: "Why are you such an angry woman?" "Why don't you smile?" "Be happy." "Happy girls are the prettiest girls." "Why can't you just get over it?" "You asked for it, didn't you?" "Why can't you be grateful for what you have?"
On this International Women's Day, I bow deeply to all women past, present, and future who resist all facets of misogyny, even in the face of insults and terror from the universe as we fight for inclusion and protection within a flawed structure ... while imagining a someday when the standard of the structure is no longer male.
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