The Women behind the Underground Railroad and the Resistance to Slavery in the US

Slavery was a part of US history from as early as the 17th century, and so was the resistance by the enslaved. The quest for freedom took various shapes – slowing down the labor, theft, armed rebellion, and most common – escape. Enslaved people ran away from their masters towards freedom since the first days Read more…

The Future of Gender Representation on Traffic & Road Signs

They are blending into the streets we occupy, the highways we drive through. Directing us to turn right, to stop, to be careful around school children and to watch out for falling rocks. They are there to keep the order in public spaces, to prevent accidents or confusion in the navigation of the concrete jungle. Read more…

Women’s Equality Day: Celebrating the Past and Working on the Future

Behind the celebrations of August 26th – Women’s Equality Day – stand more than 100 years of women’s rights actions. Here is the brief timeline of the making of Women’s Equality Day in the US, from New York, via Tennessee, to Washington D.C. 1848 The year 1848 is considered as the official starting date of Read more…

Settlement Houses and the Rise of New American Women

Settlement Houses first appeared in North America in 1886, inspired by the London-based model of Toynbee Hall. Those were community institutions that fit into the trends of their time and place: addressing the needs of the growing cities, with economic and social gaps between the poor population of immigrants and the newly educated and politically Read more…

Salem: From Witch Trials to Tourism Trails

Less than an hour drive from Boston, the town of Salem offers its visitors an interesting slice of history, mixing gender politics with mysterious tales – the infamous 300 years old Witch Trials. Among the most studied events in Colonial American history, Salem Witch Trials cost 20 people their lives and about 200 people their Read more…

Women to Women: from Boston Marriages to Girlfriend Getaways and Golden Girls

At home, in the office, or on the road, women created various ways of forming structural bonds with each other. The context and the motivation can vary, but in most cases, the result is the same: empowerment. Here’s a brief overview of sisterhood practices in the US. Historic Inspiration: Boston Marriage In the late 19th Read more…

The Many Mothers of Mother’s Day

The history of Mother’s Day holiday in the US is based on a collection of individual efforts across the country, delivered by several mothers (and one father), originating in active citizenship and becoming a commercial sales promoter. Mother’s Day at Arlington, May 10, 1925. Photo credit – Library of Congress. Mother 1: Ann Reeves Jarvis Read more…

Church Choir Singers Jump beyond Gender Inequality to Stardom

One of the most fascinating stories of the US music industry is the growth of Gospel – a genre which became a vehicle for feminism, merging the religious and the secular, the commercial and the political, and serving as a jumping board for many pop celebrities today. The magic of the gospel is now a Read more…