I realize that it is not yet March, but I’m eager to start the conversation about Women’s History Month this month.
A lot of us who work in the field of women’s history have mixed feelings about Women’s History Month.** On the one hand, we are pleased to have an excuse to celebrate the achievements of women—famous, forgotten and all variations in between. On the other hand, most of us feel strongly that we need Women’s History Month because as a culture we have failed to recognize that women’s history is in fact simply history. When history happened, we were there and taking time to consider the how and why of our involvement makes the story bigger, deeper, more complex. Just more.
As long as we need Women’s History Month, we’re going to celebrate it here in the Margins, and we’re going to celebrate it hard.
Last March I ran a series of mini-interviews called Three Questions and an Answer on my blog for women’s history month. Four days a week I interviewed people who write about or otherwise work with women’s history. Many of you told me you enjoyed, and so did I.
So this year I’m doing it again. I’ve widened my scope to included people who are running women’s history Twitter feeds, writing novels (in one case in verse), and building a women’s history library, as well as women who write non-fiction about the women who made history.
First up on Monday, three questions and an answer with Vicky Alvear Schecter, who writes about women of the ancient world, including—wait for it—ancient women warriors.
We’re going to have Big Fun.
*The allusion to Leap Year was unintentional, but since I can’t un-see it, I’m going to own it.
**Which started out as Women’s History Week in 1982.