In honor of Fabulous Feminist Fridays, we present responses to the question: What is your favorite feminist moment in history?
Tucker Cholvin: Despite its status as a work of fiction, the scene in Mary Poppins where the mother marshals the household staff around the house to suffragette anthems remains the zenith of the feminist movement for me. I think that big-ass hats with birds and flowers and shit on them are what’s really missing from the modern feminist movement. A sunglasses-wearing Hillary Clinton texting on a C-17 remains a close second.
Kayla Corcoran: 1920 was a historic moment for women in the United States, especially because the government finally got with the times (way overdue) and gave women the right to vote by passing the Nineteenth Amendment. 1920 isn’t my favorite feminist moment in history because of the voting rights it allows me, but because of Charlotte Woodward. Woodward herself never voted, but she was the only woman present at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 who lived to see the Amendment pass. She was 91 years old.
I see this moment as a tremendous example for the long-reaching effects of not just feminism, but of social justice efforts. Out of the sixty-eight women who signed the Declaration in 1848, only one lived to see the results of her work. One.
But one is all it takes to keep the fight going.