October is Women's History Month, and this year the theme in Canada is Because of Her (recognizing the women who have shaped Canada’s history). Because of the research I am doing for my book sometimes it feels like this has been Women's History Year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time alone in my office discovering strong women, women who have been wronged, women who have made a difference and women who have fought with their words and actions to improve all women's living conditions. I may have spent most of that time alone, but I felt surrounded by courage, hope and energy. With every passing day I become increasingly impatient to share my findings and writing with my sisters, girlfriends and all women.
My book's title is still a secret, but some days I feel like changing the name to Herstory because that is what it feels like. I haven't been keeping track so I'm not sure how many women's lives and stories I've discussed but the total could easily be approaching 100. Through my writing I feel like I'm resurrecting some women--well, their stories, anyhow--and introducing others that everyone should know about because they are wonderful people.
This week I edited a chapter that included a discussion on antipornography legislation and the sexualization of childified women and adultified girls. So many women (and men) have been working on this problem for decades! I'm looking forward to giving them more visibility.