New Series!! WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
New Series!! WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Yes, I know it’s been over a year since I last updated with anything. I have a good excuse for that: I was completely out of ideas for blogs. Completely. Didn’t have a one. Zip.
What changed the dry spell? Well, many of you might not be aware of this, but March is Women’s History Month, and it always irks the hell out of me that we never really do anything to celebrate it. I mean, last year the only special on Women’s History Month I saw at all was for Ghost Adventures on Travel Channel, with our over-gelled host Zack Baggins proclaiming that the special was entitled, “Killer Women,” where they searched for the ghosts of infamous women. You know … in honor of Women’s History Month.
It makes me sick—and worried; there are so many women in history who have done so many great things, and they’re never talked about. We’ll talk at length about Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, Mata Hari’s over-embellished exploits, whether Mary Todd Lincoln was actually insane, if Countess Erzsbet Bathory bathed in human blood, if Catherine the Great really did die in an escapade involving a horse, if psychopathic Bonnie Parker was a hero or unfeeling murderer and whether or not the Amazons actually amputated their right breast. Nobody ever talks about the fact that Lord Byron’s daughter Ada Countess Lovelace designed the first modern computer, that England wouldn’t have existed without the work of Alfred the Great’s daughter Aethelflaed, that Harriet Tubman commanded gunships during the Civil War, that in World War 2 Russia had its own division of female soldiers and fighter pilots, that the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (W.A.S.P.s) had thirty-eight of their female pilots die but the United States government refused to pay for a single funeral, or that Alexander the Great had been terrorized into retreating by Queen Candace of Ethiopia—the only battle he did not win.
And there’s still many, many, MANY more.
I kicked myself last year for not doing something then, but vowed that this year it’d be different. My goal here is to teach you about 31 different women from different eras, races, and nations. They are queens, princesses, chieftains, doctors, pilots, spies, nurses, scientists, teachers, prime ministers, pirates, inventors, soldiers, entertainers, care workers, senators, presidents and empresses. Every one of them has done something to change history or culture and more often than not made massive sacrifices towards the greater good of their nation or the planet as a whole. In addition there will be entries on the Amazons, Suffragists, the history of witchcraft and others. I’ll try to choose and post a different woman or topic every day for the month of March, and I’m going to try my hardest to be accurate—it’s amazing the misinformation that’s out there.
(And if you think I’ve missed anyone, please drop me a note and maybe next year I’ll write about them too!)
So, since the upcoming 300: Rise of an Empire is actually going to feature one of my favorite historical figures, the next blog’s first woman of note will be: Artemisia I, Queen of Caria!