Mean girls

Grace's life is undone, dismantled, broken apart when her husband Robert declares his undying love for his law partner, Sol. With the loss of their life partners, their social position, and their homes, Frankie, Sol's soon-to-be ex-wife, and Grace create their own unique bond of female friendship. In the Netflix series Grace and Frankie starring Jane … Continue reading Mean girls

Suit Up for the Fight

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay in 1942) straightens Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor in 1947) in this Time Magazine photo from 1967.  They were in Cleveland -- Ali had refused to enter the draft, taking instead an anti-Vietnam War stance. A group of athletes, including young Kareem, met to support his decision. I recently heard … Continue reading Suit Up for the Fight

Nine to Five

What do women at the top of both power and money wear to work? They don't wear tight sheath dresses; they don't wear pencil skirts; they don't wear tight blouses or top. They do wear pants, fuller skirts, blazers and more blazers, they wear heels and flats and mid-heel loafers. They wear up-to-date patterns, off-beat … Continue reading Nine to Five

21st Century Suffragist

For the 21st century woman who is still sick about November, still angry that a majority of white women chose someone who holds women in such low esteem, and for the woman who is determined to fight for a nation that chooses diversity, tolerance, love, kindness, this post is for you. So let's try translating … Continue reading 21st Century Suffragist

Round & Round We Go

image: twitter @mayersinger, located on This astonishing image from the Women's March on January 21, 2017 is the result of a grassroots organizing effort. No corporate sponsorship, no central organizing body. And there's two forces at work here: a Women's March, developed spontaneously online and then running like electrical signals along old, old networks of … Continue reading Round & Round We Go

“Wonderful line”

Kellyanne Conway, the president's "counselor" who functions as his press mouthpiece, promoted the president's daughter's clothing line on national television this week. " "Go buy Ivanka's stuff," Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, told Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy. Ivanka Trump has a "wonderful line," Conway added. "I own some of it. I fully, … Continue reading “Wonderful line”

Blood Red Mad

So while we know the whole nordstrom-defense reflex is silly, it is satisfying to feel that shopping at nordstrom or nordstromrack is a way to fight back. So here is a blood red outfit for your consideration. All items pulled from and most on sale right now. Not because they aren't doing well, but … Continue reading Blood Red Mad

Truth Telling

In 1864 Sojourner Truth began selling cartes-de-visite to raise funds to support black soldiers serving for the Union Army and later, for suffragism. Nell Irvin Painter's marvelous, astounding history of Truth, Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol (W.W. Norton and Company, 1997), Painter has an extended analysis of Truth's choices of self-presentation in these publicity photographs. … Continue reading Truth Telling

Madonna: You don’t see her anymore

Vivid memories of Madonna in the 1983 Mtv video for "Lucky Star." Like Tracy rushing home to watch The Corny Collins Show in Hairspray , I'd rush home after school to watch Mtv, and my first memory of Madonna was in the Lucky Star video. (In the early years, Mtv had veejays, such as Martha Quinn, … Continue reading Madonna: You don’t see her anymore


Written on back: Nancy Henderson, Spring 1947 E.K. S.T.C. (Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College). from a bag of photographs purchased in Springfield "Heart of Ohio Antique Mall"in 2015, random photographs torn from scrap albums. There's nothing "resistant" about Nancy's outfit, until you set her in the context of her time period. Spring 1947 puts Nancy … Continue reading Christmas