Meeting with (an) Angela

Ivanka Trump, of all people and to the great surprise and disbelief of many Germans, especially women -- is representing the United States at the G20 Women's Summit (Women20). For many German women, themselves in a nation with a high socioeconomic mobility factor and relatively strict laws governing gender and sex discrimination, Ivanka symbolizes two outmoded … Continue reading Meeting with (an) Angela

Brilliant Light

Sometimes someone speaks to you from the past and it hurts. I thought I'd write a post about homecoming queens or something, and this photograph of a beautiful woman showed in the google image results, several hits in. Detached from context, it's an image of someone I wanted to know. The openness of the gaze, … Continue reading Brilliant Light

Drawers still empty

So Jared Kushner kind of forgot to disclose his meetings with Russian officials in his application for security clearance. In their story on April 7 about this oversight, the New York Times used this image by Al Drago for the NYTimes.  We see a depiction of a domestic relationship of father- and son-in-law and an … Continue reading Drawers still empty

The Apprentice

In April 2017 the "official" First Lady portrait of Melania Trump was released. Derided by some as an airbrushed, vaseline-lens-soft-focus yearbook-style photograph, the same portrait was lauded as by others as "glamorous". For one thing, many complained, as Hannah Marriott points out in The Guardian, Mrs. Trump looks like a reality show judge, a "depressingly logical" … Continue reading The Apprentice

Rosa Pesotta

She arrived at the United States of America in 1913, seventeen years old. She got a job, as so many other Ukrainian-Jewish girls, at a shirtwaist factory in New York City. She became one of the most effective labor organizers ever, spending her life working for working people, especially women. She was also a woman … Continue reading Rosa Pesotta

Bell Curves

In 1994 Charles Murray wrote, with a co-author, The Bell Curve, arguing that intelligence was a product of environment and "inherited" factors, that is, good breeding. The chapter presenting this marlarkey of an argument has been largely disproven both in terms of evidence and conclusions (the rest of the book is not as dicey in … Continue reading Bell Curves

Striking!

Dressing for a protest is nothing new, especially for women. And gaining improvements in the working conditions and pay for women is nothing new -- and having to go on strike, protest, and rally for these rights is nothing new. The garment industry in the first decade of the 20th century ran on women's labor. … Continue reading Striking!

Unchanged

Kitty Cone died just a bit under two years ago. Why didn't most Americans know of her death, given her central role in changing American life and democracy for the better? Good question. Kitty Cone was a disability-rights and pro-democracy activist. She fought for racial and gender rights and along with that, she fought like … Continue reading Unchanged

Like a shooting star

I've puzzled over the design of Melania Trump's inaugural ball gown. Designed by Ralph Lauren, it didn't look like anything I'd seen Lauren (or his team, to be more precise) design. It seemed... well, off brand for Lauren. Lauren's couture-ish designs have been, well, to my middle-income eyes, weak versions of run-of-the-mill dress gowns. Bias cuts, … Continue reading Like a shooting star

Game, Blouses (part 2)

Photo from private (that would be my own) collection Game, Blouses is a three-part series. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Our two gals are wearing shirtwaists -- what we today would call blouses. Usually made of fine, thin cotton weave, and often incorporating lace inset or trim, these blouses were made by women of … Continue reading Game, Blouses (part 2)