Website Wednesday

Did you happen to catch Makers on PBS last week? It’s a documentary featuring ground breaking women and telling “the  remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy… MAKERS brings this story to life with priceless archival treasures and poignant, often funny interviews with those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those first generations to benefit from its success.”

I haven’t watched the whole thing yet, but (happily!) it’s available online. You can watch the whole thing here. Try watching the first four minutes and not want to watch the rest.

Still, perhaps you don’t have the time for a long documentary–no problem! Check out some of the individual interviews, or at least look at the names and breadth: Susan Brownmiller, Sandra Cisneros, Eve Ensler, Nora Ephron, Catherine MacKinnon, Robin Morgan, Alice Walker, and that’s just a few of the writers! It’s an amazing list of people. Surely there’s something you can use for a class, and lots of potential learning.

But maybe that’s overwhelming, too–a paradox of choice. No problem! Go to the blog, where they are presenting one story per day during March. Let them choose for you.

You’ll be glad you did.

Monday Music

It was going to be this one, because it was the first song I heard this group do (on Austin City Limits) and I love it. Then it was going to be this one because it’s a big bowl of funky soup. Then it was going to be this one because I couldn’t decide between the other two and I love every part of this song–from the percussion loops to the weird vocals (plus the ukelele reminds me of Nellie McKay and I’ll take any excuse I can find to link to her). But it’s this one. Happy Women’s History Month!

No True Scotsman: A Campaign Against Sexual Violence

I tagged this when I saw it last fall for my Social and Political Philosophy class because I thought it was amazing on multiple levels and would provoke a lot of discussion. I showed it to my class and they were pretty stoic in response which surprised me. I wonder if maybe the accents gave them trouble and they weren’t sure they heard what they think they heard. Also, it was close to the end of class. Also, it was beautiful outside.

Still, I thought I should share it here; maybe you can do something with it:


Oh, and I showed them this one, too, from FunnyOrDie, the week before, which they thought was funny, so maybe they were thinking it was a spoof, too.

Women’s History Month

Welcome to March, everyone.

Ivan Tejeda sent along this Women’s History Timeline, and I thought I’d share it with anyone who might want to make use.

He writes:

It’s probably for younger students, but still worth a look. Other links on this site are also of interest. If anything, it gives our students a starting point or point of reference in their Women’s Studies.

And justice for all. Thanks, Ivan!

Free History Event For Students

News of this very cool event arrived via an email from Jackie Kirley (retired History):

To friends in academic settings:  note students attend Free.

On Thursday, April 7th the Working Women’s History Project will host an event  commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, the fire that changed America.

On March 25, 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City took the lives of 146 workers unable to escape the fire.  Many jumped from the 9th floor; others died piled up in front of a locked door.  Almost all were immigrants.

Public outrage and grief at this horrific tragedy led to new work and safety regulations and general acceptance of collective bargaining.  Workers had struck clothing factories two years earlier to protest terrible working conditions and low pay, but to no avail at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. This tragedy brought reform.

Tickets are $25 ( $30 at the door).  They can be purchased online at or by mail using the accompanying flyer.

Students attend FREE but must register by email to: and bring a current ID with them.

The event includes

  • a light buffet with wine
  • an original play on the Triangle Fire told from the perspectives of an attorney, one deceased young woman, one survivor – woman, a family member of victim, and the factory owner.
  • a historian who authored a book on the Triangle Fire, an OSHA compliance officer, the Midwestern VP of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Executive Director of Jobs with Justice who will examine changes in work safety regulations, manufacturing in a global economy, and the organizing of workers.

It is noteworthy that today America is revisiting the debate about worker rights. Come and join the discussion in the Question & Answer period following the panel.


Jackie Kirley       Information at or 773.667.4690

Monday Music

Monday Music is a regular feature whose goal is to provide you with some music to get you fired up for another week of doing the yeoperson’s work of educating the citizenry.

A little circus music for the circus (and the broken-hearted)…