The 2011 VIDA Count was released the last days of February and the internet was alive with commentary as March began. This was also the beginning of Women’s History Month. So far, I’m not noticing any special celebrations of history or women, or women in history. I’m sure they’re out there, but overshadowed by news of non-celebratory-worthy behavior towards women. Especially Rush Limbaugh’s behavior toward law student and birth control advocate Sandra Fluke. (My reaction is pretty much that of Christa Desir’s.)
I spent Saturday keeping up with news of advertisers dropping Rush Limbaugh like the rotten potato he looks like, smells like, and sounds like. It comforted me to know the outrage over his comments was strong enough to make people put commercial pressure on his show. Then I ended up on Carbonite Online’s Facebook page, which stated their reasons for not advertising with Limbaugh anymore. For every comment applauding their decision, there seemed to be another siding with Rush. *Sigh*
I’m tired of standing on my soap box shouting about sexist behavior and discrimination. It feels too much like too few are listening. My voice is hoarse.
Instead, I’m now looking for things that make me feel good about being a woman—and a writer. I found one already, Flavorwire’s 10 of the Most Powerful Female Characters in Literature:
Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." The Swedish title of the book actually translates to "Men who Hate Women."
Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre
Hermione Granger, the Harry Potter series
The Wife of Bath, The Canterbury Tales
Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games trilogy
Hester Prynne, The Scarlett Letter
Éowyn, The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Lyra Silvertongue, His Dark Materials trilogy
Janie Crawford, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Hua Mulan, The Ballad of Mulan
Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Thinking of my own history, I would like to add at least one more. As a teenager, I loved Princess Herald Elspeth of the Mage Winds trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. Elspeth rode into battle and kicked some serious butt, never needing a man to do the fighting for her.
Who would you add to this list?
Happy Women’s History Month.