First Millionaire: Madam C. J. Walker

by Katy Gehred There seems to be a split between people who describe Madam C.J. Walker as America’s first self-made female millionaire or as the first self-made African American female millionaire. As somebody with a background in feminist theory, I’m tempted to chalk this up to identity politics, which so frequently asks women of color to choose between race and gender as their primary identity. … Continue reading First Millionaire: Madam C. J. Walker

“Kisses to the Little Ones”: Martha Jefferson Randolph & 18th Century Motherhood

by Katy Gehred The little “about me” blurb at the end of all my posts says that if you have any questions about Thomas Jefferson, I’m the one to ask. Well, this is 100% true. As anybody who knows me for more than three minutes finds out, I used to work as a tour guide at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. (Don’t know what that is? Look … Continue reading “Kisses to the Little Ones”: Martha Jefferson Randolph & 18th Century Motherhood

Won’t Somebody Think of the Children?: Sex Scandals in US Politics

Katy Gehred Women have been actively barred from taking part in elections in America for a very large portion of our country’s history. It took suffragettes almost a century of hard battling to scrape our way up to the vote in 1920. But there is one particularly unimaginative way that women have been active in US politics since the birth of our nation. Sex scandals. … Continue reading Won’t Somebody Think of the Children?: Sex Scandals in US Politics

Screw You, Tim Tebow: Thoughts from a Feminist Sports Fan

{Katy Gehred is a first-year graduate student in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence College. Originally from Dayton, Ohio; she is currently researching gender in early-America.} Prior to the Broncos/Steelers game of January 8, one of my friends posted a Facebook status which read something along the lines of: “Well, one of them will rape you and the other won’t let you get an abortion.” I’m … Continue reading Screw You, Tim Tebow: Thoughts from a Feminist Sports Fan