Daughters, They are Speaking. 

Pardon this late post! Spotty wifi and a bus trip to London has given me some extra time to think about Paris; hope this is worth the wait! 🙂

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Wednesday was a hard day. In the construction of this trip, I had planned France to be a liberating point in lining up with Gilligan’s work, a place where we found women on the brink of autonomy. Sure, they were still in the struggle to have work recognized, but overall traction is gaining and life is moving forward. Instead we found the marks of women and them labeled under the banner brotherhood, angels, and demons. We found women above and below and not at the table.

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Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Humanity. 

“[Women] are far above men to inspire him, far beneath him to corrupt him… but they have no human mind and no human nature.” – Dorothy Sayers, The Human Not Quite Human, 1947.


I love Dorothy Sayers and her essays on women from the first half of the last century. And this small passage comes up time and time again as I’ve read about the women on this trip. For the most part, I’ve somewhat enjoyed digging in to it, this idea that women are above to inspire and below to tempt and are never quite human, and what we can do in our classrooms and lives to help both boys and girls realize that this simply isn’t the case: we are all human.

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Fresh Air from Maria & Corrie

“Her ideas are still so… fresh.”


While Nina, our guide at the Maria Montessori house, spoke this about the creator of an education movement still happening today, I believe we could say the same of so many women and men we’ve met along this trip and especially in Amsterdam. There’s a reason we’re drawn to Anne’s belief that people are still good at heart, that Maria’s schools and method are still growing, that Heidi has been translated into so many languages.

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Audio Prep: A Saint, An Artist, A Suffragette, and A Female Pope.

WOOF. There are too many books to read and not enough time. Praise the Lord for podcasts, am I right?!

Stuff You MissedThere are two FANTASTIC podcast groups that are pinch hitting for me with stories of ladies that 1) I don’t have enough time to read a full book on, 2) Could not find a book that I felt would work (some biographies are really biased, see below) or 3) did not know about in the first place (again, see below). The first is “Stuff You Missed in History Class” that, true to its name, encompasses all sorts of random people, places, and events in history that are not adequately given their 15 minutes. They have several episodes on women that we should stand up and pay attention to from all over the world, you can see that list here. The other is called “The History Chicks” which focuses specifically on women in history. See their list here. They’re quality isn’t as great, but the information is still worthwhile if it’s what you’re looking for.

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