Every time I teach any gender-related course in which feminism comes up in discussion, it is inevitable that a few students—both male and female—will vocalize an unwarranted need to continue any feminist activism. Because, these students argue, girls can do anything boys can do.
In theory, this is true. In practice . . . meh. Not so much.
If you are still arguing the point that men and women have achieved equal status (and many of you still are), you might want to consider this:
Amazon: Top 100 Editor’s Picks 2009
Christian Science Monitor: Nonfiction
Library Journal: 31 Titles
The National Book Awards
Fiction: 1 Man / 0 Women
Nonfiction: 1 Man / 0 Women
Poetry: 1 Man / 0 Women
Young People’s Literature: 1 Man / 0 Women
New York Times
Fiction and Poetry
The Nobel Prize for Literature: 1901 – 2009
U.S. Poet Laureate, 1937-2009
* “In order for a woman to write fiction she must have two things, certainly: a room of her own (with key and lock) and enough money to support herself.” — Virgina Woolf