I get kind of frustrated sometimes with how little progress the women's movement has made. I know, I know, we've come a long ways, but sometimes it seems that for every step forward, there are two steps back. For example all the Disney movies about princesses, and the fact that most little girls that I know, when asked, say they want to be a princess when they grow up. i.e. they want a rich man, born of royality, to take care of them. This happened once in the last century - Grace Kelly. Talk about a long shot.
So I love this project by Austin photographer, Jaime Moore. Instead of the standard Princess in a Box party, for Emma's 5th birthday, Ms. Moore chose to dress up her daughter as influential women from history. This is such a fantastic idea, and has the added bonus of built-in dreams that are attainable. Love it.
This image is an anomaly in the set (since there has yet to be a female president), the other images are mimicking actual photos. Go check out the rest of them - they are really wonderful.
And two other articles of interest on the topic of modern feminists.
Feminism has Come a Long Way - or Has It, by Ruth Rosen (an overview of the last 40+ years of the Women's Movement).
And this amazing rant: Why Society Still Needs Feminism, by Caitlin O’Donnell, that opens with - Because to men, a key is a device to open something. For women, it’s a weapon we hold between our fingers when we’re walking alone at night.
There is still much work to do, and yet most women nowadays do not identify themselves as feminist and actually act like it is a bad word. Of course, they all want equal pay for equal work... like it will magically happen some day. In 1970, a woman earned on average 59% of a man's wage for the same job. Today we are at 77%, with that kind of progress we should reach parity in 100 or so years. And this is just one issue, there are so many many more.
Photo Credits: Jaime Moore