The US Women’s Hockey team beat China, 12-1 yesterday. On Saturday, Canada beat Slovakia 18-1. Canada and the United States have such dominating teams simply because the sport has been popular for girls there and here for going on 20 years. In places like China and Slovakia, and even Finland and Sweden, girls are just getting turned on to the sport. In 1990 only 5,000 girls were registered with USA Hockey. Today more than 60,000 are. You can’t win at the Olympics unless the girls are playing the game.
I’m not simply indulging my own daughter’s hobby here by talking about women’s hockey a lot. Supporting women, and especially girls, as they struggle for representation and success in male-dominated areas, like sports, classical music, race car driving, politics, etc. is our JOB. I can’t play college hockey, but my daughter can. I can’t compose great classical music, but Amy Beach could (yep, I’d never heard of her either), and I can support her work and the work of others like her by pressuring classical music stations to put more women composers and conductors on their playlists.
All Pumas remember Dr. Lynette Long and the work she’s done on exposing the obama campaign’s caucus fraud. She’s now working on a project called Equal Visibility Everywhere, EVE, which works to increase the visibility of women in as many places as possible. Long is personally working a lot on the “Put a Woman in Statuary Hall” campaign (click the link. Join the group. Easy as pie.) I’m the Massachusetts chair for that effort. So, if you have any suggestions for great Massachusetts women who should be commemorated, please mention in comments here.
Another effort that’s grown out of EVE is to get more visibility for women composers and conductors on classical music station. This effort was started by Marille Herman and I’m excited to be working on it as well. We are hoping to entice Swannie to take part, along with all Pumas. Marille sent me an excellent list of radio stations around the country for us to contact, which I’ll be posting in a little while.
In the meanwhile, I find Violet Socks’ opinion on the question of “what’s feminism FOR anyway?” worth mulling over endlessly:
“The point I keep trying to make is that feminism is very simply about women’s equality. There are conservative feminists, liberal feminists, communist feminists, libertarian feminists, etc. — and that’s just on our western political landscape.
The other point I keep trying to make is that both policy and representation matter in the business of ending isms. It’s ideal if a political candidate combines both — which is why Hillary was great. But this is not always going to be the case. Which is what we have with Palin.”
REPRESENTATION = VISIBILITY. We need to see MORE WOMEN. Everywhere. On radio stations, in statuary halls, in the Olympics, on the race track, on Capitol Hill, on the Supreme Court, in the White House. Where do YOU want to see more women? How can we help?