Friday, January 4, 2013

The Only Woman in the Room

Sometimes you come across a news story that is important to women’s history and you ask yourself, “Why didn’t I know this before?”
Such is the case with this report from the New York Times about Beate Gordon, the “unsung heroine of Japanese women’s rights” who has only just died.
It makes me wonder how many other women there are - some of them still living - who have been involved in ground-breaking advancement in the rights of women in all corners of the world and who have either been forgotten, deliberately ignored or sidelined.
I am sorry, Beate, that I knew nothing of your admirable life and achievements until now, although I am glad others are keeping your legacy going.
Beate wrote her biography in 1999. It seems to be out of print but hopefully it will now be reissued.
Poster from the 2004 Japanese film

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