Daniel Bein’s latest wake-up call for those folks still clinging to yesterday. Check out his earlier take-down of the men’s rights crew here.
In Alice + Freda, Alexis Coe explores Memphis in 1892, a time of horse-drawn carriages, riverboats, and pseudo-psychiatry. She introduces the reader to Alice Mitchell and Freda Ward and tells us of their romantic relationship, the discovery of their forbidden love, and the ensuing forced separation. We watch Alice’s hope turn to disappointment, obsession, and … [Read more…]
“The Ladies Room.” A commonly heard phrase these days. “Where is the ladies room?” is a question any given server or bartender likely hears on average 10 times a night. The availability of public restrooms for the exclusive use of women is such an accepted standard that we rarely even give thought to the matter. … [Read more…]
On this day in 1907, Billie Pierce was born Wilhelmina Goodson in Marianna, Florida. The Goodson name was made famous by then-Billie Goodson and her seven piano-playing sisters in Gulf Coast cities and towns. As Billie Goodson, she played jazz piano with some of the most famous musicians and singers of the Jazz Age, including … [Read more…]
On this date in 1919 the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed the Senate by a vote of fifty-six to twenty-five. This amendment prohibited any United States citizen being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex, and thus guaranteed women’s suffrage. The amendment was first introduced to Congress by California … [Read more…]
Today in 1932, award-winning writer, Doris Betts, was born in Statesville, North Carolina. Her first collection of short stories, “The Gentleman Insurrection,” was published in 1954, and she became a Guggenheim Fellow four years later. Betts went on to publish several story short collections and novels. She taught creative writing at the University of North … [Read more…]