Do you know who Emma Goldman was? If not, you should. Born in 1869, she was a radical activist, a revolutionary advocate of personal freedom, sexual freedom, and freedom of expression, and a champion for labor rights, gay rights, and women’s equality. But Emma, along with many other pioneering women who dared to buck the systems of their day, have had their stories go largely untold or left out of history books altogether. It’s an egregious wrong that Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian aims to right with her new (and oh so WYSKy) video series – Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History.
Funded by the over $200,000 raised through a March 2016 crowdfunding campaign, Sarkeesian’s Ordinary Women, “explores the lives and accomplishments of fascinating women who defied gender stereotypes but often found themselves pushed to the sidelines or erased from history books that weren’t ready to acknowledge them.”
Episode 1, which highlights Emma Goldman, a woman “once dubbed one of the most dangerous people in America by J. Edgar Hoover,” premiered today. Four additional episodes are currently planned for the series and will include Ching Shih, Murasaki Shikibu, Ida B. Wells*, and Ada Lovelace, all women who Anita says, “should be household names.”
* Ida B. Wells is one of the 12 fearless females we featured in our ‘Feminism At Work’ illustration; women who went out on a limb to speak out, to stand up, and to act in the fight for women’s rights and equality; pioneers who moved women’s history forward and thought leaders who continue to carry that torch.
What Else You Should Know About Anita Sarkeesian
Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture as well as highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces.