April 24th, 2013
When it comes to feminism, all of us have our own idea of how it may be defined. Some say that anyone supportive of equality is a feminist. Some adhere to a strictly canonical history when it comes to the timeline of feminist “waves.” Others may have a more loose notion of the general profile of what a feminist might look like, act like, and how that person has been educated or even how relevant their core values are today. When it comes to this issue of “relevance,” it may be worth a refresher course – one informed by a primary source rather than a subjective feeling.
Seven years ago, I moved to New York. Around that time I got wind that the Brooklyn Museum of Art was working on the permanent installation of Judy Chicago’s seminal work, “The Dinner Party”. Consisting of handmade place settings for influential women throughout history, and many more names inscribed on floor tiles. You might say that Judy was the first woman to publicly display that women belonged “at the table,” (as Sheryl Sandberg asserted in her Ted Talk, and subsequent book, “Lean In”.)