Yesterday in Feminist History: Happy Birthday Frida


Yesterday was the birthday of renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. She would have been 103 years old. Frida was a passionate painter, well-known for her self-portraits depicting her physical struggles as a survivor of a severe bus accident as a teen. She was married to Diego Rivera, another famous Mexican muralist. Kahlo died at the age of 47 and much of her fame came after her death, as feminist art historians began writing about her work.
In honor of her birthday, google created a “doodle”–changing their logo for the day to honor her. As Shelby Knox points out at Feministe, the number of times they have done this to honor women is appallingly low.
Happy Belated Birthday Frida!

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Dear Betsy DeVos: Fighting for Survivors of Sexual Violence Is a Racial Justice Fight

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For the past few months, I’ve seen several articles — almost exclusively written by white women — arguing that we shouldn’t enforce Title IX protections for survivors of sexual assault because the authors ...