Check out this brave piece by Madeleine Schwartz, a senior at Harvard who writes a column for the daily paper called “Women at Harvard”. Her latest article centers on the absence of radical feminism from university curricula:
“To overlook radical feminism is also to overlook an intellectual movement which shook at the foundations of almost every aspect of daily experience. It made sexual politics a national issue, Willis writes. It sought to redefine social constructs like marriage in more daring ways than the current conversations. “Radical feminism is our [American] philosophical achievement on par with European post-structuralism, but more practical, deeper, more activist, more productive of change, less hermetic,” Mark Greif ’97 wrote in a recent issue of the journal N+1. Feminist thinkers pushed their readers to reexamine language, birth and love; they challenged critical texts for not going far enough.”
While I take issue with the argument that gender equality has already come to pass (as Shwarzt seems to suggest with her opening sentence: “There’s a gap in our understanding of how gender equality came to be”), I think she makes a lot of valid points in the rest of the piece about the importance of remembering, documenting, and teaching feminist contributions to our world.