Having It All, clockwise from top left: Amanda, Annie, Dawn & Dara, Carol & Barbara, Magda
Letter from the Editor – Autumn 2018
It’s an exciting time as Alice reaches our third anniversary with the publication of this autumn issue, Having It All. With the theme we thought we’d have a rant or two about the greedy 1%, but instead our writers contributed pieces about living deliberately and in peace. In its organic way, we are always pleasantly surprised by how the theme of each Alice issue manifests into editorial, and a magazine.
With the upcoming mid-term elections fast approaching Tuesday, Nov. 6 in a polling place near you, I’ve been thinking about our sense of place as feminists, and about the women who (and their movements that) brought us here today.
In the early 1920s, the suffragettes worked tirelessly to ratify the 19th amendment. This magazine is named for Alice Paul, a leader in the movement to claim the right to vote for women. She, and her fellow activists, did just that. She said, “There will never be a new world order until women are a part of it.”
Fifty years later, in the early 1970s, there was the women’s movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. These female leaders (and there were many of them!) did not want to be seen as dowdy, bonnet-wearing crones, but rather as free-thinking, independent women. They stopped wearing bras, formed consciousness-raising groups, banded together, and despite groundbreaking support, they lost. Of this time, activist and artist Judy Chicago noted, “We will not be equal in this world until we have our stories told, or recognized until our institutions pass on our culture.”
Now, in this, and previous issues of Alice, I see a new kind of female activist emerging. She brightly lives in the present and she bravely tells her story. The terrorizing and dehumanizing of women in this country- and around the world- has finally been put in the spotlight, and everyone (conservative or liberal) is taking a look at the way we treat ourselves as women.
Women today expect nothing less than to be respected as human beings and equal partners. Feminism is being replaced by humanism, and that means there is no valid qualifying distinction between female or male, black or white, gay or straight. There is no longer “women’s work” or a “man’s man” as these ancient bigotries and stereotypes fade into extinction.
Today’s feminists believe in political, economic, and social equality for all. We are firmly on the path to awareness and consideration of issues that affect us all. The march continues, and we will not stop until we succeed. It is predicted that voter turnout at the mid-term elections will be greater than it has been in the last 50 years. (Female-lead movements happen in 50-year cycles.) By using our super power to vote, and building on the tools that our foremothers worked so hard to hand off to us, we will embrace and define modern feminism in this world.
As activist and actress Lily Tomlin once joked “If I had known what it would be like to have it all, I might have been willing to settle for less.” Having it all is hard work, and we are up to the task. We are creating a modern world that works to provide equality for all.
“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures…” ―Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Winter issue out Jan. 15th 2019, editorial due Jan. 2nd; Where I Stand.