History Gets a Rewrite, This Time with Women

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Mary Garrity, 1893 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Ida B. Wells, an influential investigative reporter and civil rights leader, will be one of many women featured in the web series.

Women do not get a lot of airtime in history textbooks, but there is a new effort to change that.
The founder of Feminist Frequency, Anita Sarkeesian, announced that her website has launched a new project to incorporate important women into the retelling of history.
Women have long been excluded in history texts. Sarkeesian intends to bring women’s accomplishments over the centuries into the spotlight with a video series called Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History.
The stories of “women like Ching Shih, who started out working in a brothel, and ended up commanding one of the largest pirate fleets in history,” or “Ida B. Wells, who was born a slave, and became a famous investigative reporter and civil rights leader,” Sarkeesian explains in Time Magazine, are just some of the women who will be featured in this special web series.
According to the prominent feminist, the story of women is not irrelevant in the way traditional history lessons have led us to believe; instead, it is just the reality we are often not told about.