Monday , April 15 2024
Dancing at the revolution, on Ann Coulter's words, and contemplating giant redwoods and baby fawns.

Friday Femmes Fatales No 61 (Women Bloggers)

Ten great posts from 10 new (to me) women bloggers. It is here every Friday (more or less .. sorry about last week!)

Starting with the highly topical, Sherrilyn Ifill on has an interesting take on the Supreme Court's ruling on Bush's power grab. It seems the splits in US society are being reflected on the court. Staying with the US, on Boiling Over, Michaela B. Reid, the "angry cartoonist", is offering a blackly comic take on Ann Coulter.

And with Wimbledon on, now's a good time to point to Kim Pearson's Blogher site. She's been celebrating the efforts of Billie Jean King, and finds some prominent women today aren't living up to the same standards.

Elle Seymour has been at the launch of an organisation called Enterprising Women, which aims to encourage business to start their own businesses. I was surprised to learn that eight or nine men are starting businesses for each woman — seems a high ratio to me, but maybe I just have lots of enterprising female friends and acquaintances.

Also on the political side (Elle is an avowed Tory blogger), I've just found a blog by a seriously important politician, Margot Wallerstein, an EU commissioner. And it doesn't read at all like she set down her junior researcher to do the whole thing. In this post she's ranging widely, from Sri Lankan conflict to cycling to work.

Kali on MySpace believes that there has to be a whole lot more dancing at the revolution before people will start coming. She believes that over decades she's seen students become more and more captives of the media cartels.

Turning to more positive topics, the blogger at Toad in the Hole has been visiting the US's Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Even the fallen trees are beautiful, she finds. "Trees are possibly the best dead things on the planet, by which I mean they leave the handsomest, best-aging, most community-minded (not to mention useful to humans, of course) corpses."

Staying with nature, Anne Arkham has been visiting a friend who takes in injured wild animals for rehabilitation. Among them now is a week-old fawn. Looks gorgeous.

More personally, on Being Amber Rhea, an account of starting out as a young feminist, age five or so: "I remember the incredulity I felt … when someone would tell me, "Girls can't [X]!" "

Then finish with another laugh — Mary on is contemplating a macrame plant hanger complete with angels. She also does some great things with old sewing patterns.

If you missed the last edition, it is on my home blog Philobiblon. And if you'd like to go looking for some more specifically political women bloggers, there was an article in today's Guardian. (Declaration of interest – yes I am on the list.)


Please: In the next week if you read, or write, a post by a woman blogger and think “that deserves a wider audience” (particularly someone who doesn’t yet get many hits), drop a comment. It really does make my life easier.

About Natalie Bennett

Natalie blogs at Philobiblon, on books, history and all things feminist. In her public life she's the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

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