Wednesday, March 28, 2012


March 26, 2012
Fredrick Douglass
 "Observing woman's agency, devotion and efficiency in pleading the cause of the slave, gratitude for this high service early moved me to give favorable attention to the subject of what is called "woman's rights" and caused me to be denominated a woman's rights man. I am glad to say I have never been ashamed to be thus designated." ~Fredrick Douglass

March 27, 2012
Angela Hartnett
 I have been having conversation about this project and people to be included over on Facebook.  This is one of the conversations I had about Angela Hartnett:

"Well Bridget," says Connor McAlonan, (my cousin and a chef in Ireland) "I think Angela Hartnett is a good example. She is a chef in the UK who earned a Michelin Star. But for me any woman who can achieve at this level in a very male/macho dominated world deserves a nod."

... "It seems also, Conor that she is not embracing the bravado of "I am amazing so I can treat my employees like shit" mentality. It seems (and perhaps you know more about her ripples in the foodie community) that she is egalitarian in her approaches. I especially love her comment about having childcare available for ALL employees, not just women. This is what I am looking for when I think about this paper doll project," I say.

"Definitely. From talking to people that have worked in her kitchen, she doesnt have to say much. One of Heroes, " says Conor

March 28, 2012
Sojourner Truth

"Wall, chilern, 
whar dar is so much racket 

... dar must be somethin' out o' kilter. 
I tink dat 'twixt de nigger of de Souf 
and de womin at de Norf, 
all talkin' 'bout rights, 
de white men will be in a fix pretty soon. 
But what's all dis here talkin' 'bout?

Dat man ober dar say 
dat womin needs to be helped into carriages, 
and lifted ober ditches, 
and to hab de best place everywhar. 
Nobody eber halps me into carriages, 
or ober mudpuddles, 
or gibs me any best place! 
And ar'n't I a woman? 

Look at me! 
Look at my arm! 
I have ploughed, 
and planted, 
and gathered into barns, 
and no man could head me! 
And ar'n't I a woman? 

I could work as much 
and eat as much as a man -- 
when I could get it -- 
and bear de lash as well! 
And ar'n't' I a woman? 

I have borne thirteen chilern, 
and seen 'em mos' all sold off to slavery, 
and when I cried out with my mother's grief, 
none but Jesus heard me! 
And ar'n't I a woman?

Den dey talks 'bout dis ting in de head; 
what dis dey call it? 
(whispered someone near). 
Dat's it, honey. 
What's dat got to do wid womin's rights 
or nigger's rights? 
If my cup won't hold but a pint, 
and yourn holds a quart, 
wouldn't ye be mean 
not to let me have my little half-measure full? 

Den dat little man in black dar, 
he say women can't have as much rights as men, 
'cause Christ wan't a woman! 
Whar did your Christ come from? 
Whar did your Christ come from? 
From God and a woman! 
Man had nothin' to do wid Him.

If de fust woman God ever made 
was strong enough to turn de world upside down 
all alone, 
dese women togedder ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! 
And now dey is asking to do it, 
de men better let 'em. 

Bleeged to ye for hearin' on me, 
and now ole Sojourner 
han't got nothin' more to say."
 Delivered by Sojourner Truth 1851 at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio

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