Feminism Mattered in 2014 and Matters in the New Year

December 30, 2014

“We cannot become complacent about the rights we have wrested from an often unwilling world,“ writes Dr. Regina Barreca in her Psychology Today column, “Snow White Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” Dr. Barreca lists seven reasons demonstrating “Why Feminism Matters in 2014—and in 2015.” Here is a sample paragraph (Number 3 on her list):

“‘Power is the ability not to have to please,’ critic Elizabeth Janeway tells us. Women and girls often regard their ability to please as, paradoxically, one of their greatest strengths. As a culture, we still encourage women and girls to ‘make nice.’ We should be teaching them to ‘make trouble.’ Nice alone doesn’t make history. Nice alone doesn’t break down barriers, break apart powerful cliques, cartels or consortiums of inherited power and privilege which are, unsurprisingly, often gender-linked”

Read her entire list here.


Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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