In my ample free time, i.e. time I should have been doing graduate school work, I’ve been reading Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman. It’s fascinating non-fiction about William Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman, the women of his life (all of them were feminists and birth control advocates) and their influence on what later became the Wonder Woman comic strip.
They were all amazing women — all white, all middle and upper class.
I realized as I read that this movement did not initially include women like me, as a reader, I felt so detached from any of the characters because they really were experiencing a completely different struggle than any I was familiar. It was just a little jarring for me and now I’m struggling to finish the rest of the book.
I’m loving learning about the early advocates of women’s rights. but now I’m also looking forward to finding and reading about the women of color who advocated for those same rights.