March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.
MARGARET MEAD (1901-1978)
Margaret Mead was born in 1901 to Quaker parents, making her the fruit of a sexually repressed culture at a time of great sexual repression. Surprisingly, she not only railed against the mores of the time, but also permanently altered the way Americans viewed sex and gender. Mead studied as a cultural anthropologist with a focus on gender norms of other cultures. When she saw that women in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands seemed content, liberated, and empowered compared with American housewives, Mead dedicated her life to pursuing change in American attitudes toward gender and sex that dominated the era. In turn, her work empowered the women’s liberation and sexual revolution movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Keep reading »