That is, Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee?
In fact the commission that plans things has come up with an intriguing idea: a kind of giant commonwealth diary of those 60 years. You can pick any day and write about what interesting or significant things happened on that day. The only restriction is that it is about some commonwealth things.
And you can also get an app for viewing the results.
So let’s go and mark the fact that women and feminism have been extremely important over the last 60 years.
Here’s the site: http://www.jubileetimecapsule.org/
Alternatively, you can write angry letters to the BBC for their list of the New Elizabethans, those UK people who have significantly affected the history in those 60 years. Does (approximately) 20% women seem right to you? No women authors, despite Doris Lessing’s Nobel Prize. As I remember, no women visual artists, even though Tracy Emin and Fiona Rae, our contemporaries, are the only women to be professors at the Royal Academy since its founding 350+ years ago.
Perhaps people compiling the list did not keep sufficiently in mind that making very significant changes in the futures possible for women is indeed changing history. Or perhaps this is unfair. You can hear the head of the panel that selected the new Elizabethans, Lord Hall, discuss the process.
One could go on. Sigh.
3 thoughts on “How will you celebrate the jubilee? Feminism matters”
I am so angry at these celebrations (http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/diamond-jubilee-elizabeth-ii/), I will probably try to overthrow the monarchy on the Jubilee weekend.
Not to disagree with the spirit of the post, but Doris Lessing is on the New Elizabethans list.
Roger, thans so much. I looked so carefully!, I thought.
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