History Repeats Itself

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February is the month kids’ backpacks come home with stories, drawings and assignments celebrating Black History Month. This year the experience was especially relevant with the election of Barack Obama. In March, the theme is Women’s History Month, when Susan B. Anthony teaches kids how women gained the right to vote and Marie Curie inspires girls to pursue science. But perhaps as educational as figures of our past are people making history in the present—even people in our own backyard. Madison Magazine began chronicling interesting and often groundbreaking women from its inception in 1978. As the women’s rights movement made inroads in the definition of a woman’s place, you began to see fewer of us in swimsuit ads and more of us on the cover. When The Capital Times splashed “Dame County” across its front page in the late 1990s, the magazine responded with a cover featuring ten prominent Madisonians—the first women to hold their titles in each of their respective professions (see p. 34). A decade later, women continue to climb above the glass ceiling our predecessors broke for us at home and in the workplace, defining and redefining our roles as politicians and journalists, mothers and CEOs. Right here in Madison, there’s important history in the making. Visit madisonmagazine.com for biographies of some of the women who’ve graced the cover of Madison Magazine through the years.
Madison Magazine - march 2009
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