Monday, March 11, 2013

Emily Speaks: Do it for the tall girl

Hello! Emily here!

We can all agree that learning about and celebrating women in history is extremely important. And if you don’t agree, well, you should pretend you do, because society says you’re wrong. At least, modern society finally says you’re wrong.

There are obvious reasons why Women’s History Month is necessary. But then, there are the reasons you don’t know about.

Here’s one. You’re welcome.

When I was little, I enjoyed acting out historical events. NERD ALERT. It’s okay, I had friends. ...and I forced friends to join me in this spectacular edutainment. And when those friends went away, there was always my younger sister.

I was also a really tall kid. Like, disturbingly tall. Like, other kids would consistently think I was a teacher in the bathroom. Okay, I also wore a lot of Land’s End.

This unfortunate combination of loving history, loving creative play and being a freak-giant meant one thing: I ALWAYS PLAYED A DUDE. Because there “weren’t enough women parts.” And I “had a deep enough voice.” (I was also always made to be Sporty Spice when “playing” Spice Girls, but that’s another story. A story that also supports the importance of strong female role models.)

If only I had access to all of these great women of history when I was in elementary school! Then, I wouldn’t have had to “be” George Washington! Or Ronald Reagan!

Or Aladdin!

Okay, so...there were other reasons. Look at how women are portrayed in traditional stories. What smart, inquisitive, book-loving, Land’s End-wearing little girl wanted to be the girls presented in media? I had about as much in common with Princess Jasmine as I did with my cousin Katie (...who always played Jasmine).

So, when I wracked my 6 year old brain for ways to spend a Saturday afternoon, I didn’t know Susan B. Anthony or Hillary Clinton or Harriet Tubman. I knew Pocahontas? But no one would play John Smith.

It’s too bad we have to create a month just to remember to remember women who have done great things in history, but the upside is A COMEDYBRATION DEDICATED TO WOMEN WHO HAVE DONE GREAT THINGS IN HISTORY DURING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH.

Do it for the tall 6 year old girls who are sort of sick of drawing mustaches on their faces.

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