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January Classifieds (part two)
Work for Susan B. Anthony('s legacy), Augustinian motherhood, and more
Thanks for sending in some of your notes for this edition of Other Feminisms Classifieds. I’ll crowdsource recommendations again in about two months. And remember, you can still reply to this week’s post on where you tally women’s representation, and I’ll share highlights from our conversation next week.
Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony Museum
The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, Massachusetts is looking for a new Executive Director. Here’s part of the job description.
Our Mission: The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum is dedicated to preserving the Birthplace and raising public awareness of the wide-ranging legacy of the prominent 19th century social reformer. As a noteworthy figure in the suffrage, abolitionist, anti-Restellism and temperance movements, Susan B. Anthony advocated for the women’s vote, while opposing slavery, abortion, and alcohol.
Our Vision: As stewards of the legacy of Susan B. Anthony, we are committed to creating an exceptional, historically accurate learning environment that enriches our local community and promotes a national discourse which informs civic engagement. Our vision, consistent with that of Susan B. Anthony herself, is an engaged public informed by truth and history.
The salary range is listed as $40,000-$80,000 and full details for the application are here.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Catherine Myers recommended this museum, and its online collection of art by women as I try to expand my references. Just in my initial scrolling, I really enjoyed this portrait of Princess Belozersky by Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun.
Christina Lambert offered paired book recommendations:
Two book recommendations that pair nicely with each other: Janet Martin Soskice's book, The Kindness of God: Metaphor, Gender, and Religious Language, is a beautiful mediation of a lot of feminist theology. In the first chapter, Soskice discusses how stereotypical portrayals of spirituality often appear to be antithetical to the life of a mother. She writes, “What we want is a monk who finds God while cooking a meal with one child clamouring for a drink, another who needs a bottom wiped, and a baby throwing up over his shoulder” (23).
In that same vein, Natalie Carnes’s recent book, Motherhood: A Confession, is written in the style of Augustine’s Confessions, but from the perspective of a mother writing to her child. I reviewed the book for Front Porch Republic (https://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2020/08/ordered-toward-your-becoming-on-natalie-carness-motherhood-a-confession/), and it’s definitely worth the read, as it bridges academic and popular audiences with its beautiful and honest portrayal of motherhood.
The latter’s been sitting on my wish list—I think prompted by that same Front Porch Republic piece!
Finally, for anyone thinking of exploring programming, Vikki W recommends the Recurse Center (which offers 1-, 6-, or 12-week online courses). They’re intended for people who have programmed enough “to know that you enjoy programming and are able to write short programs from scratch.”
She’s in the middle of her course, and loves that it’s influenced by unschooling principles. Vikki says to contact her (by replying to her original comment) if you might be interested and have questions.