Tuesday, 15 July 2014

From Sandi Toksvig

When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an Anthropology Professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. 
“This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar,” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote down. “My question to you is this: what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.” 
It was that moment that changed my life. In that second, I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past.
How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?

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