Thursday, November 4, 2010
Thinkin' Thursday - Winds of Change
In post election haze & to combat my NaNo breath, I decided to look at some of the historical events that took place this week across the United States. Three things that changed us in some fundamental way. Each snippet is a story in its own right.
In 1914, the bra became a patented product in the United States. And, contrary to convention, the patent actually came from a woman - Mary Phelps Jaccob. And all because of a dress! Bowing to the power that is fashion.
In 1916, the first woman was elected to Congress from Montana - Jeanette Rankin. Montana women had the right to vote even before statehood was finalized. There's something to be said for lack of sprawl, I guess.
In 1969, Sesame Street debuted on PBS. Yes, Sesame Street & I were born in the same year. I grew up on Oscar, Bert & Ernie, & Mr. Snuffalupagus. No Tickle Me Elmo or as my kids refer to him - Emo Elmo. Of course, no one had to worry about Big Bird Facebooking about Bert & Ernie's living arrangements back then either.
What historical event/s come to mind? Have you ever considered writing about them/incorporating them into the fabric of your story?