By Heather Munro Prescott
I can't let the summer end without commenting on the latest video from Hello Flo, a "reminder service" for feminine hygiene products that "was born to deliver just what a woman needs when she needs it."
Happy Birthday baby girl! Today you are six. It really does seem like yesterday that I held you in my arms just minutes after your birth. I remember thinking at that moment (and throughout my pregnancy) that having a girl was not going to be easy. As a historian I am painfully aware of hard it was/is to be a female. Yes, women have achieved quite a bit, but there are many individuals (male and female) who think gender equality will lead to the end of human existence, and who are hellbent on placing women within the box of inequality.
It may come as no surprise that a few of us here at Nursing Clio are big, crazy Mad Men fans (see here). Although I had my early reservations about how the show portrayed women during its first season, I have eventually grown to love the way Matthew Weiner has developed interesting, complex, and strong female characters as the show has matured.
One of my favorite characters on the show is Sally Draper. The preteen daughter of Don and Betty Draper, Sally is a witty, inquisitive, and troubled young girl (a lot like me at that age). In Sally Draper, Weiner has essentially captured the hope and heartache embedded deep within preteen girlhood. Indeed, last season we watched Sally awkwardly navigate between her girlhood and womanhood; a confusing and awkward time that we can all probably can relate to. She sometimes throws pouty tantrums with her mother when she doesn’t get her way, yet she yearns to be treated like an adult around her father and his friends.