Sarah Josepha Hale

Listen, y'all.  Three or four different members of my family today have forgotten who Sarah Josepha Hale is.  How many years have I been posting to Baxter Sez an explanation of Hale?  And is my family not reading the blog?  And why does Lincoln still get all the credit for starting Thanksgiving?

So here's a link to one of the posts about Hale.  Go read it right now.  And please remember, as well, that Hale wrote a very famous poem for which her authorship has been forgotten.



"Mary Had a Little Lamb."

And now here's a guest post from my brother Aaron:

Another little-known fact about Mrs. Hale is that she was the first full frontal feminist. Now, to the readers of Baxter Sez, this type of feminism is old hat, but for those living in the days of Lincoln this was very taboo. The only other full frontal activity around at that time was rodent related (another blog post to come) and mainly concerned the patriarchy. This rodent-focused lifestyle totally bored women, who were concerned with much more important non-rodent frontality, and Mrs. Hale choose one december to fix this problem.

On December 11, 1808 Mrs. Hale walked into the center of town, with her little cute hat held in front of herself, and proceeded to shine her feminism, frontally, to the entire village. Much was changed that day. She realized her full potential and the other women in town fell in behind this natural leader to challenge the status quo.  After that day, the focus of her career switched to improving the status of turkeys - the unknown national bird of feminists.

1 comment:

Quiche said...

Do I get points for remembering your past Thanksgiving posts about Sarah? (: Nifty trivia tidbit about authoring Mary Had a Little Lamb!

Reminds me...my husband just read Female Warriors (V. 1&2): Memorials Of Female Valor And Heroism, From The Mythological Ages To The Present Era by Eleanor Creathorne Clayton on his Kindle. Fascinating stuff, and much like Sarah, sad to think most folks have never heard of them, aside from maybe Joan of Arc.