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Marlo Thomas: The Curious History of Women Who 'Passed' As Men In Pursuit of a Dream

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Birgit W (160)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:38 am
I find it sad that we have to pretend we are somebody else. This is still going on like women in Afghanistan for example.

Lynda W (64)
Monday May 13, 2013, 10:34 am
Yes sad indeed, but given the choices at the time they overcame the hurdles and found ways answer their true callings, that I am very proud of for all women and the courage it can give us today to say "yes I can ".

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Monday May 13, 2013, 1:40 pm
We all have both sexes within us, some more, some less, the spectrum is very wide. I think that there are many more men posing as women - it's much easier to do technically - than women posing as men. Imagine, facial hair and muscles, etc.

. (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 1:47 pm
This still continures today. The most popular writer of sports fiction books for grades 3-6 is Matt Christopher, who is really a woman. She has written over 50 books.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 3:12 pm
"From George Eliot in the 19th century to J.K. Rowling today, women authors have often chosen non-gender-specific pen names (or blatantly male names) to ensure that their work be taken seriously." ---- I think those were the Harry Potter series, and she 'posed' as a man at first, I believe. I saw her interviewed by Barbara Walters...a "man" no more! :-))

Connie O (44)
Monday May 13, 2013, 4:40 pm
Interesting article....I see this a lot with authors.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:29 pm
Women have often had to put up with discrimination and I remember reading about a woman who had disguised herself as a man in order to practice medicine in Toronto long ago, before women were allowed to become doctors. Many fascinating stories abound in the life of women battling discrimination.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:40 pm

Yeah, I can remember when I worked for my local City Planning Dept. (Canton, OH) and I asked WHY they hired so many men -- who did relatively nothing -- BUT I was paid a pittance in comparison (I also submitted the payroll).


"Men must support families; women only augment the income."

[And, to my shame -- only being 18 years old -- I accepted that, although my own mother raised 5 children on her own.]

Not only is that no longer true; but we need to question the wage structure per job classification.

Literally, that office could not have survived without my skills, but I was too naive to question the rote answer.

That's NOT true of women nowadays.



Suzanne L (99)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 8:43 am
It's a fascinating subject. I think far more women and men adopted the dress and roles of the opposite gender than will ever be known. Many North American Indian tribes traditionally accepted "two-spirit" people, largely men who preferred to adapt themselves to female social roles. There were at least 250 women who enlisted in the Confederate Army during the American civil war. I've not seen statistics for the Union Army, but women were in both. Some continued to live as men after the war and were not 'discovered' until old age when medical treatment was required.
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