New York Times writes obituaries for heroic women they never recognized

Ida B. Wells, 1920.

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Women are fighting for equal representation in every public domain — including the New York Times obituary page.

In celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday, the paper published a series of obituaries for famous women who should’ve received obituaries on its pages when they died, but didn’t.

“Since 1851, The New York Times obituary page has been dominated by white men. Now, we’re adding the stories of 15 remarkable women,” Amisha Padnani and Jessica Bennet wrote. 

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells

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On the list are Ida B. Wells, who reported on lynchings in the Deep South; Qui Jin, known as China’s Joan of Arc; Mary Ewing Outerbridge, who established America’s first tennis court in 1870; and Marsha P. Johnson, the transgender woman who kicked off the Stonewall riots. 

Charlotte Bronte, author of 'Jane Eyre'

Charlotte Bronte, author of ‘Jane Eyre’

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The “Overlooked” series is also accepting nominations for future obituaries. If you’d have someone you’d like to recommend and don’t just want to rant about it on Twitter, you can submit them here. 0fab f10a%2fthumb%2f00001