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In this piece I attempt a taxonomy of the many ways women are commonly forgotten, including ways in which they themselves sometimes prefer to disappear. I urge remembering (the women active in Civil Rights, the generations of suffrage activists, the lost women founders), but I also, finally, accept forgetting. Nothing is more galvanizing than trying to learn from a next generation how they shape a life in politics now, and nothing more urgent than trying to join them as they struggle to Occupy our changing world.

Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Ann Snitow spent six years pulling memoirs out of the...

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