Women testing their strength at Stanford in 1913.
Dr. Clelia Duel Mosher
Living life in 2010, we often say that all the world's stories have been told; that there's nothing new to say or share. In some ways, that's true. We've repeatedly visited the worlds of intrigue, love, disaster, family, friendship ... all the myriad aspects of life. We've strolled through the flat, moist sands of happiness and traversed the arid, mountainous deserts of despair. Yet still, in a world of remakes and reboots, with many stories being told over and over with every possible spin, there are real tales and fresh history to relay.
Since this column is about the triumphs and struggles of women in cinema, I thought it would be nice to throw in the occasional story Hollywood has yet to tell or fully flush out -- the women of history and life who could make big-screen characterizations all the better. Dr. Clelia Duel Mosher seemed like the best place to start -- a doctor, academic, and researcher born in 1863 who conducted sex interviews years before Kinsey, revealing unexpected sexual attitudes during the priggish Victorian era.