Celebrating Great Women Before They’re History

March is Women’s History Month, and I can’t say I’ve ever celebrated this particular attempt at cultural and historical recovery. I don’t generally like carve-outs; they feel like tokenism. Also, “history months” focus more on individual historical figures and less on the movements that have brought true change to society.

Caveats aside, I went to tell you about a truly great woman I once knew. Her name was Renee Hanover. She pronounced her name Ree-Nee, instead of Ren-AY. She was in her eighties when I met her. Renee had a long and storied life; our…