From a certain point in time, the world became about great men who changed the course of history, and not about great women. And for most of us, we’ve been abiding by a patriarchal model ever since. But the past few years have brought about some radical shifts. Up until recently, patriarchy was not something most men were even supposed to believe in, let alone expand upon in conversation with apocalyptic relish. It was the kind of word that, if uttered without irony, marked the out speaker as a very particular type of person – an old-school feminist, or ossified leftist who complained bitterly about the evils of modern capitalism. Even feminist theorists had left it behind.
Times are however (thankfully) changing. Many movements begin small, then gather pace and ripple out through social media to become global history-changers such as #metoo. Across Europe, in countries such as England, France, the Netherlands and Denmark, we’ve seen street names begin to bear the names of great women who served to change the world for the better. Many of these systematical changes to our belief systems start small and go relatively unnoticed for years by the popular mainstream. Men, women, young and old, they begin breaking down the patriarchal mentalities many of us have spent our lives endorsing. Through their ingenuity, they make their way into our hearts and minds and begin a shift in our psyches.
One such example we’ve just come across is a brilliant new board game launched as a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter (we’ve just pledged!). Who’s She? is a new educational tabletop board game aimed at teaching the players about mighty women who have changed the world. It’s an exceptional idea featuring women who’ve had the courage to be different and take risks. Women who have triumphed, had great adventures, discoveries and inventions. The idea is to inspire you, or someone you choose to give this beautiful game to, to do the same.
28 gorgeous icons printed on the board give you a fascinating short bio on each woman’s life story. Your challenge is to guess their identity by asking your opponent about their accomplishments (not their appearance) with questions such as: Did she win a Nobel Prize? Did she make a discovery? Was she a spy?
If you’d like to know more, the Kickstarter campaign is still running but only for 3 more days – go here to read more or make a pledge.