The newspaper published obituaries for 15 women whose achievements were previously overlooked. Among those featured were names like Marsha P. Johnson, Madhubala and Sylvia Plath.
Obituary writing is more about life than death: the last word, a testament to a human contribution.
Yet who gets remembered — and how — inherently involves judgment. To look back at the obituary archives can, therefore, be a stark lesson in how society valued various achievements and achievers.
Source: NY Times