Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Why Hawaii’s Best Future Is Female

I used to do a presentation about Queen Ka‘ahumanu. The presentation was basically about what an amazing leader she was.

When I was going through graduate school in the aughts, prevailing discourse still painted women in the Hawaiian Kingdom as subjugated to male leaders. I always found this position rather preposterous. Being a Hawaiian woman and having spent a great deal of time around Hawaiian women, the idea that we were historically wilting flowers seemed contradictory to everything I knew.

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