The Queen in Chess: A Feminist Historical Lesson

When I think about how far we’ve come, and how far more we have to go, in pursuing gender equality, I think about chess. Not because I see the fight for gender equality as a ponderous game of logic and strategy in which you plan your moves two, or more, steps ahead (although there is a strong argument for it being one), but because chess reflects our sensibilities more than we give it credit for.