As we enter this holiday season, many of us are incredibly concerned what the upcoming year will bring. As we entered 2016, we believed in the idea of forward progress. This past election now has many of us looking to the past to remind Americans that the march forward is not a assured path. Rather, each step forward it is laden with painful memories. And this march forward only happens with dedicated activists reminding us of what is at stake if we forget history.
This past week The Huffington Post, founded by Arianna Huffington, names a new editor-in-chief, Lydia Polygreen. The African American woman and former editorial director at the New York Times will lead the online news source. Dr. Candice Bridge, the University of Central Florida’s first black female chemistry instructor, was awarded a $324,000 grant to study rape-investigation methods used by the FBI. This could move the investigation process in important new directions and help solve more cases of sexual assault. Another coup for women. In other news, Americans memorialized the Seventh-Fifth anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Three Japanese-American women testify to their imprisonment in the American concentration camps. They also link the dangers recent commentary calls for registration of Muslims to past experiences of exclusion. In entertainment news, women, including Madonna, speak out for women’s empowerment and against misogyny.
Jessica Prio and Kimberly Yam, The Huffington Post
Jenna Clarke, The Syndey Morning Herald
Katie Presley, BitchMedia.org
Emily Prado, BitchMedia.org
Taryn Finley, The Huffington Post
Maya Dukmasova, The Chicago Reader
Women in Aleppo and the impossible choices they are forced to make.
Michael Weiss, Roy Gutman, Alex Rowell, The Daily Beast
Sexual Abuse in the Gymnastics World.
Emma Sarran Webster, teenVOGUE
“Thank you, Mr. President.”
Brittney McNamara, teenVOGUE
Kathryn is an Assistant Professor of History at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She is currently working on her book project, “At Times We May Seem Bold:” African American Women in the Southern Textile Industry, 1895-1954.