I don’t need to mention Betsy DeVos or Jeff Sessions, do I? I don’t want to. Instead, here’s a bit of joy and sorrow from the past week, along with a few primers on International Women’s Day and some solid reasons to celebrate Women’s History Month.
First, the joy:
Joanna Rothkopf, Jezebel
I just preordered a copy for a small, special someone.
Kerri Jarema, Bustle
West Virginia is #1!
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail
“I bought [Rihanna’s first album] because she was a Caribbean girl, and I’m a Caribbean girl. I was proud to see a black girl really doing her thing. I liked that she doesn’t give a shit. I liked that she can be herself and have others be comfortable enough to be themselves.”
Zan Romanoff, bon appetit
I’m not surprised that Grace Slick still manages a well-timed “fuck you,” but when she directs it at a conservative Southern corporation, I swoon.
Andrew O’Brien, Live for Live Music
A herstory of men taking credit for women’s work.
Madison Pauly, Mother Jones
Epidemics that can no longer be ignored: the murder of trans women and rampant gendered violence in New Orleans
Nidhi Prakash, Fusion
A staggering rise in Anti-Semitism.
Lily Herman, TeenVogue
A few essays on some very different, very important women in history, starting with legal trailblazer Aileen Hernandez who died recently in San Francisco.
Dorothy M. Ehrlich, ACLU
A Florida woman to remember.
Paul Gallagher, Dangerous Minds
In case you missed this beautiful travel tribute, check it out now, please.
Ron Stodghill, New York Times
And, finally, if you’re looking for information on International Women’s Day, A Day Without a Woman, or next week’s strike, I have you covered.
Catherine Pearson, The Huffington Post
NationAction, The Nation
Sarah Jaffe, Truthout