In anticipation of International Women’s Day 2017, we dedicated our 29th podcast to the history of International Women’s Day, the protests planned for tomorrow, and the inherent problems in broad calls for unity. We talked “Bread and Peace,” pro-abortion access protests in Poland, a Day Without a Woman, the Women’s Strike, white feminism, intersectionality, the economic injustice at the heart of it all, and how we can wield our power collectively.
If you want to hear our many thoughts and ideas, you’ll have to listen, but our short answer to how to celebrate International Women’s Day is this: we encourage you to only work for and with women and only buy from local, women-owned businesses tomorrow. Take part in local protests, rallies, and actions. In Columbia, we’ll be “filling the room” in support of a bill to require private insurance providers and Medicaid to cover a one-year’s supply of birth control at a time. Planned Parenthood is asking folks to gather at noon at the State House to oppose the abortion method ban. More broadly and moving forward, we ask that you think of ways to bridge differences in order to listen and act on what you hear – WITH others and not FOR others. You can also learn more about the history and needs of the community you aim support. In South Carolina, the Modjeska Simkins School for Human Rights is a good place to start.
Enjoy our 29th podcast, and we’ll be back next week with our postmortem (too grim?) on Nikki Haley’s SC political career and her future role on the national scene.