Photo by Karla Turner

Boys Named Sue and Girls Named Blaze

If you believe the lore in my family, which I do, one of the biggest fights my parents ever had was the sequence of my name on my birth certificate. Knock-down, drag-out as told by those who were there. The stakes were high to them as it was each of their mother’s names and the … [Read more…]

Queers, Queso, and Quiet Times: How I Came to Terms with Dating a Woman

photo taken by Roxy Lenzo

Terrified: a word that means “caused to feel extreme fear.” Terrified: a word my family loves to use when they talk about my same-sex relationship. Terrified: a word I would be okay never hearing again. Who knew that a committed, loving, trustworthy, and happy relationship could strike fear into the hearts of the people who … [Read more…]

How Girls Rock Camp Saved Me: Reflections on Girls Rock Columbia Camp 2015

Self-defense workshop

photo taken by Twitch

Girls Rock Columbia Camp 2015 just wrapped up, and it was our best year yet. The camp, which started in 2013, has been increasing camper and volunteer volume each summer, and this year was our largest so far, with 57 campers and more than 40 volunteers. It’s hard to believe that we began 3 years … [Read more…]

AB Podcast #4: Columbia Bombshells Women’s Rugby

Auntie Bellum microphone

In our fourth podcast, AB Editors Roxy and Brittany welcome Malika Wadley and Samantha Moorehead of the Columbia Bombshells into the studio to discuss women’s rugby and their upcoming recruitment event. Be prepared for rugby’s entrance into the 2016 Olympics by coming out and supporting the Columbia Bombshells! For more information on the Columbia Bombshells, … [Read more…]

A Week’s Worth of Women in the News: July 26 through August 1

Woman and child in the Little Korea neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama (1966). The image was part of an investigative inquiry into poverty in the state. Southern black woman have historically been particularly economically vulnerable in America. 

photo credit: Jim Peppler Southern Courier Collection, Alabama Department of Archives and History

From the new statistics detailing the unrelenting challenges for black women in the South, sexual harassment in higher education, and Nina Simone’s unrelenting brilliance to the NFL’s first female coach, sexual assault and shame, resting bitch face, the real Aurora from Terms of Endearment, and Tennessee suffragists finally getting their due – here’s a week’s … [Read more…]

Josephine Turpin Washington: An Early Voice for Black Womanhood

Image citation: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Josephine Turpin Washington; Educator and writer." New York Public Library Digital Collections.

On this day in 1861, Josephine Turpin Washington was born in Goochland County, Virginia. Her parents were the children of former slaves, and her father was a descendant of Thomas Jefferson (Washington’s great-grandmother was the former president’s paternal aunt). She was born free. By July 1861, the Civil War would have engulfed Virginia—5,000 soldiers had … [Read more…]