On Fridays, we’ll be starting a series of political discussions about current events, particularly as they impact women in the South. And today’s political discussion concerns this billboard which, if you live in Columbia, you’ve probably seen around town: So – what’s it all about?
April 15 is the date for this year’s Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, the key fundraising event for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. I’ve participated the past couple of years, and the walk itself is a great time. My friends have worn sashes indicating their status as a survivor, walked their dogs, or … [Read more…]
This is Tallulah Bankhead in Alabama, circa 1910s Photo credit: Alabama Department of History and Archives
Most of my life I never identified with my mother’s beliefs, thoughts, and actions. Having grown up on a poor, rural NC farm, my mom never grasped that she could extend beyond the patriarchal 50s & 60s – never understood that she was a whole person beyond her father and husband. After her death in … [Read more…]
Today marks the 152nd anniversary of the Richmond Bread Riot, during which hundreds of workers—the majority of whom were women—took to the streets of the Confederate capital to protest food shortages, hoarding, speculation, and rampant inflation. After Virginia’s governor, John Letcher, declined to meet with the protesters, the group, led by Mary Jackson and Minerva … [Read more…]
“When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville.” – Flannery O’Connor Auntie Bellum is looking for dispatches from outside the South. Are you a Southern woman in exile? Why’d you leave? What’s it like out there? What are they saying about us? Are you back already? Tell us about it. Send a proposal (up … [Read more…]