Weaving Women In


The interview was supposed to be about my writing practice. But it quickly took a turn to be about social justice. Because most of my writing is about social justice in one way or another. Not necessarily intentionally; it just ends up that way because I write true stories about real people, often self-confessional. The […]

Lucretia Mott: “The Lioness of the Convention”


This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. “It’s the will of God,” the men argued, waving Bibles in her face. But she knew better; […]

Forgotten Heroes and Incomplete Victories


Nancy Pelosi isn’t the only one who’s been visited by the suffragists. In fact, they came to see me first. While I was writing a paper late one night, they appeared in my dining room. Tell our story. Don’t just do an academic exercise, they insisted. “That’s not what the professor assigned,” I argued, rubbing […]

Mary Todd Lincoln: A Lunatic, or Just Grieving?

Mary Todd

While President Abraham Lincoln’s legacy looms large, his wife remains a maligned, one-dimensional figure and has been considered “one of the most detested public women in American history,” according to biographer Jean H. Baker. I recently became fascinated by Mary Todd Lincoln quite by accident, when a friend gave me a book about her. And […]