The Subversive Potential of Harriet Tubman on the $20

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The $20 bill is ubiquitous in U.S. currency. It’s what ATMs usually spit out at you, the cash you often have on hand when paying for groceries or movie tickets. Of course, when I’m tending to finances I can conveniently overlook the face that is currently stamped on it—seventh president Andrew Jackson, who was responsible […]

A Black Mother’s Love (or What Love Looks Like in Public)

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Reprinted with permission from Crunk Feminist Collective I planned to write a blog about the unconscionable, inconsolable injustice that is plaguing the black community right now. I was going to write about how black lives matter (always have, always will), how condemning black folk for hurting, and calling them animals and savages for being treated […]

Roxcy Bolton: Tireless Feminist Organizer

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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. Feminist and community organizer Roxcy Bolton has rarely found a problem or issue regarding women that she […]

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: More than a Suffragist

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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. When most people think of the American women’s suffrage movement, they probably think of Susan B. Anthony, […]

Emma Goldman: Anarchist Badass

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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. Emma Goldman began her activism before the turn of the century, but the causes she fought for—and […]

50 Years from Selma, Still Fighting for Voting Rights

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Amelia Boyton. Fannie Lou Hamer. Diane Nash. Rita Schwerner. Annie Lee Cooper. Coretta Scott King. Viola Liuzzo. In the early 1960s, these courageous women activists joined Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, Rev. C.T. Vivian, Rev. Andrew Young and thousands of others in the tumultuous and often violent struggle for voting rights for […]

Angela Davis’s Legacy of Collective Solidarity

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“The masculinist mode of representing history makes it so that, too often, credit is not given where it’s due.” These words—among an impassioned treasure-trove of others—were delivered by longtime political activist, radical queer feminist, writer and scholar Angela Davis this past Monday night. On the 43rd anniversary of her release from prison following her acquittal […]

Patricia Arquette is Right: We Need an ERA

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At Sunday night’s Academy Awards, Oscar winner Patricia Arquette used her moment at the podium to speak out for women’s equality. Accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood, Arquette said, To every woman who gave birth to every citizen and taxpayer of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal […]

Votes for Women! 7 Vintage Suffrage Valentines

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Reprinted with permission from the League of Women Voters February 14th isn’t just Valentine’s Day—it’s also League of Women Voters’ Day! The League was founded by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt on February 14, 1920. Catt was instrumental in helping pass the 19th Amendment, which secured women the right to vote. Ever since, the League has been at the forefront of […]

A Super Bowl of Racial Candor?

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We will see a historic ad today during the Super Bowl. A 60-second ad to end domestic violence, from the “No More” public service campaign, will play for audiences in the midst of the football revelry—just as ads from this campaign have aired during countless regular and postseason games. But isn’t it time that we […]