How Cool is Hilda Solis!

Hilda Solis

Can you imagine a Secretary of Labor in the last presidential administration putting forth an International Women’s Day message like the one Hilda Solis put out today? Check it out:

“As a product of the women’s movement, the social justice movement and the civil rights movement, I have seen how far we have come in advancing the role of women in our country and around the globe. I also see how much further we have yet to go in supporting women and girls to ensure equality and opportunity in our workplaces, our schools and in our communities as a whole.

History has always shown us that when women work together and advocate for a common purpose, we can ensure the well-being of our families, our country and the world. It is clear that our daughters can contribute just as much to society as our sons.  Our shared prosperity will be advanced by allowing all humanity —irrespective of gender — to reach their full potential.

Whether it is combating human trafficking, feeding the hungry, improving maternal health, eradicating extreme poverty or reaching out in a time of need to those affected by terrible natural disasters, we must stand together in addressing some of the world’s most pressing needs.  And that effort must include helping women receive equal rights and equal opportunities.”

– Hilda Solis

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The late Michele Kort—a dedicated feminist—was the senior editor of Ms. magazine for 13 years. She died June 26, 2015, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She worked for decades in field of journalism, covering sports, music, culture, art and feminist issues for publications like LA Weekly, The Advocate, Shape, Redbook, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Songwriter, InStyle, Living Fit, Fit Pregnancy, Vegetarian Times, Fitness, UCLA Magazine, Women's Sports and Fitness and more. She is the author of four books, including a biography of singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro. Rest in power, Michele.