Lucinda Williams’s “Good Souls and Better Angels,” was released early into the pandemic this April. I interviewed the Grammy-winner this summer, while she was quarantined with her husband in their home in Nashville.
With a sublime mastery of language and artistry, five women poets— Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Patricia Smith, Ellen Bass, Toi Derricotte, Tina Chang—ask us to consider bodies facing attacks both physical and psychological. They write in defense, in awe and awareness of the body, pointing again and again to our shared humanity.
When singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy imagined the release of “Devotion,” her sophomore record, it didn’t include a world-wide quarantine.
“Devotion” is a mark of her commitment to process through electronic pop, a sonic shift away from her highly praised folk debut. With lyrics that delve into gray areas of love, art and political engagement, Glaspy holds up multidimensionality in earnest. She hopes to reach the others who could use a lift, and articulates how the act of creating anchors her, even now.
Singer-songwriter Amy Speace, 52, has been in the music business for twenty years. Her latest record, which she recorded in the final term of pregnancy with her son, includes characters singing in solidarity with Standing Rock, women’s rights and in pursuit of daily rituals.
“The telling of stories is a really powerful kind of activism—it allows you to empathize, to put yourself in others’ shoes.”
“If I was to give advice to my 17-year-old self, I would say: you go girl—now go teach others.”
“Making our nation and world fit for all our children and grandchildren is a task for marathoners—not sprinters or dabblers here today and gone tomorrow. Transformative change is a complex, long-term and never-ending struggle that must be pursued with urgency and persistence.”
“I’m always trying to find a way to personally not feel disempowered by the structures around me, to get myself undominated by whatever it is—whether its growing up poor, or thinking of myself a certain way. Nobody’s better than anyone. There’s a lot of hierarchical thinking, and women always tend to be up against it.”
Student athletes could hardly contain their excitement walking alongside the first female coach of a NFL team, WNBA players and Olympic medalists at the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 39th annual champion-packed gala in New York City.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has crafted their first-ever Gender Strategy—committing $170 million dollars to programming in Kenya, India, Uganda and Tanzania advancing women’s economic empowerment. Ms. caught up with Sarah Hendricks, the foundation’s Gender Equality Director, to discuss this concentrated approach—and how true financial independence allows women to move themselves and their communities forward.