In her poem, titled “The Hill We Climb,” Amanda Gorman struck a chord of unity, bridging pain of the past with hope for a better future.
Dr. King described family planning as “a special and urgent concern.”
The contrasts between the conversations taking place in the public sphere now versus then are striking. Dr. King would likely be horrified by the state’s oversized role in determining how and when women can control their reproductive health.
With mere days until Joe Biden’s inauguration, where Kamala Harris—a Black woman and daughter of immigrants—will stand as his number two, it’s time for some big action in favor of Black women and Black immigrants.
Interdisciplinary artist and set designer Ola Ronke Akinmowo hosted her first popup library on a stoop in Bed-Stuy in 2015 with about 100 books. Since then, the Free Black Women’s Library has accumulated over 3,000 books written by Black women of every genre.
Voice hoarse from being on the bullhorn on Election Day, Barbara Arnwine—president and founder of Transformative Justice Coalition—spoke to Ms. early Wednesday morning to discuss the election, what the results mean for the future of U.S. politics, and why when Black women organize and vote, everyone benefits.
“It took every bit of work we had in our bodies, every bit of energy we could give, every voice you could give.”
To create an economy where Black women can succeed, we must center Black women in policy solutions, following the Black Women Best principle: “If Black women—who, since our nation’s founding, have been among the most excluded and exploited by the rules that structure our society—can one day thrive in the economy, then it must finally be working for everyone.”
“We’ve certainly seen that Black women are among the most effective and sophisticated political actors on the scene right now, across the country,” Andrea Young, executive director of ACLU of Georgia, told Ms.
Despite the political, economic and public health challenges this year—or perhaps because of them—feminists mobilized, fought for our rights, and made progress on many of the issues we care deeply about.
From voter mobilization to reproductive justice, politicians to pop stars, here are our top feminists of 2020.
Walking in the footsteps of Shirley Chisholm, the women on Higher Heights’ Chisholm 2020 list range from our first Black woman Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, to Adrienne A. Jones, the first woman and African American to serve as presiding officer in the Maryland General Assembly.
Asian women, Black women and Latinas are facing serious hardship with only more to come if expanded unemployment benefits and the eviction moratorium are allowed to expire. It’s time to act before it becomes too difficult for Americans to come back from this crisis.