The suffrage movement that organized, picketed, fasted, spoke out and endured arrests, beatings, force feedings and other forms of torment, would not have succeeded without the leadership and engagement of many women of color.
Reproductive freedom and voting are intrinsically linked.
“As long as women’s reproductive freedom continues to be politicized, women must vote.”
“Controlling women’s bodies has been a method of subjugation for centuries, as has been hindering and preventing people from voting, a central pillar of our democracy. Notably, we cannot truly get or keep one without the other.”
At the very outset of what would become an award-winning career as a TV journalist, Belva Davis confronted violent racism at the 1964 Republican National Convention, at which conservative Arizona senator Barry Goldwater was nominated for the presidency. Her memory of that daunting experience reminds us that we’ve been through change followed by backlash before.
“Day one of the convention had been tense but orderly. … Day two was starting to spin out of control.”
Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.
This week: the president’s “strange” pardon of Susan B. Anthony; the convergence of Kamala and suffrage; next steps for Black women in the political realm; how to eliminate gerrymandering and elect more women; why women vote more than men; a gender audit of judicial positions in Kenya; women in the democracy reform movement; rest in power: Chris Jahnke; and suggested reading from the team.
As a fifth grader, Marley Dias told her parents none of the characters in the books she reads in school look like her.
Five years later, Dias’ campaign, #1000BlackGirlBooks, has filled school libraries and curriculums with more than 12,000 books that feature Black girls as the main character.
“I was sick of reading about white boys and their dog.”
A move to cancel student debt for borrowers, especially Black and Brown students, who could not draw upon the equity in a family home or other savings will put more spending money in people’s pockets at a moment when the economy desperate needs it.
Canceling loans for people who have been denied wealth-building opportunities is a moral and economic imperative.
In the lead up to the November elections and beyond, with a BIPOC woman as a vice presidential candidate for the first time in history, it’s important to carry on the work of the suffragists. To continue their legacies, but also create a new movement of true equality, here are nine actions to take.
“What if Black women, it turned out, really always have been at the forefront of the struggles over American women’s voting rights, and what if we as a nation are just catching up to that?”
“Our Story: Portraits of Change” is an interactive photo mosaic and art installation depicting a portrait of suffragist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells—on display in Union Station in Washington, D.C., from August 24-28.
Racism is woven into the fabric of the U.S., and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made it worse. Racist attacks and interactions—from micro-aggressions to outright hate crimes—have been on the rise since the pandemic began.