Ana Maria Spagna explores patriotism through Sharon Jones’s version of “This Land is Your Land.” It’s her word, and it’s your word: patriotism.
This essay is excerpted from Kevin Powell’s new book, “When We Free The World,” writings about the present and future of America through the lens of gender, race, protests, the pandemic and the presidency of Donald Trump.
Author Elizabeth Rush explores the intersection of motherhood and environmental activism in this letter to her future child. The letter is included in a new book, Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance and Democracy.
“If I Had Your Face,” released April 21, is Frances Cha’s debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty, after-hours room salons catering to wealthy men, ruthless social hierarchies and K-pop mania. Cha shares the story of recording her audiobook in the middle of a pandemic—followed by audio excerpts from the book, each about two minutes long.
Twenty percent of the adult population in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain, and this pain typically will affect women more than men. My pursuit of a diagnosis and cure for my own illness became “The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness,” a memoir with a mission: to help the millions of women who suffer from unnamed or misunderstood conditions.
Illustrating data feminism in action, Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein’s “Data Feminism” shows how challenges to the male/female binary can help challenge other hierarchical—and empirically wrong—classification systems.
In 1970, seventeen angry, defiant young women—enraged by Canada’s restrictive abortion laws—marched on the parliament buildings and, when no one from government would meet them, they decided to pay the prime minister a visit.
These hashtags provided a source of discursive and collective energy that catalyzed both online and offline movement work, leading to powerful cultural repercussions—and, yes, change.
“What you’re angry about now—injustice—will still exist, even if you yourself are not experiencing it, or are tempted to stop thinking about how you experience it and how you contribute to it.”
We women are trying to succeed in a system that at a cellular level was not built for us. To transform that system away from promoting the elevation of white men to the exclusion of virtually everyone else would require a concerted, sustained and radical effort to disrupt long-standing mechanisms. It would require visionary leadership to strongly, with courage and an intolerance for excuses, implement a new way forward.