Can we do better than our foremothers? As we prepare to celebrate the centennial of the woman suffrage amendment, we have the opportunity to create a truth and reconciliation process, acknowledging that while the suffragists may have partially won the battle for the vote, they lost the war for injustice.
After actor Evan Rachel Wood shared on Twitter that she was a survivor of intimate partner violence that eventually led to self-harm, others began telling their own truths—building an avalanche of testimony about violence that builds on the explosion of #MeToo and expands it into critical spaces.
Many survivors of sexual violence have decried the failures of law enforcement agencies to provide them with adequate care or a sense of justice. For Kecia Weller, those failures were multiplied by her experience as a person with disabilities.
The federal government shutdown reminded people of just how fragile a supposedly steady job can be. But while many government workers knew their pay would eventually resume, income insecurity is a daily struggle for millions of other people living in the U.S.—one that can last a lifetime.
The so-called “Christian” Right has continued to attack the LGBT community—and some folks who call themselves feminists are abetting them.
The women’s movement is more complex and more diverse than ever before. We’ve shown what we can do at the polls—and now we must show our determination to defend democracy from those who want to destroy it for profit.
This year, I’m committing to our collective liberation.
Since the Industrial Revolution, the degradation of our planet has been simultaneous with the devaluation of women’s bodies and lives around the world.
In advance of the midterm elections, racist attacks on voting rights are threatening to silence people of color across the country. For candidates of color, however, the tensions around race in America have reached a much more dangerous fever pitch.
Natasha Trethewey has published four books of poetry exploring race and gender through history, won the Pulitzer Prize and served two terms as the national Poet Laureate—and her forthcoming collection Monument proves that she still has much left to say.