Helen Reddy, whose 1972 hit “I Am Woman” sold over a million copies and voiced what so many women were feeling but dared not express out loud, died on September 29; she was 78.
Justice Ginsburg took seriously the human dignity of women and girls and her jurisprudence represented that. She understood the myriad ways in which state violence: physical, economic and psychological undercuts women’s potential and undermines their safety, liberty, equality, autonomy and privacy.
RBG taught us grand generosity, wisdom, wit and the need to presume some modicum of good will on all sides: “She left us the playbook.”
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf shares three RBG anecdotes—”not only on account of their stand-alone brilliance, but because when considered as a collective, they offer a blueprint for success in the mighty trio of life, love and the law that she exemplifies.”
“Her work for gender equality will live forever,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority.
“It is time to hear what the voters have to say. Any efforts to pack the Supreme Court and ignore the will of the American people will be extremely costly to the GOP,” said Kathy Spillar, executive director of the Feminist Majority.
Like you, late on Friday, we heard the terrible news that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and a true champion for justice and equality—had died.
Let us let her words guide us as we head into this election season.
Karen Joyce Warren fought many important battles in her life, often centered around injustice and giving voice to those who did not have one. Karen called herself a “public philosopher”—one who believes that philosophical thinking is appropriate for all age groups, used in all cultural contexts, and relevant to both theoretical and applied issues.
Christine Jahnke, a communications advisor best known for helping prep female politicians in the Democratic Party to run for office, as well as coaching others in public speaking, died in her Washington state home on Aug. 4. Most famous for being the speech coach to First Lady Michelle Obama during the early years of the Obama administration, she enjoyed three decades assisting women in finding their voices within the public forum, including everything from public presentations to interviews to debates.
“She not only transformed what a person could do; she transformed a movement.”
On June 16, pioneering feminist attorney Nadine Taub passed away at the age of 77. Taub played a pivotal—though largely unrecognized— role in the development of sexual harassment law in the United States.
Vanessa Guillén was a 20-year-old soldier for the United States Army who mysteriously disappeared from the Texas Fort Hood Army Base on April 22—after disclosing information of sexual harassment.
Vanessa’s story is creating a #MeToo moment for the military. There must be a congressional investigation into her disappearance and likely, death.
Yesterday marked 100,000 dead from the coronavirus. As the country hits this grim milestone, we wanted to thank the women and men on the front lines and answer:
Who were they? And what can we do with our grief and rage?