After 16 years of caring for patients, 61-year-old charge nurse Celia Marcos died after racing to save the life of a COVID-positive, ‘code blue’ patient. Marcos is one of at least 36 other health care workers who have died due to COVID-19 complications, and her death has prompted a larger critical conversation on the Trump administration’s inability to provide the PPE health care workers still desperately need.
Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was one of the nation’s first investigative journalists who launched the nation’s first anti-lynching campaign in 1892. It is only fitting that the journalism establishment of the U.S.—which once derided Ida B. Wells and her campaign—recognize her worth in 2020 and finally place her in canon where she belongs.
Professor Ruth B. Mandel, who escaped the Holocaust with her family and devoted her life to promoting democracy and civic engagement, died on Saturday, April 11. Her death at age 81 was caused by ovarian cancer.
In 1945, Burbidge applied for a Carnegie Fellowship, which involved work at Mount Wilson Observatory. Turned down, she was informed only men were allowed to use the telescope. Refusing to be stopped because her gender, Burbidge’s career was rife with shattering glass ceilings.
On March 18, the founder of the WP Theater—formerly known as The Women’s Project—Julia Miles passed away after a long life of mentoring and producing work in the theatre industry for and by women.
Social class and education could not save her. My colleague and friend, despite all her vigilance, earned el derecho de descansar in her death by feminicidio. She fought for her life and lost.
There is no better way to honor the memory of Rep. Elijah Cummings than to keep his dream alive.
Sinister Wisdom’s newest Sapphic Classic, A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant, releases into the world today. All of the Sapphic Classics are special to me, but this one repays an important debt from my youth.
Pro-Turkey militants reportedly killed nine unarmed Kurdish civilians this weekend—including Hevrin Khalaf, the Future Syria Party’s secretary-general.
A gifted writer and skilled editor, Toni Morrison helped build the foundations on which African American and women’s literature have flourished