“To accept one’s past – one’s history – is not the same thing as drowning in it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.” ― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time This quote from James Baldwin’s The Fire Next
Currently, all over the United States, there is a coordinated effort — or, rather, a coordinated attack — on books, specifically, books written by people of color. Efforts in Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and other states have seen literature that centers on marginalized stories challenged, and in many cases, taken off the shelves. According to
There have been a lot of events lately that put the challenges of Black motherhood at the top of my mind: Black Maternal Health Week in April, Mother’s Day, Women’s Health Month, and, of course, the troubling SCOTUS leak of Roe v. Wade’s potential repeal. Motherhood, in its ideal form, should largely be a joyous
When my son Marty was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two, April was Autism Awareness Month, and had been since the 1970s. Last year, it was changed to Autism Acceptance Month. The shift away from the term “awareness” and towards “acceptance” was an important step forward. “Awareness” can only do so much to
As the world navigates the complexities of gender inequity and the systems that hold it in place, individual women are trying to navigate their own industries. Hard work alone will not earn recognition from the system. Often, you need connections, clout, or a mentor to open doors for you. Those “doors”—including jobs, projects, or speaking opportunities—have been shut to women for decades.