“This is not about one man. This is about structural racism in a country built on Black slavery.”
50 Groups To Learn About If You’re Committed To Intersectional Feminism
Lookin' at you, first-time marchers.

In order to keep the momentum going, it’s integral that those who showed up to the Women’s March ― I’m looking at your newbie activists and first-time marchers (cis, straight, white women especially) ― get involved in other social justice issues. Issues like violence against women, reproductive rights, pay equality and body image are all at the center of the feminist movement (and, if you need to learn more about them ― I urge you to do so).

But, there are so many other social justice issues that make up a large and fundamental part of the feminist movement.

Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA issues, climate change, freedom of religion: These issues and the communities they affect are all part of the feminist cause ― and we need to show up for them the way they showed up for the Women’s March.

As we head into the next four years, we all need to remember that the feminist movement is an intersectional one. Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA rights, immigrant rights, climate change, rights of indigenous people, sex workers’ rights, disability rights, combatting islamophobia and gun violence ― these are all feminist issues.  

50 groups to learn about if you’re committed to intersectional feminism

What other groups would you add to the list?

Amelia Boynton Robinson was a civil rights pioneer who championed voting rights for African Americans. She was brutally beaten for helping to lead a 1965 civil rights march, which became known as Bloody Sunday and drew national attention to the Civil Rights Movement. She was also the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama.

Josephine Baker

Illustration from Josephine by Christian Robinson, text from Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen

Black Pearl. Bronze Venus. Creole Goddess. These are just some of the names that showgirl, activist, and spy Josephine Baker (1906–1975) was given in her life. Born into poverty in St. Louis, Baker was on her own at thirteen and danced her way onto the chorus lines of Broadway, quickly followed by the Paris revues. She had a pet cheetah named Chiquita who wore a diamond collar and paraded around the stage during her acts. France loved Josephine Baker, and she became a huge star on the stage and screen. Her influence in Europe was so big that the French government asked her to work as a spy for the Allies during World War II—just by socializing as she did at high-level parties with German, Italian, and Japanese officials. She carried secret notes written  in invisible ink on her music sheets as she freely toured across borders.

When she returned to America for a performance at a New York club, she was enraged by the segregation laws still  in place. She became a civil rights leader and marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., in the March on Washington. She was the only official female speaker that day. After King was assassinated, his widow, Coretta Scott King, asked Baker to lead the movement—but Baker declined, stating that her children were too young to lose their mother. To fulfill her dream of showing the world that people of different ethnicities and religions can live in peace, Baker adopted twelve children from different countries, forming a family she would come to call her “rainbow tribe,” and raised them in her French castle, Château des Milandes.

White Lies: The Death of Emmett Till

The 1950’s were a shameful decade for human rights, with racial discrimination against people of colour not only legal, but actively encouraged and allowed. Many people died during the civil rights stuggle, but the murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till of Chicago rocked the entire nation to its core, and was a stark reminder of how the colour of ones skin can literally mean a death sentence.

On August 28, 1955 a young black boy named Emmett Till walked into a drug store in Money, Mississippi to buy some bubblegum. A white woman named Carolyn Bryant sold him the candy, and before he left, she claimed Till made sexually suggestive comments to her, touched her hand, and whistled at her. He then left the store.

Three days later Till was abducted by Carolyn’s husband and another man, and forced to carry a heavy cotton belt to the side of a river. Till was then stripped naked, beaten, and shot in the face with a revolver. As he lay wounded, his attackers gouged out his eye and tied him with barbed wire to the cotton belt. They tipped the terrified Till into the river, making sure he was drowned before fleeing the scene.

When the mutilated corpse was discovered three days later, Till’s face was unrecognizable. He was only identified because of an initialed ring he wore, and from the testimony of his uncle who witnessed his abduction. Carolyn Bryant informed a court of Till’s behavior towards her, and a court comprised entirely of white males found her husband and his accomplice not guilty of murder.

Till’s mother, Mamie, was appalled at the lack of justice sought for her son. She insisted his funeral be open casket so the entire world could see what had happened to Emmett. Pictures taken of Till’s sad corpse became famous and his murder is often cited as a catalyst for the civil rights marches of the early Sixties.

Over sixty years after the fateful day in the store, Carolyn Bryant has come forth and confessed she lied about what happened with Till. In an interview with a writer, Carolyn broke down and said Till never grabbed her or said anything to her, adding “that boy deserved nothing of what he got”. She claimed her husband pressured her to exaggerate Till’s behavior and - knowing a white woman would be believed over a black man - she agreed. It is not known if she knew of her husband’s plan to kill Till.


Badass women from history - part 2 (part 1)

  1. Cheering women at a Civil Rights march
  2. Black surfers at the beach
  3. Bessie Stringfield, “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami"—the first black woman to ride across the United States solo
  4. Black Lesbian group banner on the Lesbian Strength march, 1984
  5. Eartha Kitt doing yoga by the ocean
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