January 22nd 1973: Roe v. Wade

On this day in 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that women have the right to an abortion, thus legalising abortion in the United States. The case was brought to federal court by a Texas woman under the alias of Jane Roe, against Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade, who represented the state. After a decision was made in the district court, the case was referred up through the court system, eventually reaching the nation’s highest court in 1970. The all-male Supreme Court, led by Warren Burger as Chief Justice, ruled 7-2 that a right to privacy under the 14th Amendment covers a woman’s right to an abortion. The majority opinion was written by Justice Harry Blackmun, with Justices Bryon White and William Rehnquist penning dissents. The Roe decision was issued the same day as a related case called Doe v. Bolton which overturned Georgia’s anti-abortion laws. Roe v. Wade was immediately controversial, sparking celebrations in the pro-choice camp and protests from anti-abortion activists. It is still a divisive issue today, with its supporters arguing the decision forms a vital part of a woman’s right over her own body, and those opposed to abortion calling for the decision’s repeal. The Court’s 1973 decision has since been challenged, and abortion rights have been gradually eroded in subsequent rulings, but the fundamental right to an abortion remains.

Beatrice Webb (1858-1943) was an influential sociologist and economist in England. She was one of the founders of the London School of Economics, as well as the Fabian Society, and coined the term “collective bargaining”.

She was a strong proponent of socialist principles, and made important contributions to politic and economic theory. In 1932 she became the first woman elected as a Fellow of the British Academy. Unfortunately, she died before she could see the Welfare State set up by the Labour post-war government, a development towards which she had worked her entire life.

I’m really very not interested in seeing pictures of & posts about these white celebrities @ the women’s marches who have histories of racism, appropriation, white feminism, and/or flat-out transphobia

It’s super disheartening to see them celebrated for finally showing up to something just because it now directly affects them, and it’s disappointing that they take advantage of their platforms to give these hollow, pseudo-radical speeches that you know for a FACT WOC could give much more powerfully/articulately given the chance

i’m glad taylor came through but people were allowed to be concerned that she wouldn’t and they were allowed to criticize her when she was being silent. her history with feminism (primarily that it’s white and she’s not the most vocal feminist) meant people had every right to be worried this time.

i love her, and i’m glad she did mention it, but don’t act like we should’ve ignored her earlier silence.


Black feminists deserve to be honored this Election Day, too

Women are leaving their “I Voted” stickers on suffragist Susan B. Anthony’s tombstone in Rochester, New York. But Evette Dionne, a senior editor at Revelist, is asking them to save some of these stickers for Ida B. Wells and other black women who paved the way for women’s rights.

Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist and pioneering intersectional feminist, who fought for women’s right to vote and against the lynching of black men. Susan B. Anthony was an undeniable leader for white suffragettes, but also had a real history of racism.

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This woman is a hero. Freddie Oversteegen was only 14-years-old when she and her sister Truus joined the Dutch resistance during the second World War, now she’s 90.

“I remember how people were taken from their homes,” she said in a recent interview with Vice. “The Germans were banging on doors with the butts of their rifles—that made so much noise, you’d hear it in the entire neighborhood. And they would always yell—it was very frightening.”

There were times when Freddie Oversteegen and her family were living in a boat where they were hiding Jewish couples and kids and people from Lithuania in the hold of the ship. When she turned 14 she got brief military training and learned to shoot and to march.

This story highlights the fact that women always make history on their own not asking for credits for their contribution. 

So many brave women are unfairly forgotten. This is unacceptable! Freddie Oversteegen’s story deserves to be told!