Today also marks the show of solidarity for women’s rights by way of a strike: A Day Without A Woman. Women around the world are refusing to take part in both paid and unpaid labor in the name of justice for all gender-oppressed people of all ethnicities, religions, and sexualities. In doing so, they join the ranks of women who have led protests, strikes, and movements throughout history.
Let’s celebrate a few of those women:
Dorothy Height (March 24, 1912—April 20, 2010)
Dorothy Height, former President of the National Council of Negro Women, was one of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. She stood near Martin Luther King Jr. during his “I Have a Dream” speech, but did not publicly speak that day. In fact, no woman publicly spoke. “Even on the morning of the march there had been appeals to include a woman speaker,” wrote Height in her memoir. “They were happy to include women in the human family, but there was no question as to who headed the household!“ In 1971, she helped found the National Women’s Political Caucus with other notable feminists like Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, and Shirley Chisholm.
Marsha P. Johnson (August 24, 1945—July 6, 1992)
Marsha P. Johnson spent her entire adult life fighting for the rights of LGBTQ people. She’s credited for being one of the first to fight back in the Stonewall Riots. She started the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries with her friend Sylvia Rivera. Together they provided food, shelter, and care to young drag queens, trans women, and homeless children in need in the Lower East Side of NYC. She fought for what was right, and knew how to live life with exuberance and humor. When asked by a judge what what the “P” stood for, she replied “Pay It No Mind.”
Alice Paul (January 11, 1885—July 9, 1977)
Alice Paul was one of the leading forces behind the Nineteenth Amendment, which affirmed and enshrined a woman’s right to vote. She rallied 8,000 people to march in the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession in Washington—no small task in a world before the internet—with an estimated half million people watching the historic moment from the sidelines.
And some good activist blogs to follow:
Emily’s List (@emilys-list) slogan is “ignite change.” They aim to do so by backing pro-choice candidates for US office in key races across the country.
Women of Color in Solidarity (@wocinsolidarity) focuses on being a hub for the the WOC experience in the US. Original posts, incredibly informative reblogs…this place is wonderful.
May the gods bless whoever’s idea it was to put the line “I am both frightened and aroused” in Wonder Woman because WHAT KIND OF PERFECTLY APPLICABLE SHIT IS THAT?! (Also it’s like they were quoting the Internet, basically.)
Protests in Berkeley, California, erupted in violence on Saturday as anti- and pro-Donald Trump demonstrators clashed during a pro-Trump rally at Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park.
The fight that broke out between the two groups was recorded and posted on YouTubeby the organization WeAreChange. In the video, which at time of writing has accumulated nearly 250,000 views, a female protester can be seen getting punched in the face by a male demonstrator.
The demonstrator who punched the woman appears to be Nathan Damigo, a white supremacist member of the “alt-right” movement. It is unclear from the video what transpired in the lead-up to the punch between the two demonstrators. Read more.(4/16/2017 11:30 AM)
-I found a get well card that featured a large bucket of golden retriever puppies under the word, “Heal.” This is potentially the single most pure thing in all of creation.
-A woman leaned over the counter and whispered to me confidentially that the Internet had told her to come into the store today. I have many questions for her, but first and foremost, I would like to know what she would do if the Internet told her to jump off of a bridge.
-I rang up a woman whose actual, legitimate, legal, god-given name was Mulania. The world is truly an enchanted place.
-A woman thanked me. Her toddler gave me a high five. Her infant stuck her tongue out at me. Work has never been so rewarding.
-A man purchased 180 infant clothes hangers. Wherever this child is, they have a wardrobe to rival the stars.
-A young man shouted in agony. His friends asked if he was okay. Dejectedly, he told them, “I was trying to screenshot that one nude.” His companions consoled him with nothing less than complete sincerity and compassion. This is a friendship the likes of which I have never seen before.