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We’re all in this together

“Here in America, we don’t let our differences tear us apart,” Michelle Obama once said. “Not here. Because we know that our greatness comes from when we appreciate each other’s strengths, when we learn from each other, when we lean on each other, because, in this country, it’s never been each person for himself or […]

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Friends and sisters

“A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves–a special kind of double,” Toni Morrison once said. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, “a giant of modern literature,” died August 5, 2019.

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Thin love

“Love is or it ain’t,” Toni Morrison once said. “Thin love ain’t love at all.” Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, “a giant of modern literature,” died August 5, 2019.

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The courage to fly

“You wanna fly. You got to give up the shit that weighs you down,” Toni Morrison once said. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, “a giant of modern literature,” died August 5, 2019.

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Complete equality

“There will never be complete equality until women themselves help to make the laws and elect lawmakers,” Susan B. Anthony once said. I found this quote recently when I visited the “With Liberty and Justice for All” exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Detroit. –Joy

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Equal opportunities

“All human beings should have equal opportunities,” Rosa Parks once said. While I was in Detroit recently at the Henry Ford Museum, I sat in the bus that Rosa Parks sat in when she refused to move to the back. –Joy

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Speak with certainty

When you have an opinion, don’t say “I think” or “I feel,” advises Connie Schultz, a Pulitizer-Prize winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University school of journalism. “Those throwaway phrases…telegraph uncertainty and give others permission to ignore us.” Be confident. Say what you mean—with certainty.

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Ain’t I a woman?

Sojourner Truth becomes frustrated when men say women need to be helped into carriages and over puddles, but, really, are talking only about white women who lead sheltered lives. “Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or give me the best place!” she said. “And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look […]

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A beautiful world

“What a beautiful world this would be, when we should see everything right side up,” Sojourner Truth once said. Truth also said: “Truth is powerful, and it prevails. Sojourner Truth was born a slave and sold from her parents when she was nine years old. Even though she never learned to read or write, she […]

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Still running at 103

Julia Hawkins is a role model for all of us. At 103, she finished the 50-meter and 100-meter dashes at the National Senior Games in Albuquerque last month. She is the oldest woman to compete on an American track. Hawkins, a retired teacher, also does yard work and cares for 30 bonsai bushes.

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