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Be an RBG lady

I found a great RBG quote—a reminder to me that there are different ways of being a proper “lady.” “My mother told me to be a lady,” Ruth Bader Ginsberg once said. “And, for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” –Joy

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Listening and validation

In Sue Monk Kidd’s book The Invention of Wings about the Grimke sisters, early advocates of women’s rights and abolition, Sarah Grimke asks Lucretia Mott, “Do you think I could become a Quaker minister?” Lucretia responds, “Sarah Grimke, you’re the most intelligent person I know. Of course, you could.” In an interview, Sue Monk Kidd […]

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Remember your duty

Sarah Grimke’s mother tells her daughter, born in 1792, “The truth is that every girl must have ambition knocked out of her for her own good….Sarah, darling, you’ve fought harder than I imagined, but you must give yourself over to your duty and your fate and make whatever happiness you can.” I am reading about […]

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Longings seized her

Sarah Grimke, born in 1792, was studying with a tutor when she reported: “Increasingly, during those classes, longings had seized me, foreign, torrential aches that overran my heart. I wanted to know things, to become someone. Oh, to be a son.” I am reading about Sarah Grimke, an early activist for abolition and women’s rights, […]

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I ask no favors

“I ask no favors for my sex,” wrote Sarah Grimke, who was born in 1792. “All I ask of our brethren is that, they will take their feet from off our necks and permit us to stand upright on that ground which God designed us to occupy.” I am reading about Sarah Grimke, an early […]

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Keep growing

“Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow,” said Margaret Fuller, writer and women’s rights advocate, who was born in 1810.

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A fierce voice

Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, is serving as interior secretary, a member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet. “A voice like mine has never been a cabinet secretary or the head of the Department of Interior,” Haaland said. “Growing up in my mother’s pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be […]

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A little progress

Women still hold only about one-fourth of the seats in Congress, concludes Ms. magazine in its winter 2021 issue. They hold 27 percent of the seats in the House—and 24 percent of the seats in the Senate. That’s progress—but not enough progress.

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We will continue to fight

“Dressed in suffrage white, Kamala Harris acknowledged ‘all the women who have worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century,’” writes Debra Adams Simmons, an executive editor of National Geographic, “’100 years ago with the 19th Amendment. Fifty-five years ago with the Voting Rights Act. And, now, in 2020, with […]

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A girl with a book

“Never underestimate the power of a girl with a book,” Ruth Bader Ginsberg once said. I’m going to honor Ruth Bader Ginsberg by encouraging girls I know to read a book, get lots of years of education and fight for justice.

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