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The vote is power

The suffragettes battled more than seven decades to win the right to vote, writes Elaine Weiss in her book The Woman’s Hour. Finally, in 1920, after the Nineteenth Amendment had passed, Carrie Catt, one of the leading suffragettes, wrote to the women voters of the nation: “Women have suffered agony of soul which you never […]

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Almost 500 petitions

On the first Tuesday of November 1872, more than 150 women around the country, including Susan Anthony, tried to vote. Susan Anthony was arrested, but she didn’t give up. “Failure is impossible,” she told her followers. Finally, in August 1920, Tennessee voted for ratification of the 19th Amendment and women were given the right to […]

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Try and not try

“We must both try and not try, we must both ‘care and not care,’ as poet T.S. Eliot puts it,” write Richard Rohr in his book Breathing Under Water. “By personal temperament, you will start on one side or the other, but finally you must build the bridge between the two.”

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Long term or short term?

“Prevention is physically rewarding in the long term, but not emotionally rewarding in the short term,” wrote Ed Yong in the May 20, 2020, issue of The Atlantic. “People who stay home won’t feel a pleasant dopamine kick from their continued health. Those who flock together will feel hugs and sunshine. The former will be […]

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Happy Birthday, Jane Goodall

Yesterday—April 3, 2020—was Jane Goodall’s 86th birthday. Happy Birthday to an amazing woman! Goodall still works tirelessly to protect chimpanzees and other animals—and our environment. This is one of my favorite Jane Goodall quotes. “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”

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The standards have shifted

Debra Katz believed Christine Blasey Ford “had challenged outdated social norms and had only been able to do so because the #MeToo movement had given her a window, because standards had already shifted,” Jody Kantor and Megan Twohey write in their book She Said. “Things have qualitatively changed,” Katz said. ”The institutions have not changed. […]

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The beginning of change

On January 16, 2019, 12 women who had been part of the reporting for Jody Kantor and Megan Twohey’s book She Said gathered in Los Angeles. “This is what everyone in the room, and more people beyond it, now understood,” they wrote. “If the story was not shared, nothing would change. Problems that are not […]

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Female-female alliances

When Ashley Judd studied at Harvard, her favorite course was Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice, taught by Diane Rosenfield. The class learned about bonobo apes, “who over the course of evolution have eliminated male sexual coercion in their communities. If a male does get aggressive toward a female bonobo, she lets out a special […]

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Judging people

“I … try to teach through my opinions, through my speeches, how wrong it is to judge people on the basis of what they look like, color of their skin, whether they’re men or women,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said. For Christmas, I received a copy of the book Pocket RBG Wisdom—and some RBG socks […]

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Real change

“Generally, change in our society is incremental, I think,” says Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” For Christmas, I received a copy of the book Pocket RBG Wisdom—and some RBG socks and an RBG mug. –Joy

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