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Be outrageous

“So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it,” Molly Ivins once said. “Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.” I recently saw the movie about Molly Ivins—“Raise Hell.” Let’s all remember Molly and […]

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Speak up

“One thing I believe profoundly: We make our own history,” Eleanor Roosevelt wrote in 1962, shortly before her death. “It is not so much the powerful leaders that determine our destiny as the much more powerful influence of the combined voices of the people themselves.”

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Applause for strong women

Did you watch Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast in the United States, do a double-double—two somersaults while simultaneously twisting twice in the air? Did you see her triple-double—flipping twice while twisting three times? Did you notice the wonderful muscles in her strong legs? Let’s applaud women with strong, healthy bodies!

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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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