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Just show up

Author Kate Bowler recently did a podcast with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who offered this advice when it comes to showing up for people in difficult times:  Just. Show. Up. 

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We are not free

We all need to struggle for a world where we are all free of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, gun violence, poverty, inequality, hatred and every single form of oppression, says Lisa Congdon in her book You Will Leave a Trail of Stars. “We are not free until everyone is free,” Congdon concludes.

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Decisions about the male body?

During Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, then-Senator Kamala Harris asked: “Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?” Judge Kavanaugh answered, “I’m not aware—I’m not—thinking of any right now, senator.” I found this quote in the winter 2022 issue of Ms. magazine. –Joy

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A decision she must make herself

In her 1993 Supreme Court hearing, Ruth Bader Ginsberg explained to the Senate Judiciary Committee: “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When government controls that decision for her, she is being treated […]

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Strong and compassionate

We can be strong and gentle—at the same time. “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle—so fierce they can be compassionate,” Kavita Ramdas, former head of the Global Fund for Women, once said.

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Get angry

Our anger is positive—if it leads to action. “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off,” the activist and author Gloria Steinem once said. –Joy

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Be tenacious

Don’t give up! “We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves,” Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize winning physicist and chemist, once said.

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Prudence?

Molly Ivins sometimes—often—was outrageous, but she always spoke the truth. “I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years,” she once said. I recently watched a PBS documentary about Molly Ivins, the sometimes outrageous journalist.

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The source of evil

“I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil,” Molly Ivins once said. “And that no one knows the truth.” I recently watched a PBS documentary about Molly Ivins, the sometimes outrageous journalist. –Joy

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Keep fighting–and have fun

Keep on fighting even if you don’t win. That’s advice from Molly Ivins. “The thing is this: You got to have fun while you’re fightin’ for freedom, ’cause you don’t always win,”  Ivins once said. I recently watched a PBS documentary about Molly Ivins, the sometimes outrageous journalist. –Joy

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