By Peggy Clark and Anne Mosle
The legacy of the inimitable Ruth Bader Ginsburg is powerful and far-reaching beyond measure. A tiny giant amongst us, her life’s work reached every individual in our society and moved us closer to the kind of equality we dream of for America.
We, the co-chairs of the Aspen Forum on Women and Girls, rise today to salute her courage, fortitude, intellect, and enduring impact on millions of women, girls, and families. She was a true warrior for justice, who marched to her own drumbeat, and followed a constant north star that all people are created equal under the law. CLICK FOR MORE
John Lewis: An American Hero
Death cannot hold John Lewis to the grave. Death nor time can hold John Lewis to the grave, he belongs to the ages, he is American history – past and present.
To some degree, I suppose, the heroic age has suddenly ended. There is great anxiety in calling someone a hero, because the very moment you celebrate them for their exceptional and transcendent virtue is the very moment that the “investigators” seek to confirm their imperfections. For me, the hero is human – in fact it is their very humanness that makes their acts heroic. John Lewis is an American hero, no statue need be erected or later taken down by another age. Growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, I remember sitting, with my grandfather, on the back porch, one hot, July evening, as he told me the story of the Selma march. As he went through his rolodex of the characters, I remember him saying to me, “that young John Lewis almost gave his life for the cause,” referencing the young man who lived just up the road from us in Troy, Alabama. In the end, he did give his life for the cause. CLICK FOR MORE
Notes from the Field: Intimidation, creativity and determination in a time of transition
By Maddie Thompson in GLOBAL SISTERS REPORT
“Down the hill” is a phrase I frequently use to distinguish my work as a volunteer in Collier High School and in the Collier Transition Program.
Collier High School is a state-approved, private, nonprofit school for students with disabilities whose needs cannot be met within the public school system. A strong academic program and social services department work together to provide students with an environment for social and emotional growth. Collier provides small classes, serving students of all levels of academic ability and a wide range of IQs. Students with symptoms of depression, anxiety, isolation, defiant behavior, low motivation and school refusal as well as mood, attention or adjustment difficulties have all flourished in Collier’s programming. CLICK FOR MORE
Pioneering Journalist Betsy Wade Remembered as ‘a No-Nonsense Heroine’
The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS), the networking and professional organization for women journalists, was on the eve of its first virtual national conference in early December when news broke of the death of Betsy Wade.
JAWS leaders went into action. Chicago-based writer and editor Suzy Schultz began scouring print and broadcast interviews with and about Betsy. JAWS President Mira Lowe urged former JAWS presidents and board members to send in videos of their own memories. Dozens did.
By the second day, an appreciation of Betsy went live for the more than 200 journalists attending the JAWS camp, as the annual conference is known.CLICK FOR MORE
Gladys West: the hidden figure who helped invent GPS
Growing up on a farm in Virginia during segregation, West knew education would be her means of escape. But she didn’t know her quiet work on a naval base would change lives around the world
by Aamna Mohdin
These Four UNICEF Young Changemakers Are Changing the World
By Peter Green
They’re not waiting on adults to fix the problems that affect our daily lives.
Every child has a story. That principle has helped UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, build an unprecedented global support system for the world’s children since its founding in 1946. And it’s these stories and these children who are helping to change our world for the better. Young people are more than capable of offering creative solutions that deal with the most vexing challenges facing their generation, from pollution and global warming to cyber bullying and the social alienation of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“For years children have been seen and not heard,” said Anucha Browne, the Chief Engagement, Advocacy and Global Programs Officer for UNICEF USA. “Children are 25 percent of the population and 100 percent of our future. UNICEF is making sure they have a seat at the table when decisions are being made about them.” CLICK FOR MORE
In Anti-Racism Daily
Today, Charlie walks us through the terminology and definitions you read frequently in anti-racism work; terms that we use often in our newsletters! We’re expanding key concepts we’ve discussed here into a glossary over the next few weeks, and these will be included. As you read, remember: definitions and how people relate to them are two different things. There is never just one answer or one perception, and how we each choose to identify ourselves is the correct answer, regardless of what the masses say. We must read, listen, and do our best to treat each other with kindness and respect. LEARN THE KEY TERMINOLOGY HERE
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