"When I dare to be powerful, to use my
strength in the service of my vision, then
it becomes less and
whether I am afraid."
(A U D R E L O R D E)
"The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet."
Visionary feminism is a wise and loving politics. It is rooted in the love of male and female being, refusing to privilege one over the other. The soul of feminist politics is the commitment to ending patriarchal domination of women and men, girls and boys. Love cannot exist in any relationship that is based on domination and coercion. Males cannot love themselves in patriarchal culture if their very self-definition relies on submission to patriarchal rules. When men embrace feminist thinking and practice, which emphasizes the value of mutual growth and self-actualization in all relationships, their emotional well-being will be enhanced. A genuine feminist politics always brings us from bondage to freedom, from lovelessness to loving. ― bell hooks
MONDAYS: GRLS I KNOW
'Grls I Know' is an interview series, published weekly on Monday mornings. A collection of conversations, photos, stories, and musings with some of the greatest women I know, GIK is a testament to the quiet truth (often recognized too late) that the real heroines and role models of our lives are the women we sit next to at work and the ones we drink beer with on Friday nights.
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FORWARD INTO LIGHT: A HISTORY OF MARCHING WOMEN (cc: man repeller)
The gold banner had these words stitched upon its face: “Forward, out of error. Leave behind the night. Forward through the Darkness. Forward into light.” The banner was often in the care of suffragist Inez Milholland who led multiple suffrage parades from 1911 through 1913. It was the adopted motto of the National Woman’s Party, one of many organizations leading the charge for the right to vote for women at the turn of the last century. Milholland, a Brooklyn-born lawyer, socialite and firebrand activist, had become one of the most prominent public faces of the movement. Seldom was there a march that didn’t include her face and inspiring voice. She died at age 30 before the constitutional amendment was ratified, but was considered the spirit guide and soul of the movement.