Archive for January 2020

HOW WHITE WOMEN BENEFITED FROM ‘STANDING ON THE BACKS OF WOMEN OF COLOR’

An article in Slate takes an unflinching look at how white women have benefited in the workplace from the sweat of black and brown women. In Rethinking Work-Life Balance for Women of Color Kimberly Seals Allers makes the case that many of the gains made by white women in the workforce, including the quest for work-life balance, would not…

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The ZORA Canon

The ZORA Canon, our list of the 100 greatest books ever written by African American women, is one of a kind, yet it exists within a rich cultural tradition. As author and New York Times contributing opinion writer Kaitlyn Greenidge notes in “Why We Need to Acknowledge the African American Women’s Canon,” her insightful and moving introduction to the…

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Why America needs the leadership of black women

The media has given us a frustratingly sexist and racist narrative that the only formidable Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential election is a white man. We have been bombarded with headlines and sound bites that reinforce the idea that only a white man can beat Donald Trump in 2020. Read more at DailyKos.

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What ‘Livability’ Looks Like for Black Women

Last September, the city of Pittsburgh released a report on gender and race disparities that concluded, perhaps to the city’s own shock, that Pittsburgh is the worst city for black women to live in by just about every metric. The aftermath of that bombshell was a bevy of columns and essays from black women either expressing vindication for…

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Pittsburgh: A ‘Most Livable’ City, but Not for Black Women

On June 14, Stanlee Allyn Holbrook, a 26-year-old black mother, parked her car on the Homestead Bridge in Pittsburgh and then took her life by jumping into the Monongehela River below. Her three children were left in the car. A neighbor, Joanna D’Amico, told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Lacretia Wimbley that Holbrook was a disciplined caregiver for her kids. She didn’t…

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