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Work to be done

On Juneteenth, Opal Lee, the woman who campaigned to make June 19 a national holiday, said: “Juneteenth is freedom, but we are not free until all of us are free. There’s still work to be done.”

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Major battles for women’s rights

“One thing is certain,” the Ms. Foundation declared in a mailing. “Whether we’re dealing with the overturn of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court stacked with Trump-appointed justices—or overcoming the final barriers to enshrining the Equal Rights Amendment in the Constitution, we simply must be prepared for what is nothing less than major battles […]

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Pro-choice

I have a new t-shirt. On the front are these words: “Pro-choice–The radical notion that women are people and can make their own decision about their body. See also: My body. My choice.” –Joy

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Work to be done

“Juneteenth is freedom, but we are not free until all of us are free. There’s still work to be done,” says Opal Lee. I found this quote in the June 19, 2022 issue of The Dallas Morning News. Opal Lee is a retired teacher and counselor. She also was an activist in the movement to […]

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Fragile?

The artist Frida Kahlo is credited with this quote: “Not fragile like a flower Fragile like a bomb” I recently saw a Frida Kahlo exhibit in Tulsa, Oklahoma. –Joy

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Go together

An African proverb advises, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” I found this quote in Lisa Congdon’s book You Will Leave a Trail of Stars. –Joy

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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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