Women Strike Back!- The reFRESH

March 10, 2017

One fundamental truth from herstory: women know how to strike. Pic via Pinterest.

This week, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day, sipping tea as a form of resistance, and debunking myths about the gay community in Africa.

What we’re checking out…

Samantha Bee is, as always, hilarious and on point for International Women’s Day: “The Trump WH is so feminist, EVERY day is Day Without A Woman.”

Activism isn’t always in the streets; sometimes it’s in someone’s home over tea. These women are learning to raise hell by having 1960s-esque consciousness raising gatherings.

Wondering what a diverse Hollywood could look like? Find out here. These Brooklyn students are diverse and cooking up change in their classrooms.

Studies have found that black women are more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes. Well, these activist are fighting to change that. Check them out on the FUSION TV special The Naked Truth: Death By Delivery.

An oldie, but goodie: This Women’s History March, we’re reminded to keep it unapologetically intersectional. We’re talking Warsan Shire “Give your daughters difficult names” type of feminism.

And in case you missed it, peep Lady Liberty standing in solidarity with the #DayWithoutAWoman.

reFRESHing Talk of the Week: Unless we’re prepared to believe that women’s stories truly matter, then change can’t truly happen. Watch Jude Kelly spit truth on Why Women Should Tell the Stories of Humanity.

While International Women’s Day has passed, let’s remember to keep marching, protesting, and striving everyday. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde.  

The latest from our speakers..

Mychal Denzel Smith has some important advice for aspiring Black writers: “Take the power of words seriously.”

Is Gender a Social Construct? Jackson Bird has thoughts and keeps it the realest in the latest episode of Ask Jack.

Bisi Alimi beautifully breaks down the myth that being gay is “western,” and we’re SO here for it. Check out his piece for The Guardian, online here.

Did you all witness that painfully awkward moment at the Oscars when Moonlight deservingly won for Best Picture? That moment was crucial, and Brittney Cooper explains why Moonlight was robbed.

Sidenote: Have you pre-ordered Brittney’s book Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women? If not, you should. Get on it!

What do you get when you put two women and girls leadership experts in a room together? Magic. Watch Tiffany Dufu and Rachel Simmons’ Facebook Live chat about Drop The Ball.

Speaking of awkward…Ben Carson. #JustStop. In Jamil Smith’s latest commentary for MTV, he shares thoughts on the misfortune that are the words that come out of Carson’s mouth.

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