Women Against Patriarchy – The reFRESH

August 21, 2020

Photo via The New York Times / Los Angeles Public Library

Written by Jackson Bird

This week we’re continuing the celebration of women’s suffrage and continuing the fight towards true equity.

What we’re checking out

This week was the hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the nineteenth amendment to the United States Constitution, granting women–mostly wealthy white women–the right to vote. You probably saw countless headlines and celebrations this week, but here are a few you may have missed that particularly stood out to us.
The Washington Post took a look at racism in the women’s suffrage movement told specifically through the lens of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority at Howard University
Teen Vogue debuted an entire series called “The Uncounted” focusing on untold stories, unheard voices, and unturned pages. Particularly poignant is the cover story, which interviews “inspiring women who are currently advocating for other people to have the right to vote, even though they wouldn’t have been granted that right 100 years ago.”
FRESH Speaker Veronica Chambers alongside Jennifer Harlan and Jennifer Schuessler produced a visual history of the suffrage movement for The New York Times. And on Wednesday, the Times premiered a play based on Veronica’s latest book, Finish the Fight! The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote.
Pivoting away from the suffrage’s centennial–this excerpt from Lisa Selin Davis’ new book Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to be Different outlines the historically racist origins (and present) of the term “tomboy.”
One of the biggest science channels on YouTube posted a video this week addressing the (white, male) elephant in the room and educating their young viewers on the history of and problems with the lack of diversity in scientific fields.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s response to Cardi B saying she should run for president in the future

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP,” which came out on August 7th, continues to break all manner of records and reign triumphant in our earbuds. It’s also stirring up exactly the kind of controversy you sadly might expect when two Black women proudly celebrate their own and all women’s sexuality. Brittney McNamara wrote for Teen Vogue about why some men are so threatened by women’s sexuality.
With the Democratic National Convention this week, there were a lot of contenders for reFRESHing Talk of the Week. We’re pretty sure both Michelle Obama’s speech and her husband’s will be studied as models of rhetoric for years to come. So instead of a talk from the DNC, we chose this rap from Georgia teachers Audrianna Williams and Callie Evans as our reFRESHing Talk of the Week. With their original lyrics to the tune of Jack Harlow’s “What’s Poppin'” Williams and Evans made the music video to hype their students up for virtual learning, and ended up getting the entire nation hyped.


The latest from our speakers…

Alicia Garza, Ai-jen Poo, Jess Morales Rocketto, and Shannon Watts were all interviewed by Marie Claire about why they’re voting in the 2020 election.

Aimee Allison wrote for BET about the power of representation in Senator Kamala Harris’ vice-presidential nomination, but also about the need for us to continue pushing for change.

Veronica Chambers appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah discussing her latest book Finish the Fight! The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote.

finish the fight cover veronica chambers

Both Alicia Garza and Aimee Allison were interviewed by Marianne Schnall for a Forbes piece on Black women’s leadership.

Shannon Watts wrote for Marie Claire about Senator Kamala Harris’ record on gun control.

Simran Jeet Singh appeared on BBC Radio discussing his upcoming picture book Fauja Singh Keeps Goingwhich comes out on Tuesday!

Alicia Garza wrote for Glamour about the need to match representation with substance and work in our elections.

Tiffany Dufu was featured in Forbes discussing the unique hurdles women founders have faced in fundraising during the pandemic.

Jamil Smith analyzed President Barack Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech in his latest for Rolling Stone.

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