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Monumental Terrorism

Source: AP Photos / Shay Horse Written by Jackson Bird.  This week, we’re dedicating the reFRESH to commentary on Charlottesville, the history of racism in America, and what we can do moving forward. What we’re checking out… Alan Zimmerman, the president of Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, shares an eye-opening, but hopeful account of what it […]

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Affirmative Infraction – The reFRESH

via Written by Jackson Bird.  This week, we’re affirming the need for equal opportunities, fighting transphobia left and right, and trying out #SquadCare. What we’re checking out… Monday was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day and Serena Williams wrote an incredible piece for Fortune about how we can work to solve the wage gap by speaking up about it. […]

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Women Strike Back!- The reFRESH

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 […]

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Dropping The Ball And The Racial Politics Of Time – The ReFRESH

Pic via TED This week, we’re basking in WOC dragging Milo Yiannopoulos, celebrating Black History Month and LGBTQ+ history month (shoutout to the UK!), and cheering on a couple of our awesome speakers on recent successes. Before we get to the news though, let’s make some together. If you are a public speaker who has […]

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The power of hard data and the New American Dream — The Weekly reFRESH

Courtney Martin giving a TED talk

Pic via TED. This week, we’re watching/reading about what we can learn from our enemies, hard proof that Hollywood hasn’t changed, and a reinvention of The American Dream. What we’ve been checking out… Love this: A crew of 20 women scientists/superheroes teamed up to collect data on the lack of representation of female speakers in conferences […]

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