Reflections on Self-Care in a Time of Hatred

It was a comfortable summer night in West Philly.

I sat on my block eating ribs, laughing with family, and watching as my younger cousins playfully ran up the sidewalk. Old school music blared from the radio nearby. It was perfectly peaceful.

Suddenly the music was interrupted. The radio host gravely announced that the verdict was about to be read. I sat frozen—prepared for the worst, yet optimistic for the best. Continue reading →

The Real Reason We Need to Celebrate Nettie Stevens

History is filled with stories never told. And a lot of those stories are about women whose contributions to society were mocked or ignored by their contemporaries.

Did you know, for example, that there were feminists demanding that women have the right to vote during the French Revolution? Did you know that Anna Julia Cooper, a daughter of an enslaved woman from North Carolina, got her PhD from the Sorbonne in 1924? Continue reading →