Gender & Sexuality

False Sense of Shelter: Wounds of Violence Assault Reproductive Justice

The constant drumbeat of news of the global pandemic of COVID-19 may render a false…

How the Relationship that Pushed My Boundaries Taught Me to Stand Up for Myself

From a young age—even before I was old enough for my first real crush—I fantasized…

A Potted Plant in the Forest

At the age of six I stood behind velvet curtains dreaming of another world. As…

Get Chummy with Strangers

I am an African-American woman in my mid 50’s, who, in all aspects of my…

10 Ways to Honor the Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

The fight for women’s rights in America is as old as our young nation. It…

The Price of Success

Young children are told to work hard academically, and success will naturally come to you.  A…

The Silent Minority: Women Veteran Owned Businesses

With six female veterans now standing guard (as I like to call it) on Capitol…

Post-Traumatic Growth

For about 19 years, I had a home. Not a dream-worthy one, but a stable…

The Professional Woman Needs a New Image

Recently The Cut ran an article very appropriately titled Real Equality Is When We Can…

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The Long and Winding Road to Women’s Suffrage

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or…

Menopausal in my 30s: Welcoming the Transition

My last menstrual period started one day after my first chemo. I wish I could…

How do you say that?

Let’s start this off with some interactions, I’ve encountered many times in my life. Far…

Wading in the Waters of the Trinity River: A Womanist Perspective

As a writer, theologian and womanist preacher, I am fascinated by water towers. Anytime I…

Perfect Skin

Colorism noun differential treatment based on skin color, especially favoritism toward those with a lighter…