PoC News in America

This week in PoC News is video-heavy so make sure your roommates aren’t hogging all the bandwidth.

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A Brief History of Women’s History Month

I’ve been self-identifying as a feminist as long as I can remember, but it was only few years ago that I realized I didn’t know the history of March’s Women’s History Month. As part of rectifying this oversight, I wrote “A Brief History of Women’s History Month” for Persephone back in 2011 and we’ve rerun the feature annually since.

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

From PhDs working at Buzzfeed to Photoshop, ladyblogland had a lot to talk about. Join the conversation.

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A Brief History of Women’s History Month

Another year, another March, another Women’s History Month. Like many a feminist, I’ve participated in yearly celebrations and presentations celebrating the contribution of women to our society, but it’s only been recently that I realized I had no knowledge whatsoever of WHM’s own history. Read More A Brief History of Women’s History Month

A Brief History of Women’s History Month

Another year, another March, another Women’s History Month. Like many a feminist, I’ve participated in yearly celebrations and presentations celebrating the contribution of women to our society, but it’s only been recently that I realized I had no knowledge whatsoever of WHM’s history.

If there’s one thing I do know, celebrations of marginalized members of society don’t just spring out of nowhere, like Athena leaping from Zeus’s head. We are just not there yet. Not when a frequent reaction to WHM or BHM is, “Why isn’t there a White Guy History Month?” Not when there’s an actual national debate over where women should be mandated by the state to endure invasive and unnecessary medical procedures in order to procure another, legal medical procedure. If there’s ever been a year to throw a little light onto women’s issues, women’s desires, and women’s contributions to the world, this might be it. Read More A Brief History of Women’s History Month

From the Archives: Miné Okubo: Citizen 13660

Editor’s Note:  In honor of APA Heritage Month, we’re re-running a couple of our older pieces you may have missed.

In the months following the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which created military zones covering one-third of the nation. At the behest of nativist groups, opportunistic politicans, and military leaders, a series of presidential proclamations followed which defined Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants as “enemy aliens.” Read More From the Archives: Miné Okubo: Citizen 13660

Persephone Pioneers: Rachael Booth

I recently had the privilege to speak with Rachael Booth, an activist, speaker, feminist, and the author of Star Light, Star Bright: The Story of a Wish Come True, the incredible story of Rachael’s early life and process of becoming a woman.  Not only is a she an author, but she holds a degree (Cum Laude) in Computer Science and Specialized Foreign Language, speaks Mandarin, Arabic and a handful of other languages, AND she also holds a second-degree black belt in Okinawa Kenpo Karate and weaponry and she sings. In a nutshell, she is an amazing woman.  Now you should get to know Rachael”¦ Read More Persephone Pioneers: Rachael Booth

Badass Women’s History: Jerri Nielsen

The posts that so many other awesome Persephoneers have been making for Women’s History Month have left me feeling so inspired. History is not my strongest subject: dates and names don’t tend to stick very well in my mind, I have found myself struggling with history papers and exams for years “¦ and yet, I have a list about a mile and a half long of badass ladies in history that I am just waiting to find the time to blog about. What better time to start than now? Read More Badass Women’s History: Jerri Nielsen