5 Friyays: August 28

5 Friyays: August 28

Hey, friends! Yet another week has passed in the year 2020. We’ve had a couple important centenary anniversaries for women’s rights since I last wrote this blog. Because of that – discussions of suffrage make up a bit of my list. I’ve got some other fun and thought provoking items to start your weekend! 

Black Women in the Suffrage Movement, Part 1

As we observe the 100 year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment – which helped pave the way for white, educated women to get the right to vote – we are learning a lot more about the real history of the fight for women’s rights. In my first Friyay, we hear from Martha Jones as she’s makes the argument for Black women as the founders of American democracy.

Black Women in the Suffrage Movement, Part 2

Celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage has prompted many new discussions about the history of suffrage and the stories we haven’t told. This episode of On Point was one of the best, most intersectional discussions I’ve listened to.

The Great Fire

Our country is in the midst of a transformational reckoning on race. One of the most cogent voices in this conversation, Ta-Nehisi Coates, guest edited the September issue of Vanity Fair. The cover is a portrait of murdered Louisville EMT Breonna Taylor. It’s at the top of my reading list for this weekend, and it should be at yours – especially in light of the police shooting of Jacob Blake this week in Wisconsin.

The Way We Do Museums

The racial and gender bias that permeates our history books, often translates to the representation of history in museum displays and through the training of museum staff and volunteers. This article is a fascinating discussion of the particular issue of race – and how different museums are handling the training of their mostly volunteer guides. Racist, whether intentional or not, museum displays and narratives are a piece of the puzzle of systemic racism.

Never Enough Holmes Content

One of the best gender swaps I’ve ever seen in art is a play called ‘Miss Holmes’ in which Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are both women. Though this new Netflix film ‘Enola Holmes’ doesn’t go that far –  it looks like a delightful, and hopefully feminist, romp about Sherlock (and Mycroft’s) sister. Looks like fun – I can’t wait!

That’s all for this week! Dr. Kristen will be back with our first Friyays in September! Be safe and be well, everyone!

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