Women’s Work in Progress
By Gwen McKinney,
Let the Lioness Roar
If March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb. The first day of this month, the nation’s capital was shut down by hurricane-force winds, downed power lines plunged residents into the dark and hundred-year old trees were uprooted from the ground.
The March lioness roars and places where women thrive and work are being turned inside out. Power, sexuality, voice and change are upending an old world order.
This year Women’s History Month, coming on the heels of #MeToo, has generated an intensely renewed conversation on the role of women. But to merely focus on this question of sexual domination would undermine the greatness of women and their longstanding strides in the intersectional struggles of power, gender and justice across a wide expanse of conditions and consequences.
Though International Women’s Day is March 8, the entire month is set aside for Women’s History. We go further and salute women’s imagination, progress and sheer magic; for making history every moment of the year!
We present spotlights on six stalwarts – Bad Asses All – who have scored triumphs that are grand, granular and ever-moving. They have made their mark in advocacy, journalism, labor rights, peace and political empowerment: LaTosha Brown, Leslie Cagan, Carmen Cruz, Bhairavi Desai, Sandra Mattavous-Frye and Jane Mayer.
Each woman steps into her figurative combat boots and thumbs her nose in the face of fear: The fear to be silent. The fear to ignore the forgotten. The fear to fail in triumph.
We extol these Sheroes, diverse and unpredictable, as emblems of yesterday and tomorrow. Because every time a baby girl is born, so too is the potential to transform the world.
– Gwen McKinney