International Women’s Day 2016 #iwd2016

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Is it just me?  Because today is the first IWD that feels like people in the United States noticed the celebration.  My day started with the awesome, inclusive, affirming google doodle and only got better.  My local college station played four hours of music by women (Thanks, XPN!).  My daughter and I turned the volume to max in the car as I taught her Aretha’s “Respect” and Brandi’s “Wherever Is Your Heart.”

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Social media profiles boasted all kinds of celebratory messages of sisterhood.  Today just felt good and right.  Maybe it was the sunshine.  But I think it was an awareness tipping point that felt really…well, good.

To celebrate the day, Teaching Tolerance published my latest essay for them.  “Why Women’s History Month Matters in 2016” is my reflection on why this celebration is still relevant.

Too often, history books, literary canons and political arenas are overrun with the accomplishments of men while women’s contributions are sidelined as footnotes and sidebars. And too often, my students’ questions about the purpose of Women’s History Month reveal just how necessary it is.

Also, the Kutztown English Department website published a profile on the work I have done with our students and community.  I talk lovingly of this blog at the end of the profile:

When she has something to say and not enough time to publish it, she turns to her blog,kupoco.wordpress.com. Here she can be bawdy and unedited, which pretty much describes her most of the time.

Here’s to the next 364 days of writing, teaching, mentoring, and activism, dear community.  Happy International Women’s Day!

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