Global Women's Caucus



  • In a year that could easily be written off for the disruption and devastation it caused, one thing cannot be denied - 2020 represented a year of reckoning for Black Americans. 

    This February, Black History Month returns to shine a light on stories too often overlooked and voices whose microphones went unplugged far too long. Again, we are given an opportunity to grow together as a nation and validate the Black experience in America by listening, learning and sharing their stories. 

    This is a historic February, as it is the first Black History Month we will celebrate with a Black woman in the nation's second highest office. Kamala Harris is a symbol of the first steps our nation is taking to recognize the power of Black women in America, but she will certainly not be the last. 

    Over the next 28 days, the Global Women’s Caucus will highlight the History of Black Americans, the painful struggle that endures and the bright, more equitable future we all look forward to. 

    We welcome you to interact with your Global Women’s Caucus community this month by joining us on our Facebook page, or one of many online events hosted by the Global Black Caucus for discussion and opportunities to learn and grow together, as we foster this sisterhood.  

    At the GWC, we choose to welcome 2021 with open arms and open minds. Rather than look back on the last four years with outrage, we will dust ourselves off and move forward. We will follow the example set by another Black American icon who said it best: “when they go low, we go high.” 

    DA Global Women's Caucus Leadership:

    Ann Hesse
    | Chair, Global Womens Caucus
    Christina Skovsgaard
    | Vice Chair Norway, GWC Steering Committee, GBC Steering Committee
    Carol Moore
    | GWC Steering Committee, Former Chair, DAUK, Founding Co-chair, DAUK Women's Caucus, Co-Chair DAUK PNR Healthcare Team, ERA Project, Florida Rep, DAUK Tax Reform Committee
    Stacey Kruckel
    | DAG Frankfurt Chapter Secretary and Co-Chair of the Communications Committee, Global Women's Caucus
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    News

    February 2021 Newsletter


    Letter from the Editor

    This February, the Global Women’s Caucus celebrates Black History Month, by sharing and listening to the personal stories embodied in Black culture and experience. Our sister caucus, the Global Black Caucus has put together an exciting collection of events to commemorate this important month, and we encourage you to join the conversation as we remember, learn about, and celebrate Black History. 

    In this February issue, Black History Month is celebrated with passages by notable writer Joy Notoma, Action Team Leader for our Books Abroad Book Club. Joy delves into the story of this February’s featured book, “Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments,” by Saidiya Hartman. This issue also provides reports on reproductive justice, the Violence Against Women Act, and Biden’s new inclusive cabinet, as well as policy information and the current status of COVID relief and vaccination. We are also highlighting the ERA’s call-to-action, as well as numerous events for Black History Month and our upcoming Women’s History Month.

    We hope you enjoy this edition!

    Stayce Camparo, Communications Co-Chair Global Women’s Caucus

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    Black Women in Biden's Administration

    Spotlighting Three Black Women in Biden’s New Administration

    By: Jamie McAfee, Communications Co-Chair, Global Women’s Caucus


    Vice President Kamala Harris, Georgian heroine Stacey Abrams and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman made headlines around the world for their historic achievements. Their stages were broad, glittering with lights, flashbulbs popping, iPhones recording and reporters shouting. Notoriety well-earned and deserved, African American women are walking across the international stage filled with hope that this change in the air, swept in by Black women voters, is permanent. Black women fought to mobilize voters, and on-the-ground efforts helped turnout people of color, pushing Biden to victory. During his acceptance speech in Philadelphia, President-elect Biden acknowledged the groundswell of support from Black voters throughout the election process when he stated, “…especially for those moments when this campaign was at its lowest—the African-American community stood up again for me. They always have my back, and I’ll have yours.”

    Since the Inauguration, the new administration has tackled various crises that directly impact communities of color, but President Biden is going beyond policy. He seems to be living up to his campaign promises by staffing his cabinet to look like America, starting with the selection of Harris as his running mate after a contentious primary. With over 1200 Senate-confirmed appointments to fill, we look at three Black women President Biden has nominated for leadership positions. Each woman has a unique, inspirational story worth exploring beyond these introductions.

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 20 rsvps
    Zoom

    Book Club & Author Talk: The Dancing Girl and the Turtle

    The Global AAPI Caucus and the Germany-Saxony Book Club are are thrilled to be hosting author Karen Kao for a book club discussion on February 28th, 2021, at 2 P.M. Berlin time. We will be discussing her debut novel The Dancing Girl and the Turtle. Described as an “an ambitious, striking addition to the novels showing the sleazy side of 1930s Shanghai” by bookish.asia, it is the first in a quartet of interlocking novels set in Shanghai from 1929 to 1954.

    Read more about the quartet and KarenKao on her website at https://inkstonepress.com/ and message us to pre-order a book! Through the eyes of the dancer, Song Anyi, and her brother Kang, the Shanghai Quartet spans a tumultuous time in Chinese history: war with the Japanese, the influx of stateless Jews into Shanghai, civil war and revolution. How does the love of a sister destroy her brother and all those around him?      

    Please contact [email protected] for information on pre-ordering a book.

    Tuesday, March 02, 2021 at 07:00 PM Berlin Time · 34 rsvps
    Online event WebEx

    Causes and Consequences of Women's Suffrage

    Women’s History Month Speaker Series
    with Dr. Lori Ginzberg 

    March 2nd @ 1 pm EST (7pm CET) (10am PST)

    Historian and professor Lori D. Ginzberg will lead us from the antebellum origins of the women’s rights movements through the passage of the 19th amendment and beyond, discussing the meanings of the vote and of commemoration itself.  Author of Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life and Untidy Origins: A Story of Women's Rights in Antebellum New York, Dr. Ginzberg will help us understand the complicated issues, personalities, and priorities that ignited the drive for suffrage and the barriers and conflicting strategies which confronted the many passionate warriors for women's rights. As we untangle this history, the political challenges of today will unfold. Dr. Ginzberg will provide answers to questions following the discussion.

    RSVP below to get the meeting link and connection information.