DA Global Women's Caucus Leadership:
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
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.
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.
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.
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