Hello from Shrill Society!
Happy Women’s History Month! Though that’s technically every month around here. This week we also celebrated International Women’s Day. We’re sure you saw that message all over the place, but do you know the roots of the day? It was inspired by a 1909 garment workers’ strike, led largely by Jewish immigrant women in their teens and 20s, “at a time when anti-immigrant sentiment was at a fever pitch,” as EJ Dickson points out in this nifty primer.
It’s fitting because the focus of our Nasty Woman planner in March is immigration and civil rights. We take our inspiration from Yuri Kochiyama, a tireless advocate for the rights of all people. Kochiyama’s family had been forced into an internment camp during World War II. And while she played a critical role in securing a government apology and reparations for Japanese-American internees, her experience resonates too hauntingly with the policies that continue to allow close to 15,000 immigrants to be housed in detention centers in the U.S. per day over 70 years later. In February alone, more than 76,000 people were apprehended for crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time and one at the very core of what it means to be an American. So this month, we’re highlighting stories of awesome women contributing to this important conversation from those working on the grassroots level in their communities to those expanding representation of first-generation Americans in media. Their actions, big and small, give us hope for the future of this country! Tell us what you think or share recommendations with us of change-making women to watch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda + Cameron