Quickies: Because I was a girl, Disability Intersectionality Summit, and Gwen Ifill

  • Because I was a girl, I was told… – “There will be no female president come January. But in the days leading up to the election, there was a distinct possibility that this 227-year-old gender barrier would be hurdled, and so we asked women to tell us about their own vividly recalled barriers. Almost 1,200 of you responded. Here are some of your stories.” From Donna.
  • Lessons for our future from the Disability Intersectionality Summit – “We must be intentional about how we engage with the disabled people of color community. I cannot say this enough because I have been tokenized so often: stop using disabled people of color for their identities, and then making no further effort at engaging after presence of skin color next to a mobility device has been acknowledged. We’re more than just an exotic decor to the backdrop.”
  • Gwen Ifill, renowned African American PBS reporter, dies at 61 – “She didn’t mind telling anyone when she thought they were wrong, on camera. She kept it respectful. She was one of the most graceful interrupters I have ever seen.” From Mary.
  • Rare snails find romance after global search – “Jeremy is a “lefty” snail, meaning his shell swirls counterclockwise and his sex organs are on the left side of his head. He’s a mirror image of other members of his species — and he wouldn’t be able to mate with normal snails because their reproductive organs wouldn’t line up.”


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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