We will be having a virtual Leadership meeting next Thursday, June 25th at 4PM (Zoom link, Meeting ID: 997 2837 3305, password: 912488) These meetings are open to everyone! We encourage anyone that has ideas, thoughts, or an interest in getting involved with WiLS to attend. There is also no commitment to continue attending these meetings! If you would like to be added to the Leadership meeting email list, please reach out to us.
Additionally, we know a lot of people are working to educate themselves on issues and to re-learn history in a way that is inclusive, not exclusive. As scientists, educating ourselves about various subjects within science is part of our daily lives. We believe the subject of racism should be no different. Therefore, we are making a commitment to re-learn the history of our country and the world in a way that is inclusive of all voices from all people. Through the WiLS platform, we would like to help amplify this effort by learning more about the women of color that have shaped our communities, both in terms of fighting for equality of BIPOC and women, but also those that have furthered our scientific knowledge. We intend to begin this journey by sending out periodic emails highlighting women of color and their contributions to the scientific community and society as a whole. Given the current physical distancing guidelines, we will begin with emails but hope to expand on this concept to include in person gatherings. To this point, we welcome any feedback on what you would like to see from WiLS in the future and hope that you will join in this endeavor to educate ourselves more on these issues.
If you know of any women you would like us to highlight in a future email, please reach out to us!
Audre Lorde was an American writer and activist of many kinds. Her causes included combating homophobia, sexism, and racism, just to name a few. She was born in New York in 1942 to immigrant parents and published her first poem while she was still in high school. Although she first began by writing poetry she also wrote prose. Later in her life she wrote The Cancer Journals (1980) about her struggle with breast cancer and her mastectomy. Below are some additional resources to learn more about Audre Lorde.
Marsha P. Johnson was a gay rights and transgender activist probably most well known for her involvement in the Stonewall uprising in 1969. Throughout her life she was also involved in other organizations and protests revolving around LGBTQ rights and participated in the first Pride Parade in NYC in 1970. Alongside fellow activist, Sylvia Rivera, Marsha created a shelter for gay and trans kids living on the street where she provided them security, food, and emotional support. Below are additional resources to learn more about Marsha P. Johnson.