Rest in power, RBG.
There have been many elegies and eulogies to Ruth Bader Ginsburg since her passing on Friday, September 18. Instead of adding too many more words — and there are so many more words that we could add — we want to focus on this sentiment: may her memory be a revolution.
That is, let’s remember what an absolute and unapologetic badass she was, and focus on how we carry her revolutionary work forward. She was a fighter. She advocated for the necessary power of dissent, and for the work of getting the feet of the patriarchy off of our necks. She minced no words about how much work was still to be done to get anywhere close to any kind of equity.
Let’s do that work. For her memory, and for our futures.
WHEN GREAT TREES FALL
When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.
When great trees fall
small things recoil into silence,
eroded beyond fear.
When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
gnaws on kind words
Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
dependent upon their
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance, fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance of
And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.
Thank you to badass Amy Rosenthal for sharing Maya Angelou’s perfect words for this moment.
We are the revolution.
Badass Asha Dornfest created Vote+1 to support us all in doing more than just voting (get out your own vote, PLUS do at least one more thing to get things in the right direction).
Badasses Samantha Steelman, Raven Hollis, Carrie Gooch, Arielle Brandy, and Kyrstin Schuette I Vote For to mobilize and support women in using storytelling as a means of political action between now and election day — and beyond. (Next week’s PowerUp will be a working session on that action — email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line I Vote For to be added to that event).
You can still support female candidates in this election by going to Women For The Win, which is led by badass Jordan Zaslow.
We’re on the host committee with sister badass communities TueNight & Persisticon for their Get Out the MotherF&#@ing Vote event on October 6, 8–9:30pm ET. We’ll write postcards, hear great comedy & music, and hang out. Proceeds benefit @fairfightaction. Tickets: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/get-out-the-motherfing/register
Our consumer power is also part of the revolution.
Grab a coffee or a cocktail and join us for a conversation with Johanna Zeilstra, badass and CEO of Gender Fair, an organization dedicated to holding companies accountable to higher standards of gender equity. We’ll talk about what it means for companies to become gender fair in a world that’s long been gender unfair — and how to measure that fairness. We’ll also get the first look at their about-to-launch app, which promises to put the power of fairness assessment in our own hands.
4pm PT / 7 pm ET (We will record the conversation and share it, and will host another conversation with Johanna at a more global friendly time after their launch!)
LEAGUE OF BADASS WOMEN POWERUPS THIS WEEK:
This Friday, September 25, at 9am PT | 12pm ET | 4pm GMT.
All are welcome! Please join us for these 90 minute sessions dedicated to activating hope, and to exploring the ideas and actions that can carry hope forward. RSVP to email@example.com to be added to the invitation and to receive the Zoom link.
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