"The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them."
- Ida B. Wells

Voice from history
Women have long been fighting as activists, journalists and advocates to combat social injustice and defend freedoms. One of them, featured in an online compilation by Upworthy.com, was journalist/suffragist Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) who led an anti-lynching crusade in the 1890s.

The fierce Oregon governor from Roseville
Oregon's Kate Brown, who grew up in Roseville, Minn., is not only the first elected bisexual governor in the U.S., but a radical voice for activism. During the Women's March she declared, "In my Oregon, and under my leadership, women are in charge of their own bodies. In my Oregon, immigrants and refugees are welcome with open arms."

She said progressives must be ready now to reform voting rights, replace the Electoral College, and undo Citizens United. "Amending the Constitution is hard work, so we better get started, right?" Brown believes under Obama there was a level of "complacency in this country that it was going to be O.K. Now we know that this is not going to be easy. It may feel like you're hitting your head against a wall. But, in the end, that only makes you stronger."
Source: New Yorker

Prohibitive child care
Putting two kids in a child care center costs families more than what they typically spend on food and, in much of the country, on housing. In 28 states and Washington, D.C., sending an infant to day care costs more than sending an 18-year-old to public college. The child care cost for families rose 70 percent between 1985 and 2012.
Source: Elle

Diverse liberty
In honor of its 225th anniversary, the U.S. Mint and Treasury unveiled a new $100 coin made of solid gold that features Lady Liberty as a black woman. Others to come will feature designs representing Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Indian-Americans.
Source: NBC News


Russia makes domestic violence easier
Russia's parliament voted 380-3 to decriminalize domestic violence in cases where it does not cause "substantial bodily harm," scaling back a law in 2016 that some protested as an "anti-family" law that undermined parents' "right" to beat their children. In Russia, government statistics indicate 36,000 women are beaten by their partners every day and 26,000 children are assaulted by their parents each year.

In a recent case, a police officer told a woman who complained about her boyfriend's aggressive behavior that they would only come if she got killed. According to Associated Press, the man beat the woman to death shortly after.
Source: USA Today

Learning who is smart
A study recently published in Science journal found that six-year-old girls are less likely than boys to believe members of their gender are "really, really smart," and more likely to avoid activities for smart children.

Solutions to combat this tendency, experts say, include being more deliberate about discussing smart women role models, and the impact of hard work and effort. Psychologists have shown that many poor students and people of color disproportionately believe that intelligence is innate and fixed.
Source: The Atlantic