In the News: November 2020

A Woman’s Place: Women and Work

Women have always worked. Throughout history, they have had roles as laborers, creators, volunteers, protestors, and more. In part to challenge the stereotype that women first entered the workforce with second-wave feminism, the University of Minnesota libraries feature historical materials from its archives and special collections that explore the myths and realities of women as workers. Focuses include “Unpaid & Unrecognized,” “Resistance and Activism,” as well as how race and class play a role in women’s opportunities and perception.


Winter Survival Solutions

Canadian comedic designer and author Sarah Lazarovic offered this glimpse at getting through the winter months of chill, COVID, and climate change in her Minimum Viable Planet newsletter.


Share your own plans and lighter moments with us at to be considered for our February 2021 issue on “Isolation.”

Survivor’s Memorial

An online dedication ceremony took place on October 10 to mark the completion on Boom Island in Minneapolis of the Survivors Memorial, a place that serves as a permanent message of validation and support for survivors of sexual violence. Pictured at the space is Sarah Super, who was instrumental in creating this memorial.

Supporting Local News

Southwest Journal announced that its community newspaper of more than 30 years, serving southwest Minneapolis, will cease publishing on December 31, 2020, due to pandemic realities. “Our advertising sales are down by over 30 percent this year and this latest decline follows a years-long loss in newspaper revenue.”

Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has co-introduced legislation aimed at rescuing the struggling local news industry. An industry-wide transition to digital media and the pandemic-induced recession has led to a rapid decline of the industry (which also impacts Minnesota Women’s Press). The proposed Future of Local News Commission Act would examine the accelerating decline of local journalism and offer recommendations to Congress on the actions it can take to support local news.