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Commentary: Why Minnesota Women STILL Do Not Have Equal Rights

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For the second year in a row, equal rights in Minnesota was pushed off by legislators until the final day of session — and did not get a final vote.

A Conversation About Black Women’s Mental Health and Academia

In my mind, it was simply "let me get through it."

COMMENTARY: Additional Work to Be Done in Bodily Autonomy

I’m thankful that I have hospice as an option at the end of my life, and I will use it for the maximum comfort I can attain. But in the end, I want the option to die gently in my sleep, surrounded by my loved ones.

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The Peace of Death on Your Own Terms: Celebrating My Brother’s Story

He and his spouse Shelley invited all of us and our spouses to celebrate Doug’s life with them. In that last week, we played and listened to music, told stories, and looked at old photographs.
Shea Holt photo taken by Sarah Whiting at the 2023 Minnesota Women's Press event

How Youth Violence Happens:  A Conversation With Shea Holt 

A bruise I can feel today, tomorrow, maybe the next day. But the things that are harder to heal from are unseen. 

Farming Resilience

Farmer-led organizations, such as the National Farmers Union within the World Farmers Organization, have pushed to have our perspectives heard and included in these discussions about climate crisis solutions.

Starting From the Kitchen: A Q&A With Lina “Mama Tshutshu” Nyaronge

It’s intricate, but everything starts with one person.

Commentary: It’s Past Time to Talk and Write Much Better About Gender-Based Violence

"Achieving a violence free Minnesota demands that we explicitly name domestic violence when and where it occurs, and that it remains a matter of community action before, during, and after tragedies like these—not just when first responders are killed in their attempts to assist."

UPDATED 2-21: Minnesota Women Central in Discussions About Ukraine

"One of the things I particularly want to stress is that these wars are fought mostly by men. Peace processes are made by mostly men at the table. And they're mostly very unsuccessful. ... These deals [do not] hold if you don't have everyone at the table. And they don't hold for sure if you don't have women in the process."

Dr. Catherine Squires: Stress Among Black Women in Academia

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Tell them you appreciate their work and be ready — start practicing now — to show that support in the bright light of day, in the glare of media spotlights, and under the florescent bulbs of the conference room.

AICHO: Creating Home in Our Homelands

When we strengthen ourselves collectively, we double the impact of individual lives. 

Commentary: Progress, and Next Steps, in Protecting Homeowners from Faulty HOAs

If a home has mold or a structural problem, there are remedies for the homeowner. But if an HOA structure is not solid, sound, or ethical, there is very little recourse for the homeowner.

Publisher’s Commentary 3: Welcome to the Year of Healthy Collaboration

Artists, scientists, and spiritual philosophers remind us that our world does not consist of independent entities, but intertwined branches, continuously evolving in new directions through interaction.

The Awesome Power of Awe

The more overwhelmed we are, the more we need awe.

Publisher’s Commentary 2: Faith in Humankind

people did not know in the early 1900s as much as we do now about behavioral changes that can come from wraparound mental, financial, and healing services. Education about genetics and mental health then — and for some still today — was limited to thinking that everything we are and can be is related to genes, and is unchangeable.