Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

08 June 2011

Where I am this week

I'm at Chicagonista asking, "How Will Chicago Women Fare in a post-Oprah World?"

Well she’s gone. After a long and star-studded good-bye, Chicago is Oprah-less.

For feminists, Oprah was a double-edged sword. At times she wielded her power to shed much needed light on domestic violence and the need to educate our girls here and around the globe. Yet at the same time she taught a whole generation how to pine for “Favorite Things” and gave a platform for some anti-medical foolishness. But for women on the whole, Oprah validated their lives and opinions by giving voice to them. I know some women felt safe believing that Oprah was on the case, that she was essentially in the wings waiting to pounce on injustice in the world. How many times did an event or issue provoke someone in Chicago to say, “Let’s get Oprah!” Instead of a knight in shining armor, women had Oprah to look to for saving, informing and organizing us to action.

In a post-Oprah world, we must do it for ourselves. And there is plenty to do ladies.

Read the rest at Chicago Feminista
I'm also at Girl w/Pen with a little Grrl Talk:
There are rare moments when I read an article or listen to a recording and can’t form words to respond. Today is one of those moments and it is because you really should just listen to this recording for yourself. It’s that perfect.

The NYTimes invited four women who are at the top of their respective fields of science in for a roundtable discussion. They shared their thoughts about differences between men and women in science, having a family, asking where the women are going, and what they would say to their daughter about going into science.
Read the whole piece at Science Grrl,

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