Solidarity: Catholic Social Teaching 101

This topic is kind of adjacent to my usual scope for this blog, but over the last few weeks, it has been on my heart a lot, so I decided to give it a go. Solidarity is a pillar of Catholic social teaching and one that I take both comfort in and motivation from. I … Continue reading

Gender Matters: Girl Up and Inclusive Feminism

Today I am headed to the Gender Matters Conference at DePaul University in Chicago. I am super excited, because this conference looks fantastic. Highlights include a keynote by J. Jack Halberstam about Gaga Feminism (see explanation of Gaga Feminism), there’s also going to be a one-woman comedy, “Booby Trap,” about surviving breast cancer, and a … Continue reading

Votes for Women!

“Our daughters’ daughters will adore us, and they’ll sing in grateful chorus, ‘Well done, Sister Suffragette!’” So, tomorrow marks an election in which women’s issues are at the forefront (lets’ not forget that they are also economic issues, and issues about the voice and the safety of half of our democracy). No matter who you … Continue reading

Tinker Bell / Stinker Bell

When I studied abroad, my little sister was four years old, just learning to read, and obsessed with Peter Pan. Given her stubbornness and big emotions, she had been dubbed Stinker Bell (I’d be lying if I said I didn’t see myself in that a little). When I left for England, I told Marissa that … Continue reading