After publication of my most recent book, Sexism and U.S. History, I have decided to take a hiatus from writing about feminism. I have recently gotten a new job with Letterpress Communications, and expect to be busy balancing work and family. But I’d be lying if I said that was the only reason I am taking some time off. I need the time—to absorb, to think, to ponder next steps. To allow all that has been to sink in—all the ways I have grown as a person since beginning this work—and to allow all that will be to take shape.
As I am taking this hiatus, I will of course still be paying attention to what happens politically, especially after we inaugurate Trump as our 45th president. I recently read a wonderful article by the Reverend William J. Barber II, “We are witnessing the birth pangs of a Third Reconstruction.” This article gave me both hope and perspective, and I highly recommend it. Reverend Barber has a book entitled The Third Reconstruction, and I intend to add it to my reading list for 2017.
As we move into 2017, I will be thinking of things I can do to make a difference where I am—ways to spend time, money, or both to further social justice. Reverend Barber emphasizes the grassroots nature of change in his article: “…we must recognize the need for indigenously led, state-based, state-government focused, deeply moral, deeply constitutional, anti-racist, anti-poverty, pro-justice, pro-labor, and transformative movement building. There’s no shortcut around this. We must build a movement from the bottom up.”
We do this—local movement building—by showing up and joining hands within our own communities. There are many people already doing this is the small town where I live, and there are ways in which I have joined them. I will continue to expand my community involvement in the coming year, and I hope you will too. Here’s to a happy, healthy 2017 for each of our communities, and for our nation as a whole.