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Mar
14
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Letters Lived Contributor: Selma James

Selma James is an anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist campaigner and author. Known for her pioneering work on women's rights, James coined the term "unwaged" to describe most of the caring work that women do. James first put pen to paper in 1952 with her essay A Woman's Place, describing the frustrations of women's lives as housewives.  James argues that women are engaged in the work of making society and deserve financial independence and recognition outside of the market economy.

Mar
14
News

Letters Lived Contributor: Selma James

Selma James is an anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist campaigner and author. Known for her pioneering work on women's rights, James' coined the term "unwaged" in her 1952 essay, A Woman's Place, to describe most of the caring work that women do. James' thesis states that women are engaged in the work of making society and deserve financial independence and recognition outside of the capitalist market. A leading figure in the women's movement of the 1970s, James' founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign in 1972, helping launch the domestic labour debate.

Feb
14
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Letters Lived Contributor: Shea Howell

Shea Howell is a Detroit activist, organizer, author, and professor of Communication at Oakland University who has been committed to grassroots, community-driven development for more than four decades. Howell grew up in a small coal mining town, but through the guidance of one of her teachers and frequent visits to the public library, she began to gain a better sense of the larger world awaiting her beyond the mountain valley. Howell first met her good friends, inspiring activists Grace Lee Boggs and James Boggs, in her mid-twenties, two friendships that would change her life forever.

Jan
24
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Representations of Pauline Johnson in Carolyn Pogue's Gwen series and Margaret Atwood's First Opera

We've previously discussed Canadian writer, poet, and performer Pauline Johnson and her appearance in the historical fiction series, Gwen, by Carolyn Pogue.The novel follows a young girl named Gwen who is taken to a British Girl’s Home after her father passes away. Memories of her late father and a final birthday gift from him, a book of poetry by Johnson titled White Wampum, help Gwen persevere through trying times and see every new experience as an adventure.