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31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #17: Sarah Dietz

In honor of Women’s History Month, we present 31 Days of Revolutionary Women; a series of daily essays by local authors documenting, honoring and celebrating powerful women who inspire us in South Seattle and beyond.


by Isabel Wang

One long-ago September night, I landed in Bloomington, Indiana after a series of long flights. The next morning, I began my new life as an American first grader. Back in Taiwan, all of my kindergarten classmates looked just like me. Here? Not so much. I also spoke zero English. Continue reading 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #17: Sarah Dietz

31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #16: Oshun

In honor of Women’s History Month, we present 31 Days of Revolutionary Women; a series of daily essays by local authors documenting, honoring and celebrating powerful women who inspire us in South Seattle and beyond.


by Olivia Smith

Obbatala had been speaking with Olofi, the supreme creator of the world. Obbatala asked, “Babá (father), what will the destiny be for humans on earth?”

Olofi responded, “Slavery.”

Obbatala, consulted the divine tablero and it was confirmed. Obbatala was horrified.

Nearby, Oshun had been listening. She said to Olofi, “Father, if slavery is the destiny for humans on earth, I will not stay here in Orun (the sky), I will go with them.”

And all of the Orishas who wanted to accompany her to the earth did. And for this reason, they say Oshun arrived with the slaves to Cuba.1

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31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #15: Anne Braden

In honor of Women’s History Month, we present 31 Days of Revolutionary Women; a series of daily essays by local authors documenting, honoring and celebrating powerful women who inspire us in South Seattle and beyond.


by Lola E Peters

The room buzzes with pre-meeting chatter. It’s my second or third time attending these meetings and I’m just getting to know people I would grow to respect and love over the coming decade: Ron Chisom of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond; Joe Barndt, founder of Crossroads; Nozomi Ikuda, United Church of Christ leader; activist and organizer, Dr. Loretta Williams; Kaleo Patterson, organizer for Native Hawaiian rights. Continue reading 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #15: Anne Braden

31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #14: Anonymous (Stanford Rape Survivor)

In honor of Women’s History Month, we present 31 Days of Revolutionary Women; a series of daily essays by local authors documenting, honoring and celebrating powerful women who inspire us in South Seattle and beyond.


Editor’s Note: Today’s entry in the Revolutionary Women series, unlike previous essays, focuses on an anonymous woman, the survivor in a rape case, whose identity remains unknown for her own protection and healing.  Continue reading 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #14: Anonymous (Stanford Rape Survivor)

31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #13: Frida Kahlo

In honor of Women’s History Month, we present 31 Days of Revolutionary Women; a series of daily essays by local authors documenting, honoring and celebrating powerful women who inspire us in South Seattle and beyond.


by Mónica Mendoza-Castrejón

A revolutionary, a communist, a progressive, and an enigma in every sense of the word. Una gran mujer. That’s how you would describe the artist, Frida Kahlo. As I write this on International Womxn’s Day, as an artist and tenant rights’ organizer, I think this womxn who (despite health problems) persisted in and realized her dream of becoming a world-class painter is the type of feminist icon we need.   Continue reading 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #13: Frida Kahlo

31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #12: Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask

In honor of Women’s History Month, we present 31 Days of Revolutionary Women; a series of daily essays by local authors documenting, honoring and celebrating powerful women who inspire us in South Seattle and beyond.


by Selena Velasco

Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask, decolonized and politicized my mind and knowledge of Hawaiian history.  I am so grateful that I was introduced to her powerful, political, poetic prose in Indigenous Feminisms course at the University of Washington taught by Dr. Luana Ross. Haunani-Kay Trask’s writing was the first academic writing I read that represented my story and referenced my beloved Guahan (Guam). Her fierce words blessed me when I needed to heal and reclaim my indigenous existence as a Chamoru mother, writer, artist and Pacific Islander womxn.  Continue reading 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #12: Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask

31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #11: Lisa Sharon Harper

 In honor of Women’s History Month, we present 31 Days of Revolutionary Women; a series of daily essays by local authors documenting, honoring and celebrating powerful women who inspire us in South Seattle and beyond.


by Yasmin Ravard-Andresen

I first encountered Lisa Sharon Harper in 2000 at a national faith-based conference for college students interested in social justice. She was an actor and playwright with the theatre team. Her powerful, poetic, gorgeous, and transcendent writing ushered me into deep life-changing spiritual reflection. Later, I had the privilege of working with Lisa as an actor. Her writing and direction demanded hard work that nourished and brought out the best in us. For my own journey, I truly believe that Creator knew I needed to meet her. I needed to know this incredibly strong woman, this African-American artist, this thoughtful follower of Jesus, this brave activist, and this gifted teacher. Continue reading 31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #11: Lisa Sharon Harper