1. Sojourner Truth —is the first black woman to win a legal case against a white man. Her “Ain’t I A Woman” speech is still used frequently as a reminder to feminists to be inclusive and intersectional.
  2. Michelle Obama — is the first black First Lady of the United States. She repeatedly used her spotlight to advocate for gender equality.
  3. bell hooks — is a feminist whose writing explored, and inspired a movement of exploration around, the changing dynamics of race, gender, class, and capitalism.
  4. Phillis Wheatley — published the first book of poetry by a Black woman and she was…

Garbo is acutely aware of systemic racial inequality in America and that the intimations of this are embedded in the criminal justice system. Garbo knows that this racism bleeds through to public records. We realize our role in this.

As a first public step and active stance toward equity, we will exclude drug possession charges on Garbo’s platform. The criminal justice system has been used to monitor substance possession in a way that promotes systemic inequality for decades. We are choosing to distance ourselves from a practice that promotes racism, hate, and oppression. The research continues to show that there…

Online dating is more popular than ever before. The pandemic has shown us that adults of all ages are happy to meet their dates, flings, and partners online for the first time, and video messaging is now a common way to go on early dates without putting yourself or someone in your life at risk. Even though these are great options when you’re getting to know someone, it’s important to take safety precautions when you’re ready to be in the same physical location for the first time.

#1 — Tell Someone

When you go to meet your online date, always let someone you trust…

It’s normal to talk about red flags when you start dating someone, but if you haven’t had a healthy relationship, it may be hard to tell when things are going the way they’re supposed to. We wrote this post to help you identify green flags in a new partnership.

  1. You feel good when you talk to them. This may sound obvious, but it actually takes self-awareness to know whether or not the person you’re dating is someone that brings you positive feelings. …

January is National Stalker Awareness Month, but it can be hard to identify a stalker at any time of year. COVID has made domestic violence more prevalent, and close proximity to abusers has made it easier than ever to enact digital stalking. We put together 5 quick indicators of digital stalking and tips for breaking free of it before it escalates.

Indicator #1:You notice strange apps on your phone or other devices, or the apps you do have seem to change slightly without you altering them.

Solution: Remove strange apps, consider changing the lock code on phone or using biometric…

If you or a loved one is in an abusive relationship, it is important to create a safety plan that can be used while leaving the abusive partner. A safety plan will outline resources and steps to be taken so that the survivor can focus on their emotional health as they recover from the trauma of the situation.

What is a safety plan?

A safety plan is a personalized set of actions that you can take while you experience abuse, while you plan to leave an abusive situation and after you have left the abusive partner. The plan outlines steps you can take to respond…

This past month we learned about the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and David McAtee.

This past week, we’ve seen an outpouring of emotions across the country… across the world.

These murders resulted in civil disobedience. Protests around the country, the ransacking of business, and the rally cries of “No justice. No peace” ringing out across the crowds.

But it’s not just about their deaths. It’s about the entire system being unjust.

White supremacy causing the deaths of people of color is nothing new.

Institutional racism is nothing new.

Standing up against these things isn’t…

What is sexual harassment?

What are the signs of sexual harassment?

Is there a hotline for sexual harassment?

These are just some of the search queries associated with sexual harassment.

If sexual harassment does occur, oftentimes we don’t know where to start or what the process of reporting looks like.

We hope to dispel some of the myths around reporting sexual harassment in your workplace or place of education and highlight the realities often faced by survivors.

Please note that nothing in this article constitutes legal advice.

What is sexual harassment?

To define sexual harassment, let’s look at what the professionals say. The Equal…

“You’re exaggerating.”

“You’re lying.”

“That never happened.”

“I only did it because you made me.”

The subtle escalation between these phrases is where gaslighting starts. Just like physical abuse rarely starts with a punch, gaslighting starts small and grows. Soon, you don’t even recognize yourself.

In this piece, we’re going to:

  • Define gaslighting
  • Talk about gaslighting’s origin
  • Discuss gaslighting in relationships
  • Give gaslighting examples
  • Discuss top gaslighting phrases
  • How to recognize you’re being gaslit
  • How to stop gaslighting

If you think you are being gaslit, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233.

What is Gaslighting?

What is gaslighting?

The definition of…

Chances are, you know someone who is or was a victim of intimate partner violence.

The statistics prove it.

“1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc.”

But, not many of us understand why or how intimate violence occurs. We’ve already covered the top red flags in a relationship. …


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