Women’s rights, trans rights, gay rights: there’s a connection

Remember last summer when the overturn of Roe vs. Wade was shocking, and we were asking ourselves how this could have happened? When I talked to Dahlia Lithwick last fall, I asked her how this could happen in the United States, and she pointed out that the systems that are in place have made it possible. Take a look at this 6-minute video clip.

Spoiler alert: we can win all of the lawsuits and vote and vote and vote, but if the system is this distorted from the popular will, then it’s the system that’s the problem.

Since then MAGA Republicans have continued their assault on our rights: a woman’s right to birth control, trans rights, LGBTQ rights, book banning.

Dahlia’s book, Lady Justice, covers the trauma that we’ve faced as a nation, not just recently but for decades. And she recounts time and time again examples of change happening, despite the overwhelming odds.

Moral: the only way change happens is when women stand up.

Who uses the term “woke”?

Have you ever had a conversation about wokeness? Has anyone ever asked you about it?

No one has ever asked me a question about “wokeness,” or even brought it up in conversation. Do people even know what that means?

I have a theory. Take a look.


I’m suspicious. What does woke mean to you? #woketok #woke #foxnews #fauxnews #rightwing #democratsoftiktok #democrats

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My name is Mary Rarick and I’m running for public office

Photo of Mary RarickMy name is Mary Rarick and I’m running for public office

Professionally I’m known as a caffeine-addicted shoe lover, connector, Sorkin enthusiast and digital marketing consultant.

Drinking cold brew coffee, catching up with friends, playing cards with my kids, cooking with my husband: these are a few of my favorite things.

But if I’m to be totally honest, I’m also an introverted 56-year-old recovering perfectionist who has spent most of her life sitting in her privilege afraid of making waves.

And then one day I decided to show up. Continue reading