Tag Archives: obituaries

Guest post: From obits to statues to traffic circles, whither the women?

TweetEditor’s note: This is a guest post by Soraya Chemaly. Soraya is a media critic and activist whose work focuses on women’s rights, free speech and the role of gender in politics, religion and popular culture. Last week, irked after counting up The New York Time’s last 66 obits and finding that only seven were of women, [...]
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Vale Una Mulzac, radical bibliophile

TweetThe weekend Times published an obituary of Una Mulzac, founder of Liberation Bookstore, the Harlem bookstore that became a well-known and well-loved for selling books about African American identity and racial justice. Mulzac opened the store in 1967 after returning from Guyana, where she participated in that country’s struggle for independence from Great Britain. It [...]
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The Death of Martina Davis-Correia: Mourn AND organize

TweetEarlier today I wrote about the Philadelphia DA’s decision not to seek the death penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Preceding this good news was the tragic news of the death of another death penalty abolition organizer, the utterly amazing Martina Davis-Correia, who fought tirelessly and with grace and dignity against for not only her brother Troy [...]
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The inventor, the activist, and the activist-scholar

TweetThree brilliant men who shaped the world died yesterday. Steve Jobs is the name everyone knows. It’s hard to overstate the impact on our lives of this man most of us have never met. I’ve barely spent a waking moment away from an Apple product since I learned of his death yesterday. Listening to my [...]
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Dr. Bernadine P. Healy, women’s health advocate and first woman to head NIH, dies

TweetA few days ago, the New York Times ran an extended obituary of Dr. Bernadine P. Healy, the first woman to helm the National Institutes of Health. Healy died of brain cancer last week, at the age of 67. Among her most notable achievements, the obit noted, one was often overlooked, and that was her [...]
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