Word to the Wise: Breaking Silence

For centuries, despite silence around contraception and abortion, women have passed information along. They have spoken in euphemisms such as “bringing on the menses” or “taking the trade,” which meant taking a powdered abortifacient.For contraceptives, they used...
Word to the Wise

Word to the Wise

Remembering “Granny” Midwives Hidden knowledge can be powerful. It empowered enslaved Black women in the 18th and 19th centuries to resist oppression. African midwives brought with them the folk knowledge of methods of contraception and abortion. It was...
Word to the Wise

Word to the Wise

Silent No More! Women are telling their stories of sexual assault. The stories often trigger memories in other women. They feel invisible tears winding through a dark silence that may have lasted for decades. The pain has been too great to allow it to come into the...
Word to the Wise

Word to the Wise

August was vacation month for many.  Family visits and reunions everywhere!  We wrap our grandmotherly love around young ones, and wonder what the future holds for them.  We know that their rights are threatened by the so-called “pro-life” movement.  We know that the...