About Teresa Younger is an educator who enjoys history, writing, gardening, and loves being a part of a vibrant community. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UVA and her Master’s degree in education from USC, and has been living in Virginia since 2003 with her husband and her daughter.
By Teresa Younger • Content warning: Mentions of sexual violence and murder. According to PEW Research Center, 235 Black people were shot to death by the police in 2019. The social movement against systemic racism and police violence continued in 2020, when believers around the world turned out following the May 25th Police killing of … Continue reading Black Women and Girls Must Be Protected When We Are Alive
By Teresa Younger • During a conversation about Virginia Museum of History and Culture’s Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia From Women’s Suffrage to Today, which featured a panel about my daughter, I was asked, “Is your child happy doing this work?” I wondered if I should respond by stating that since my child … Continue reading Reflections on Activism in 2020
By Joyce Angela Jellison Hounkanrin • I hate mornings, yet I make a promise to myself to be up early. This morning I have no choice in the matter; someone is incessant in their attempts to reach me. The phone, which I keep under my pillow, wakes me and I see it is my therapist … Continue reading A Hummingbird in the Palm: The Impact of Racism on Black Women’s Mental Health
By Stephane Younger • In light of the recent events of police violence against Black people, and the recent uprisings in defense of Black life, I created a list of Black feminist resources, including books, movies, series, media platforms, and organizations to support. Books · Ain’t I a Woman? by bell hooks (1981) · In … Continue reading A Black Feminist Resource List
By Stephanie Younger • 10 days ago, I climbed up the Robert E. Lee Statue at a protest in Richmond, Virginia, the former Capital of the Confederacy, and spoke in front of a large crowd of people. This was unplanned, and I had no Idea what to talk about, but I began by reading an … Continue reading Co-Optation of the Fight for Black Lives
By Teresa Younger • Given the deep divides apparent in society today, it is refreshing to re-read Poet Laurent Maya Angelou’s “Human Family” poem as a reminder of our endless similarities. “Human Family” was featured in an Apple ad during the 2016 Summer Olympics, a world event that draws spectators by the million. Sports have … Continue reading Remembering my Father
By Stephanie Younger • Do the ways we talk about gender stereotypes represent the struggles we all go through? In Katherine Toland Frith and Barbara Mueller’s article entitled, “Advertisements Stereotype Women” written for the book, “Advertising and Societies: Global Issues,” they write about how the media degrades women and girls. Gender stereotypes obviously affect women … Continue reading Analysis: The Ways we Talk About Gender Stereotypes Do not Represent the Struggles we All Go Through
By Teresa Younger • Complete with unsolicited comments,touching attempts from strangers, and pressure to do away with your coils right now, or you risk the shame of being prevented from attending your graduation or losing gainful employment? Is natural hair controversy a real thing? How have generations dealt with this constant problem? My news feed … Continue reading Is it Open Season on Natural Hair?
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By Stephanie Younger • I am writing this as a Black female student activist who was turned away by the student organizers who excluded me from speaking at the Virginia National School Walkout Protest that happened yesterday at Brown’s Island in Richmond, VA; on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Weeks ago, the … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Participate in the National School Walkout
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By Stephanie Younger • In late January, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed during my break in between college lectures when I came across a blog post, in which the author, a white woman, claims that “Karen” memes are “misogynistic,” and make white women feel “marginalized,” and “invisible,” and as though their needs … Continue reading The Backlash Against “Karen” Memes is Peak White Feminism