It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me and I hope you and your loved ones are well. As some of you may know, I went on maternity leave in late October and planned to return to work just in time for The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ research release event. Our annual March gathering is truly my favorite day of the year where I get to connect with you and share our Report. I returned to work on March 16 and was sheltered in place by March 19. Like all of you, I’ve had to transition to a new normal. Added to these stresses are the racist violence and collective suffering we have been witness to in the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and the many other lives before them. More change is coming and we must support one another and amplify melanated voices moving forward.
Although we are not able to gather, we will host a virtual Report release event on August 18 from 10-11am and I hope you will join us. August 18 is an auspicious day to come together as it marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the constitution, securing (white) women’s right to vote. The simple and regular act of voting has changed the landscape for women in California and across the country.
Be part of the conversation to discuss intersectional feminism, anti-racism, and how women and girls are faring, especially BIPOC communities. Register now.
In the meantime, please know that we hear you. We see you. Let’s keep supporting one another. My heartfelt support and thanks goes to each of you during this time.
Emerald M. Archer, PhD
Director, Center for the Advancement of Women
Associate Professor, Political Science
Director, Women’s College Coalition