Aida Overton Walker: Queen of the Cakewalk

By Hannah McCandless Hannah is a first year student in the Women’s History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College. In New York City on Valentine’s Day in 1880, Aida Overton Walker, originally named Ada Wilmon Overton, was born in Greenwich Village. Born to seamstress Pauline Whitfield and waiter Moses Overton, Ada was their second child with an instinctual love of dance. Recognizing her talent early, … Continue reading Aida Overton Walker: Queen of the Cakewalk

“Women’s Work” and Thanksgiving Memories

By Hannah McCandless Hannah is a first year graduate student in the Women’s History Program at Sarah Lawrence College. A Thanksgiving Memory Grandmother worked in the kitchen for hours leading up to the day of the big event. Mom would make food at home and bring it to grandmother’s house. Aunt May would always bring pie and rolls. I was the only girl of the … Continue reading “Women’s Work” and Thanksgiving Memories

Stop Pardoning Turkeys, Start Pardoning People

By Hannah McCandless Hannah is a first year student in the Women’s History Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Every year, the President of the United States will pardon a turkey on or around Thanksgiving. The dad jokes that President Obama used to tell to the lucky turkey are something I personally miss often. The ceremony is generally met with laughter and approval from the general … Continue reading Stop Pardoning Turkeys, Start Pardoning People

#WhyIDidntReport

By Hannah McCandless Hannah is a first year student in the Women’s History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College. The last several weeks have been a stressful time for survivors of sexual violence. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation of sexual assault by Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh have dominated the news cycle and forced numerous victims of assault to relive difficult and traumatizing memories. One … Continue reading #WhyIDidntReport