BLSA Blog

  • Icons in Women's History - Virginia Woolf

    March 30, 2018 By Megan Ortiz
    “But for women, I thought, looking at the empty shelves, these difficulties were infinitely more formidable.” Virginia Woolf’s seminal essay, A Room of One’s Own, was published in 1929, nine years after the ratification of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. It is still widely taught in college English...
  • Icons in Women's History - Émilie Du Châtelet

    March 30, 2018 By Myrra Dvorak
    Throughout history, there have been many women who helped pave the way for advancements in the arts and sciences, but did so without any formal recognition from their field. One such woman was Émilie Du Châtelet, an accomplished French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher. While many scholars have focused on her Du Châtelet...
  • Icons in Women's History - Viola Davis

    March 26, 2018 By Alysa Grimes
    Viola Davis grew up poor and hungry in a rat-infested apartment with her two parents and five siblings. She and her sisters would wrap bedsheets around their necks to protect themselves from rat bites while they slept. Her pursuit of friendship and extra-curricular activities often centered around whether free food was available. Somehow, she...
  • Icons in Women's History - Fannie Lou Hamer

    March 19, 2018 By Athena Eliades
    Fannie Lou Hamer grew up in poverty as a sharecropper in the rural Mississippi Delta. As young as six, Hamer worked the fields and was forced to leave her schooling behind after grade school. When her family made strides to get ahead, her father purchased two mules to help with the farm labor. Angry whites poisoned the mules as a warning: there...
  • Icons in Black History - Sojourner Truth

    February 28, 2018 By Shaneka Malloyd
    Sojourner Truth’s legacy as a pioneer in both the women’s rights movement and the anti-slavery movement is well established worldwide. She used her voice to advocate policy for women and Black people. She spoke tirelessly with politicians and appeared at numerous influential conventions to spread awareness and her message. Sojourner...
  • Icons in Black History - Judge Addeliar Dell Guy III

    February 23, 2018 By Christopher Guy
    Black History encompasses far more than the month of February can contain, but that does not mean that we all should not use February to remember, recognize, and retell stories of the important African-American men and women who have shaped our lives and communities. For me, one such person is my grandfather, Addeliar Dell Guy III, or Judge Guy as...
  • Icons in Black History - Maya Angelou

    February 15, 2018 By Seleste Wyse
    “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou’s words continue to reverberate in my mind. Her words serve as a road map in how we should structure our daily actions. Life is not merely pulling through Mondays or getting...
  • Icons in Black History - Thurgood Marshall

    February 03, 2018 By Caleb Green
    The story of Thurgood Marshall is common to many and even more common to those within the legal community. Marshall is a pillar in the history of the civil right movement and within black history. Mr. Thurgood Marshall is most notable for becoming the first African-American to take a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. However, that is...