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The Virago Newsletter for August 14, 2020

Charlotta Bass ran for VP in the Progressive Party in 1952. Credit: public domain (thru USATODAY)

This week we had a monumental step in the U.S. We witnessed a woman of color nominated as Vice President for a major political party.

Earlier this week, Joe Biden nominated Kamala Harris as his running mate. There’s been a lot of press, of course, and the idea that this is a precedented moment in our history.

However, decades before the Kamala Harris nominee, Charlotta Bass, a woman of color, also ran as Vice President.

Bass, an activist and journalist, became the first Black woman to run for vice president in the United States in the 1952, running on the Progressive Party ticket.

“This is a historic moment in American political life,” the journalist and political activist told a crowd in Chicago in her acceptance speech. “Historic for myself, for my people, for all women. For the first time in the history of this nation a political party has chosen a Negro woman for the second highest office in the land.” (source)

Ms. Bass was an educator, a journalist, and a civil rights activist. She’s believed to be the first black woman to own and actively run a newspaper in the U.S. She focused on voting rights, housing rights, police brutality and harassment.

For her efforts, she was claimed to be Communist, and monitored by the F.B.I. as a security threat, up into her 90’s.

Charlotta Bass was a pioneer of her time. I encourage you to read her acceptance speech. I hope you are inspired by her forethought and advocacy over the same issues we’re experiencing today.

This is your chance to catch up on any articles you missed this week:

Tara Blair Ball “5 Stereotypes About Women You Should Rethink”

“We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and the women in your life deserve to have theirs valued and be able to have the same opportunities as you do. That’s equality.”

Michelle Jaqua “Love Bombing and The Narcissist”

“As women, we can be attracted to the man who shows self-confidence and charm. We crave passion if we haven’t had any for a while. He knows this and uses it to his advantage.”

Kelly Davis “What It’s Like to be Afraid Every Time My Daughter is With Her Dad”

“My ex-husband is not the same person I was once married to and somewhere toward the end of our marriage, he changed into a different person. It seemed as though he was leading a double life for a while.”

Samantha Buck “Hey Ladies, It’s Time to Ask For a Raise”

“…if we understand our worth, learn to stand up for ourselves, and be prepared to demand what we deserve, we might be able to make a change for ourselves and start setting a new standard.”

Vanessa Torre “Women Play It Safe. Men Take Risks”

“What happens when we don’t take the risk of the better, higher paying job is that we stick ourselves into a rut and solidify our place where we are, not where we want to be.”

Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW “How I Replenish as a Woman”

“Honoring my essence by listening to what speaks to my nature and needs, not just as a human, but as a woman, strengthens my connection to the truth of who I am.”

Jessica Wildfire “Standing Up For Yourself Doesn’t Make You Toxic”

“Toxic people pretend to get their feelings hurt when this happens. They express dismay. They say things like, “I had no idea you felt like that,” and they make that your fault.”

Carrie Wynn “Five Signs You Are Communicating With a Narcissist”

“From start to finish a Narcissist is going to ensure that they are manipulating the conversation to go the way that they want it to go.”

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Until next week! Have a wonderful weekend.



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Michelle Jaqua

Michelle Jaqua

Advocate for Women / Owner of The Virago and Lipedema and Me