What’s Current: Sylvia Pankhurst to be honoured with London statue

A bronze model of the statue of Sylvia Pankhurst by Ian Walters. Photograph: City of London Corporation/Handout
A bronze model of the statue of Sylvia Pankhurst by Ian Walters. Photograph: City of London Corporation/Handout

Sylvia Pankhurst: shunned, snubbed, now to be honoured, at last, with London statue.

The first uterus transplant in the U.S. fails, hospital says. Clinical trial that aims to do 10 uterus transplants still set to continue.

Happy Harriet Tubman Day!

“Harriet Tubman’s activism continued long after the Civil War. She was a prominent supporter of the Women’s Rights Movement, attending meetings and giving speeches on tours to New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.”

It is also the U.S. National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers, observed every year on the anniversary of the day in 1993 when David Gunn, MD, was murdered by an anti-choice extremist. It’s been a tough year for abortion providers in the U.S.; from the ever-increasing anti-abortion state legislation to the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting. So, thank you to the brave doctors and nurses who provide this crucial service to women, despite widespread demonization and sometimes even the occasional state lawmaker trying to pass a bill rendering you murderers.

Nigerian anti-FGM activist, Gift Abu, recounts: “A woman died in my arms: her crime? To refuse FGM.”

Tomorrow in Toronto, a justice for Berta rally will call for the Canadian government to condemn the murder of Berta Cáceres and demand the Honduran government support an independent, international investigation into Berta’s vicious murder.

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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  • lk

    The first time I ever heard about the uterus transplant was hearing about this Ohio transplant on the news a few days ago…My initial reaction was: why? Women don’t need to have uterus transplants.
    I wish that we didn’t treat giving birth to biological children as the be all/end all of female existence.
    I love science and all the ways in which medical advancements have helped improve our lives. But, I hate that medicine/surgeries are becoming such a part of how the female body is expected to function (plastic surgery, ivf, frozen embryos, female Viagra etc).
    The medical field is like the go-to for the solutions to so many female “problems”:
    -boobs not big enough? get plastic surgery
    -don’t wanna have sex? take this pill
    -can’t have a baby? use ivf, surrogacy
    -lips too thin? get injections

    This vox article on the topic is also pretty interesting: http://www.vox.com/2016/3/10/11194466/first-uterus-transplant

    Also, I had no clue there was a Harriet Tubman day…very cool!!!

  • will

    Oh dear. Maybe it’s my morbid mind, but my first thought on reading the uterus transplant article was that it would eventually be included as an option in MtF transition surgeries. And that in the future, uteruses would be added to the list of organs bought from impoverished women as yet another “service” to western men as well as women.

    • Alienigena

      Just another way to see women as parts (e.g. advertisements that depict headless female torsos, or focus on a particular body part) rather than whole beings.

    • will

      Hmmm…. I just learned that Einar Wegener, the man who is the subject of the film “The Danish Girl”, died of an attempt to transplant someone’s womb into his body.


      Of interest: “Lili Elbe (the “inner woman” of Einar Wegener) was, as she set down in letters and notes for an autobiography, a “thoughtless, flighty, very superficially-minded woman”, prone to fits of weeping and barely able to speak in front of powerful men.”