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It’s International Women’s Day!

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A 1932 Soviet poster for International Women's...

I have the same issues with International Women’s Day as I do with Black History month, but I am marking it today.

So in honor of IWD, I’ve decided to feature a clip from one of my favorite authors of all time – Toni Morrison. Here, she talks about the challenges of being a female writer. I really admire her pride in being both a black and female writer. She makes a critical point about how people often assume they’re giving a compliment by saying one’s art is too good to be rooted in one or the other. But more often than not, the opposite is true. As Morrison says so passionately, being black and female is actually a “a very broad, deep, wide pool to draw from. It’s [actually] richer than some other label.”

At the end of the day, you’re who you are for a reason, so use it.