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Reckon | Women2021-03-11T17:34:15-06:00
704, 2021

How self-care and blogging changed my life

By |April 7, 2021|

By Cherith Fluker I could start this essay by griping about how terrible 2020 was to me.  But that probably wouldn’t grab your attention because I’m sure you’d have a comeback for every single complaint or problem that I listed.  Your response would probably match or exceed whatever gruesome event [...]

104, 2021

What my first mammogram taught me about sisterhood

By |April 1, 2021|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from women in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to join the Reckon Women Facebook group. By Caryn Bell Mammograms are not fun. I had my first one recently. A COVID screening check-in served as a vivid [...]

1803, 2021

Moms and daughters: What Birmingham public servants Crystal and Carole Smitherman learned from each other

By |March 18, 2021|

Reckon Women’s series on Southern mothers and daughters who share the same profession is part of Reckon’s celebration of Women’s History Month.  Crystal Smitherman, 27, is a Birmingham city councilor for District 6, the same district where her mother Carole Smitherman served as city councilor in the early 2000s. She’s also an attorney, like her mother, who is now a Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge.  [...]

1603, 2021

Moms and daughters: What Toyota plant workers Angela and Destini Stewart learned from each other

By |March 16, 2021|

Reckon Women’s series on Southern mothers and daughters who share the same profession is part of Reckon’s celebration of Women’s History Month.  Angela Stewart and her daughter, Destini Stewart, try to eat lunch together whenever they can. The two women work at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Huntsville, Ala. Angela began working at the plant in [...]

1503, 2021

Moms and daughters: What attorneys Elizabeth and Wesley Smithart learned from each other

By |March 15, 2021|

Reckon Women’s series on Southern mothers and daughters who share the same profession is part of Reckon’s celebration of Women’s History Month.  The first time newly minted attorney Wesley Smithart attended a meeting of the Women’s Section of the Alabama Bar Association, she got to watch her mother, Elizabeth Smithart, lead the meeting as chair.   The two women, both graduates of the University [...]

303, 2021

Why I’m teaching Black history all year long

By |March 3, 2021|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from women in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to join the Reckon Women Facebook group. By Janelle Graham Last month, around the third week of February, I sat down with my 9th grade students to discuss [...]

2402, 2021

Self-care is your crown

By |February 24, 2021|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from women in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to join the Reckon Women Facebook group. By Toya Poplar The word “self-care” is thrown around a lot these days. But what exactly is self-care? Self-care is care [...]

1702, 2021

Purity culture and the perception of singleness

By |February 17, 2021|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from women in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to join the Reckon Women Facebook group. By JP Austin  Picture yourself at a large Southern family gathering, surrounded by more than a few of your closest relatives [...]

1102, 2021

Workplace pregnancy protections proposed by Alabama lawmakers

By |February 11, 2021|

Alabama lawmakers are eyeing several proposals that could have significant impact on the rights of pregnant people and, specifically, pregnant workers.  Here’s a quick look at the proposed bills:  Pregnant workers  The most comprehensive is the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, HB 352, sponsored by Rep. Neil Rafferty, D-Birmingham. It would require all employers to provide reasonable accommodations for [...]

1002, 2021

Taking a stand for love next Valentine’s Day

By |February 10, 2021|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from women in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to join the Reckon Women Facebook group. By Carla Youngblood As Valentine’s Day approaches, I reflect on my love life (well, the lack thereof) and wonder how I [...]

1002, 2021

Sweeping Black maternal health reforms proposed in Congress

By |February 10, 2021|

African American moms could get better health care under a series of proposals recently introduced in Congress. This week, the congressional Black Maternal Health Caucus introduced a sprawling legislative package aimed at improving health outcomes for mothers and addressing glaring racial disparities in maternal health. Dubbed the Black Maternal Health [...]

302, 2021

To keep or not to keep: on things that spark joy

By |February 3, 2021|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from women in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to join the Reckon Women Facebook group. By Jane Patten I could never claim to be like Marie Kondo, the decluttering guru who recommends giving away items that [...]

1901, 2021

Ga. factory worker, fired after miscarriage scare, sues ex-employer over attendance policy

By |January 19, 2021|

Seven days after Georgia mom Kaytiara McAlister learned she was pregnant, that pregnancy cost her job, according to a new federal lawsuit..  McAlister claims she was fired from her job at a manufacturing center in west Georgia after leaving her shift early due to severe abdominal pain and heavy bleeding related to her pregnancy. Her employer, TydenBrooks, claims in court documents the company did nothing wrong. But McAlister, in court documents and an interview with [...]

1301, 2021

Reframing purity culture, step by step

By |January 13, 2021|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from women in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to join the Reckon Women Facebook group. By: Lea Ervin Growing up, I didn’t have a purity ring, nor did I attend an elaborate ball pledging my purity [...]

3112, 2020

Reckon’s top 10 stories of 2020

By |December 31, 2020|

You might have noticed that Reckon started to look a little different this year. The biggest reason is because we're listening more closely to our readers, Southerners who are shaping the world around them in all the big and little ways we know are possible. Throughout the year, we've dug [...]

2212, 2020

How to Have a Perfectly Imperfect Christmas

By |December 22, 2020|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from a woman in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write.  Click here to sign up for the newsletter.  Click here to sign up for the Reckon Women Facebook page. By: Linda Lyle In 1994 I was teaching English in Seoul, South Korea [...]

1612, 2020

Why I No Longer Celebrate Christmas

By |December 16, 2020|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from a woman in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write.  Click here to sign up for the newsletter.  Click here to sign up for the Reckon Women Facebook page. By Janelle Graham Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christmas Day will look [...]

1012, 2020

Looking for better sex education? Try these resources

By |December 10, 2020|

If you read our series on purity culture and sex education in the South and you’re hoping to make sex education better for your children and community, we’ve complied a list of resources to help you have better conversations about sexuality and relationships.   For parents  Talking to your children about their bodies and sex can be [...]

1012, 2020

These people are making sex education better in the South

By |December 10, 2020|

Toy Rollins knew she had to find some way to talk to her two older daughters about sex after she learned her children’s Atlanta-area charter school wasn’t planning to teach a robust sex education curriculum.  Rollins, who also grew up in Georgia, said she expected her children to get the same sex [...]

912, 2020

Purity culture can impact long-term sexual health 

By |December 9, 2020|

This story is part of a series about purity culture, sex education and the role of family, faith and communities in addressing the lasting impacts of purity culture’s teachings. Cultural norms surrounding sex in the South can lead to long-lasting physical effects such sexual dysfunction, sexually transmitted infections and gynecological cancers, experts say.   Many [...]

912, 2020

Experts say purity culture teaches boys an unrealistic view of sexuality

By |December 9, 2020|

The gender roles assigned to men via purity culture further perpetuate sexual dissatisfaction and unrealistic relationship expectations, sex educators say.   While a large portion of research on purity culture has focused on how the ideology has affected women and girls, these same gender expectations enforce an unrealistic view of [...]

812, 2020

‘Come to church, we have the best sex:’ Christian leaders rethink purity culture messaging

By |December 8, 2020|

This story is part of a series about purity culture, sex education and the role of family, faith and communities in addressing the lasting impacts of purity culture's teachings. John Paul Basham remembers, when he was a teenager, participating in a sexual abstinence program called True Love Waits at his Southern Baptist [...]

812, 2020

Purity culture: How sex was taught to a generation of Southerners

By |December 8, 2020|

This story is part of a series about purity culture, sex education and the role of family, faith and communities in addressing the lasting impacts of purity culture's teachings Rings promising chastity passed from fathers to daughters. Virginity pledges signed at school assemblies. Flower petals torn from stems to symbolize the [...]

3011, 2020

Women-owned printmaking studio creates space for Alabama artists to make a statement

By |November 30, 2020|

Reckon Women partnered with seven women-owned small businesses and creators whose stories illustrate the grit, innovation and creativity we admire, and together we curated holiday gift boxes for our readers to purchase. Click here to support these women creators with your purchase..  Rachel Lackey fell in love with printmaking in college [...]

2511, 2020

8 women activists minding the gap in the South

By |November 25, 2020|

The South is home to the most diverse people, landscapes and culture in the country. We have so much to be proud of. But our governments are often stagnant, disproportionately stocked with white men and ineffective when it comes to taking care of vulnerable communities. But minding the gap are [...]

2411, 2020

Jacqueline McMillan finds healing in wood-carving after losing limbs to sepsis

By |November 24, 2020|

Reckon Women partnered with seven women-owned small businesses and creators whose stories illustrate the grit, innovation and creativity we admire, and together we curated holiday gift boxes for our readers to purchase. Click here to support these women creators with your purchase..  Jacqueline McMillan likes to watch customers browse in [...]

2311, 2020

Reckon Women curations: Unique gifts featuring Alabama makers

By |November 23, 2020|

Throughout the year, we meet Alabama women almost everywhere who help us see the world differently, who write their own narratives and who craft beauty and art despite odds. And we want to introduce them to you, too -- through their creations. Welcome to our first curation of creations [...]

1911, 2020

Southern states lead U.S. in preterm births

By |November 19, 2020|

The South leads the nation in babies born too early, according to a new report from the March of Dimes, a national organization that funds research and advocates for healthy mothers and babies.  The only states to earn F ratings for their high rates of preterm birth were Alabama, Georgia, [...]

1811, 2020

Making a name for myself as a Shunnarah

By |November 18, 2020|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from a woman in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to sign up for the newsletter. Click here to sign up for the Reckon Women Facebook page. By Mandy Shunnarah They think they know me based [...]

1811, 2020

Maternal mortality panel finds 70 percent of Alabama pregnancy deaths preventable; urges Medicaid expansion

By |November 18, 2020|

Nearly 70 percent of pregnancy-related deaths of Alabama women were preventable in 2016, according to the state’s first report on maternal mortality since officials began collecting data last year.  The report also recommended that Alabama expand Medicaid, calling a failure to do so “an underlying, yet significant factor” impacting the maternal deaths covered in the report.  [...]

1111, 2020

Speak up for women’s health all year long

By |November 11, 2020|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from a woman in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to sign up for the newsletter. Click here to sign up for the Reckon Women Facebook page. By Millie Jackson In the early 1970s months were [...]

1111, 2020

8 Black women fighting for voting rights in the South

By |November 11, 2020|

Georgia quickly became a meme during election week as mail in ballots slowly flipped the state blue for the first time in 1992. Social media identified voting rights queen and former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams as one to thank for helping Joe Biden inch pass the 270 seats needed [...]

411, 2020

The threads of privilege are all over me

By |November 4, 2020|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from an Alabama woman, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to sign up for the newsletter. Click here to sign up for the Reckon Women Facebook page. By Donna Eich Brooks Imagine an almost invisible shining thread. It’s [...]

2810, 2020

Finding my new normal after cancer

By |October 28, 2020|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from a woman in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to sign up for the newsletter. Click here to sign up for the Reckon Women Facebook page. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October’s essays will all be [...]

2810, 2020

‘Rushed and undemocratic’: Hundreds of Ala. women decry Ivey’s support of Amy Coney Barrett

By |October 28, 2020|

More than 800 Alabama women cosigned a letter this week, denouncing Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s support of what they called the “rushed and undemocratic” confirmation process of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ivey, along with two other women Republican governors, had written a public letter [...]

2110, 2020

Becoming the one-breasted lady

By |October 21, 2020|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from a woman in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to sign up for the newsletter. Click here to sign up for the Reckon Women Facebook page. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October’s essays will all be [...]

710, 2020

How breast cancer ruined and restored my confidence

By |October 7, 2020|

By Javacia Harris Bowser  Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from a woman with ties to the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to sign up for the newsletter. Click here to sign up for the Reckon Women Facebook page. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness [...]

210, 2020

The South still lags U.S. on paying women fairly

By |October 2, 2020|

Alabama still has one of the widest gender wage gaps in the nation, and most of the South follows suit, a Reckon analysis shows. Nationally, women make 82 cents for every dollar paid to men, with an annual gap of $9,774. Southern women earn less, around 78 cents on average.  Women in [...]

2909, 2020

Amanda Shires confronts ‘The Problem’ with abortion in the South through new song

By |September 29, 2020|

Amanda Shires wants people who have had abortions to feel less alone in their decision. The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter released “The Problem,” about a couple navigating the decision to have an abortion, on International Safe Abortion Day. All proceeds will benefit Alabama’s Yellowhammer Fund, an abortion fund and [...]

2409, 2020

Widowed at a young age, she turned tragedy into a catalyst for supporting women’s financial planning

By |September 24, 2020|

Emily Lassiter is an attorney turned financial advisor and mother of two who lives in Birmingham, Ala. She co-founded The Wealth Edit, an online, membership-based community for women looking to learn more about personal finance with Emily Pearson, another Birmingham-based financial advisor. Emily talks about losing her husband at [...]

2409, 2020

Reckon Women share: If I knew then what I know now about money

By |September 24, 2020|

Women in America hold less than one-third the wealth of men. Motherhood and race further complicate women’s lifetime wealth earning potential.In this season of Money Talks, Reckon explores wealth — who has it and how to grow it.Reckon asked members of the Reckon Women Facebook group to share what they [...]

2009, 2020

‘All right to be a hero’: Meet the woman whose landmark case was the first Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued at the Supreme Court

By |September 20, 2020|

One day in June 1999, Sharron Cohen stood nervously on steps of the U.S. Supreme Court facing a bank of photographers and lawyers. Beside her, appearing equally uncomfortable, was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.   “Do you enjoy this?” Cohen recalls whispering to Ginsburg.  “I mostly work,” Ginsburg muttered back, drily.  The occasion – a photo for a calendar celebrating the Women in Military Service for [...]

1609, 2020

I fight with my fingertips

By |September 16, 2020|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from an Alabama woman, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to sign up for the newsletter. Click here to sign up for the Reckon Women Facebook page. By Randi Pink This summer, a rumor began circulating around Birmingham [...]

1409, 2020

Reckon Women launches ‘Be Better’ virtual event series

By |September 14, 2020|

Reckon Women is launching a monthly Zoom panel series we're calling “Be Better.” Each month we will hear from extraordinary women across various backgrounds to discuss how we can be better in different areas of life. Our inaugural "Be Better" panel on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. will [...]

909, 2020

The last supper before the pandemic

By |September 9, 2020|

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from an Alabama woman, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to sign up for the newsletter. Click here to sign up for the Reckon Women Facebook page. Want to submit your own essay? Fill out the form at [...]

2508, 2020

The consistent, disciplined and thankless work of Black women in American politics

By |August 25, 2020|

A few years ago, when Alabama Democrat Doug Jones narrowly won a U.S. Senate seat, there were more than a few news headlines suggesting that Black women, almost out of the blue, had become inspired to ramp up their organizing efforts to help deliver Jones the victory. Truth is, though, it's always been Southern Black women doing the in-the-trenches work of grassroots organizing in this country — from abolition to civil rights to women's equality.

1308, 2020

Reckon Women reflects on first year while looking ahead

By |August 13, 2020|

https://youtu.be/XPsW5MVJG00 Earlier this year, the first anniversary of Reckon Women quietly passed while we all navigated life during a pandemic and racial justice uprisings in our communities across the South. And though May 2020 marked a year since our online community was born, we are still celebrating today—all that [...]

1505, 2020

Reproductive justice non-profit buys Alabama abortion clinic

By |May 15, 2020|

The director of the Yellowhammer Fund, a non-profit that provides financial assistance for abortions in Alabama, said she was considering shutting down the organization amid financial worry before Alabama passed a law banning near all abortions in the state in May 2019 . One year later, after an influx of more than $2 million in donations from across the country in the immediate aftermath of the ban and the support of 1,200 monthly financially sustaining members, the fund now owns and operates the West Alabama Women’s Center, one of three of remaining abortion clinics in the state.

711, 2019

Reckon Women: Pre-term Infant Loss and Heartache

By |November 7, 2019|

"Hold on to hope, Mothers. We are some of the strongest people God ever created." Warning: This video discusses graphic elements of infant loss. These brave women shared their hearth-wrenching stories of pregnancy complications and infant loss with us for Reckon | Women. Did you know that Alabama has the highest pre-term birth rate in the nation, behind only Mississippi?

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