We can believe folks who have been assaulted; we can condemn the unacceptable behavior, and create space for abusers to make authentic changes, amends, restitution, and ultimately to become of service to the movement toward the elimination of toxic masculinity and the fulmination of gender equity.
Ten years ago the United States joined 188 United Nations Member States in adopting the Millennium Declaration and its eight lofty goals that set a collective vision for the future — one with less poverty, hunger and disease, more opportunities for women, and greater prospects for survival for mothers and infants.
I am very proud to be a Kentuckian. Of all the many things my Creator has seen fit for me to have accomplished, there is one simple fact that brings me the most honor and the greatest sense of self, and that is that I am an Eastern Kentuckian – a proud hillbilly who traces my family back at least eight generations in our beloved mountains – Martin County, Lawrence County and, eventually, Boyd County. There is no better home than Kentucky.
A short essay written for PBS to accompany their series about women and leadership.