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When the world came to a Covid-19 halt, live theatre was one of the first things to shut down. I shifted to online dance teaching, but also felt the drive to create something that utilized my other interests and expertise. Since I was a young girl, I’ve been obsessed with learning about the grit and ingenuity of women. At The New School, my most enriching classes were Narratives of Black Women, Literature, and the Social Sciences surrounding gender, race, and class.
In times of trouble, I always look to the past for perspective and think about the resilient women of history who persisted to live full lives on their own terms. Their stories are important. Their lives mattered. We should have learned more about them in school. Moved to make an educational contribution on my own, I launched WYSKA: a blog & instagram account dedicated to Women You Should Know About.
Now that I am back to auditioning and teaching in person, I don't have as much time to dedicate to WYSKA, but the work never stops. I invite you to check out the three profiles below, and consider: who are some of the women who paved the way for your Education, Culture, and Human Rights?
Photo by Jacob Pritchard, featuring a section of the mural
"Event Horizon" by Kara Walker, (2005) in Arnhold Hall, The New School
Click on a portrait below to learn about the incredible life of that woman.
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