MARCH – Women’s History Month “Celebrating the Power of Women”

Civil Rights Activist, Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, for Congress

March 8: International Women’s Day – Celebrating the POWER OF WOMEN

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”   – Dr. Maya Angelou

On March 8, millions around the world celebrate International Women’s Day, a global day highlighting the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, as well as the challenges they continue to face. 

Elder Carrie Dann, defended Western Shoshone land for over four decades. Women have always been at the frontlines of defending their communities. Carrie Dann fought to protect  the ancestral,  traditional Western Shoshone land in central Nevada. The land was formally recognized by the United States under  the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley, which was never honored. Carrie Dann was awarded the Right Livelihood Award. 

Elder Dann spoke at the Western Shoshone National Council camp. Shoshone Elder and leader Carrie Dann walked on, on January 2, 2021 to the Land of the Ancestors. Thanks to TUC Radio for sharing her voice.

A group of women hailing from various sectors in the arts and activism communities have joined forces with the award-winning Chicago-based nonprofit arts presenter HotHouse and publisher Haymarket Books to curate and present an online cultural event to mark International Women’s Day.  Listen to voices from ACTIVISTA, An International Women’s Day Celebration, Framing Solidarity Through Culture. 

2021 Women’s day in Turkey comes as most rights for women are being reversed under President Erdogan’s rule.  Reporters Gulden Yazgan and Mehmet Bayram shines a light on the brutal abuse suffered at the hands of men who are often excused by the courts. Reportedly, women are under attack daily in Turkey to no avail. 

Pacifica’s show WINGS (Women’s International News Gathering Service), reports on the converting laws into actions, and the challenges of women in Uganda, as well as efforts to organize women to build a better future. Thanks to Frieda Werden, Rita Hope Aciro-Lakor, Sheila Dallas-Katzman, and the production team of WINGS. 

Rita Hope Aciro-Lakor is Executive Director of the Uganda Women’s Network, an umbrella organization working with women’s groups across Uganda and East Africa, and also a supplier of direct interventions and services.  Sheila Dallas-Katzman interviewed her during the 63rd annual UN Commission on the Status of Women meetings, about how her organization works to try to bring the country’s good treaties, laws and policies about women’s equality into practice. Part of the secret is that they must educate young males and male leaders to be allies.

In Celebrating the Power of Women, we turn to an icon in the world of activism and poetry, Ms. Nikki Giovanni, known as the “Poet of the Black Revolution” for her writings in the 1960’s and 70’s. Her contemporary work includes the ground-breaking anthology, Marvel’s Black Panther story, “Tales of Wakanda” and her latest book of poetry, “Make Me Rain: Poems and Prose.” Ms. Giovanni is the recipient of an American Book Award, the Langston Hughes Medal, 7 NAACP Image Awards and is one of Oprah’s 25 Living Legends.  Her  album, The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection was nominated for a Grammy.  Ms. Giovanni is  currently a distinguished professor at Virginia Tech. Here’s Nikki Giovanni in conversation with Verna Avery Brown, host and executive producer of WPFW’s What’s At Stake.


Special thanks to Pacifica stations, affiliates and the Pacifica Covid Task Force                    Akua Holt, Producer/Host/Editor                                                                              Polina Vasiliev/Producer Editor 

Special thanks to producers Verna Avery Brown, Jacqulyn Baptist, Gulden Yazgan and Mehmet Bayram, Frieda Werden, Rita Aciro-Lakor,  Sheila Dallas-Katzman, and WINGS.

Executive Producers: Steve Zeltzer, Polina Vasiliev,  and Akua Holt


Lyla June, All Nations Rise

Hugh Masekela, Women of the Sun

Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman  

MUSE Cincinnati Women’s Choir, performing Sweet Honey’s  Women Should be a Priority 

Sweet Honey in the Rock, No Mirrors in My Nana’s House

IWD Resource 

March 8th on WPFW Jazz and Justice IWD Programming ALL DAY                                      LISTEN to the ARCHIVES:
Women are building a future that’s sustainable, peaceful, inclusive and equitable. Celebrate the women and girls shaping the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Browse News And The first IWD was in 1911, when over a million people turned out to rallies in Europe. It wasn’t until 1975 – International Women’s Year – that the UN adopted IWD on 8 March. Follow Us On Twitter. Read The Latest News.
Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose by Nikki Giovanni
One of America’s most celebrated poets challenges us with this powerful and deeply personal collection of verse that speaks to the injustices of society while illuminating the depths of her own heart.