In 1960, the problem was six-year-old Ruby Bridges.

When she crossed the battle lines of segregation on November 14th to attend an all-white elementary school in New Orleans, Ruby walked with all of Black America taking an important first step towards ending racism.

Sixty years later, we’re still talking about Ruby and having the same conversations.  Movies like If Beale Street Could Talk, BlacKkKlansmen and Greenbook are 2019 Oscar contenders that remind of this terrible unfinished business and divisive lines preventing national progress.

So where do we go from here and how do we heal? From persistent lines and picketing signs to prison jumpsuits and police barricades,  there is much work to be done.  Our painful journey with Black slavery in America is far from over.

Norman Rockwell’s, The Problem We All Live With

Norman Rockwell’s, The Problem We All Live With

Week Ahead for February 1723th

Photo credit: Rochester Newspaper

Photo credit: Rochester Newspaper

Yet there is still much to celebrate in the courage of Black women whose voices turned the tide in the fight for freedom and equality.  Welcome to another inspiring week on WomanScape.

Monday and Tuesday, we meet Louisa Lulu Jacobs and her mother Harriet Jacobs.  Both used education to transform the lives of Black children beyond learning to read and write.  Harriet published a narrative about her life as a slave that also helped bring attention to the injustices of slavery.

Wednesday and Thursday, we revisit the story of Ruby Bridges.  We’ll look at how she remembers that first day and why she started the Ruby Bridges Foundation to share her lessons learned.

Friday and Saturday, WomanScape takes you into the stories of gender captivity and economic slavery.  First, we’ll travel the Underground Railroad and share the power of slave narratives. Saturday is another movie review leading up to the 91st Oscar Awards that air on Sunday, February 24th.  Maybe you’ve already seen Roma,  a female-centric cast and nominee for Best Foreign Film and Best Film – but you haven’t seen a review like this one.

FB Live: Rose and Why the Oscar That Wins Is Always Wrong

Join Rose for a pre-Oscar party in the She-Shed!  She’ll be toasting next week’s Oscar celebration and making a few predictions of her own.  With just one week to go, let’s compare notes – we have a few WomanScape swag items for a few lucky viewers!

What was your favorite movie this year and why?

Join Rose at 4:30 pm on FACEBOOK as she shares her thoughts.

And before you go, don’t forget to visit our WS Cares philanthropy page and WS Boutique for your shopping needs.  When you shop through us, it helps support what we do.

As always, we’d love hearing from you so drop us a line or send any questions or feature story ideas to

As always, we’d love hearing from you so drop us a line or send any questions or feature story ideas to

Peace out and always inspired,

The WomanScape Team

Rose McInerney

Author Rose McInerney

Rose combines her love of all things artfully-designed to connect women to a shared community of learning and a richer, more fulfilled self. As a passionate storyteller, published writer, and international traveler, Rose believes women can build a better world through powerful storytelling.

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