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by Kuri Jallow

As we face a future unknown, reflection becomes even more critical to our wellbeing. Human expression is uniquely able to offer us a way to process our existential thoughts and fears, while connecting deeply to our humanity through emotions.

That connection to humanity feels more critical now, as the realities of COVID-19 unfold. Through the stories of others, we can leap over divides of culture, race, class, and nationality. We can traverse the boundaries imposed by social distancing orders, feel, empathize, think, realize, and commune.

We are also reminded of how important it is to consider whose perspective are being reflected in the daily onslaught news, media, and commentary. In these days of crisis, even the strongest resolve to think broadly can be challenged. It is only with our eyes open and our head up that we can begin to see a new way forward. With this in mind, we bring you a recent selection of women writing about the pandemic, our world, and our future. 

Added May, 1st 2020

What the Coronavirus Means for Climate Change: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-climate-change.html

Coronavirus Holds Key Lessons on How to Fight Climate Change: https://e360.yale.edu/features/coronavirus-holds-key-lessons-on-how-to-fight-climate-change

Tackling Climate Change with COVID-19 Urgency: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/tackling-climate-change-with-covid19-urgency-by-mary-robinson-and-daya-reddy-2020-04

Someday, We’ll Look Back on All of This and Write a Novel: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/books/review/sloane-crosley-pandemic-novel-coronavirus.html

The Risks of Being A Woman During the Pandemic: https://www.thenation.com/article/society/coronavirus-feminism-domestic-violence/

No Room of One’s Own: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/04/21/early-journal-submission-data-suggest-covid-19-tanking-womens-research-productivity

Women And The Frontlines Of COVID-19: https://www.forbes.com/sites/naomicahn/2020/04/05/women-and-the-frontlines-of–covid-19/#6586f97b7030

The Coronavirus Is a Disaster for Feminism: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/03/feminism-womens-rights-coronavirus-covid19/608302/

Days Without Name: On Time in the Time of Coronavirus: https://lithub.com/days-without-name-on-time-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/

Op-Ed: Surprised that black people have a higher risk of death from COVID-19? I’m not: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-04-26/op-ed-surprised-that-black-people-have-a-higher-risk-of-death-from-covid-19-im-not

Facebook Covid 19 Grant Program for Small Businesses Puts Inclusivity Front and Center: https://www.forbes.com/sites/soniathompson/2020/04/13/facebooks-covid-19-grant-program-for-small-businesses-puts-inclusivity-front-and-center/

Why people are Experiencing Particularly Vivid Dreams During Lockdown?: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.independent.co.uk/life-style/lockdown-coronavirus-dreams-vivid-strange-sleep-emotional-state-a9486206.html%3famp

Help for Corona Anxiety: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/smarter-living/coronavirus-anxiety-tips.html

Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s piece starts at the 49:30 mark: https://www.kalw.org/term/sarah-manyika?fbclid=IwAR36471qS-5e1wJ_00n5DguWynmXmkU0HszzA-3JLaNjseExoRxPN3Ss7Io#stream/0

The Gender Gap is Working from Home: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/04/dispatches-from-the-gender-gap-motherhood-in-the-time-of-coronavirus

Voting Rights, Running Mate(?), Covid-19: https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a32132819/stacey-abrams-on-voting-rights-covid-19-and-being-vice-president/

The Way We Live Now With Dani Shapiro: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-the-way-we-live-now-60870096/

Krista Tippet on the Gifts We Give to the Future World: https://onbeing.org/programs/living-the-questions-feel-okay-when-we-arent-doing/

Not Hiding Our Kids Anymore: https://www.vogue.com/article/how-work-life-balance-has-changed-coronavirus

Beautiful Babies Being Born: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/04/02/corona-maman-a-paris-clinics-first-covid-19-delivery/

It’s Like 9/11 (this just hit me because of my personal experiences): https://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/new-york-silent

Stories from Seattle: The House With the Mossy Roof: http://www.seattlemag.com/city-life/stories-seattle-house-mossy-roof

 Added in April 

Creative Caregiving: https://hedgebrook.org/writes-speak-about-covid-19/

Gratitude: “Mindful” by Mary Oliver

Keeping Safe: https://medium.com/@amcarter/i-had-no-immune-system-for-months-after-my-bone-marrow-transplant-1b097f16040c

through Global Eyes: https://africasacountry.com/2020/03/homesick-notes-on-lockdown?fbclid=IwAR3AR3PQFwnFJZ21ZKFeU02p-ds9hh0Andzf6H81ikje68lWDEfOWwbHIGU

Washington Writers respond to Coronavirus: https://crosscut.com/2020/03/notes-pandemic-washington-writers-respond-coronavirus

Dr. Yasmin and FAQ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnD5nGbGW4g&feature=youtu.be

A Personal Quarantine: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/03/26/since-i-became-symptomatic/

Keep The Creative Fires Burning: http://booksbywomen.org/how-do-you-keep-creative-writing-alive-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/

Is Coronavirus More Deadly for Men? https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-03-21/why-is-the-coronavirus-more-deadly-for-men-than-for-women

A Viral Online Movement During Global Pandemic: https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/How-one-San-Antonio-woman-helped-create-a-viral-15156644.php

Is the Virus a Disaster for Feminism? https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/03/feminism-womens-rights-coronavirus-covid19/608302/

Its Like a Remote Sleepover’ My Week Meeting Quarantined Strangers: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/mar/27/quarantine-chat-app-coronavirus-phone-calls-isolated-people

Washington Writers respond to Coronavirus: https://crosscut.com/2020/03/notes-pandemic-washington-writers-respond-coronavirus

Where’s the Love? https://bumble.com/the-buzz/amp/datingduringcrisis

Coronavirus: I’m in Lockdown With my Abuser: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-52063755

Lockdowns Around the World Bring rise in Domestic Violence: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/28/lockdowns-world-rise-domestic-violence

Kuri Jallow
About Kuri Jallow
Growing up in a small West African country — The Gambia — my escape was through the world of books, being a student of the Arts, books will always be my first love. Hedgebrook puts me in an environment where I see all these amazing writers flourish whilst working with outstanding people.

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