Words We Heard: ‘They need really good women role models’

After putting together this week’s post, I scanned through and grinned at the overwhelmingly heartwarming stories we’ve collected – quite by accident. Sometimes the evidence seems against us, but this world, this country, this city, are good.

  • “I care deeply about women’s history because I think many young men and women at UC need and want to hear those lessons. They need really good women role models to talk about it. I became a feminist and an advocate for women through studying women’s history.” -Alyssa McClanahan, co-founder of Kunsthous, in an interview with Women of Cincy’s Kelsey Johnson
  • “We will faithfully deliver any message our users send in, but the voice of the product is for the liberals and conservatives in opposition to the Trump administration.” -Jason Putorti, co-creator of Resistbot, in an email to Recode as reported by CNBC
  • “In the US, 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. We wanted to promote a better understanding and reduce the stigma often found around these children. We’re modeling the way both children and adults can look at autism from a strength-based perspective: finding things that all children share.” -Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop’s senior VP of US social impact, in an interview with the Associated Press as reported by Slate
  • “It feels like, at this time, people don’t really like immigrants. I’m really happy I’ve gotten to know these people. Now I feel more free.” -an unidentified participant in the joint Heartfelt Tidbits-Wave Pool project Welcome, in an interview with CityBeat’s Nick Swartsell
  • “I like the idea of grocery co-ops. It was a way we could play around with this grocery album and attach it to some kind of cause.” -Bryan Burke, producer of the instrumental album Grocery Choppin’in an interview with Cincinnati Magazine‘s James Dollard
  • “Read with your kids every single day. Yes, you’ll read board books, but read novels, too, sooner than you think. You need the entertainment and you’ll be surprised how interested they can be.” –Hillary Copsey, founder of Make America Read Again, in an e-newsletter on raising readers
  • “ArtsWave is proud to partner with Rhinegeist in what promises to be an interactive, creative, and fun evening. This is one of the ways the arts connect all of us – creating positive energy in places you might not naturally expect.” -Alecia Kintner, president and CEO of ArtsWave, about this week’s community coloring event
  • “There is a lot more safety in opposition than there used to be.” -Eric Cantor, former House majority leader, in an interview with The New York Times about the House’s failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week
Kiersten Feuchter