Katie Dubielak grew up in Toledo, OH, but has called Chicago home for the past 4 years. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago, and is now The Summit and Administrative Assistant at Sojourners. She hopes to attend graduate school in the distant future, course of study yet to be determined, but for now she is trying her best to focus on learning how to describe why Social Work was a useful major for someone heading for a policy and government focused career.
Katie bikes to work every morning and takes pride in getting in early enough so that no one has to see her “in a state.” She loves her book club, learning how to play (and watch) new sports, and using the excuse that she is “just an intern.” Katie loves walking in the city but walks incredibly slowly, she loves rain and snow but hates the humidity, and she is a reckless street crosser (as her friend once said, “they’ll never hit you, you’re too cute”). One of her only non-negotiable dreams in life is to one day be named in the acknowledgements section of a tell-all autobiography, preferably one of a politician with a shocking past.
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A World Turned Upside Down
THE POWER IS THE fourth novel by Naomi Alderman, protégé of award-winning author Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale). It centers on the discovery among the world’s women that they have a unique muscle, called a “skein,” embedded into their skin that when activated gives them an electric power that they can use to both hurt and heal.
The story is told through the narration of four protagonists—Tunde, Allie, Margot, and Roxy. Tunde is a journalist who provides the reader a global perspective on overturned social orders and flipped cultural norms through his travels. Allie gives us a glimpse into the religious order forming around women and lightning. Margot is the mayor of an undisclosed U.S. city and walks the reader through the governmental and political consequences of the power. Roxy’s involvement in organized crime affords the perspective of people leveraging a new social order for financial gain.
Alderman explores in depth the role reversals between men and women. Gender-based power structures and assumptions of the previous order do not last as more women discover the power within themselves. Alderman creates a world in which men are seen as less-than, echoing stereotypes that burden women in our world: “Men are dangerous ... Men are less intelligent, less diligent, less hard-working ... Men are more likely to suffer from diseases and they are a drain on the resources of the country.”
Does this novel depict a dystopia or a feminist utopia?
Marching a Second Time Taught Me the Power of Sustained Activism
The Women’s March in 2017 was one of the largest protests in history. Why is it that coworkers and friends who are active in social justice movements did not even realize that the march was taking place again this weekend? Why is it that I am still explaining why it was important for me to attend?
‘Lady Bird’ and the Call to Like One Another
As a woman who attended Catholic school for 16 years of her life, Lady Bird is possibly the most relatable movie of the year. Lady Bird could have added the subtitle “inspired by true events” and I would have asked myself which person from my hometown sold the rights to their life story to Greta Gerwig.
We Are Not Meant to Sojourn Alone
Sojourners is now accepting applications for our next year of interns, which will begin in August 2018.
Honoring Salvadoran Martyrs, 28 Years Later
On Nov. 4, 2017, more than 2,000 high school and college students gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 20th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ). The IFTJ is a place for young people to learn, reflect, and advocate together, and to honor the legacy of those martyred in El Salvador.