Pictured left to right (partial image): Jojo Bell, Aggie Ofori, Andrea Jenkins, Dr. Margareth Pierre-Louis, Kya Walker, Bianca Rhodes. Details: chrismcduffiephotos.com, @mcduffphoto
Pictured left to right (partial image): Jojo Bell, Aggie Ofori, Andrea Jenkins, Dr. Margareth Pierre-Louis, Kya Walker, Bianca Rhodes. Details: chrismcduffiephotos.com, @mcduffphoto

KweStrong Triathlon for Native Women

Kwe in Ojibwe means woman. KweStrong is a grassroots movement that brings together Native women and children to reconnect with cultural traditions and practice in community. This movement has been created to intentionally center and uplift Indigenous women’s wellness.

With the help of a large social media presence, a core group of community organizers host KweStrong athletic events, the most attended event being the summer triathlon, KweTri.

Says co-founder Lisa Skjefte, “When women gather, it is sacred.” This seems especially true on the water at weekly canoe events.

Indigenous women and children come together who are Ojibwe, Dakota, Lakota, Ho-Chunk, Menonmiee, and many more. They support, motivate, and create friendships, to promote the balance of mind, body, spirit, and land.

Each year more than 200 Native women and children converge at Bde Maka Ska, a Dakota sacred place, to run, bike, and canoe together at the KweTri. People come to the Minneapolis lake from South Dakota, Wisconsin, Montana, and Canada.

This year, KweTri will take place on August 24. Organizers welcome volunteers and allies who want to sponsor the triathlon. Details: kwestrong.org






Back to Black

A unique "Back to Black" photographic series features Minnesota women ranging from an Emmy Award-winning producer to a beauty lounge owner, and from a co-working space entrepreneur to first elected trans woman Andrea Jenkins. "I assembled these women because I wanted to show strength and power from all perspectives. Each of these women have impacted people in different ways," says creative director Christopher Peterson-Parker. "All of the women bring something different to the table. I want every little boy, grown man, little girl, grown woman to see themselves and aspire to do more."


Lynx Spotlights Four Leaders

Four women were honored at a Minnesota Lynx Women’s Spotlight celebration: national hockey player Hannah Brandt, 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Kelly Holstine, unPrison Project founder Deborah Jiang-Stein, and chef and restaurant owner Ann Kim.

Host Jana Shortal asked the honorees what their hope is for future generations of women. Brandt said she wants young girls to have more role models in sports and for female athletes to be paid the same as male athletes. Holstine said she wants future generations to see diversity in their leaders.
— submitted by Kassidy Tarala


Out of Uniform

When NASA backtracked in April on a first-ever spacewalk by two women at the same time, the decision was made because only one medium-size torso suit was available at the International Space Station. No small size has been made. Currently women make up 32 percent of astronauts in the world.
Source: The Verge