Kickass Women in History: Fannie Sellins
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Articles / October 12, 2019

Thanks to a recommendation from Dennis, we have Fannie Sellins as this month’s Kickass Woman in History. Sellins was a labor rights activist who lived from 1872 to 1919. She was murdered while fighting for the rights of miners in Pennsylvania. For much of her life, Sellins (born Fannie Mooney) lived a typical urban working-class life. Sellins was born in Cincinnati, but her family soon moved to St. Louis. Her father was a house painter and her mother stayed home with the children. Sellins attended school through the eighth grade, which made her a rarity among the workers she met later. She married and had four children. Her husband was a garment worker and he was able to provide well enough that Sellins stayed home with her first three children. Shortly after the birth of the fourth child, Sellins’ husband died and she got a job in a garment factory to support her family. This marked the beginning of her activism as a labor rights leader. Fannie and other workers in her factory started a new chapter of the United Garment Workers of America to represent garment workers in St. Louis. In 1909, her chapter went on strike and Sellins…

Whatcha Reading? October 2019, Part One
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Articles / October 12, 2019

October is here! There are so many damn books releasing this month that I’m honestly a little overwhelmed. Is the season affecting your reading? Do you want something more spooky in anticipation of Halloween? Let us know! Aarya: I just finished an arc of Chloe Neill’s Wicked Hour ( A | BN | K | G | AB ), the second book in the Heirs of Chicagoland series. I have mixed feelings despite liking most of it. I am completely invested in the relationship between Elisa and Connor; they have a species enmity/childhood enemies/adult friends-to-lovers vibe. But as with the previous book, I am ambivalent about the PNR mystery subplot. I’d honestly be okay skimming the B-plot and focusing on the couple instead. If you like vampire/werewolf/magic politics, then you might enjoy the series and it’s worth a try (I’m liking it FAR more than the previous series, which I rage-quit after Something Unforgivable happened). A | BN | K | AB I’m also currently in the first quarter of Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Xeni. I am LOVING it so far, and I think many in the Bitchery are excited for this book. It has a contemporary marriage-of-convenience (forced by a will,…