By now, most of you in the feminist blogging community have probably heard that Gender Across Borders is closing its doors. From the site:
While we haven’t finished our global gender justice fight, due to several reasons, we can no longer function as the blog you are familiar with today. As fellow activist and friend Mandy Van Deven once told me, “Nothing lasts forever…that’s why we have so many beautiful ruins to visit.”
Gender Across Borders will be our beautiful ruin… For all of you who want to make a difference, I am inspired by the advice that Anne Frank gave in her diary, “How wonderful it is nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.” If you have a dream or a passion to change something, whether big or small, just do it. I have met so many activists in the gender justice world who see activism as a struggle and time-consuming, and I’m not going to disagree with that. But if you want to make a difference, don’t wait a single moment because we need you and we believe in you.
As staff members, we’ve known about this for some time, but wanted to keep it quiet for a number of reasons. However, I can now officially say that I am deeply saddened by the absence that Gender Across Borders will inevitably leave in the blogosphere. While I have only been on staff for about a year, I started following GAB when it started in 2009 – about when I started this blog. We have a plethora of sources where we can access information about domestic feminist issues, but the places where we can find information about global gender issues is very small. Now, unfortunately, it is even smaller.
I am grateful to GAB for filling that void for so long, and I am grateful to have been part of such an amazing team. I have been able to connect with such wonderful people, and I have made some great friends. I’m also extremely happy to have been able to hone my writing, researching, and editing skills, which has led me to a position at Care2.
So, in short, thank you GAB and the GAB team for the wonderful year and for showing me what fighting for gender justice around the world truly means.