How a generation of young women (along with other advocates) will make Ruth Bader Ginsburg proud in a new political era

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Here we are, nearly one month after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death—heartbreaking news that signaled political chaos and social media uproar. The subject of not one but two films, this woman remains a feminist and liberal icon. She was a heroine, a pop culture figure, and a dissenter when it mattered. News outlets have called her death a “political firestorm,” a moment that “should terrify Trump,” and a day that could change American politics forever.

Many Democrats continue to worry about her Supreme Court seat, as her replacement could have extreme consequences for the American people. Meanwhile, young…


That girl was a tornado. She whirled past Noah’s house every morning at 6:30. An ungodly hour to be awake, much less running. And she was fast. His driveway happened to mark the spot where she went from a relaxed jog to a sprint every day. When she hit his driveway, she would glance down at her phone, stick her tongue out just a little, and turn on the gas.

On the rare days when he woke up early enough, he’d see her whizzing past his kitchen window. He’d be standing there waiting for his coffee, when her thick braid…


The best voice he ever heard was in a hospital. One of his patients. The lonely singer wore big, round glasses that made her brown eyes look huge. She’d recently convinced her nurse to let her Amazon Prime a keyboard, and her mood had gone from a 2 to a 6. She inspired all of them, singing everything from Adele to Billie Eilish. Each song made him believe she’d lived a dozen lives.

She was 18, but he heard in her words the pain she’d felt her whole life. She’d been wired for struggle, but she fought better than any…


It rained on Tuesday, but not a sad rain. The kind of rain that makes you want to get your hair wet, take your hood off. Run around and tilt your head back to laugh at the sky. To wear sandals just to see how wet your feet will get. It rained all day long. The air was sticky and warm, thick with a semester’s worth of potential.

Not a good day. Alex walked slowly around the track, singing to herself. It was almost 4 pm, and the turf was starting to flood. She had the stadium all to herself…


A short story about judgement, teenagers, and mental health.

Kaitlin Warner sat at the reception desk in that dreadfully stuffy room, watching the wounded come in and out. Her eyes followed the girl in the navy-blue sweater, taking in her smudged eyeshadow, red nose, and puffy cheeks. Just an hour before, that girl had been a porcelain doll: hair coiffed, makeup flawless. Kaitlin was sick of looking at broken people.

The boy writing things down by the window, he was a shelter dog. The look in his eyes said the world had screwed him, but he still had some life left. Kaitlin couldn’t put her finger on it, but…


A character-driven short story about perception, reality, and gender.

He sat up straight when she arrived. His eyes followed her as she used her shoulder to slide the heavy door of the train car closed. Ripped tights, tangled black hair, and a forehead shiny with sweat. He didn’t know what it was about her, but he got the sense she was a heroine stuck in the wrong book. She sat down one row ahead of him, across the aisle, not bothering to take in the fog on the windows or the few sullen passengers around her. She just stared at the rows of faded seats. …


240-word flash fiction piece.

zoomed in, slightly blurry picture of man wearing a loose-fitting black shirt with small white polka dots, focus on torso
zoomed in, slightly blurry picture of man wearing a loose-fitting black shirt with small white polka dots, focus on torso

He wakes up in a sea of broken glass, dried blood on his hands. Everything smells like whiskey. At the foot of the bed lies the polka-dot shirt, soaked, next to a black bottle cap. A sigh of relief. Made it back to his room. He gets into the shower, lets the cold water pummel his skin. From the open suitcase, he chooses a librarian sweater and too-big black pants.

He starts walking, toward that part of the city from years ago. He doesn’t know what time it is, but the sky is dark. …


Why Gen Z has grown up unlike any other generation

The day after Trump’s election, people cried in my high school cafeteria. Cut to three years later and those same nerdy tenth-graders are rapidly gaining political influence. We are the Gen Z voters being wooed by presidential candidates in the lead-up to 2020. If these politicians are smart, they’ll realize they can’t treat us like baby boomers or any generation. We’ve grown up in the Trump era.

We’ve become adults in this new age of American democracy. The Billy Bush tape, three years of scandals, and now impeachment frame our adolescence. …


In the world of soccer, the US Women’s National Team is proving to be an unstoppable force. After their most recent hard-fought win against England, this group of 23 athletes will compete in the World Cup finals — but not without criticism.

Throughout the past month of World Cup play, the team has caused a fair amount of controversy. They’ve been called overly arrogant, attacked by the President via Twitter, and scolded for excessive goal celebrations.

In particular, the team’s 13–0 domination over Thailand prompted a wide variety of social media buzz and mainstream media coverage. Many were quick to…


This past Friday, the laundry list of sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump got even longer. If this is the first you’re hearing of this, I’m not shocked. Since advice columnist E. Jean Carroll came forward with her account of our fearless leader raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room, this piece of news has largely been pushed aside. With Trump’s toddler-like indecision about Iran tensions and the increasingly pressing issue of migrant children being detained in cages, there are dozens of injustices to consume the mainstream media. Yet, this does not change the fact that a woman mustered…

Nicole Joyal

senior at Colgate

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