Pikes Peak Womxn for Liberation
, a relatively new, regional group with a focus on intersectional activism, has announced that they will soon host a resource fair and convention for Colorado Springs womxn (an alternative spelling to “women,” if you are curious). They are currently seeking input regarding what resources would be most beneficial.
They encourage womxn in the area to take a quick online survey, which will ask about the most prominent issues facing our community's womxn, and what resources or groups they should make available. The survey takes about two minutes, and can be found here
So, why the “x?” Many groups and individuals have been using the term “womxn” since the '70s (though it is seeing a recent resurgence), partly in order to do away with the “–men” suffix in the traditional spelling —liberating the word from patriarchal language structures — and partly to illustrate inclusion of transgender and nonbinary womxn-identifying people.
Local organizations also made use of the term in 2018's local Womxn's March
, in order to make the event more inclusive, as the 2017 Women's March was widely criticized for focusing on cisgender (identifying as the gender they were assigned at birth) womxn.