What is a “bomboniera?”

Shortest answer: it’s a party favor.

Longer answer: it’s a little packet, often wrapped in tulle, containing “five sugared almonds for each guest to eat / to remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.” They’re common at Italian-American (and I hear tell, other Mediterranean) weddings.

When I learned about the meaning behind the tradition, I became utterly taken with them. “Into every life some rain must fall” but make it candy. On your happy day, share with your loved ones a small token of appreciation that says, Thank you for being here, life is a mixed bag, have a little something.

And what I have to share is nothing if not a mixed bag of bitter and sweet – headlines, events, anniversaries and more.

Thank you for being here, have a little something.

What’s included?

In this bomboniera, you can expect:

  • Headlines from across the country on topics related to reproductive health, reproductive and gender justice, whatever’s moving in news.

  • A regular listing of anniversaries and awareness days from across the progressive movement.

A few caveats: because time and capacity, I can’t promise to track every state bill or issue out there. Also because #selfcare, I generally don’t include opposition headlines.

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Headlines, anniversaries, awareness days and just a little chitchat from the world of reproductive rights and gender justice. (A work in progress, always.)


Comms consultant focusing on repro, economic, gender justice, from planning to press lists. Past lives include @NWLC, @ACLU, @NARAL. I love your podcast.