Feminism | Posted by Ines R on 07/13/2015

Why What We Wear To Work Actually Matters

How much time do you spend getting ready for work?

I remember watching my mother get ready for work in the mornings as a little girl. Every day she went through the careful, time-consuming process of doing her makeup and selecting a button down shirt to wear beneath a suit (complete with a shoulder-padded blazer, of course). Even when I moved to Washington D.C. for college just two summers ago, women wearing these complicated outfits abounded on Capitol Hill — even in the humid summer weather.

It’s no surprise, then, that these images informed my understanding of “work appropriate” clothing as I dressed for an intern orientation a few weeks ago. And I clearly wasn’t the only one: So many of my fellow female interns wore similar attire, including a …

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Feminism | Posted by Aviva B on 07/8/2015

We Need To Talk About The True Definition of Sexual Assault

We need to take sexual assault seriously.

*Trigger warning*

I have been sexually assaulted twice, although I didn’t recognize either event as such at the time.

The first time, I was 18, asleep next to my boyfriend. I had passed out almost instantaneously after a long day of skiing, but my boyfriend claimed that he “didn’t notice.”

Two years later, a stranger cornered me while I was studying abroad in Mexico. I suddenly felt his hand underneath my dress, his thumb pressing into me aggressively.

In both cases I felt violated, but wasn’t raped. I am a strong, independent woman and take pride in my disciplined ability to conquer anything. Which is why even when it came to sexual assault, I was in denial about experiencing anything resembling weakness.

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Feminism | Posted by Emily Z on 07/7/2015

Why I’m Happy Clinton and Fiorina Are Both Running for President

Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton

It’s clear that women are severely underrepresented in U.S. politics: Currently, only 20% of the seats in Congress, and 25% of the seats in state legislators are held by women. The fact that Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina are both running for their respective parties’ presidential nominations, therefore, is an undeniably important step towards parity. No matter the results of their efforts, Clinton and Fiorina are positively impacting countless young girls across the country just by running.

The gender disparity in our country’s political representation starts early, according to one American University study, with an “ambition gap.” The study found that young girls are less likely to consider running for office or believe that they can based on a number of factors, including parents being …

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Feminism | Posted by Cheyenne T on 07/6/2015

The Complexity of Being A Black Feminist in a Relationship

On losing your first love.

It’s hard being alone after having been with someone for a long time. It’s hard to detach from your first love, to not have that person on whom you can rely for comfort, happiness and safety. You miss falling in love every time you see that person — your best friend — walk towards you.

I recently found myself in this situation, alone after almost two years of partnership. My boyfriend was mother and father, friend and lover to me. Losing all of those people at once — and knowing that he lost the same — was heartbreaking. But knowing that he was one less black man and I one less black woman the other could protect was the most heartbreaking part of all.

I …

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Feminism | Posted by Hannah B on 07/2/2015

The Problem With The Supposed Feminist ‘Comeback’

Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road

Much lip service has been paid to feminism’s supposed comeback — especially in terms of more authentic representations of women in pop culture. Charlize Theron’s recent portrayal of the badass protagonist Furiosa Mad Max: Fury Road, for example, simultaneously inspired feminists while incensing various “Male Rights” groups across the country. Broad City has been lauded for its pithy dialogue and mold-breaking portrayal of female friendships. But though this proliferation of strong, multifaceted women taking over billboards and box-offices is encouraging, though comedians like Amy Schumer and writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie certainly deserve the attention they’re receiving, we cannot ignore the fact that these successes don’t erase the persistent reality of global misogyny.

The truth is, this so-called feminist revival is occurring …

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Feminism | Posted by Kathleen M on 07/1/2015

A Young Feminist’s Thoughts On ‘The Hunting Ground’

In theaters now.

“Two of us were sexually assaulted before class even started,” activist Annie Clark says in the recently released documentary The Hunting Ground. “I thought if I told [administrators] they would take action, but the only action they took was against me.”

This sentiment summarizes the overarching theme of this film, which examines sexual assault on college campuses. This is director Kirby Dick’s second attempt at illuminating the institutional cover-ups of violence against women: His first is a documentary on sexual assault in the military entitled The Invisible War. I suspected this film would be just as heart-wrenching and found that, especially as a college student, the film effected me more profoundly.

I was well aware of most of the statistics that appeared on the screen, …

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Feminism | Posted by Lexi V on 06/30/2015

Why A 10-Year-Old Paraguayan Girl Not Being Able to Access Abortion Terrifies Me

We must continue to fight.

Like many other privileged American kids, my biggest concerns at ten years old were whether or not I could finish my homework before soccer practice or if my dad was going to buy me the new marine biology Barbie. In Paraguay, a ten-year-old girl is being forced to carry her stepfather’s child.

The story of this girl (who I’ll henceforth refer to as “E”) showed up in my Facebook newsfeed a few months ago. I remember reading one article about the situation and feeling upset but then — to be totally honest — pushed it out of my head (which I tend to believe is what many of us do after reading news stories that are as upsetting as this one).

Then a few weeks …

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Feminism | Posted by Alexis T on 06/25/2015

10 Lessons For Young Feminists

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This is what I’ve learned.

I was a teen in the ’90s, and heavily influenced by Riot Grrrl feminism. Everything was DIY, dress how you want, and live with a militant independence. My feminism was raw, precocious, and wild. Now that I’m over 30, married, and have a son, I have a gift: I can look back at everything I experienced and see how it has made me the person I am today. I know a few more things now than I did when I was in high school or college student and, as a slightly older feminist, I wanted to share with you ten lessons I’ve learned about being a powerful woman.

10. You need to trust others — even though it’s often the people closest to you …

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