Feminism | Posted by Claire B on 07/28/2015
Stand Up. Speak Up. Rise Up: The #GirlsLead15 Girl Up Leadership Summit
Stand Up. Speak Up. Rise Up.
A hush quickly fell over the crowd of girls surrounding me. While everyone was craning their necks for a better view, I had only one thought: “This is so. freaking. cool.” A second later, the group erupted into applause. The First Lady took the podium.
Michelle Obama’s inspiring speech occurred on the second day of the organization Girl Up’s three-day-long Leadership Summit in Washington D.C., and she was just one of many exciting speakers. 225 passionate attendees gathered from across the country (and world) to hear from members of the U.S. government and UN agencies as well as representatives from major media outlets and corporations. We engaged in hands-on workshops and even stormed Capitol Hill on Lobby Day. I gained much from this experience, …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Danielle P on 07/30/2012
I Should Be Allowed To Enjoy Sex
stop slut shaming me
I lost my virginity at sixteen to a boy who was just a friend. I was blessed to have friends who where very open minded and accepted that fact. I know from experience that some people would not take that fact so lightly. A friend of one of my friends found out that I had hooked up with that same boy before we had sex and called me a slut. At the time it felt really unfair that I was called a slut for hooking up with one boy. I did something I enjoyed that made me and someone else happy and I get called a slut? Why? Apparently, because I’m a girl and it’s wrong for me to even think about sex let alone have …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 04/30/2012
The Women’s College Experience
Over the past few weeks, there has been an influx of accepted students on Barnard’s campus. I’ve tried to talk to as many as possible, successfully resisting the urge to desperately grab them and urge them to get as much sleep as possible before Fall, and instead asking them if they have any questions about what it’s like to go to Barnard. Time and time again, these prospective students mentioned their trepidation about the idea of attending a women’s college — which is something I totally understand.
When I initially began the college application process, I had absolutely no interest in attending a single sex institution. In fact, I knew exactly what I wanted in a school. I wanted to go to a small liberal arts school in New York …
Feminism | Posted by Heidi L on 04/23/2012
Girls Leadership Institute: The Summer That Changed Me
A-woo, GLI, that is my heart’s desire!
A-woo, GLI, I love it, I love it, I love it!
So goes the celebratory chant of the Girls Leadership Institute. For three weeks over the summer of 2011, GLI was my camp. For the rest of my life, it will be one of my fondest memories.
I did not want to go, for no other reason then I felt lazy and the idea of an all-girls camp seemed silly to me. I’m a feminist, but I feel no need to seek out sisterhood. Reluctantly, I packed my bags and arrived at Smith College.
Every day and every night, something happens at GLI. I can’t think of a single moment I was bored there. Between the projects, the impromptu Bananagrams, and legitimate …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/25/2011
Saturday Vids: Beyonce – Run the World (LIES)
I’m sure Beyonce had good intentions with her recent single “Run The World.” But unfortunately she didn’t exactly think that “girl power” sentiment through. Samhita from Feministing wrote a particularly insightful post about the dichotomy of this song, but hey. This is Saturday Vids. So I’m going to let Amber from the YouTube channel “Nineteen Percent” give an equally insightful interpretation of this song via video.
Here’s Beyonce’s song “Run The World” for reference:
And here’s Amber’s response:
Thanks to reader Greta for the tip!