Feminism | Posted by Anna V. Eskamani on 11/15/2016

Letting Compassion Win

Our President-elect

Dear Mom,

On the eve of Election Day I was restless, unable to sleep. In an effort to find peace I wrote you a letter. Filled with nervous energy, I asked for you to be there with me, to help me stay focused as I rallied UCF students on November 8th to vote for Hillary Clinton so that our nation could do what seemed near impossible: break the glass ceiling and elect the first woman President of the United States.

One week later, I am still processing our defeat. I cry not because we lost, but because of how he won. Donald Trump campaigned on an alt-right agenda, pushed against multiculturalism, used hateful rhetoric, and inspired fear in us all. As a female candidate, Clinton already had a …

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Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 10/9/2015

Why Do We Still Belittle Female Leaders?

The Dalai Lama

If a woman were to take over his role, the Dalai Lama said in September, she “must be attractive, otherwise it is not much use.”

The self-proclaimed feminist’s comment predictably and justifiably spurred anger and disapproval. While the sexist statement is certainly upsetting in and of itself, it also indicates an even bigger problem: Women in leadership positions — even, in this case, a hypothetical one — are derided in a way that men are not.
Women leaders are often evaluated in terms of an impossible double standard based on a feminine, maternal stereotype. Take female political candidates, for example: They are frequently judged as to whether or not they are adequately loving and devoted mothers while simultaneously discredited for the same role. Just last month, for …

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 06/24/2013

The Indomitable Female Fortress: Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I

When I think of Elizabeth I, Queen of England from 1558 to 1603, I think of a beguiling and Machiavellian woman who, against all odds, led her country to a golden age while battling against the acute disadvantage of being a woman. Even in the United States, we have never had a female president while Elizabeth I managed to become the sole monarch of England without a husband. What I find most extraordinary is that in a time when gender inequality was widely accepted, Elizabeth I was able to control her subjects despite being a woman. To me, Elizabeth I seems to be a symbol of feminism because she became one of the most influential figures of the Western world as an entirely autonomous woman. Elizabeth I …

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