Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 10/17/2016

Innovation, Equality, and Women in STEM: An Interview with Adriana Gascoigne

Adriana Gascoigne

Adriana Gascoigne

I first met Adriana Gascoigne, the CEO of global nonprofit Girls in Tech — an organization that focuses on the engagement, education and empowerment of women and girls pursuing careers in STEM fields — in July. She was in San Francisco in between trips to New Zealand and London – just two of the many countries she travels to each year to spread the word about the importance of getting girls into STEM fields. And her hard work is clearly paying off: Since it was founded in 2007, Girls in Tech now has over 50,000 members in 60 chapters on seven continents.

Adriana’s passion and commitment to increasing the presence of women in technology and entrepreneurship inspires me to do better by the girls who haven’t had access …

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Feminism | Posted by Blythe Drucker on 10/11/2016

My Fight To End Sexist Harassment In Schools

#DayoftheGirl

#DayoftheGirl

In the summer of 2015, I discovered feminism. While I had previously been aware of the fight for gender equality, I had never really educated myself on the movement and its values. Like many others, I was aware of the stigma that clings to the word “feminist” but was not entirely aware of its actual definition. For that reason, I was not exactly jumping at the opportunity to brand myself with the title. But then, I spent ten days at Barnard College’s Young Women’s Leadership institute, and everything changed.

At YWLI, I was surrounded by young women who proudly fought for the feminist cause. At first, I was intimidated by their knowledge and worried that what little I knew about the movement was inadequate, yet that trepidation soon passed …

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Feminism | Posted by Hannah Hildebolt on 10/11/2016

The Period Problem

Let’s talk about period stigma.

Let’s talk about periods. No, not the punctuation mark — I’m talking about blood. Menstruation. You know what I mean.

It’s a touchy subject, isn’t it? Especially with boys. God, I mean you so much as mention a tampon around most guys and it’s game over. They can barely look you in the eye. Why is that, though? Menstruation is a perfectly natural process. It happens to lots of people, including women, transgender men, and nonbinary people of all shapes and sizes. However, due to the fact that sex and gender have been intertwined throughout history in many different cultures, menstruation is most often associated with women. Combine this association with the systemic degradation and stigmatization of womanhood, and one can see why menstruation has …

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Feminism | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 10/10/2016

Overcoming Internalized Misogyny

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Credit: YouTube

“Wow, they’re beautiful,” I thought to myself at nine years old as I watched yet another music video by yet another girl group for the hundredth time. I admired these women, in all their scantily clad glory. I aspired to emulate their confidence, physical beauty, and the senses of entitlement and pride they seemed to feel about their own bodies. These pop sensations were my idols.

But at the age of thirteen, watching the same videos conjured words like “slut” and “tease” instead. I watched the women featured in Sugababes’ “Push the Button” gyrate their bodies over men like strippers, and deemed their movements vulgar. I pondered why these men, who were presented as so strong and influential, lusted after girls who made themselves so available, …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Frances Nguyen on 10/7/2016

Public Women Are Not Public Property

Kim Kardashian West — one of the celebrities assaulted

Ukrainian social media personality Vitalii Sediuk is having a hard time with the definition of “assault.” Rather, the self-described “prankster”— who is responsible for assaulting both Gigi Hadid outside a Milan fashion show on September 22nd and Kim Kardashian West a week later in Paris—regarded both incidents as public protests. Apparently, he opposes  Hadid’s inclusion in high fashion and Kardashian West’s alleged butt implants. As he captioned his now-infamous Instagram photo of the attack on Kardashian West, “I encourage her and the rest of Kardashian clan to popularize natural beauty among teenage girls who follow and defend them blindly.”

Though Sediuk is entitled to his opinions (and entitled they are), his actions in both instances did not respectfully express these …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Rachael Hanakowski on 10/3/2016

The Problem With Criticizing Emma Watson and Justin Trudeau’s Feminism

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Credit: YouTube

On September 29th, two influential individuals had a very public meeting of the minds: Justin Trudeau, current Prime Minister of Canada, and actor/activist Emma Watson. The two met in Parliament in Ottawa on September 28, 2016, ahead of the One Young World summit, and reportedly discussed their efforts regarding gender equality. But what should have been celebrated as a positive interaction that highlighted the work both of these public, influential figures are doing was interpreted far too cynically by too many — as a ploy for attention rather than a genuine conversation — which adds to an upsetting legacy of the way they have been treated under the spotlight. It also speaks to skepticism to which politicians are often subjected, which undermines their ability to lead with …

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Feminism | Posted by Reilly W on 09/16/2016

Lizz Winstead’s Mission To Talk Honestly (And Hilariously) About Abortion

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Postcards from the Vag

I’ve long thought that Lizz Winstead — co-creator of The Daily Show, writer on the Huffington Post, comedian extraordinaire, author of Lizz Free or Die, and founder of reproductive rights organization Lady Parts Justice — is the best of the best in comedy. She is not only seriously hilarious, but also has a keen eye for spotting talent (Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart and so forth) and is an enthusiastic supporter of all things related to women and reproductive rights.

Her current projects support this mission: Postcards From The Vag: Hilarious Stories From People Who Bleed From Their Wherevers, a comedy show taking place in DC tomorrow, offers a unique take on abortion. Instead of treating vaginas and feminism with fragility, Winstead — as …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 09/14/2016

Anita Sarkeesian On Why She’s Spotlighting “Ordinary Women”

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Credit: Anita Sarkeesian

From her popular video series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games to her work regarding online harassment, Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian has unfailingly committed to critiquing and analyzing sexism in popular culture. Now she’s continuing this impressive legacy with a new series: Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History — the first episode of which is now live.
Each video in the five-episode series will feature original animation and focus on the life and work of a different woman in history who challenged the status quo and did incredible things, even if history wasn’t ready to acknowledge it: Murasaki Shikibu, the author of the first modern novel; Emma Goldman, a political revolutionary; Ching Shih, a pirate captain; Ada Lovelace, the creator of the …

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