Articles | Posted by Julie Z on 12/17/2014
Dyllan McGee: The Force Behind MAKERS
Like countless aspects of the women’s movement before it, MAKERS, the renowned digital and video storytelling platform of women’s stories, started with Gloria Steinem. More accurately, it started when filmmaker Dyllan McGee asked Gloria if she could make a documentary about her life. Steinem declined and instead directed McGee towards the women’s movement at large. McGee assumed countless films devoted to the women’s movement already existed. She quickly found that was not at all the case and the idea for MAKERS: Women Who Make America was born. The documentary tells the story of “the most sweeping social revolution in American history” – the story of women in America. From there, the online MAKERS platform, which aims to be “the largest and most dynamic collection of women’s …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/3/2013
Saturday Vids: Ana “Rokafella” Garcia — Pioneer Break Dancer
The latest episode of Makers features Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, who broke down gender barriers in the world of break dancing. “It’s very limiting to see a woman always in a thong shaking her butt, that’s just one percentage of what the women in Hip Hop are doing. I’m letting people know, you can be a woman and be a badass breaker. When you see me, you’re seeing excellence and that men don’t have a hold on the word ‘excellence’” she told Makers. She now works with her non-profit organization, Full Circle, to bring hip-hop culture to future generations.
Feminism | Posted by Talia on 11/12/2012
Phyllis Schlafly: Groundbreaker?
For today’s young feminists, the name Phyllis Schlafly may be totally unfamiliar; if anything, it triggers a distant memory of a footnote in an AP US History textbook. Those activists who lived and fought during the Second Wave are, however, all too familiar with the uber-conservative activist.
Ever since the 1940s, Schlafly has preached that women should be barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen. She has said things like “By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape,” and has called Roe v. Wade “the worst decision in the history of the US Supreme Court.” She recently endorsed the candidacy of Todd Akin, of “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down” infamy. In …