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‘White feminism’ is not inclusive

Sydney Hall
March 31, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

I am a white, cisgender, straight, middle-class feminist and I recognize my privilege. I recognize, if I wasn’t these things, I would face different issues regarding misogyny. The problem is that many women in my position don’t realize their privilege, and this needs to change. Intersectio...

Modern day feminists are hypocrites

Adah Koivula
March 30, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Feminists brag about being an all-inclusive movement, but that is not the case today. Supposedly, anyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation or political leanings can be a feminist. Feminism simply means supporting gender equality. The feminist movement has become strongly anti-conservative and ...

Q&A with Deborah Siegel

Hanna Schechter
March 29, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

What is your current occupation? I’m a writer and I’m also a coach. I work with primarily women, but people who want to have expertise and who want a more public voice. I call it thought leadership coaching. How did you first become a feminist? I would watch as my dad was invited to speak and...

Challenging athletic limitations

Alissa Meredith
March 28, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Ever since I was little, teachers and coaches have set expectations for what I can and can’t do. From physical education classes to the ice rink, I’ve been constantly reminded how inferior I am compared to boys. I remember continually trying to prove myself in gym class, especially during fitnes...

Women take control of their bodies

Zoe Eilers
March 26, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

In 1960, the sale of birth control pills was illegal in 22 states. Not even half of the country allowed women the right to prevent pregnancy. Estelle Griswold, a women's rights activist from New Haven, Connecticut, opened a clinic to start selling birth control for women in 1962. In response, she was ar...

Men help to produce change

Max Blackburn
March 25, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

For hundreds of years, the struggle for gender equality has divided and affected many parts of life. Despite its sometimes negative reputation among men, feminism doesn’t just benefit women. Men should help women in the fight for equal rights because men can benefit from true gender equality. Me...

Feminist inspired many inside and out of the wizarding world

Maggie Bahnson
March 24, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Since a young age, Emma Watson’s iconic character, Hermione Granger, from the “Harry Potter” series, inspired me to be the feminist I am today. Granger's witty, dynamically feminist character in a primarily male-dominated film defies gender roles, proving that anyone can turn over social norms. Let's f...

Reproductive rights belong to the individual

Jayne Stevenson
March 23, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

All women deserve the right to make decisions regarding their bodies. Under no circumstance should any person be told what they can or can’t do concerning their reproduction. In an ideal world, birth control would never fail and unwanted pregnancies would never occur. But in the case of unplann...

Don’t fear feminism

Ndunzi Kunsunga
March 22, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Actress Shailene Woodley holds an interesting view on gender issues — according to TIME Magazine, while she firmly believes in gender equality, she does not consider herself a feminist. I personally respect the view of believing in equality but not being a feminist. However, I do not agree with ...

Why I’m a feminist

Albie Sher
March 21, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

You’re either a feminist or you’re not. There is no “I think women should be equal but...” If you believe men and women are equal, you’re a feminist. However, if your feminism does not include women of color, women in developing countries or transgender women, it is not feminism. Becau...

Lack of maternity leave creates difficulties

Hannah Wolk
March 18, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Paid maternity leave, which allows new mothers to bond with their babies and recover from birth, should be required by law in the United States to prevent parents from rushing back to work to maintain the financial stability of their families. According to the International Labour Organization, the United S...

Maya Angelou furthered society for the better

Alec Pittman
March 17, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Speaking out to the nation at President Clinton’s inauguration in 1993, Maya Angelou not only spoke out for herself, but also shared a vision for the entire nation. Born April 28, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson. Angelou earned her nickname as her brother be...

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