Thanks to Feminism…

SameeSamee Callahan
FW University Ambassador

Feminism has made me a better person in the way religion is supposed to make people better. In that light, I see feminism as my religion. Because of feminism I have learned to be more open-minded and understanding.

It has also made me love myself more. No longer do I berate myself for not having smooth, muscular thighs like the other women around me. I’ve learned that my worth is more than what people can see on the outside.

Feminism has made me more interested and knowledgeable of the world around me. The world no longer revolves around me. I care about the health and safety of people in Hong Kong as much as I do about the people in Ferguson because we are all equal and deserve to be treated as such.

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Happy Feminist Wednesday!

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Here are our top five picks for empowerment this week:

1. Mark your calendars! Laura Jane Grace’s new show True Trans Premiers this Friday! Watch the trailer here!

2. Watch (or listen) to this amazing discussion between Gloria Steinem and bells hooks at The New School about the future of feminism. 

3. Read this awesome debate from the editors at New Republic- “Feminism: It has conquered the culture. Now comes the hard part.”

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October Guest Writer’s Topic: #heforshe

HeforSheGlorious sorcerous and activist Emma Watson recently gave a heartfelt call to action at the UN regarding feminism with a special message to the men in our life (watch the speech here). She asked them to open their perspectives about gender equality and get involved in the cause. Naturally the internet exploded with #heforshe thoughts on men and feminism and it got me thinking about all our roles in the activist game.

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Girls Who Rock: Jenn Rykert

cover art ep 1600x1600Jenn Rykert is one awesome lady making waves in the music biz! Not only is she an inspiring singer/songwriter, but she is a serious women’s advocate whose songs exude female empowerment. Check out “The Weaker Sex”- the glorious and unapologetic anthem about “being a girl”. We loved this pop-rock and passionate song so much we had to know more! Check out our exclusive interview with Jenn below!

Tell us about your journey into music. Was there a certain event that sparked your creativity in music, or was it something you identified with all along?

Creating music has always been part of my life; although I didn’t acknowledge or accept it until recently. I never called myself an ‘artist’ or a ‘musician’ and would often laugh when people called me that. Not until I released my 1st 6-song EP last fall did I begin to actually respond out loud when people asked what I did, “I am a musician. I am a singer a songwriter. I am a performer”. I guess releasing my recordings made it feel official or something. As a child I would spend hours writing lyrics, making up melodies and recording them on my little tape player, and then “perform” them for hours on my coffee table stage. I remember a babysitter showing me how she wrote down all the words to the songs she loved. That’s when I fell in love with the process of actually writing out words. I have an affinity for handwritten words – it’s one of the most beautiful art forms to me.

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(NYC) Launch Party of the Lady Project

54248c0e22403Hey Ya’ll! Feminist Wednesday is so excited to be a part of the launch of the NYC Lady Project! If you are in the NYC area and want to come celebrate and mingle with some fabulous & ambitious women come check it out! Here are the details of the event (which I stole from their facebook invite below! Click here for the official FB Event!

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Calling all women in the NYC area who are doing amazing things — join us on Friday, October 3 at 7pm at Projective Space in the LES for the NYC Lady Project: Launch Party.

Grab your ticket in advance here, and save $5: https://nycladyproject.eventbrite.com/

Tickets include appetizers and drinks.

We’ll have refreshments and plenty of time to mingle and network with fellow NYC Ladies. We’ll start with the NYC 3×3 – where three local women of different backgrounds, industries and career levels share their story in three minutes.

The first NYC 3×3 will include:
- Erin Bagwell, documentary filmmaker, DREAM, GIRL & Founder of Feminist Wednesday
- Tammy Tibbetts, founder, She’s the First
- Michela Aramini, founder, The Lovely It Girl

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Vote For Erel

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Photo by Adam Olszewski

CALLING ALL BEAVERS!

Our local songstress extraordinaire Erel Pilo is participating in the NewSong contest and needs our help!!! Vote for Erel Pilo ‘s song Balloon here!

For more on Balloon we spoke to the songwriter herself:

I produced “Balloon” last spring with RAD’s (Recording Artists Development) Phil Carroll. Over six weeks, we developed and refined the song, and invited to the studio Dan Wintersteen to add percussion and Vinnie Ferra on vocals.  I was influenced by the romantic beachy sounds of Brazilian American band, Little Joy, and tried to capture some of that carefree essence in my song too.
I feel really honored that I’ve been chosen as a regional finalist in the NewSong Contest.  ”Balloon” was a labor of love, and it makes me happy that others are connecting to the song too!

Vidcode

AlexMelissa1Alexandra & Melissa are two awesome ladies who code and want to pass that skill on to others young girls interested in tech but don’t know where to start. Check out their Kickstarter campaign to help them pass on the power of technology!

Tell us about how you met and decided to collaborate on Vidcode.

Alexandra & Melissa met at Startup Weekend, a 54-hour hackathon where participants form teams and build a minimal viable product of their ideas. Strangers at the start, Allie and Melissa instantly joined forces upon discovering their common passion to get more girls involved in STEM. By the end of the weekend, their team built the first version of Vidcode, demoed it to an audience and judges’ panel, and took home first place at the event. They’ve been working side-by-side ever since.

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Meet Ashley Pasquan from Adam Rabbit

Ashley_AdamMeet Ashley Pasquan from Adam Rabbit!

You started your company, Adam Rabbit with $40 in your pocket and are now killin it in the jewelry scene. Can you tell us how you got started, what inspired you to start your own company?

I have always had the desire to make and sell things. When I was a kid I would go door to door attempting to sell soap that I made with a craft kit. I also tried my hand at writing a neighborhood gossip magazine, that one didn’t go over too well.  A few years ago I decided I wanted to be really good at something. I taught myself to sew. I wasn’t really good at it and started to realize why my jr, high home economics teacher gave me the only D that has ever made it on to a transcript of mine. Through sewing, I discovered I actually liked making jewelry to go with the dresses more. That day I found the $40 in my purse seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally start making and selling the jewelry I wanted to buy myself, but couldn’t find in the places I was shopping.

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How to Crush Your Kickstarter Campaign

Kickstarterby Erin Bagwell
Founder of Feminist Wednesday

This past summer Feminist Wednesday embarked on the terrifying journey of creating a Kickstarter Campaign to fund our film “Dream, Girl.” This film is a documentary redefining what it means to be a boss by interviewing female entrepreneurs.

In the process we worked like a dog (or maybe in our case a beaver), made a TV appearance, did a monstrous amount of press (Upworthy, ELLE, Washington Post), got a celebrity endorsement, and ended up almost doubling our original goal, raising over $100,000.

I will tell you right now there is no black and white formula for beating the beast that is Kickstarter, however there are some helpful tips and tricks you should be aware of along the way. Please enjoy this list of hints to help you with your Kickstarter! Also, feel free to ask additional questions or share your thoughts in the comments below!

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