I was taught by the best.

mattMatthew Chavez 

As a young boy, my grandmother was my hero. She is still my hero as an adult, but as a kid it was different. As a kid, her house was a place where there was always a fresh, ice cold, juice box waiting for me. A place where Christmas cookies were baking, and Peter Pan or The Little Mermaid were played on VHS. Where a blue blanket draped over my head could make me believe I was Batman.  I would dream about going to grandma’s house for the weekend to stay over, just to experience what it was like to be there, and to be with the person who made it all possible.

My early childhood gave me good reason to long for this type of safe-haven. My father died when I was only 3, and my mother wasn’t ready to be a single parent.   After my father died, my grandmother stepped in and provided the opportunity for me to stay with her on the weekends, which led to her taking full custody of me  when I was 9. It was because of her that I can consider myself a feminist today, though she may deny being one herself.

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My In-House #HeForShe

mallorie_instaMallorie Carrington
Smart Glamour

I started getting called the “i” word over 15 years ago while in high school.

Intimidating.

I was a tall girl, unapologetically myself, who stomped around my giant 3,000+ student high school in 4 inch stilettos and hand sewn clothes made from re-purposed jeans and fabric scraps. I went after what (and who) I wanted, studied what I loved, and was more often than not the leader of the group (regardless of what said group was.)

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Meet Feminist Dialogue!

feminist_dialogueFeminist Dialogue is one of my favorite feminist organizations ever! They provide me the feminist philosophy class I never had in their feminist salon a la brunch ‘The Hive’. The Hive is an extraordinary event full of warm baked goods and respectful discourse on feminist topics and thoughts. I feel so thankful to have this feminist afternoon getaway  in my life I just had to share this amazing organization with all of you! Check out our exclusive interview with Feminist Dialogue and if you live in NYC or DC  you HAVE to go to one of their events. You will not be sorry, I bet my beaver on it!

Feminist Dialogue is such an awesome feminist community. How did it come into existence?

Feminist Dialogue (FD) was built on the backbone of Jillian Foster’s, our founder, three great passions — feminism, tweeting, and brunching. Our feminist salon a la brunch series, The Hive (formerly Bitches Who Brunch), began as causal brunches in Jillian’s home.  Simultaneously our Twitter presence expanded. In 2014, our team joined forces to formalize the organization and produce even more events, including monthly Hive brunches, forthcoming panels, workshops, feminist-speed-chats, and in 2015, a fancy feminist conference called Feminism in New York City.

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Long Walk to Forever

longWalkNEW Women in Film Alert! Check out Director Jessica Hester’s new film project a Long Walk to Forever & check out our exclusive interview with her below!

Can you tell us who you are and a little about Long Walk to Forever?

I am Jessica Hester, native resident to Ossining, New York.   I directed Long Walk to Forever.  The film is a gentle satire on society’s institution of matrimony and how it has overshadowed the natural response of falling in love. The film is an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story with the same name, which is loosely based on his romance with his first wife, Jane Cox.

Long Walk to Forever is a beautiful and simple story, yet it explores many facets of our humanity. Vonnegut does this in such a fun way, as he leads Catherine, our protagonist, into the most impossible situation, and she gets to explore herself and her belief system as she takes a walk with her childhood friend.  On this walk, the further she gets away from her house (society), the deeper she walks into nature with Newt (her childhood friend) and the closer she gets to her natural response to love. This is exciting for me as a female director.  I feel as women, we all know what it is like to lose our authentic connection to self, and in a very bold way Vonnegut gives us context to explore this and the opportunity to return to our authentic selves.

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Halloween Etiquette

18709139683169.fNc1bPMa5x4fCCewfkM5_height640by Maggie Kerry

Every year during this time, there is the never-ending discussion about women and their choice of Halloween costumes (I know what you’re thinking, and chances are you have probably read a handful of stories similar to this one).  A lot of these discussions result in slut and body shaming. Halloween does not mean that you can simply dismiss those values of what it means to be accepting and body positive towards others. It does not mean that you have a free pass to slut shame either.

It is already an issue that a lot of Halloween costumes for women are aimed to objectify. It is already an issue that some women may feel pressured to wear these costumes. An issue that people often dismiss is the issue of shaming women when they choose and want to wear one of these costumes.

The really cool thing about feminism is that it empowers women to wear what they please. It empowers them to not feel afraid to dress in a way that society may frown upon. Some recent wise words from Lena Dunham were, “A huge part of being a feminist is giving other women the freedom to make choices you might not necessarily make for yourself. Just like we should respect women who cover up for reasons of shyness or modesty or religious beliefs, we have to allow for the woman who wants to walk down the street in booty shorts.” What makes a Halloween costume any different?

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The Invisible Month

Photo credit: Jonathan Haidt

Photo credit: Jonathan Haidt

Jayne Riew is a New York City-based artist whose recent project, The Invisible Month, uses art as a way to understand how women’s hormonal rhythms affect their work productivity, well-being, and behavior in relationships. Check out the project’s website to learn more.

Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m an artist in New York City. My work tends to explore psychological processes, like how your thoughts evolve over time or how to manage unwanted thoughts. Most of my projects take the form of books or boxes. For me art is a place where you can go for help, whether it’s for an escape, a discovery, therapy, or inspiration. We all need to change the channel more.

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Amber Amour #stoprapeedutcate

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Feminist Wednesday is honored to share the story of Amber Amour, an artist who felt called to share her story of sexual assault publicly through chalk murals on the streets of New York. Her work is colorful, inspirational, and deeply personal. When we learned about the work she was doing we had to know more about the woman behind the message. This is what we learned. 

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The Inadvertent Feminist

HannahHannah Burry
Buffalo, NY
@hburry

I don’t think that my dad would tell you that he raised me to be a feminist.  I think what he would tell anyone who asked about me is that he raised me to be strong, independent, and to believe in equality.  I don’t know if he realized it at the time, but he was raising me to be a feminist.  I won’t give him all the credit, I was raised by two, wonderful, amazing, and strong people.  My mom and dad were always equal partners when I was growing up and because of their relationship I expect to be treated as an equal in any relationship I enter into.

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Womancrush On Cheryl Strayed

Emilee2Emilee Russell
FW University Ambassador 

When I was in middle school, my best friend and I swore to each other that we’d hike the Pacific Crest Trail before we died. We didn’t realize then and we still don’t fully grasp how huge of an undertaking that is. The Pacific Crest Trail is a national scenic trail that spans 2,663 miles from the United States-Mexican border to just north of the Canadian border – essentially the entire length of the west coast of the United States. People often hike chunks of it at a time and a only few experienced backpackers have hiked the trail in its entirety.

Last Christmas, I was given a copy of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail and finished it in a couple of days, unable to put it down. She not only tells the story of her hike (from Mojave, California to Bridge of the Gods in Oregon) but also, through flashbacks and short narratives, explains exactly what led her to drive across the country from Minnesota to hike alone in the woods for several weeks. She had never been backpacking before in her life but was drawn to the trail because she somehow knew it would be the perfect way to find herself again.

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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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