Meet the Women Behind Girl Be Heard

 

GirlBeHeardHi! We’re Girl Be Heard, and we’re a nonprofit organization that strives to develop, amplify, and celebrate the voices of young women through socially conscious theatre-making. Girl Be Heard was founded in 2008, when a group of girls—brave, complicated, dynamic young artists with things to say—came together to tell their stories. Ever since, it’s been our mission to create spaces where girls & young women can come together to build community, learn about themselves & the world around them, and have their voices heard through their art. Continue reading…

Meet Arielle Nóbile, Creator of “Belonging in the USA: Stories from our Neighbors”

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I’m the Founder/CEO/CCO of Legacy Connections Films and the creator of “Belonging in the USA: Stories from our Neighbors”, a new web series seeking to create empathy, connection, and a reimagining of what it means to be human right now in America.  I will interview different people to share their life stories, experiences, struggles, and wisdom, all in the context of this insane political climate we’re currently living in (without making it all about politics).  It will feel like you’re in each character’s living room, invited to join in on an intimate conversation between them and me, the curious seeker bringing out their story. Continue reading…

Imposter Syndrome & The Spiritual Practice of Saying “I Don’t Know”

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I am not a religious person. Well, not now. I was at one point, and am humble enough to know that I could be again, though I won’t see it coming. As a life coach and a mental health professional, I spend quite a bit of time exploring the quandaries of values, purpose, and soul-level longing. Often, this brings me face to face with the spiritual lives of others, and with my own. I haven’t found this to be true with clients, but in casual “small” talk, I am sometimes skeptical of the “spiritual” label—especially when folks apply it to themselves nonchalantly in conversation—seemingly to cover for their own perceived heathen or shallow-ness, like a coat of flat beige paint. If there’s one thing I think I know about true spirituality, it rarely professes itself, and almost never in such general and un-ecstatic terms. And when it is alive in someone, as far as I can tell, it is almost never beige. I admit to a level of envy here—when I look back on my Southern Baptist roots, the world was rather black and white, but it was also deliciously certain. I knew things. And even now—last week—I sat chatting with a dear friend, a Shamanic healer, and witnessed the deep clarity in her eyes about the world to which she belongs. Covet is the word that comes to mind.   Continue reading…

On Ivanka Trump: Examining a Troubled Family Life and Its Effects

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By Kate Harveston

Ivanka Trump is currently the first daughter of the United States, and in that position she could potentially do great good or great evil. Growing up as the offspring of one of the most well known people in the world, Ivanka is no stranger to the spotlight.

While news articles are quick to claim that her actions have already betrayed the women she promised to protect and serve while her father was in office, no one has really taken into account her life with her father and his many wives and the impact that growing up with a troubled family life has on an impressionable young woman. Continue reading…

I Refuse to be an Accessory to Your American Dream

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The American Dream is supposed to be defined as the “ability to work and become prosperous the same as everyone else,” — which is great, and I agree. No gender, no race, no pre-qualifications.

Over the years though, it seems to have turned into a trope, the new American Dream becoming: “A good housewife, two kids— a boy and a girl, a white picket fence, golden retriever, and a seat in church on Sunday.”

The difference here being is painfully obvious to the attentive reader. Suddenly, the American Dream isn’t directed toward anyone in the US working hard and being successful; instead, it begins to focus on what it means for a man to be successful. It discusses the things a man would like, in order to feel successful, and prosperous, and at the peak of any possible level of happiness.   Continue reading…

A Feminist’s Primer to Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Unlike 10 or 20 years ago, many of us today have at least heard of transgender people. As a quick reminder, these are people whose gender identity (a topic complex enough for several articles on Feminist Wednesday) doesn’t match up to the gender that they were assigned at birth. Many transgender people choose to undergo hormone replacement therapy (or HRT) in order to correct this mistake, become more comfortable in their own bodies, and make a smooth transition into living as their actual gender. Continue reading…

The Intern Diaries: Week 3 + Goodbye (For Now)

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dgintern3By Olivia Land

Happy Feminist Wednesday, dreamers! Welcome to the third and final entry of the Intern Diaries, a recurring series in which I chronicle my experience interning with Dream, Girl. Although this week was short and not as action-packed as the previous two, the last couple days were the perfect way to wrap up my time with the DG team. Below, I’m reflecting on the last three weeks and musing about my future dreams for Dream, Girl and myself. Continue reading…

The Intern Diaries: How I Got Here + Week One

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dginternBy Olivia Land

During my freshman year of high school, my English teacher kicked off the semester with a unit on origin stories. In a ploy to get my fellow students and I to connect literature to our own lives, the teacher emphasized that idea that beginnings- whether it’s the first day of high school or a Greek myth- are important. It sounds obvious, but the environments, attitudes, and behavior we start from can play a huge role in how we progress going forward. Case in point: Almost four years after my English teacher whipped out a chapter from Genesis, here I am as an intern at Dream, Girl. Continue reading…

On Hillary Clinton: Examining One of the Most Controversial Female Politicians

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hillaryclintonBy Kate Harveston

Hillary Clinton is a well-known name that sparks an immediate reaction from most Americans. Whether that reaction will be positive or negative is a toss-up. Clinton has been a household name for decades now and has quite an interesting reputation. Many people hate her, and many people love her. Regardless, of how you feel about her, there’s no denying the influence she’s had on American politics.

Here’s a look at Clinton from the time she went to law school to her latest run for the presidency. Continue reading…