When I was in middle school, I became a voracious reader. I read any book I could get my hands on and naturally, I picked up a book on women’s rights for teens. I read that women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. I was shocked to read this, since I never thought that women could actually be treated as sub-standard, because of their sex.
200 years after slavery was banned in America, 27 million people worldwide are still subjected to the slave trade today. And unfortunately, being that women are internationally viewed as second class citizens, it’s no surprise that we are affected the most. Fortunately, there are women in our society trying to change that statistic. Andrea Powell is one half of the female run non for profit Fair Girls, whose mission is to prevent ’’the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education.’’
Who You Admire Now
Khalidah S– My grandmother, because she raised me to be an empowered young lady with values and morals.
Crissy F– My mom, because she’s always in charge even when people don’t realize it.
I walked into the office one morning with a new dress. I didn’t even get to my desk when three men smiled at me and complimented me on my outfit, but not on my success at winning a new account. If my male counterparts wear nice outfits to work, it means financial success and a day of booked meetings.
Katharine Graham was the first female CEO of a Fortune 500 Company in 1972, just 41 years ago. Her position at the Washington Post was originally passed down from her father to her husband. However, when her husband died, she took the reigns of the company. Although the position was part of her family’s legacy her strength and perseverance made huge political waves.
There is nothing like a weekend immersed in the highly competitive, life-or-death-ring that is cornhole to shed some light on challenges of professional sports. And no one knows that competition better than our bad ass bitch of the week, Sarah Thomas.
I can’t stop mind-applauding Sonya Renee, the founder of The Body is Not an Apology, which is an organization that promotes “radical self love and body empowerment.” They believe that “each time you unapologetically own your beauty, love your scars, heal your shame; you in turn give us permission to do the same.”
Introducing Bettys on Your Block, a Feminist Wednesday exclusive that spotlights our neighbors and friends. They tell us what females in their life they admire, what makes them a bad ass bitch, and much more. Want to be featured in this exclusive?
Who You Admire Now
Elissa – Amy Heckerling because she’s a female director who was making kick ass movies in the early eighties when women couldn’t break into the business; it could be so much better today but at least we have Amy and others, these pioneers who have paved our paths.
Rachel – Eleanor Roosevelt. She was a writer, humanitarian, positive public figure, outspoken, mother, social activist, and had great nicknames like ”public energy number one” and my favorite, “Eleanor Everywhere.”
Mandi – Courtney Love- She’s not afraid to speak her mind, she can take the heat, and she is hilarious.