Meet Angela Jin and Nishiki Maredia, Founders of 1950 Collective

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1950CBeing a teenage girl is hard. So when a teenage girl finds something that makes everything a little less hard, that makes her feel like a part of something bigger, she’s all in. And then, inevitably, that interest is trivialized by those who can’t understand that teenage girls are powerful and their passions are legitimate. Thankfully, there are two women who’ve started a company on a mission to support those passions. This week, we chatted with Angela Jin and Nishiki Maredia, founders of 1950 Collective, a retail company that operates at the intersection of pop culture and feminism! Continue reading…

Meet Brittani Marie, Co-Founder of Brown Girls Do Ballet

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Through ballet, we are striving to empower young girls.Representation matters. We know that’s true about Hollywood, the business world, and the tech industry but one industry you might not have considered is dance – more specifically, ballet. Diversity in the dance world is a hot topic right now. With the rise to popularity of Misty Copeland, the first African American female principal dancer in the American Ballet Company, has come the question: why are we so shocked (and amazed) to see a non-white ballerina excelling at her craft? That’s exactly the narrative Brown Girls Do Ballet is working to shift. What started as a photography project with founder Takiyah Wallace photographing, well, brown girls doing ballet, in hopes of making sure her own daughter had role models who looked like her in the dance world has turned into a full-fledged movement, an organization providing support through scholarships and networks to women and girls of color in ballet. This week, we chatted with Brittani Marie, the organization’s co-founder and VP of business development, about why she’s joined this powerful movement and what’s in store for Brown Girls Do Ballet. Continue reading…

Meet Alex Dickinson, Co-Founder of Ask For It

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ASKFORITDid you know that about 57 percent of men with MBAs negotiate their salary before starting a new job, while only 8 percent of women do the same? We at Feminist Wednesday think it’s time for that to change, and Alex Dickinson agrees. She’s the founder of an amazing organization called Ask For It, whose goal is to empower women to ask for what they deserve. The best part of Alex’s work is that she doesn’t place all the responsibility on women– she also recognizes and wants to shift the social structures that make negotiation more complicated for women than men, and helps women navigate those structures. This week, we chatted with Alex about why she does what she does, and her empowering advice for women everywhere. Continue reading…

Meet Fereshteh Forough, Founder of Code To Inspire

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MEET Fereshteh ForoughHow many times have you heard or read the phrase ‘women in tech’ over the past year or so? It’s become a buzz worthy phrase, and for good reason– it’s 2016 and the tech industry is still wildly male-dominated. But for all the coverage the issue gets, the conversation is generally West-centric. Meanwhile, women and girls in Afghanistan who want to break into the industry are facing some unimaginable hurdles. That’s why Fereshteh Forough founded Code to Inspire, an organization that’s teaching females in Afghanistan coding skills, enabling them to pursue their dreams and careers in the tech industry. In a culture where women’s education is still controversial, Fereshteh’s work is subversive, fearless, and undeniably important. This week, we talked to Fereshteh to find out more about what compels her to do what she does. Continue reading…

Meet Gail Mooney, Producer and Director of Like a Woman

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Be proactive– not reactive. Be tenacious and don’t let the roadblocks keep you fr-2We at Feminist Wednesday know first-hand the serious diversity issues plaguing the film industry; only 15 percent of directors and 29 percent of writers are women, and a whopping 89 percent of all directors are white. By and large, white men run the industry but thankfully, there are people out there working tirelessly to change that narrative. We’re doing it through our sister production, Dream, Girl, and this week we chatted with another badass lady shaking up the industry, Gail Mooney. Gail tells us about her latest projects and what it’s like to be a woman paving her way in a male-dominated industry.

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Meet Annie & Margo, Founders of Conscious Period

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The biggest advice we could give to any woman starting any business is -2Ever looked at the list of ingredients in your tampons? Well, I just did and I’m especially concerned about the ”may contain” following “ingredients” in parenthesis. What do you mean, may contain? Thankfully, Margo and Annie have eliminated our worries and created organic, chemical-free tampons. With every box of tampons purchased, a box of environmentally friendly pads are donated to a homeless woman who wouldn’t otherwise have access to these safe feminine care products. Meet Margo and Annie, founders of Conscious Period: Continue reading…

Meet Kristine Stolakis, Director of Where We Stand

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wherewestandFeminism and religion. Can they coexist? The answer, of course, is yes — but the relationship is often complicated and difficult to understand from the outside. This week we chatted with a woman navigating that relationship in a really thoughtful and powerful way. Kristine Stolakis is the director of Where We Stand, a short documentary that follows a group of badass Mormon feminists working toward equality. Read more about how Kristine is shining a light on these women below. Continue reading…

Meet Noël Fiorentinos of Work It Out

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This we chatted with kick-ass entrepreneur Noël Fiorentinos, the CEO of Work it Out Fitness Studios. I met Noël about four years ago and was immediately struck by Noël’s passion for the fitness game. She is a woman who exudes the confidence and clarity only a #GIRLBOSS on a mission can have. Two summers ago when we launched the Dream, Girl kickstarter Noël organized and opened up the WiO studio to the #dreamteam to film a group of charismatic young gymnasts to be in our Kickstarter video. Her passion for women and supporting their dreams is palpable in her interview. Read more about what inspired Noël to join the fitness industry and how feminism shaped its growth below. Continue reading…

Interview with Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

ECKHART TOLLEBonnie Jo Stufflebeam reached out with information about her Kickstarter project, Strange Monsters, which she began with her partner, Peter Brewer and successfully funded. I was immediately inspired by her feminist spirit and bold voice that I had to know more about her project and how she came to be a feminist fiction writer. Read my interview with Bonnie below and follow her trail on social media to stay up to date on the release of Strange Monsters! Continue reading…

A Conversation with Rorie Kelly

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The first time I met fellow singer-songwriter, Rorie Kelly, was at a GoGirls concert at The Branded Saloon, a Western themed bar in Brooklyn. When I walked in, Rorie — whose stature may be on the petite side, but her voice is anything but — was onstage, belting out her songs amidst a swirling mass of hair. Fiery and red-headed, she is reminiscent of a certain Disney mermaid, only you get the feeling that if she had gotten to play the role, Ariel would never have given up her voice to the sea witch, still would have negotiated herself a strong pair of legs and had Prince Eric chasing after her the remainder of the movie, trying to keep pace. Rorie recently created Songs to Start a Fire, a vehicle to empower women through music. I met up with Rorie to learn about her new program. Continue reading…