A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part 20: The White House

GalsGudie3x3v2A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie is a new weekly written series by Erin Bagwell. To view the whole series click here.

Part 20: The White House

E etting the film done for the White House was nothing short of a miracle. The week before we finalized the edit I had both a sinus infection and the flu. I remember sitting in the doctor’s office when they told me and said to them (with tears in my eyes) that I was going to the White House and they needed to give me every and any drug imaginable to get my health back on track. I was both physically and emotionally drained, and I wasn’t the only one. Continue reading…

What Would a Healthcare Plan That’s Good for Women Look Like?

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By Ellie Reilly

The GOP’s especially bad healthcare plan — known as the AHCA in the House and the BCRA in the Senate — has been all over the news lately. It’s important for feminists to stand up against attacks like this that not only hurt women but virtually anyone who cannot afford to pay for healthcare out of pocket.

It’s extremely tempting to go completely negative on this. After all, GOP senators and representatives have shown little to no interest in listening to their constituents on healthcare issues. However, we should remember that going negative was, at least in part, the strategy that landed the GOP in a host of trouble, with internal disagreement and faction rivalries flaring up. Instead, I want to take a moment to look ahead to think critically about what a good healthcare bill that helps women would look like. Continue reading…

Secrets About the Pink Tax: 5 Weird Things Women Pay More For

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By Kate Harveston

The topic of the “pink tax” is nothing new in modern American society. It’s generally known and accepted that women pay more for common necessities than men do, and there are lots of reasons given for why this has been accepted. Women are fighting back to lower prices to male standards, but to be able to wage a successful war against a system that’s profited off women for decades, women must understand how far the pink tax reaches. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part 19: The Blackout

GalsGudie3x3v2A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie is a new weekly written series by Erin Bagwell. To view the whole series click here.

Part 19: The Blackout

I have started and stopped writing this chapter a few times because if I’m being totally honest with you gals I don’t want to write this chapter. Finishing this film was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life and even reflecting on it is giving me all kinds of creative post-traumatic stress. They always say the last mile is the hardest, and they couldn’t have been more right. Continue reading…

Why Education is the Means to Human Rights for All Women

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Like many of us, I was fortunate enough to grow up in a place where I could receive an education mandated by the government. I wasn’t always treated well at school, nor did I receive the highest quality education available, but I graduated with a basic understanding of reading, writing, and arithmetic.

I, like many other Western feminists before me, didn’t fully appreciate the value of this education until much of my schooling was already complete — the second year of graduate school, to be exact. I used to complain about waking up early, waiting in the cold to catch the bus, and sitting through dreary classes. Continue reading…

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”

6.8.17_ImposureSyndromeBy Amelia Kriss

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…