Why Education is the Means to Human Rights for All Women

ReillyBy Ellie Reilly

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…

Meet More Raça, director of Home

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I am More Raça from Prishtina, Kosovo a writer and director of several short films and documentaries. My last film Home participated in many international film festivals such as Raindance, St. Louis International Film festival, Florida Film festival, Idyllwild Film Festival. I strongly focus on themes concerning women issues and their struggles. Cinematography is one path for me to tell the truth about different issues and ensure women’s rights are part of the agenda setting. Continue reading…

The War on Women Has Begun

WarOnWomenby Kate Harveston

One of the promises Donald Trump made when running for president was the repeal of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act. He pledged to repeal the act on his first day in office, which he did not do. However, he did manage to eventually create a new health care bill that passed in the House and is now awaiting a vote in the Senate.

This bill, called the American Health Care Act, makes major changes to Obamacare and is going to affect a whole lot of Americans, especially women. The bill takes away guaranteed coverage for certain pre-existing conditions, most of which affect women more than men. Some Americans may be fearful of what this health care plan means for them, but many women are terrified. Here’s why. 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…

Meet Cecilia Mejia, Director of Development at Scenarios

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scenYou don’t have to sell us on the fact that filmmaking is one of the most important, powerful and influential media. That’s why, when we heard about the incredible work Scenarios does in empowering young people through film, we had to chat with Director of Development Cecilia Mejia. This week we connected with her on all things feminism, film, and the power of telling your story. Continue reading…