Betty Friedan is arguably one of the most important women in American culture and the feminist movement. Her novel, the Feminine Mystique, written in 1963, started the second wave of feminism in America. Over the course of a few hundred pages Betty blew the lid off the world’s obsession with the American housewife; exposing the mother, dish do-er, floor washer, and clothing maker for what she really was…super bored.
by Rochelle R
It was my sophomore year in high school. I woke up that morning to go to school, dreading the fact that I was up before 7 a.m. I remember climbing out of bed and I had this feeling that something was off. I looked down at my left pinky and discovered it was so swollen, anyone could’ve mistaken it for my thumb. This puzzled me why suddenly it happened. Days passed, still no improvement. My pinky was a bit stiff and painful, but nothing serious. We finally visited my doctor, but no diagnosis. I was then referred to get my blood drawn and when the lab results returned, my life wasn’t going to be the same…both good and bad.
Amy, Amy, Amy…we thought we couldn’t like you any more than we do now. But then you go warming our hearts like hand warmers, and we want to invite you in our brain holes to narrate our thoughts and dreams when Morgan Friedman has the day off. Thankfully, the Poehler gift is one that just keeps on giving. Giving advice that is, on the youtube chanel dedicated to answering young ladies questions, Go Ask Amy.
When I was a little feminist my family moved around a lot. My father was in the military and so every couple of years we would pack up our whole life in little boxes and ship them all around the country. It was usually a sad time saying goodbye to our favorite people and places however through every move, with every new destination, my mother made our house a home.
Who You Admire Now
Katie- My friend Tory, who recently lost her fight against angiosarcoma, a rare and brutal cancer. Our girl endured SO much, yet her strength and positive attitude never faltered. She truly lived life to the fullest. Seeing her come up against such a terrible prognosis, countless chemo and radiation treatments, and unimaginable pain with such grace is truly inspirational. We used to look alike in elementary school and dressed up as twins every year on twin day. Then Tory lost her hair and gained weight as result of her treatment. I mean, that’s enough to seriously shake any woman’s disposition. But Tory’s attitude was so bright and she stayed so beautiful. When I’m facing something tough and find myself freaking out, I remember her and how brave she was, and I think, “If Tory could face up to her illness they way she did, than you can certainly overcome THIS problem”. And it’s true. What a bad-ass bitch.
I became sexually active at fifteen, and I was always very proactive in my general and sexual health. I researched and decided that the best birth control method for me was the Mirena, based on my habits and lifestyle. I went to my OBGYN, who refused to give me the Mirena, or any other form of birth control that wasn’t the pill. Why?
Documentary filmmaking is a process that involves patience, vision, and a tremendous amount of courage to visualize a story and go after it. Award winning director and womens’ activist Epiphany Morgan sat down with us to chat about her controversial and heartwarming film, The Room.
Who You Admire Now
Anna- Okay, this may sound silly but in all honesty I’m really admiring Judge Judy Sheindlin. My Dad has been a huge fan for years so I grew up watching her. Then, I happened to learn that the law school I began attending was Judge Judy’s alma mater. I feel like my Dad approved of my school choice more after hearing this. I’m in my fifth week of class now and one thing that really struck me from the beginning was the guy to girl ratio in classes. I knew law was a male dominated field but I hadn’t thought about it much. It really hit me one day sitting in a class of 20 and I realized there were 5 girls in it. In 2012, only 31.3% of attorneys were women. It’s a little intimidating. Then, I thought of Judge Judy. She graduated in 1965. Can you imagine what that would have been like as a girl?! They estimate a graduating class in 1965 would have been 3% women. The passion, drive, strength, and so much more it would have taken to be a woman in law school then is awe-inspiring. Now Judge Judy has heard more than 20,000 cases and that’s BEFORE starting her television show in 1996. Talk about a bad ass bitch!