My Phenomenal Unearthing of Feminism & Self Efficacy

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unnamedby Maiya Milan Gitryte, Artist & Entrepreneur

I discovered that I was a feminist somewhat by accident. I can recall the moment quite vividly now as I sit in a local café typing these words. It all began on a typically humid South Florida evening. A friend and I had RSVP’d to attend a popular nightclub in Miami Beach.

Although my friend had opted to dress in high heeled shoes as I usually did, that night, I chose to wear flat dress thong sandals. As we approached the “velvet ropes” of the venue, I was rather abruptly told by the doorman that I could not enter due to my footwear. I was baffled. I glanced down at my feet; nicely pedicured toes, black sandals adorned with crystals. The doorman stated that I would not be allowed entry because I was wearing flat shoes.

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Betty on Your Block

unnamedby Kimberly C, Glendale CC

What female is inspiring you right now?

My Ecofeminism professor: Dr. Lina Gupta. She is one of the most erudite, complacent, and admirable people I have ever met. She is an ecofeminist herself, but she isn’t really a shove it in your face kind of person. The thing is, everything she says has a certain gravity and depth to it, it makes you listen and really draws you in. I think she is a very influential, fantastic person.

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People We Love: LunaFest

tumblr_my0b64oqHE1sa7h11o1_400This holiday season consider supporting one of our fellow beavers by donating to the Junior League of Long Beach! The Junior League of Long Beach has partnered once again with the makers of LUNA® Bars to present the LUNAFEST® Film Festival, which is all about films “by, for, about women.”

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10 Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Beaver

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1) Monica Ramos- Tote bags
I love Monica Ramos’ feminine style, soft colors, and cheeky imagery of waffles and selfies. And who doesn’t need a new tote bag?

2) Janelle Monae – Electric Lady
This album is amazing. It sounds fresh with a vintage twist, has a great storyline. And I love how Janelle is strong and feminine, sexy and sophisticated. She is the whole package, I’m totally obsessed.

3) The Feminine Mystique
I know, I know its 400 pages and it was written in the 60s, but this book will change your life. I have never thought one feminist thought in my head that I didn’t connect back to this book. Its amazing, its revolutionary, its relevant- Oprah said everyone should read it. She was right.

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How I Learned to Love my Imperfect Body

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tumblr_my0az3NOMa1sa7h11o1_400by Lilly V
When did society set such a strict specification on body image?  More importantly, when did we start believing it?  We are brain washed into believing we’re not good enough.  We are conditioned to think that our waist size is correspondent to our intelligence. There is an obsession in our country with weight loss. It has become a rat race to see who can be the thinnest.

There is an abundance of criticism towards women of all sizes.  No matter if you are thin or thick, there will be an opinion forced upon you in the media.

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A Look At The Advertising Women of New York’s Advertising Career Conference

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tumblr_my0b3kdz1K1sa7h11o1_250by Jessica L

I have never considered myself a feminist. Feminism’s presentation usually frustrates me, with women crying out about unfair treatment and in the process turning themselves into the victim. That’s actually why, at the Advertising Women of New York’s Advertising Career Conference, I decided to go to the In Her Shoes: A Discussion About Women’s Challenges and Successes in the Workplace panel, which was hosted by Feminist Wednesday. I expected the women to feed me some “I can have it all if I just work really hard” fluff. A part of me, however, was begging them to prove me wrong.

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Beaver Talk Reviews

Beaver Talk Episode 2
In Her Shoes: A live panel discussion about women’s challenges and successes in the workplace

“Thank you for facilitating a panel at the AWNY ACC. I am not typically a super-feminist, but decided to break out of my comfort zone by attending. I think I left the panel as a feminist. Everyone had phenomenal insights, including yourself. Thanks so much!”
– Jessica L, Rider University

 

“I’m so glad that discussion is immortalized forever via podcast. I think that workshop was my favorite event of the entire conference.”
– Shelby F, Appalachian State University

 

“Thank you so much for hosting the panel this past Saturday at the AWNY conference. I consider myself a feminist and it was so great to see that I’m not alone in the field that I’ve chosen. I feel so much more enlightened and confident in my future thanks to you ladies.”
– Samee C, University of Nebraska-Lincoln