I used to think that beauty was a skinny white girl on the cover of a cosmo magazine, until it dawned on me that beauty is an illusion. My ideal beauty was not a black woman with curves and dark skin. And it took me a long time to be comfortable with my own appearance.
This episode is really special to me because I got the amazing opportunity to host a feminist panel at the Advertising Women of New York’s Advertising Career Conference.
Every year AWNY puts on a conference for over 500 students around the US to introduce them to the world of advertising. I got the chance to moderate a panel with four bad ass bitches from the advertising world: Elisa: Senior Account Manager, Kelly Wenzel: CMO of Centro, Christelle Jerome: Account Supervisor at Publicis Life Medicus, and Roseanne Amoils: Certified Career Coach of Whats Next Club.
What are you thankful for this year? The top five things Feminist Wednesday is thankful for this year are:
1. My parents for supporting and encouraging Feminist Wednesday. My Mom for being the most emotional, passionate, and the strongest person I know. My Dad for brining me to women’s basketball games when I was little, however allowing me to spend my soccer games kart wheeling through the field.
2. Sal-amander, Feminist Wednesday’s Copy Editor, my boyfriend, and my partner in crime. The one who is making me dinner while I freak out about a deadline or keeping me company when I am up working on the newsletter until 2 am. Thank you for making me laugh and for taking care of me. You are the best! I love you.
When I first heard about Hollaback; the organization standing up to street harassment, I was overjoyed and perplexed…Who are these mythical Hollaback people, what are they doing to keep our streets safe, and how are they doing it? I had to find out! So I did! I chatted with Emily May about why she started Hollaback, how it is affecting communities across the globe, and what makes her a bad ass bitch!
I remember sitting in my high school freshman orientation wondering “why did my mom force me to come to an all girl school?”I was the typical high school freshman excited about embarking on a new journey of my life. I had my whole high school career planned out in my head. I was going to be the super cute cheerleader, dating the all star basketball player and I would be wearing his varsity jacket during homecoming. I would have lunches similar to a scene in ”High School Musical” and every time in between classes I’d get a little social time. Welp, my hopes and dreams were completely shattered. I was stuck with nothing but females, no exciting homecomings to look forward to… and no guys! When it comes to myself, if I’m not comfortable in a situation, I automatically shut down all opportunities for people to get to know me.
What Female is Inspiring You Right Now
Olga – My mom is still inspiring me despite her passing in 2008. She emigrated from Russia with nothing, worked her ass off as a woman in tech, and battled cancer like a champ. She took risks and was fearless.
Lyndsay– Currently I am a 16 year old girl in high school-trying to spread feminism to fellow girls and stop girl hate, backing up girls after every sexist or rape joke I hear. Angelina Jolie is a female who inspires me. Not only is she an awesome badass, but she is beautiful and my favorite actress. She stars in my favorite film, “Girl, Interrupted”, and she’s in many other movies that I love. I think her roles are always cool roles that I feel like a man would usually have-not to diss men, Daniel Craig is pretty sexy in James Bond-but I just really admire her! I also think she has a ton of courage and I really admire her for that. The latest was her double-mastectomy. I was somewhat surprised by this, just because I’ve seen her have a lot of courage many other times so I wasn’t too surprised by her coming out with this. Breasts are so sexualized in our society and its cool that she could do that without caring, because even with all the “Save The Booby” logos, its only the breasts that are cared about, not the woman. She is just a big inspiration to me and I love her!
This fall my neighbors and I (your Feminist Wednesday beaver guide) had the wonderful opportunity to create a film for On My Block Films. OMB Films is a film challenge that brings together communities by inviting any and all to create a short film using only their block’s residents as cast and crew.
Hi. I’m Holly, and I have earned all my wrinkles. I’m writing this article to enlighten and encourage. Listen to your moms and grandmothers. We have been around the block a few times.
To all young feminists: I remember a time when I was a rebel, and did not want to listen to my mother. I actually tried to do the exact opposite of what mommy told me to. Still do BUT, here are a few things I’ve learned along the way: