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Moms Demand Action
Infuriated Moms Turn Into Protest Leaders
In Portland, Oregon, stay-at-home moms organized their first rally while simultaneously caring for young children. Although some of the moms do not label themselves as activists, they say they “reached a point where [they] felt [they] had to do more” in regards to the immigration separation policy tearing children away from their parents. They declared that as moms they understand how crucial attachment is for a child; for them, these actions were absolutely heartbreaking. Immigration advocacy groups are thrilled with the support they are receiving from those who are not directly affected by immigration issues.
Ocasio-Cortez Revolutionizes Beauty Conversation in Politics
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic congressional candidate, tweeted a response to inquiries about what lipstick she was wearing while debating her opponent, Rep. Joe Crowley. Rather than being indignant, Ocasio-Cortez responded with enthusiasm, writing, "I GOT YOU." Traditional female powerhouse politicians like Hillary Clinton have confronted interviewers by questioning whether they'd ask male candidates about their style and beauty routines. But now, Ocasio-Cortez is bringing these topics to the forefront willingly and enthusiastically, on her own terms.
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Hoejabi: Rejecting Prescribed Boundaries of Sexuality
Hoejabi, the mashup of the words “hoe” and “hijabi,” is primarily used derogatorily to refer to a Muslim woman who wears a hijab but defies the Islamic rules of etiquette and behavior. While the word is used as a slur, or to some a “joke,” a young Muslim woman, in an opinion piece for the New York Times, explains how the word can be used as a “positive self-identifying term for women who want to challenge that notion.” However, some believe that the slut-shaming nature of the word needs to be address internally while others argue that, given such a platform, the author should have highlighted positive aspects of the Islamic community that are so rarely presented. As of now, the consensus is to refrain from using the word.
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“Seat At The Table” for Black Women
Recently, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched the Seat At the Table Tour initiative for Black women. Despite Black women being the Democratic Party’s most reliable voting bloc since the 1990s, the party has been criticized for neglecting the needs of Black women and not properly supporting Black women running for office. This tour, in collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus and Black women mayors, will consist of listening and training sessions for Black women and aims to "rebuild relationships, restore trust, and strengthen infrastructure within communities to champion Democratic values and build towards electoral victories." The tour officially began on June 16th in Brooklyn by honoring the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress.
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Viral Videos Draw Eyes to Female Candidates
Viral campaign videos have brought welcome attention to female political candidates such as MJ Hegar, mom and former Air Force pilot injured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. In her campaign video for Texas Democratic Congressional Representative, Hegar describes the doors she has broken down to get where she is. Viral videos can publicize candidates struggling to overcome hurdles like financial strain or lack of name recognition and allow them to tell their unique stories in appealing ways
Only four of the 23 presidential candidates in Zimbabwe's July 30th election are women. Ms. Thokozani Khupe, vying for the leadership of the Movement for Democratic Change, has faced vulgar insults and songs meant to shame her, which emphasizes a sexist faction of Zimbabwean politics. "Unruly," single, independent African women are often accused of prostitution, a tactic used to discredit women leaders.
This year, largely due to companies such as Netflix, the rom-com era is making a comeback. However, there is a limited amount of lesbian love stories. As Kobler requests, “Hallmark, let’s make the yuletide gay.”
Artist Betty Tompkins has been painting text-based works of demeaning words and phrases used to describe women from 2002-2015. In response to the #MeToo Movement, the artist is using her work in a new exhibition, “Will She Ever Shut Up?”
A series of murals of feminist icons have been placed all across London in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the UK’s first laws giving many women the right to vote. The murals contain 50 women from the past (such as Sojourner Truth and Sophia Duleep Singh) and present (Malala Yousafzai) who have played a role in the fight for equal rights.
Despite sharing stages with Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Jimi Hendrix, this all-female rock band never got their “big break.” Now, with all the members well into their 70s, Ace of Cups has come back to record an album nearly five decades later.
In response to leading publications putting mostly men in their “Year in Pictures” review, Women Photograph have compiled their own list that reflects the underrepresented voices of those in their organization.
Though hip-hop is often criticized for its degrading lyrics about women, female rap is essential for the empowerment of Black women. Sesali Bowen explains, “Female rappers allow Black women to envision a world where our needs, desires, and identities come first.”
In a world where engaging in feminist discourse can sometimes be wearing, it is always important to keep in mind how to stay happy and close with your female friends. Female networks are vital to staying happy and healthy. With this in mind, ‘gassing’ is a great way of sending positive energy someone else’s way.
LGBTQ+ inclusivity movements have been fighting for better acceptance of non-binary and transgender people for years, so there has never been a better time to adopt such action into your festive spirit.
Mainstream retailers such as Urban Outfitters and Free People have recently started to sell sex toys online, placing them under the “wellness” category. As women’s sexual pleasure and sexual health have long been ignored, rebranding sex toys as an important part of a woman’s overall wellness is a step towards dismantling stigmas around women’s sexuality.
Labia filler treatments are non-surgical procedures designed to enhance the plumpness of vulvas. These kinds of treatments perpetuate the idea that vulvas are supposed to look a certain way and shame the natural appearance of female genitalia. The procedures are on the rise in the U.K., where they are not regulated due to their non-surgical nature.
Harvard Medical School has recently launched the Sexual and Gender Minorities Health Equity Initiative, a three-year plan designed to train students and faculty clinicians in how to provide affirming and competent care for sexual and gender minority patients of all ages. As transgender folks face countless barriers in the healthcare system, the initiative is meant to change the landscape of medical care for LGBTQ patients across the country.
Reports offered that 51 percent of the wage gap narrowed in 2018. Despite these numbers, researchers still project that factors such as political empowerment, educational attainment, and health are growing at a backwards rate, stifling the wage gap and causing women to fall short to their male counterparts.