They’re Not “Superheroes,” They’re Saving Themselves
In an act of protest against the recent separations of immigrant children from their families, Therese Patricia Okoumou climbed up to the feet of the Statue of Liberty in New York City on the Fourth of July. This act of civil disobedience resulted in Okoumou’s arrest. Now, she is being deemed a hero by many; however, Jenn M. Jackson, author of the Teen Vogue column Speak On It, claims declaring acts like these acts of “heroism” ignores the reason these acts are committed in the first place. Black women suffer through daily intimidation and abuse causing them to fight for themselves.
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An in-depth discussion with college students and low income workers shared stories of sexual assault in low wage jobs. Alongside reporter Bernice Yeung, UW–Madison students and various survivors told their struggles with recovery, the intimidation of workplace sexual assault, and a number of other important underground issues not usually discussed with victims.
With the help of Your Local Girl Gang, women in Northeast Ohio are connecting with other female-run business for tips and tricks this holiday season. In an article by cleveland.com, sixteen gorgeously decorated boutiques are shining because of this new network of women.
As a teenager in New York City, Soraya Fouladi decided that her life mission would be to ensure that “every single child on this planet gets a chance at a quality education so that they can live their best life.” She is now the CEO of Jara, an international organization that provides emergency education to displaced and refugee children who are struggling due to natural disasters or other issues.
Two female graduates of Columbia Business school recently established one of the leading skin care brands for pregnant, working women. Kelli Kenny and Lauren Parisier found success for thirteen years in the executive industry, with praise from a number of celebrities including Heidi Klum and Molly Simms.
Unsurprisingly, the ticket prices for Michelle Obama’s book tour for her new memoir, Becoming, are out of reach for many readers, as they range from $29 to $3000 for the Washington, D.C. stop alone. But the former first lady decided to give 150 Baltimore students the chance to attend the event for free. The students were selected in collaboration with the College Bound Foundation, a Baltimore nonprofit that provides advising resources for students who want to attend college.
The latest publication from Columbia University’s Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT) suggests that high school sex education may have a preventative effect against sexual assault later on in college. Based on surveys and in-depth interviews of 1,671 students from Columbia University and Barnard College, the research found that students who received formal sex education in school about consent, refusal skills, and methods of birth control before the age of 18 were less likely to experience penetrative sexual assault in college.