‘Pro-life’ has a lot of meanings.
And while I absolutely look forward to legally ordering a glass of prosecco at dinner like a real grown-up lady, my impending birthday has also made me stop and reflect on some of the few nuggets of wisdom I have acquired over the last two decades
Traveling solo is a great way to boost your confidence, even if it feels scary.
My clothing is not an invitation for your hands, my sister is not a prize, and my best friend is not able to consent if she is not fully conscious. Simply existing in your room doesn’t make me yours. Content warning: rape and sexual assault.
I heard so many things growing up, starting in pre-school. I believed “boys are faster and stronger than girls”, or “only girls can like pink and purple”, or “girls are smarter than boys”. Even though none of these are accurate statements, I remember feeling sad when I lost a race to a boy on the playground, thinking it was because I was weak because I was a girl. Then I remember hating that part about being a girl.
The Brooklyn-based nonprofit, Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), believes that cis girls, trans girls, and gender non-conforming individuals should feel safe to learn and grow in their school environment. Their current mission is to create a school that girls deserve in New York City.
Kursat Pekgoz, a men’s rights activist at the University of Southern California, has filed Title IX complaints against three schools. He is targeting women-only scholarships and programs because he sees it as male discrimination; he claims that “efforts to support female students are no longer necessary and amount to discrimination against male students.”
According to a new study conducted by Dr. Joan Costa-Font of the London School of Economics, fathers who have school-aged daughters tend to be less sexist. The findings indicate that men “become more aware of the challenges facing women when they see the female experience of life up close through their offspring – something dubbed the ‘mighty girl’ effect.”
My friends and I were watching in awe at the promotional videos that sororities across the countries produced to lure the next class of freshman into their clan. The exhibitionism made it hard to look away, and I found myself binge-watching the gilded Panhellenic college culture of today. I had mixed feelings about whether this was something that I wanted to be a part of.
On December 5th, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, surprised students and faculty at King’s College London. In collaboration with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Markle and a group of professors and student leaders discussed how universities can aid issues like “human trafficking and modern slavery, gender equality and inclusion, peace and reconciliation, and climate change and resilience.”
After accepting an award from Harvard University, education activist Malala Yousafzai gave her take on issues like refugee policy, global warming, and girls’ education. She explained, “Right now, there are 130 million girls who do not have access to a quality education. We should all make it our challenge to challenge those critical views, all those religious beliefs, and all those cultures that deny us an education.”
During a three-month volunteer trip working at a school in Kenya, Lauren Shuttleworth discovered the difficulties facing the education of young girls. After returning to Australia, she decided to start her own company, an eco-friendly stationery enterprise called Words with Heart, which donates a portion of each sale to education projects in developing countries.
Activist and documentary filmmaker Samar Minallah is rallying truck drivers in Pakistan to raise support for girls’ education through artwork. Minallah believes truck art can be useful to spread important information in rural areas of the country that may not exposed to charities and organizations that support girls’ education.
A group of students at Pleasant Valley Elementary School participated in Girls’ STEM Day, a day full of activities that encouraged girls to learn about future careers in the STEM field. Speakers at the event included representatives from a variety of scientific fields, while high school students conducted robotic presentations.
An eighth grade class in Baltimore, Maryland has raised thousands of dollars to support girls’ education through the nonprofit Malala Fund. They have reached over half of their goal so far, and the students expressed their gratitude for the education they often take for granted.
Shabana Basij-Rasikh once studied in a secret school for girls during the Taliban regime in Afghanistan when female education was forbidden, before continuing her education at Middlebury College in Vermont, U.S. She is now the co-founder and President of School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), the first and only boarding school for girls in Afghanistan.
Yu Minhong, the billionaire founder of the English-learning and SAT prep company New Oriental, has apologized for making sexist remarks at a recent conference. Following the controversy, Yu visited the All-China Women’s Federation to apologize, saying “I did not understand that both genders should do their parts for their family and the society.”
At Agnes Scott College, a women’s liberal arts school in Decatur, Georgia, an openly transgender and gender non-conforming student named Tyler* is making history. Their graduation comes during an era in which transgender and gender non-conforming students comprise a growing number of the student population at traditionally women’s colleges in the United States. While schools like Agnes Scott have made great strides (as numerous universities previously denied admission to transgender students), Tyler says they still fear the discriminatory practices of many workplaces toward LGBTQ individuals.
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. 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.