May 24, 2019

Hopefully, you've noticed that I've been absent for a while on Feminist Fridays. I apologize. I've had some pretty serious family issues to contend with. You may also notice that today's blog is different for a couple of reasons. First, it is a poem and I'm no Maya Angelou so please forgive me. As long as I can remember when I feel exceptionally strong emotions they most often end up on paper in one form or another. Today is no exception. Second, abortion is a subject I typically steer away from outside of my circle of friends and I've certainly never addressed it here. It is an intensely personal choice that no one other than the woman facing it has...

April 3, 2019

Equal Pay Day is meant to draw attention to the glaring gender pay gap. The date symbolizes the day women start to earn, whereas men have already earned their wages since January 1 of the same year. The gap widens for women of color. Sharing this information with our children not only raises awareness for what is happening now, it also ushers in a new generation of young adults who will be unwilling to accept anything less than equality.


March 23, 2019

Let's talk politics! It is a scary thought, I know. Divisive. Painful. Impassioned from every angle. But there is so much going on! 

Bad news in feminism:

I haven't weighed in yet on the college admissions scandal. You might be wondering what this has to do with politics and feminism? Feminism is equal rights and opportunities for women - all women - and this scandal has made it crystal clear that the (mostly) white, rich, and powerful are treated very differently in this country than people of color and/or people with less financial means - and that is very political. We don't yet know what jail or prison time (if any) the privileged offenders in this case will receive but we...

March 16, 2019

This week I am only going to talk about one thing. It is something that every girl (and teacher!) should know about and it is one of the best uses for a cell phone that I've seen. Lessons in Herstory. It is an augmented reality (AR) app and it is nothing short of amazing. As we know, United States history is just that - HIS story. Only 11% of the stories in U.S. history books are about women, which obviously means that a whopping 89% of the stories in history books are about men! Almost everyone, even the youngest of school children, can rattle off names of men in history; George Washington, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Christopher Columbus...the names practically roll off of...

March 8, 2019

How fortuitous that International Women's Day lands on #FeministFriday! Since the purpose of IWD is to is globally celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, there will be no bad news this week. Today, we celebrate!

Good news in feminism:

First Wonder Woman and now Captain Marvel. Women are taking on superhero roles in their own films and showing both girls and boys that women are strong and capable. Brie Larson stars as Captain Marvel and the movie was both co-written and co-directed by Anna Boden. I've read that there are a few lines that leave little doubt that a woman was involved in the making of the film. More of that please.

In another...

March 2, 2019

The Oscar reviews have mostly come and gone but I had to wait until Friday to put in my two cents and honestly, although it was a busy week, I couldn't wait. I found this years Oscars to be the most female-focused and female-positive that I've ever watched, right down to the commercials. In fact, I could only find one thing from the Oscars (relating to women, specifically) to include in bad news and believe me, I looked. So this week, we are heavily weighted with good news in feminism from the Oscars! 

Bad news in feminism:

The day after the Oscars I watched the Oscar fashion reviews (yes I watched them - it was research!). I was immediately irritated that the commentators cal...