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...

February 23, 2019

I always wait until the end to write the beginning because I am never sure how this will evolve. This week the common thread was overwhelmingly representation. In art, film, politics, in the National Guard, and even for the environment; Representation Matters. The bad news in feminism this week (at least in this blog) revolves around the world of art and the lack of female representation. As I was researching for the bad news section I ran across the Guerrilla Girls - my new favorite thing. They call themselves the "conscience of the art world" and have traveled the world since 1985 bringing attention to gender injustice in art. This group of women wears guerrilla masks wher...

February 16, 2019

This week we discover that feminism is having an identity crisis, some Brits show us how things are done, periods get some love, Nancy Pelosi pins a gold star on moms, and a transgender-reveal party fills me (and hopefully you) with hope and happiness. 

Bad news in feminism:

Two recent studies have concluded that as much as 80% of young women in the US and Britain are declining to identify as feminists. It seems as though the old (I'm talking very old here, like 100 years old) stereotypes of feminism are rearing their ugly head once again and bringing to mind outdated and radical images of man-hating lesbians who won't wear lipstick or something ridiculous like that. The...

February 9, 2019

This week for #FeministFriday Bad Week/Good Week we have a special edition to honor Black History Month. I found no shortage of stories to pick from. We discuss blatant racism against a child and racial inequities faced by black women in America in healthcare and beyond. But on the positive end we have women young and old and everything in between; artists, an unlikely early rock star, a democratic voice, a trailblazing athlete, a little (neuro)scientist, and a Girl Scout cookie rap. Oh my! So here we go...

Bad news in feminism:

Camille Sturdivant was on the dance team at her high school in Kansas for her sophomore, junior, and senior years. During this time she...

February 1, 2019

Welcome back to #FeministFriday Bad Week/Good Week! Though it wasn't intended, we start and end with Betsy DeVos. Oddly, she made it into both the bad news and the good news section, but not quite like it sounds. We also have some bad news for women who breastfeed at work. A few bad apples in general, with the worm going to one woman in particular (I wonder who that might be, she says sarcastically). I am happy to report that we also have some men who are working toward equality and a better world for all of us and, as always, some rockin women who are providing platforms and making their voices heard!

Bad news in feminism:

Our Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, continues to be b...

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