BY Samantha Albala
on Sep 23, 2014
Since 1982, the dedicated people in the literary community have brought awareness to the glorious books that parents and administrators tried to hide from curious youth. Banned Books week is not just about embracing those elementary school posters of authors and celebrities telling you to “READ” but also about fighting censorship, for the sake of diverse and vital literary content. Read More
“All kids need to know this message […] you can be great,” explains the photographer Eunique Jones of her project Because Of Them We Can, a series if images in which kids dress up as inspirational figures in African American history and women’s history. The children, in engaging with figures who have achieved great acts of courage and activism, work to challenge prejudices about both race and gender.
Seen here as those social justice and feminist activists who came before us, these children are the movement’s future. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Mar 24, 2014
Poetry and feminism go hand in hand, as illustrated by the feminist poet warriors of the past and present, including Adrienne Rich, Ann Sexton, Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood to name a few. In her famous essay "Poetry is Not a Luxury," Audre Lorde expertly expresses the linkage of feminism and poetic verse:
"For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Read More
BY Michelle Beiter
on Feb 26, 2014
Want to go to an awesome documentary film festival without having to shell out the cash for a plane ticket, or even having to leave your bed? Obviously, your answer is a resounding "yes." Well #SheDocs is an online film festival that runs through the entirety of March, and features documentaries that tell the stories of amazing women and what they’ve accomplished during their lifetimes. The best part? The online festival is totally free, so if you end up bawling your eyes out, nobody has to see your red/puffy eyes. Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Mar 18, 2013
March is Women’s History Month. That women have a month at all is somewhat disheartening—implying, as it does, that the other 12 belong to men. It can often feel as if (to paraphrase the great philosopher Paula Abdul) for every two steps forward, we take two steps back.
But we’ve come a long way. One hundred years ago, women were fighting for suffrage. Today, we’re debating the intricacies of Sheryl Sandberg’s manifesto.
Still, we’ve got a long way to go—for women in the US and for those around the world. Read More
Flavorwire recently ran a piece on “10 Legendary Bad Boys of Literature,” and, as game as I am for any discussion of Lord Byron’s poetry/incestuous affairs/commitment to culturally-appropriated fashion, I couldn’t help but agree with one commenter that the “bad girls” of literature deserved their due-- and are, in fact, even more compelling than their male counterparts. Luckily, Flavorwire editor Judy Berman responded to the call, and compiled a list of ladies who broke rules and wrote game-changing, enduring literature. Read More
BY niesha sharay
on Oct 26, 2011
Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is a new documentary that explores the trials and tribulations of one of America’s most acclaimed writers. Walker became the first African-American woman to win the Noble Prize for Literature in 1983 for The Color Purple. In 1985 a film version was made starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and a then unknown Oprah Winfrey. Four years in the making and set to premiere on PBS as part of the Emmy Award–winning series American Masters is almost 85 percent complete, but needs our help to get through the last stretch. Read More