Feminism

The 100-year anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment becoming law was just the other day, meaning it’s been 100 years since women, namely white women, got the right to vote and the suffrage movement had its biggest victory. On Tuesday, President Trump announced he was going to pardon Susan B. Anthony, one of the most prominent suffrage activists. Trump asked what took so long to pardon her in a press conference. Some historians think this is the wrong move. Some suggest that the reason Anthony was never...
The third night of the virtual Democratic National Convention centered the key components Democrats are focusing on in the 2020 presidential election: mobilizing voters, the Black Lives Matter movement, the economy in the age COVID-19, and taking down President Donald Trump. However, the DNC also illuminated another crucial factor of the presidential race last night: the role of women. Here are some of the highlights from the speeches made by women on Wednesday night. Kamala Harris The DNC witnessed a historical moment when Senator Kamala Harris formally...
While Kamala Harris was selected as presidential candidate Joe Biden’s VP, far-right extremist Laura Loomer just won the GOP primary in Florida’s 21st district. The seat is currently held by Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fl), the four-term incumbent in a solidly blue district. If you haven’t heard of her, Laura Loomer is not a Disney supervillain, even though her conservative activism makes her seem like one. She refers to herself as a “proud Islamophobe” and has called Islam a “cancer on humanity.” With that information, it comes...
20 year old youth activist Tianna Atara was arrested on July 21st in San Luis Obispo, CA during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest and now faces 8 charges and possibly 15 years in prison. SHE HAS BEEN ORGANIZING PEACEFUL PROTESTS FOR MONTHS IN SAN LUIS AND LEADS US IN BEAUTIFUL SONG WHEN OUTSIDERS TRY TO SPARK TENSION. DONT LET OUR COUNTY PAINT HER AS A FELON!!! THE CHARGES ARE UNSUBSTANTIATED ??✊?✊?✊? #FreeTianna #BLM pic.twitter.com/fKMu9EhWKE — nicole huffman (@nicoleahuffman) August 10, 2020 The SLO Police Department arrested Atara...
100 years ago, the 19th amendment, allowing women the right to vote, was passed. But although the amendment was written to give women of all races the right to vote, in practice, it was mostly white women who secured the right; Black women would have to wait nearly 5 decades more to actually exercise that right. You’ve probably heard about many of the women involved in this fight, but it wasn’t won in one fell swoop. Instead, it was a battle that was fought state by...

According to the Body Image Therapy Center, 70 percent of 18 to 30-year-olds don’t like their body. Eighty-nine percent of girls have dieted by age 17. And 42 percent of girls in first through third grade want to lose weight. Our society has an obsession with being thin, and no one can really pinpoint how or when it began. Some think it began in the 1840s with a minister who preached women’s overindulgences in food signaled poor morality. Others think it began much later with a...
A bike messenger for the National Woman’s Party, which was staffed entirely by women For half a century, women had been politely agitating for suffrage. Then some fearless young radicals came along who weren’t afraid to make some noise—even if it meant serving prison time. Seven years later, they had won the right to vote It was more than a parade; it was a pageant. On March 13, 1913, thousands of women descended on Washington, D.C. to demand the right to vote. Led by a strikingly beautiful...

"Just like the men!" Cartoon. New-York Tribune, March 1, 1913 When African-American women demanded the right to vote, they faced resistance from racists, from sexists, and even from other suffragistsBy Sabrina Ford America’s recent presidential election was a painful one for many of us. But amid all the traumatic sound bites, one of the few highlights was watching women in their late 90s and older—born before the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote—gleefully casting their votes for a female president for the first time.Of course,...

Cats have stereotypically been associated with women, particularly spinsters and lesbians, enforced by the myth of the “crazy old cat lady.”  This is actually an old-fashioned stereotype and has roots in the suffragette movement. Surprisingly, cats were used as symbols in anti-suffragette postcards to rally public opinion against the women's vote. The card's purpose was to portray suffragettes as “silly, infantile, incompetent, and ill-suited to political engagement, ” per Jezebel. Check out these postcards below.     During the suffragette movement, cats were featured in anti-suffrage cartoons and...
Donald Trump gained notoriety for falsely claiming that President Barack Obama, who was born in Hawaii, was not a U.S. citizen and was lying about his birthplace. This statement was the genesis of the “birtherism” movement where people suspected Obama was lying about his nationality and demanded to see his birth certificate. Many people falsely claimed that Barack Obama was a Muslim. And despite there being nothing wrong with being a Muslim, it was a bald-faced lie, a movement rooted in racism and xenophobia. Even...