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Feminism

Feminism

On October 8, 1929, Ellen Wilkinson, the Labour MP for Middlesbrough—commonly described as the "fiery particle"—gave a rousing speech on a visit to the Manchester, Salford and District Girls’ Club. Ellen was known for speeches that packed a punch. So it was no surprise that when talking about women in industry—hard-working, independent women—she summarised them in a pretty apt way: "The young woman who shrinkingly retired from view and distinguished herself by her love of housework, cooking and sewing lived up to an ideal that had now been...
Anyone who has experienced painful or traumatic events in their life knows that the act of "going back" and revisiting the past can be a high-stakes move and is generally not suggested to be executed impulsively, or done out of whim, as it could disrupt one’s mental health. So, when I read that Monica Lewinsky is participating in a new docuseries titled The Clinton Affair, I found myself asking the same question that many had already asked her: Why? Well, Monica Lewinsky has a formidable reason....
By now many people have read and reacted to the recent U.N. climate report with crippling anxiety; I certainly did. In case you missed it, The New York Times reported that, according to the U.N., avoiding irreparable and catastrophic damage to the planet requires that we transform the global economy at a “speed and scale” that has “no documented historic precedent.” If greenhouse gas emissions are not drastically decreased, by 2040 the atmosphere will heat up by up to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above the earth’s...
This essay was written by a student at Mighty Writers, an education nonprofit that offers free writing classes to over 2,500 inner-city Philadelphia students a year. Hi Dad, This is Saviyah. I wanted to say thank you for my birthday card that you sent me. I absolutely love it and I will cherish it forever. I know I haven’t written you in a long time, but I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. I’ve been going to this writing camp on Thursdays and the topic I chose to...
After 20 Republican years, Arizona has turned blue, thanks to Kyrsten Sinema. The New York Times reported yesterday that the former social worker defeated her Republican contender Martha McSally to claim the Senate seat being vacated by Jeff Flake. Sinema is not only the first female senator in Arizona’s history, but also the first openly bisexual senator in the US. Her background proves a stark difference to Arizona’s past representatives: Sinema has spoken in the past about enduring both homelessness and bullying over her sexuality as a...
  Wildfires continue to rage across the Sierra Nevada foothills and the Los Angeles shoreline. Since Thursday, around 200,000 acres have burned. Among the cities damaged: Pulga, an old mining town in Northern California. First born of the indigenous Concow-Maidu, it became the vibrant intersection of industrialists, laborers, and beatniks. The gold rush having long passed, the town stood for years in disrepair. In 2015, it was passed to Betsy Ann Cowley who transformed it – with a small budget and army of friends – into a...
It’s been six days since Beto O’Rourke lost his bid to get Senator Ted Cruz out of office. It’s been six days and I’m still coming to terms with the fact that half of the voters in my home state, which I have always repped proudly, really don’t like that I exist. Here’s what I mean. I’m a woman, a woman of color to be exact. I identify as Tejana (basically a Texas-born person of Mexican descent), but Latina to those I don’t have the patience to...
When I was about eight, I became obsessed with Lady Jane Grey after seeing this painting in the National Gallery. Truly, I was a gem of a child. This Victorian painting by Paul Delaroche embodies everything that has made Jane’s story stand the test of time. The innocent teenager forced into a role she didn’t want by a power hungry family, who reigned for nine days before being stripped of her crown and thrown into prison, and finally met her end thanks to a bloody axe and a...
The former track and field coach of the man who shot and killed 12 people Thursday night at a California bar has come forward saying he sexually assaulted her when he was a senior at Newbury Park High School, CBS Los Angeles reports. Dominique Colell says Ian David Long assaulted her during practice when she was trying to find the owner of a misplaced phone. She recalls to CBS LA, “Ian came up and started screaming at me that was his phone. He just started grabbing me. He...
“Can a congresswoman wear her hair in braids, rock a black leather jacket and a bold red lip,” Ayanna Pressley asked the crowd – and the nation – during her impassioned victory speech. The answer is an irrefutable, “yes.” On Tuesday, Pressley made history as the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. The 44-year-old shocked voters (and herself) in an upset victory against Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano during the primaries. At the midterms, history was made across the States: a record-breaking number of women won Congress...