The Women’s Movement Is for Everyone

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Feminism is for Everyone

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This is Women’s History Month.  And today is International Women’s Day.

In celebration of these two events, Women’s eNews Commentator Mary S. Hartman wrote an article entitled “This Women’s Movement, Now, Is for Everyone | Womens eNews.”

In this article, she links Betty Friedan’s views on the early days of the National Organization for Women and the Feminist movement to today’s movements and actions.

In her 2002 interview with Hartman, Friedan was asked what she envisioned the women’s movement to look like mid-century.  She said,

Well, I hope that by then our focus will not long have to be on women as such, or women vis a vis men… [that] we will have achieved what at the moment we seem to be achieving — real equality between women and men.

Friedan then went on to say that we needed “something…

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International Women’s Day

Making sense of this thing called life...

Today is International Women’s Day. Each year, I reflect on what it is to be a woman in today’s society. While these thoughts are ones I frequent regularly, today especially, I am reminded of how lucky I am to be born in a time and place where women are celebrated. I am reminded of the hard working feminists before me, without whom, I would not be able to feel so utterly comfortable in my own identity. Now don’t get me wrong, while women’s rights have come a long way, there is still a long way to go. But today I choose to celebrate. Today I am reminded of how many incredible, hard working, intelligent, and beautiful women have touched my life. And today, I hope you take the time to do the same, and recognize the wonderful women in your life. ❤️

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International Women’s Day – March 8, 2015

Just want to recognize that today is a very important day: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY. Today is a day to celebrate women’s accomplishments and rights and gender equality across the globe. I cannot stress enough how important I think this day is. Societies have such a long way to go in the fight for gender equality, but days like today are only helping to open up dialogue and spread the word on such issues. For all information on this day, visit: !


Social Media’s Massive #BlackOutDay Movement Sees Positive Impact In Black Community

Amazing social media initiative to celebrate black beauty and fight negative stereotypes in the media and society towards black individuals. I think this campaign really speaks to the power of the public in having an impact on society and perceptions. There is a strong connection to this past week’s readings on social movements and transnational activisms, and the power that the masses can have in making a difference. The only change here is that individuals have taken to the web and social media to fight for what is right and to celebrate individuality and equality! Truly inspiring!



Today is #BlackOutDay–that means photos, gifs, videos, and selfies of Black people are being uploaded and shared all over the internet in an effort to drown out negative stereotypes which often harm the Black community.

It was created by Tumblr user, Y.R.N, and has already seen positive impacts across the internet. #BlackOutDay is currently trending on Twitter and the movement seems to have struck a personal chord with many people online.

Here’s what some Tumblr Users had to say about how the Blackout affected them:

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Tumblr User, El Diablo, received a loving response today after he admitted that he was shy about his appearance and sexuality, in this post. He found the courage to contribute to #BlackOutDay after witnessing so many other Black people proudly posting their photos online.

“My picture has so many notes and I’ve gained so many follows of different walks of life,” writes El…

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A little bit late to post this, but better late than never!

For the first time since 1998, Ontario has revised their Education Curriculum so that primary school children will now receive an education about sex, puberty, stages of development, contraception, the dangers of online bullying, consent, gender expression, gender fluidity, and same-sex relationships. These changes are amazing and wonderful strides towards children being more educated and aware of their bodies, themselves and society at large. But also, as importantly, these changes represent growth and acceptance among our government and those in power within ontario as becoming more accepting. While there still may be more to do before the system is perfected, these modifications present great steps towards a more understood and educated social body.