BY Tess Duncan in Feminizzle on Jun 20, 2013 |
Barbra Streisand expressed her strong opinions on women's rights in Israel when speaking at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. On her first visit to Israel since 1984, the prolific and talented performer accepted an honorary Ph.D from the university. When accepting her degree, she spoke about the inequality of Jewish religious practices amongst women and men. This topic was addressed in light of certain incidents where ultra-Orthodox Jewish men have attempted to ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount in Feminizzle on Jun 20, 2013 |
It’s a perfect day – the glimmering sun breaks through the clouds and warms their backs as they cheerily go for their daily afternoon stroll. The loving father beams down at her when suddenly, spotting something in the road, she skitters away, and he shouts out, Stay! to his – dog? Or, uh, daughter?
This commercial from the Best Friends Animal Society disturbingly blurs the line between girl and pup.The advertisement is for their Fix At ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount in Style File on Jun 17, 2013 |
With chic citizens and stunning innovation to spare, New York has clearly proven itself as a fashion capital. But is the city living up to its ambitious title?
Although New York’s fashion scene thrives in aesthetic value and skill, the way the industry treats its own is coming into serious question – although, thankfully, improvements seem to be underway!
Sara Ziff, former child model and founder of Model Alliance, reports that the labor ... Read More
BY Katharine Ernst in General on Jun 11, 2013 |
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of female genital mutilation.Female genital mutilation, or FGM, is a problem that resonates with women everywhere. What some people may attribute to cultural practice, a ceremony, and a rite of passage, others see as an active form of female oppression. I would agree with the latter. It is an unnecessary, violent act preformed on young women without any medical reasoning or benefits. In fact, the procedure can ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount in General on Jun 07, 2013 |
Check out this exquisite equation: craft + activism = craftivism.
Craftivism was born in the first few years of the 21st century, surfacing on the Internet in 2003, when the term was coined by Betsy Greer. It involves engaging creativity, especially regarding political or social causes, to help bring about positive change through personalized activism.Projects that are defined as “craftivism” include things like teaching knitting lessons and ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount in Feminizzle on Jun 04, 2013 |
As the centenary of Emily Davison's death approaches, we're reminded of how far we've come over the years, but also of the tough road that still lies ahead for women's rights. Davison was an incredibly prodigious activist in both life and death. She fought arduously for women’s suffrage in Britain, leading her to be arrested nine times and force-fed a whopping 49 times. Her most infamous stunt involved stepping in front of King George ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount in General on Jun 04, 2013 |
Between Houston and Dallas rests a bucolic town, Jasper, with elegant pine trees dotting its landscape and a charming nickname, the “Butterfly Capital of Texas.” However, the town is home to some notoriously ugly racial history – in 1998, three white men killed a black man, James Byrd Jr., by chaining him to a pickup truck and driving around until he was pummeled to death by the town's country roads. Just last year, Jasper hired its first black ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan in Feminizzle on Apr 01, 2013 |
Iconic feminist and activist Gloria Steinem will guest star on a 30-minute special on Nickelodeon's news show, Nick News, to discuss the Equal Rights Amendment and women's rights. She'll be joined by host Linda Ellerbee and a group of teenagers for "Are We There Yet? Women's History, Past, Present, and Future," which premieres tonight at 8pm ET/PT. The kids featured on the show bring up the lack of emphasis on women's history and suffrage in schools today. They ... Read More
In a progressive and unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has sworn 30 women into the Shura Council. The Council, a previously all-male body, is in charge of advising the king on issues that affect Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah amended the council’s statute last month by requiring that 20 percent of the 150 members be women. King Abdullah’s female appointments mark the first time in Saudi Arabia’s history that women ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount in General on Jan 16, 2013 |
I never thought I’d have to say this, but … does President Obama need to borrow one of Mitt Romney’s binders full of women? Recent appointments for Obama’s second-term cabinet shows a staggering lack of diversity. A now infamous photograph showing the President with his senior advisors – a room full of white men, lounging around in their best business casual – could just as well be a photo of poker night at the Hamptons, as at ... Read More