"I once threw a pen at a kid’s head for raising his hand in class and saying that PMS should disqualify women from leadership positions."
Source: HONY

"I once threw a pen at a kid’s head for raising his hand in class and saying that PMS should disqualify women from leadership positions."

Source: HONY

"Myths, Misfits, and Masks"

As a young girl, Sana Amanat looked up to heros in comic books as inspiration. Now, she is currently an Editor at Marvel Entertainment. She recently co-created the first solo series to feature a Muslim female super hero, Ms. Marvel, which gained worldwide media attention, sparking excitement and dialogue about identity and the Muslim-American struggle.

"Why not tell stories that are empowering and inspirational and challenge us to be better?"

Awesome Project Alert: #WeStopHate

Emily Anne-Rigal was bullied so much for her appearance in high school that she had to switch schools. So when she was 16, she started We Stop Hate to encourage teens to “stop hating on yourself, stop hating on others, and to stop others from hating on you.” Teens from across the globe joined the #WeStopHate movement by sharing their own experiences through videos on Youtube. Now, We Stop Hate has hundreds of videos on Youtube, clubs at high schools, and a letter writing campaign called "Love, Yourself." Celebrities like Lady Gaga and Monique Coleman are even ambassadors of the campaign!

In Cateura, Paraguay, a slum that sits on top of a landfill, a creative group of music instructors have found a way to turn trash into recycled musical instruments. They have made violins, cellos, and even wind instruments from cans, plastics, and other various items. Their students play in a group called the Landfill Philharmonic.

One student, a girl roughly the age of 10 said, "Without music my life would be worthless." 

This is so awesome.
"For every girl who is tired of acting weak when she is strong, there is a boy tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable. For every boy who is burdened with the constant expectation of handling everything, there is a girl tired of people not trusting her intelligence. For every girl who is tired of being called over-sensitive, there is a boy who fears to be gentle, to weep. For every boy from whom competition is the only way to prove his masculinity, there is a girl who is called unfeminine when she competes. For every girl who throws out her e-z-bake oven, there is a boy who wishes to find one. For every boy struggling not to let advertising dictate his desires, there is a girl facing the ad industry’s attacks on her self-esteem. For every girl who takes a step toward her liberation, there is a boy who finds the way to freedom a little easier.”

This is so awesome.

"For every girl who is tired of acting weak when she is strong, there is a boy tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable. For every boy who is burdened with the constant expectation of handling everything, there is a girl tired of people not trusting her intelligence. For every girl who is tired of being called over-sensitive, there is a boy who fears to be gentle, to weep. For every boy from whom competition is the only way to prove his masculinity, there is a girl who is called unfeminine when she competes. For every girl who throws out her e-z-bake oven, there is a boy who wishes to find one. For every boy struggling not to let advertising dictate his desires, there is a girl facing the ad industry’s attacks on her self-esteem. For every girl who takes a step toward her liberation, there is a boy who finds the way to freedom a little easier.”

(submission from maggitvcorner):
I’m proud to be a woman
with all my flaws and curves
with my wild curly hair and the bosom of a mother of three

I’m proud to be a woman
a Latina woman
a mixture of races, cultures and traditions
the one with the skin gently kissed by the sun

I’m proud to be a woman
a feminist who believes we can do anything!

I’m proud to be a woman
a New Yorker
a writer
a go getter
a tornado of emotions
a seeker of knowledge
a beautiful, wonderful….
    WOMAN

(submission from maggitvcorner):

I’m proud to be a woman

with all my flaws and curves

with my wild curly hair and the bosom of a mother of three

I’m proud to be a woman

a Latina woman

a mixture of races, cultures and traditions

the one with the skin gently kissed by the sun

I’m proud to be a woman

a feminist who believes we can do anything!

I’m proud to be a woman

a New Yorker

a writer

a go getter

a tornado of emotions

a seeker of knowledge

a beautiful, wonderful….

    WOMAN

I have been MIA designing these girlpower Moleskine notebooks. Wanted to make up for the posts by sharing these with all of you! :)

Spotlight: A Mighty Girl

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A Mighty Girl is site that contains “the world’s largest collection of books, toys, and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls.”

Seeing their posts on my Facebook newsfeed never fails to brighten my day. They feature outstanding women in history in every field imaginable, activists advocating for girls’ and women’s rights, empowering films, reading suggestions, other cool organizations, and inspiring graphics! They’ve done a truly fantastic job at creating an online community of feminists. And even though their posts are technically “targeted” towards parents of young girls, the content really caters to everyone.

Basically, they’re one of those few organizations whose posts you don’t scroll past. So if you haven’t already, definitely checkout their Facebook page and Twitter

Happy International Women’s Day!

In honor of International Women’s Day: this unique Google Doodle features more than 100 inspiring women from all around the world.

Google, thank you for acknowledging women’s contributions universally. Together, we are a global sisterhood.

The Model Alliance: Protecting Underage Models

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The Model Alliance is a nonprofit that addresses the many ways the fashion industry exploits young, naive models. According to founder and model Sara Ziff, "The industry often disregards child labor law, lacks financial transparency, encourages eating disorders, and blindly tolerates sexual abuse in the workplace.” Often times, these models are unchaperoned and far from home. The result? The young models are easily coerced into doing things they’re uncomfortable with–they’re afraid that by saying no, they’ll compromise their careers.

Ziff has recruited dozens of well-known models in the industry, including Coco Rocha, to be a voice for underage models. They also assistance to models looking for health insurance, information about reporting harassment or child labor violations, and emotional support. As the first model union of its kind, it has made tremendous gains. A huge victory happened on June 14th, 2013 when the New York State officially passed a law that requires anyone hiring models under the age of 18 to follow the same child labor laws that apply in hiring other child performers.

Souces: The Cut, Women’s Wear Daily, Oh-So-Coco

googledoodleus:

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1962-2003, India & United States

Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian-American astronaut and the first Indian woman in space. She was born in Karnal, India, and moved to the United States in 1982 to study aerospace engineering at the graduate level. She joined NASA in 1995 and first went to space in 1997. Chawla died on February 1, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded on its return to Earth. In her life, she spent more than a month total in space. Since her death, she has been honored in multiple ways, including having scholarships, streets, buildings, asteroids, and satellites named in her honor.

Learn more: NASA

googledoodleus:

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1892-1926, United States

"I knew we had no aviators, neither men nor women, and I knew the Race needed to be represented along this most important line, so I thought it my duty to risk my life to learn aviation and to encourage flying among men and women of our Race who are so far behind the White race in this modern study."

About: Bessie Coleman broke barriers by being the first black woman to become a licensed pilot. After being rejected by American flight schools who would not accept a black student, she decided to learn aviation in France. There, she earned her license in only 7 months at the Caudron Brother’s School of Aviation. In her later career, she specialized in stunt flying and parachuting, and worked as a stunt flyer in air shows.

Source: pbs.orgfirstflight.orgnotablebiographies.com

"It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me."
Maya Angelou

Sue Austin, a performance artist, has been using a wheelchair for 16 years and embraces it as an empowering experience. Through her art, she aims to dismantle stigmas about disabled people:

"My studio practice has, for sometime, centred around finding ways to understand and represent my embodied experience as a wheelchair user, opening up profound issues about methods of self-representation and the power of self-narration in challenging the nexus of power and control that created the ‘disabled’ as other."

Learn more here.

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