Read the article here.
In a US Senate of only 100 seats, 20 of those are women. These 20 women, Democrat and Republican, represent the female voices of our nation. They bring a new perspective on issues that the men in government don't seem to realize. However, even with this pressure, these women also get very much hate. They are criticized for the "abandonment" of their children, ostracized and patronized by the males they work with, and continually hit on by those same males. Yet, these women still seem to persevere and do so with such maturity and grace, I might add. As the article states, "Women now chair or sit as ranking members of 10 of the Senate’s 20 committees and are responsible for passing the vast majority of legislation this year, whether it be the budget, the transportation bill, the farm bill, the Water Resources Development Act or the Violence Against Women Act. They have driven the debate on everything from derivatives reform to sexual assault in the military. Perhaps most important, they are showing how to make things happen." Indeed, these women have striven to get to the point they are now and have proved their skills in leadership to the public eye. I look forward to the future of women in government, but I will say this; It will only progress if we (our generation of women) decide to get active.
Read the article here.
The song of this year's summer has definitely been Robin Thicke's Blurred lines...and its everywhere from the radio to VMAs.
The song has been the topic of much discussion and countless blog posts and articles, as well as parodies, have been created discussing how demeaning the video/song is of women. The articles often dicuss how the song promotes rape culture and demeans women worldwide.
Since we've seen a lot of parodies and articles I thought I'd share some that really made me think so you guys can decide yourself what kind of message Thicke sends to men and women worlwide.
Warning: The articles, parodies, and actual video are quite raunchy and are very sexual, as well as emotional when discussing personal rape stories. If you are under 14 or don't feel comfortable with any of these topics please do not watch them or read the articles.
For those of you who have heard the song but don't listen to the lyrics you can find them here so the articles make a bit more sense.
But of course, we're not going to force you to look at only one point of view and follow our opinions, here is an article criticizing the criticism of Robin Thicke so you can get another point of view.
Here's the original video and you can find some parodies here and here (they're a bit raunchy so we'll link them for you to watch...but if you're OK with that its definitely worth watching! It calls out on the sexist lyrics and messages!)
From the minute I met Stacey Ferreira I knew that I wanted to interview her. Her youthful and kind hearted spirit as well as intellectual and entrepreneurial ways attracted my attention and I knew she would be amazing to talk to. She was speaking at the youth panel at OPEN and after discussing her experiences creating MySocialCloud, I asked her if we could interview her.
Flash forward to a month later and we were sitting at the courtyard in front of Pizza My Heart in Palo Alto. We had been exchanging emails earlier and she was so flexible and easy going (She sent her emails with a smiley face! Alexis and I couldn't have been more at ease) that we couldn't wait to meet her!
The interview went amazingly as she shared her experiences and insight, giving great advice that felt truly empowering. It was super casual and fun as we bonded over loads of things (like how we've all gone to all girls high schools and how AWESOME of an experience that has been!). Alexis and I were truly inspired as we left the interview because not only had Stacey said some amazing things that got us thinking, but because she was only a few years older than us and was an amazing, strong, confident, and smart women who had done and is doing some amazing things! By 18 she had a business, and by 20 she has just sold that business, is starting a new start up, and is co-authoring a book (2 Billion Under 20), not to mention the fact that she's going to be in the October issue of Seventeen magazine! Theres a concept that if someone can see a person they can relate to in a certain position, its easier for them to imagine themselves in that same position. I saw a 20 year old women not much older than me who had similar experiences (she understood all our teen issues having just finished that stage of her life) and had worked hard to create a business and was extremely successful. Suddenly, I was imagining a 20 year old me, running my own business and writing a book. The whole car ride home was spent gushing with Alexis, getting more and more passionate about our project (which has become a business of sorts to us now) with each sentence. We started off with how well the interview went and then suddenly we had new ideas for our project and next thing you know we were imagining a day where we were interviewing Sheryl Sandberg (author of Lean In! and first female member of Facebook's board of directors) and Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo! and former VP of location services at Google). Basically, Stacey inspired us. Here is this relatable, amazing, kind, and smart woman who has done so much, reminding Alexis and I (as well as everyone who listens to our interviews!) that we CAN do it, we just have to work hard and get out there.
Find Stacey Ferreira here (and send her some of your own love!):
The past year has taught me my passion for women's empowerment and gender inequality. Kicking it off with the persuasive speech and presentation we had to write for English and carrying on into the final I had to do in Spirituality of Leadership, I learned a lot through research on the topic and became more and more interested in it. With the pressure to decide an SSLP (Senior Service Learning Project) subject in junior year, I decided to concentrate on these two subjects. Then I learned Alexis was just as passionate about it as me and I went to join forces on our sslps. I've been so excited about our project and now I'm so excited for our first interview which will kick off the project...I can't believe this is actually happening! I came across a quote today: "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do" -Apple. I know its a crazy idea that two teen girls can make a difference and raise awareness about these issues going on in the world but I think that we can make a pebble of change at least that could create a mountain of change. I hope that this project makes a difference in the lives of the girls we talk to and that we learn something from this process, even if we learn one thing and if one person says that what we talked about is interesting, I know it'll be successful and worth it.