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#ReadWomen2014: Janet Mock’s “Redefining Realness”

Redefining Realness

by Lux Cuellar Redefining Realness by Janet Mock was released February 2nd 2014, two weeks before I began asserting my gender as a young woman. Essentially, the book came out right before I did. I was aching for shared experience, and Janet offered up her voice to be heard. This was the first narrative I [...]

Taylor Swift can’t shake off white privilege

Taylor, shocked to be in the presence of women of color

by Celeste Montaño The increasingly-familiar sight of a white woman twerking and objectifying black women is back on your screens, this time brought to you by Taylor Swift. On August 18, Swift released a new music video for the single “Shake It Off” to coincide with the announcement of her “first official pop album.” As [...]

Black Women Create: Tchaiko Omawale wants girls to find Solace

by Joneka Percentie I began my research simply. I rephrased the key search words several times: Black women and eating disorders, eating disorders and Black women, disordered eating among Black women. Each search yielded few results. Very little research has been done on Black women and eating disorders. With hardly any statistics specifically about Black [...]

The world says women can’t work together, but I know that’s wrong

The view from the author's desk at KAB

by Sam Holmes “I’d hate to work in a place that’s like entirely women. It sounds like it would be so shallow and catty” Allie said to me. I’d just told a group of friends about my upcoming internship at Keep America Beautiful, an organization where I’d be working mostly with other women. I was [...]

My Grandmother is my feminist inspiration

Virginia Bluhm

by Julia Bluhm The suggestion for this blog came from Michael Dobson, also one of Virginia Bluhm’s grandchildren. On August 26, 1971, New York City’s fifth avenue was flooded with over 50,000 woman participants in a nationwide strike for equality in politics, employment, and education. It was organized by Betty Friedan and the National Organization [...]

We love Mindy Kaling, but not because of her body

Mindy Kaling in Vogue

by Ajaita Saini Mindy Kaling is an Emmy nominated actress, comedian, producer, and writer. She’s most famous for her work as Kelly Kapoor on The Office and Mindy Lahiri on The Mindy Project. However, she is also known for looking a lot different than most comedians and actors out there. In an appearance on Jimmey [...]