Emma Watson gained a lot of media attention back in September with her speech at the United Nations unveiling UN Women’s HeForShe Campaign. As a feminist, I am always moved to see fellow young women make a commitment to achieving global gender equality. And I was also proud of a fellow young woman who commanded the attention of so many highly respected political leaders worldwide. Continue reading Emma Watson and UN Women’s HeforShe Campaign
“Conservatives are now largely fighting rearguard actions. They are trying to reassemble a world that never really existed quite as they imagine it (and to the extent that it did, it existed at the expense of all the people–the vast majority of us–forced to disappear, into the closet, the kitchen, segregated space, invisibility and silence).”–2014, p. 119
“Then there are all the tabloids patrolling the bodies and private lives of celebrity women and finding constant fault with them for being too fat, too thin, too sexy, not sexy enough, too single, not yet breeding, missing the chance to breed, having bred by failing to nurture adequately–and always assuming that each one’s ambition is not to be a great actress or singer or voice for liberty or adventurer but a wife and mother. Get back in the box, famous ladies. (The fashion and women’s magazines devote a lot of their space to telling you how to pursue those goals yourself, or how to appreciate your shortcomings in relation to them.)” –2014, p. 119
As someone who has been interested in local and global feminist issues for a number of years now, I have heard much about how CEDAW (the United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) has been ratified in 187 of 194 UN member states, and the US is not one of them. Even Afghanistan, with questionable allegiance to securing women’s rights post-9/11, ratified CEDAW. Continue reading CEDAW adopted locally in San Francisco!
**Note: I recently sorted through some old blog posts that I either never posted, or that were posted on an old blog. So I will be adding a few here just to have them all in one place. Enjoy!***
October 16, 2010:
A recent Washington Post article details several incidents lately in which congressional and gubernatorial candidates have accused their opponents of not being ‘manly’ enough. Continue reading Archived: How does gender come into play among politicians?
I was really excited today when I happened to come across this post, “Some Friend Advice for Female Graduate Students,” on a blog I recently starting following, Feminism and Religion, because the author of the article was a professor that I had as an undergrad! I took a class with her called Women, Ethics, and Religion, that I absolutely loved. Continue reading Gender Dynamics in Communication and Body Language
Although I do not have any special interest in law, “My Beloved World” was still a great read for me, and could be for anyone interested in how a very accomplished person got to where she is, especially as a woman and racial minority. Using stories from her childhood and adulthood, Sotomayor describes her journey to the Supreme Court, starting from the projects in the Bronx and navigating through her college years and her early days as a prosecutor and judge. Continue reading Review of “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor