Modern Feminism, As Told By Emma Watson

Harry Potter actress, Emma Watson, is laudable for her continued achievements in acting, academics, and most profoundly her activism for gender equality since the wrap of Deathly Hallows Part 2. She helped launch HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality, and her speech to the UN in September of 2014 regarding feminism has been viewed over 10 million times on YouTube. Last year, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. From a child actress to an Ivy League graduate to a UN Women Global Goodwill ambassador at 24, Watson has grown into a role model worth following and deserves to be recognized in Women’s History Month.
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Beyoncé Pens Badass Essay On Gender Equality

If Beyoncé’s video album left any question as to her feminist credentials, the pop star’scontribution to The Shriver Report has us bowing down all over again.

Led by journalist and former first lady of California Maria ShriverThe Shriver Reportis a media initiative which documents the influence cultural trends have on American women. The 2014 special report, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink”, examines the financial insecurity among American women and the impact it has on the U.S. economy.

“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet,” Beyoncé wrote in the excerpt. She goes on to address men and their roles in promoting gender equality:

Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more — commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.

While we are all happy to see more and more celebrities supporting women’s empowerment, Beyoncé pointed out that we still have a long way to go before the “social, political, and economic equality of the sexes” imagined in “***Flawless”becomes a reality. “Women are more than 50 percent of the population and more than 50 percent of voters,” Beyoncé writes. “We must demand that we all receive 100 percent of the opportunities.”

From “Independent Women” to “Run The World (Girls),” financial security has always been a hallmark of Beyoncé’s brand of feminism. We could not be happier to see Queen Bey take her message to the public stage.


Kentucky Catholic High School Says to Young Girls: You’re Not A Princess

“Our girls are growing up in a society where they’re told by their parents that they’re a princess, and our message is that they’re not a princess, they’re so much more.”

Against the Cinderella culture, a Catholic high school in Kentucky has a blunt message for young girls.

“You’re not a princess,” Mercy Academy says in a new ad created by Louisville, Ky. agency Doe-Anderson.

“Don’t wait for a prince,” reads another. “Be able to rescue yourself.”

“This message empowers them to move beyond that whole fairy tale idea and to write their own story in life,” said Mercy principal Amy Elstone.

The Louisville girls’ school with 550 students launched the campaign last week, with ads on websites, billboards and bus shelters. Elstone knew it might raise eyebrows.

“We knew it was going to be risky going with this message,” Elstone told TODAY Moms. “Our girls are growing up in a society where they’re told by their parents that they’re a princess, and our message is that they’re not a princess, they’re so much more.”


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Wrestling Down Stereotypes via the LA Times

The wrestlers on the Panorama High girls’ team have broken into a male-dominated sport that doesn’t fully welcome them. They’re breaking up old notions of femininity — in their school, and in their families. Read More