Just like anything else, fashion and culture happen in cycles. By the 1950s, sexy had morphed into the curve-crazed idolization of the pin-up girl – sporting form-fitting, hourglass styles of clothing reminiscent of the corset. Only this time, the garments were meant to be seen.Read More
By becoming their husband’s possession, women were stripped of even the small bit of autonomy they were allowed in a patriarchal society. Taking away a name is taking away an identity, it is giving silence to meaning, and reinforcing that a woman is not anything unless she is a part of a man’s world.Read More
Third-wave feminism opened doors for young girls and women to embrace their creativity, their voices, and most importantly, intersectionality. At a time when girls were taught to be silent, Riot Grrrl demanded they scream (the three r’s symbolize a growl, rage).Read More
Just as housewives in the 1920’s prided themselves in not being like those deplorable, immature suffragettes, many women today unfortunately stay far away from the current labels in fear of the characterizations have created against them.Read More
What does it mean that we repeatedly see sexually enlightened women in media depictions facing repercussions for their actions? And what are the implications of this single narrative?
As of 2016, the debate has continued even further, with Mattel unveiling new Barbie dolls in three new body shapes -- petite, tall and curvy -- with seven options of skin tone. The new body types have the potential to impact both girls’ and boys' expectations of body image, says Florence Williams, a visiting scholar at George Washington University's public health school and author of Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.Read More
With the stereotyping of girls interested in science as nerdy, the lack of encouragement to pursue STEM degrees, and field issues of sexual harassment and fetishization, girls are conditioned to pursue fields other than physics, math, computer science, etc. from the beginning of their education, and this isn’t even the start of the problem.Read More
Throughout school you’ve heard the same names over and over again of the women who shaped the world but past those, there are so many whose names you should know and, arguably more important, some modern-day queens in their own right you should look out for.Read More