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I don’t exactly know how I became a feminist. It’s funny because so many people want to know why! But…I just am.

I started learning about it when I was a sophomore in college. It was like this entirely new, amazing world! And I instantly belonged. Everything I learned made me want to dig deeper, always looking for more articles, books, websites, other people, who thought the way I thought. It was almost overwhelming; the excitement I had when coming across something so beautiful!

I don’t think of myself as a very experienced feminist, or well-informed, or anything that would bring me to a high degree of those who have come before me. Sometimes I feel as if I barely know anything substantial compared to all the information and different horizons there are to be experienced within feminist thought and action.

Judgement is something everyone feels. There was always someone to point out she’s a girl, she’s adopted, her family is wealthy, her skin color is different, her last name doesn’t fit, she’s a woman, she’s a feminist, she’s an independent, she wants to do a man’s job, she’s a dreamer; she can’t do it.

We have all been persecuted and judged for the way we are.

Throughout the last decade of my life, I’ve learned some very important lessons. Many of them through horrible mistakes. Many of them I learned from my best friends.

In 8th grade, I broke a girl rule, the #1 girl rule. My best friend in the entire world, taught me that it shouldn’t be a competition. We should support each other. Trust and loyalty come above everything else. I learned that the hard way. I don’t think she realizes that she has possibly taught me the greatest lesson of all. And that I think of her often; and thank her for it. Although we have since not kept the strongest bond as we had before, I often think that it was she who opened my eyes to this world.

What it means to be a friend.

What it means to be a woman.

What it means to keep a promise.

What it means to always be truthful.

My best friend taught me that, us women, we have to stick together. We have to support each other. What have to fight for each other. There is so much to be said about women around the world. We have come far, but we can certainly go further.

Looking beyond the history and beyond the waves of feminist movements and beyond the bills that have passed; we are still creating history. There’s just not a group of us burning our bras on capitol hill to raise hype about it. Don’t get me wrong, you know I would’ve been right there with them! But I think today, we are taking a more intellectual and systematic approach to keeping the movement alive.

I feel as though, I have helped fuel the fire, and do what I can to keep up the awareness, but I want so much more than that. For us. We are not alone. I am always so inspired by the strength of the support foundation we have for each other, that often goes unrecognized. Too often do we fight over men, over jobs, over shoes. Okay, I understand the competition for amazing shoes. But, you know what I mean! Yes, of course we must fight for our goals and our dreams. Fight to the death! But, not by bringing down one of your comrades to get there.

We are all humans. We will always make mistakes. But I’m asking you to think twice before judging another woman by her strengths or her weaknesses, her successes or failures; you have more in common than you think.

In an effort to keep our spirit alive, Eve Ensler, one of the most inspiring women I look up to, has recently launched her book, I am an Emotional Creature, into an amazing production which was just sold out in South Africa.

With the strength of the powerful women’s network, V-girls is constantly updating us on all the fantastic work that is being done.

I urge you to take action. Even if it’s small, you can make a difference.

When we finally have our voice and come together, when we let ourselves gather the knowledge,when we stop turning on each other, but direct our energy towards what matters. When we stop worrying about our skinny ass stomachs or too frizzy hair or fat thighs. When we stop caring about pleasing and making everyone so incredibly happy- we got the power.

Stop fighting who you are. Stop judging who we are–we will not falter. It’s all about the girl power. Yup, you heard what I said. Get at me.

I Am A Woman

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Feminism, Sisterhood
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Never underestimate me
Never doubt that I can accomplish what I say I will do
Never think I am not smart, intelligent or witty
I am all of these things
I am a WOMAN.

Do not think I have nothing to contribute to this world
I will contribute more than some do in a lifetime
Do not think I am someone to be discarded with age
I will with age be witty, smart and have wisdom
I am a WOMAN.

Never try to tell me this is a “man’s world”
Women have contributed to this world for centuries
In life, in death, in famines and war
I will give of myself – my life and my love
I am a WOMAN.

Do not tell me I am worthless to society
Because I am divorced, or widowed and alone
Women alone can accomplish much in their solitude
Finding out who they are-or what they can become
I am a WOMAN.

Do not pity me for the wrinkles of time
For time has given these for being a survivor
A womans’ true beauty lives inside the heart
You cannot judge me by age-for true beauty is ageless
I am a WOMAN.

Never tell me what I can and cannot do
Because I’m no longer young-doesn’t mean I am worthless
A womans’ determination can  make her soar to new heights
A woman with determination can conquer all fear
I am a WOMAN.

Do not tell I’m not sexy or appealing with age
For with age I have learned I’m as sexy as anyone
A womans’ grace and self-confidence gives sex appeal
I have learned what sexy is and what it is not
I am a WOMAN.

Never underestimate what I can do or become-

You may just be surprised..

I am proud to be a

By Melin W.

CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!

Wednesday Notes – December 15, 2010 | Operation Beautiful.

Congrats Caitlin! and everyone around the world who participate! I’ve been participating for several months now. I keep post-it notes and a sharpie in my purse wherever I go! I encourage everyone to participate. We can all make a difference. Keep it up ladies! We are all beautiful, don’t ever forget it!

The $10,000 prize money will go directly to creating a scholarship fund for Girls on the Run.

http://girlsontherun.org/

http://operationbeautiful.com/

“Learn to play the drums. The world needs more girl drummers. The world needs your wild, pounding, dreaming heart.” –Natalie Angier, Women: An Intimate Geography

Following in the loud footsteps of the greats such as:

Bernadette Cooper (Klymaxx)
Cindy Blackman (Lenny Kravitz & many others)
Cora Coleman-Dunham (The After Party & Prince)
Gina Schock (The Go-Go’s)
Karen Carpenter (The Richard Carpenter Trio, Spectrum, The Carpenters)
Maureen Moe Tucker (The Velvet Underground)
Meg White (The White Stripes)
Sandy West (The Runaways)
Samantha Maloney (Hole, Motley Crue)
Sheila “E” Escovedo (Prince, Ringo Starr, The Magic Hour)
Terri Lyne Carrington (The Arsenio Hall Show, VIBE & others)

We need more female drummers! Wild girls all over the world pick up a pair of sticks and get to it! Inspired by Ashley McAllister’s new years resolution to learn how to play the drums, I think I will also add this to my list of things I will accomplish in my life! I would go out and buy a drum set tomorrow but I don’t have the money!

Keep rockin’ out sistas!

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Ashley McAllister

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BitchTapes: Girls Who Drum | music, mixtapes, female drummers | Bitch Magazine.

Bitchtapes Playlist: Courtesy of Bitch Magazine:

TO PLAY THESE TRACKS —> CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE

1. MNDR – Fade to Black

2. The Shaggs – Philosophy of the World

3. STLS – ABC

4. ShellShag – Save Yourself

5. Afrirampo – Miracle Lucky Girls

6. Telepathe – Envoy

7. Purple Rhinestone Eagle – Sleep, Golden Sleep

8. Vivian Girls – Tell the World

9. I.U.D. – Daddy

10. Talk Normal – Warrior

11. Explode Into Colors – Sharpen the Knife

12. ESG – Dance to the Beat of My Moody

Inspiration for Iconic Rosie the Riveter Image Dies — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts.

The woman who inspired J. Howard Miller’s “We Can Do It!” poster, Geraldine Doyle, passed on December 26th, 2010 at the age of 86. After four decades, Doyle finally learned that she had become the face of Rosie the Riveter.

Just 17 when the photographer captured her, she had taken a factory job after graduating high school, one of 6 million women who entered the workforce during World War II to plug gaping holes in the industrial labor force.”


“The “original” Rosie the Riveter, who inspired Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb to write the 1942 song of the same name, was Rosalind P. Walter, who came from a wealthy New York family and worked as a riveter building fighter planes on the night shift.”

Although these two women have since passed on, their spirits will live forever and always and continue to be an inspiration to women all over the world.


SafetyGirl.com » Women in Law Enforcement

originally posted by: emilyweingarten of safetygirl.com in the Women in the Work Force category

Great post on the history and future of women involved in law enforcement. Shout out to all the women currently pursuing and/or already serving on municipal and federal levels. Keep it up ladies. Don’t get discouraged or lose hope!

these hips are big hips.
they need space to
move around in.
they don’t fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don’t like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top!