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Youth Must Fight for 15

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 11:54 AM

Young people have taken it for far too long. The exploitation of my generation began quietly with brutal standardized testing and increased rates of childhood poverty. It crescendoed with raising university tuition prices until, by the time we graduated from high school and college, the stage was set for the...

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How Will We Shape America?

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 10:54 AM

News in America these past few months has been troubling at best. Men raping women on college campuses, the CIA torturing prisoners, police officers killing unarmed black men in Ferguson and New York. Hearing of these atrocities, the question, "How?" kept ringing through my mind. "How could the perpetrators of...

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International Day of the Girl

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:51 AM

This October 11 the world will celebrate the day of the Girl; a youth-run initiative to end sexism against girls and to encourage girls to change the status quo.

In honor of the event, some of the day's organizers asked me to grapple with the question, "Why is this...

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Pursuit of Happiness

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 11:11 AM

"I just keep thinking, I'm 22 and what have I done?"

Shulamith Firestone, an instrumental leader in the growth of radical feminism, exclaimed this concern to a film director in the '60s, according to the New Yorker article, "Death of a Revolutionary." At the time she was rallying and organizing...

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Why Water Can't Wait

(3) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 11:11 PM

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This morning before I went to school, I spent about ten minutes tidying my room in an attempt to appease my mom in her quest for cleanliness. After half-heartedly chipping away at the piles of clutter that were strewn around my...

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Having a 'Plan B'

(3) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 7:42 AM

Every good strategist comes into a situation with a plan B. Even our Congressmen suggest "Plan B" efforts when dealing with our economy. Yet, girls under the age of 17 must jump through hoops in order to have access to a birth control back-up-plan: emergency contraception.
After unprotected...

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Educating Women: Let's Teach Them How to Fish

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 9:13 AM

The old aphorism, "If you give a man a fish he will eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish he will eat forever," offers more wisdom about the virtues of education than many of today's political candidates do. Still, it leaves me with one question:...

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My Grandmother's Lessons

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 9:14 AM

My grandma came to town a few months ago. She brought a small and carefully organized suitcase that gave her greater space to pack her lively and colorful stories. The vibrancy of each tale she told was similar to a magician pulling out a seemingly unending trail of patterned scarves...

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Be an Activist

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 9:13 AM

The chair stood in the center of the basketball court, its worn paint revealing a rusting, metallic frame. I gazed at the circle that had formed around the chair -- 100 kids and teenagers, dressed in ragged t-shirts and shorts, dirt caking their feet and the kiss of sunshine painting...

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Not-So-Sweet Seventeen

(64) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 8:31 AM

Seventeen Magazine is the bastion of stereotypical teenage girl-dom. Need advice on hair, boys, clothes? Just flip open a page and, like the fairy godmother turning Cinderella into a princess, you too can be so magically transformed. But, just like Cinderella, the magic of the magazine only lasts for so...

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Penn State and Our National Attitude Towards Rape

(4) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 8:34 AM

Why America doesn't care about rape

The Penn State scandal is a much-publicized tragedy, but for many women in America and around the world, the threat of rape is a daily and haunting reality that often goes unnoticed by the media and the public. One in four women will be...

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Pink Is Not Just For Girls

(34) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 5:58 PM

I remember the distinct chants from elementary school, "Blue is a boy color! Pink is a girl color!" Not able to understand why colors needed an assigned gender, I chose yellow as my favorite because it could be for both boys and girls. As a tom boy, the idea of...

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You Have to Start Somewhere

(5) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 12:22 AM

Writing this first blog post, I kept second-guessing myself, thinking, "I'm just a teenage girl with some things on my mind. What do I have to say?" But that's where everyone starts; they're just a teenage/middle-aged/college-aged/any-aged person with (enter social injustice of choice) on their mind. So I took a...

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