Feminist News Round Up

June 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Nora Ephron, the rock star- feminist force, behind some of your favorite romantic comedies (When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie and Julia) has passed away.

Here’s the text from her 1996 commencement address to the women of Wellesley College (via Feministing):

Don’t let the number of women in the work force trick you — there are still lots of magazines devoted almost exclusively to making perfect casseroles and turning various things into tents.

Don’t underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back. One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, don’t take it personally, but listen hard to what’s going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally. Understand: every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you. Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: get back, get back to where you once belonged. When Elizabeth Dole pretends that she isn’t serious about her career, that is an attack on you. The acquittal of O.J. Simpson is an attack on you. Any move to limit abortion rights is an attack on you — whether or not you believe in abortion. The fact that Clarence Thomas is sitting on the Supreme Court today is an attack on you.

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.

Speaking of heroine’s, do girls have to be princesses in order to be the hero in their own story? Jaclyn Friedman on this and the new movie, Brave.

The Keep it Real Challenge to magazines for women and girls… They want print magazines to pledge to use at least one unphotoshopped image of beauty per issue. More on why this is important here. #KEEPITREAL

You know about the glass ceiling, but do you know about glass escalators?

Seriously, only 7 of the 100 people on the Digital Power Index are women? Rachel Sklar’s response the list here.

 

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