This is what it looks like to support a survivor….

March 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s been hard not to see the atrocious media coverage of the Stuebenville rape case and all of the victim-blaming, rape culture-perpetuating comments that have been made around the case. However, there have been some really incredible responses that have challenged all of the nastiness and Melissa Harris Perry’s letter to the survivor, Jane Doe, is one of them. If I could sign this letter with her I would.

 Update: The embed code isn’t working this morning so head on over and check it out

Happy Pi Day, Y’all!

March 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

She’s our kind of grrrrl. She can recite Pi to the 100th digit, balance a stack of books, and solve a Rubik’s cube all at the same time. Just sayin, she’s pretty awesome.

Women Honor Women’s Suffrage March

March 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

On March 3, 2013, thousands of women rallied together to march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C in an effort to advance women’s suffrage in the U.S. It was held the day before President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration to “protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded.”  Organized by Alice Paul and led by Inez Millholland, the parade included 26 floats, ten bands, and more than 8000 marchers. During the parade, the marchers were harassed by crowds of men who made it almost impossible to pass through them. As many as 200 were treated for injuries at local hospitals. Despite these setbacks, the marchers were able to finish the parade at the Treasury Building.

Exactly 100 years later, thousands of women from the Delta Sigma Theta sorority came together to commemorate the historic occasion. These women gathered on March 3rd, 2013 to retrace the steps of 22 founding members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority who participated in the march in 1913. They were considered the only African American women’s group to take part in the parade in 1913. The event was the complete opposite of the 1913 parade because of just how long women have come since not having the right to vote. For one, they were allowed to march freely without having people–especially men–against equal rights for women.

Looking back on it, its amazing just how far women have come in these 100 years. From getting the right to vote, to being allowed in combat, being able to have a voice in congress, and stepping closer and closer to equal pay, women have crossed many boundaries in the past century. With all of these feats, it certainly doesn’t stop here. We still have a long way to go in our fight towards equality and there is nothing stopping us from achieving that.

– Jennifer C.

Double Standards: A Personal Reflection

March 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

Why are there so many double standards???!!! For example, when I was growing up, I was taught that it was never okay for a male to place his hands on a female, but the converse of this statement is not true (or at least emphasized). Another example is how it is okay for females to wear both girls’ clothing and boys’ clothing, but it is generally not acceptable for a male to wear girls’ clothing. Why are these double standards constantly perpetuated in today’s society???

The root of this problem involves gender and society norms created in America. These norms have done nothing but foster fear, hate, intolerance, and no liberation. They have allowed people to stay within his/her comfort zones and not challenge the norms or think outside the box. Thankfully, America is slowly (but surely) turning a tide towards change, equality, diversity, tolerance, acceptance, and liberation. Today, I see people wear non-gender conforming clothing and most people do not have a problem with this. Today, I see males wearing make-up in public. Today, I see people of the same sex showing public displays of affection.

Unfortunately, this new progressive stage is not accepted or visible everywhere, especially outside the city of Atlanta. In many places, women are still subjugated to being treated as second class citizens. Recently in the news, an openly gay man who intended to run for mayor in a city in Mississippi was found dead in a river, in what authorities described as a homicide. Sometimes when I see the current state of America today, it breaks my heart, but I am that much more motivated to get involved in my community, to create a social change, and to end the double standards that have plagued our society for decades.

– Alfonza L.

PCOS: A Women’s Health Issue

March 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

This week I would like to talk about an issue that as many as 1 in 15 women are currently facing. PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a disease that affects women’s hormone levels and can ultimately cause serious health problems including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. To raise

Bolt_picawareness and funding for the disease, my community service sorority, Omega Phi Alpha, is holding a 5k run this weekend.

Before becoming involved with this event I didn’t even know this disease existed but have now come to realize that it can be a real issue for women. For many women it begins in the teen years and results from a hormonal imbalance. Symptoms can include anything from acne and hair growth to fertility problems. These issues result from cysts that grow on the woman’s ovaries, causing the hormonal imbalance. With diagnoses and treatment, the symptoms can be controlled and long term adverse affects can be prevented.

I think it is important to not only look at the political and social issues that face women but also remember the health issues that many women struggle with. I’m glad that events like these are out there to raise awareness for this type of women’s issue, especially since I did not know that this particular disease existed before . I hope awareness continues to grow for this and other women’s health issues and that through efforts like the Bolt 5k this weekend, research can continue.

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