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Women On 20s

This is cool:

“Women On 20s, with your help, aims to compel historic change by convincing President Obama that NOW is the time to put a woman’s face on our paper currency. With over 256,000 voters casting ballots over the last 5 weeks, Americans have chosen which of the 15 inspiring American women heroes will go on to the Final Round of voting. And now we reveal that Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks are the people’s choice and will advance to the final ballot for your consideration. In addition, Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller has been added to the final ballot by popular demand in order to include a choice of a Native American to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.”

Vote here!

Rad American Women

Thanks to Professor Verhage for telling us about Rad American Women, “a book for kids–and their parents, teachers, and cool grown up friends–documenting America’s famous and unsung heroines.”

(see the website here and the images here)

Women documented in the book:

A – Angela Davis: Political activist and scholar
B – Billy Jean King: Tennis player and gender equality activist
C – Carol Burnett: Actress and comedian
D – Dolores Huerta: Labor leader and Civil Rights activist
E – Ella Baker: Civil Rights activist
F – Florence Griffith Joyner: Track and Field athlete
G – Grimké sisters: Abolitionists and women’s rights activists
H – Hazel Scott: Jazz pianist and singer
I – Isadora Duncan: Dancer
J – Jovita Idár: Journalist and political activist
K – Kate Bornstein: Transgender author and artist
L – Lucy Parsons: Labor organizer
M – Maya Lin: Sculptor and architect
N – Nellie Bly: Journalist
O – Odetta Holmes: Singer, actress, and Civil Rights activist
P – Patti Smith: Punk-rock singer and poet
Q – Queen Bessie Coleman: Aviator
R – Rachel Carson: Marine biologist and conservationist
S – Sonia Sotomayor: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
T – Temple Grandin: Professor of animal science and autism activist
U – Ursula K. Le Guin: Sci-fi writer
V – Virginia Apgar: Obstetrical Anesthesiologist
W – Wilma Mankiller: First female chief of the Cherokee Nation
X – For the women whose names we don’t know
Y – Yuri Kochiyama: Writer and human rights activist
Z – Zora Neale Hurston: Writer and anthropologist

Afroman at Washington and Lee

Tonight, a fraternity is hosting Afroman. Afroman’s performance has included songs such as “She Won’t Let Me Fucc” and two others linked below:

He was also reported to have performed a song about “slapping a girl until she gives you a blow job” and “I’ll fuck a bitch or I’ll kill her.”

These lyrics are unacceptable in any context, but they are wholly out of place on University property. As with Juicy J, students should not willfully ignore these inhumane and degrading lyrics or promote such a performance, especially at a school that has such a problem with sexual assault.


President of a Pennsylvania college says women lie about rape

Robert Jennings, the president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania college says that women lie about rape when sex doesn’t turn out the way they wanted. A four minute portion of his speech is on YouTube and in this article.

It’s sad and alarming to me that, even after backlash from the YouTube video, Jennings still stands by his comments. He says that the video is taken out of context. While that is true, I’ve watched it, and I find it difficult to imagine a scenario in which I wouldn’t take offense at his comments.

Response to Black Girl Dangerous Link

Ashley and I just read and discussed the article in Black Girl Dangerous (response to Emma Watson’s speech). While we agree with the blogger’s points about the full spectrum of feminism–namely, the necessity to address LGBTQ rights, racial inequalities, and ableism–we wish that she had offered this opinion as a response to and not a critique of Emma Watson’s speech. We believe that, as feminists and as women, we should support one another. While it’s true that there is more to be said to the UN (and popular culture) about feminism than what Emma outlined in her speech, we believe that too much critique only inhibits any progress that Emma might have made. We wish that the blogger had provided these insights in a constructive way, perhaps offering them as additions to the speech and/or suggestions for the future rather than belittling Emma and the gains that we believe she has made for the movement. We agree that she should not be seen as the new “poster girl” for the movement, but in the spirit of women for women, we support her despite the fact that her speech wasn’t perfect.