According to the UK’s Daily Mail, a “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” T-shirt worn by politicians and celebrities like Benedict Cumberbatch (posing in the shirt, above) was made by women in Mauritian sweatshops working 45 hour work weeks at 99 cents an hour, and sleeping in rooms with 15 other women. The shirts retail for $85, with all the proceeds going to the Fawcett Society, a UK women’s rights organization. Keep reading »
“People tend to put women in boxes: She’s sexy, she’s ambitious, she’s smart, she’s a mom … but women are complex, and we are always underestimated. Women are all of those things at the same time…There’s a conversation to be had on stages like this or world stages, about gender rules and women’s identity. How can we be all those things? Sheryl Sandberg’s book talks about those things – ‘Women can have it all!’ – and I’ve been told that, but women can’t have it all at the same time…I think traditionally, the sexism in these fields is still prevalent. I did my masters thesis specifically on Latino women in STEM fields, and I found a lot of them were discouraged even to this day from going into these fields. I want to challenge all the women here today to become mentors to young women, and show them the way, and show them your path. Because without mentors, the system does not work.”
The ever wise Eva Longoria is at the Dublin Web Summit conference this week, where she’s been speaking about her philanthropic endeavors, or as she calls it, philanthro-preneurship. She was interviewed by Jemima Khan and expressed her concern for young women succeeding in tech careers. Longoria’s on a mission to open up STEM fields to more talented women, and encourages all of us ladies to help each other get there. The actress also discussed Hollywood’s ageist attitude toward female stars. Longoria feels that one of the biggest reasons for the film biz’s mistreatment of actresses is the lack of women working behind the camera to produce and write and direct (and I happen to agree with her), and she’s involved herself in directing and producing lately to help combat that. It’s such a pleasant surprise to see a celeb using their influence and wealth for good! [Guardian UK] [Image via AKM-GSI]
This year, when the ladies of The Frisky decided to show off our rad Halloween costumes from Yandy.com, online purveyor of ridiculously sexified Halloween costumes, we were met with mostly supportive, entertained viewers. Mostly…
One woman send us a comment, which has since been deleted, about how she’s “disappointed” that the women behind a feminist website would choose to wear such “sexual” costumes. But, hey, NEWSFLASH lady… what we choose to wear for Halloween, a holiday where we can be whoever we want to be and embrace another persona, has nothing to do with the way we feel about feminism. In fact, choosing to embrace our sexuality and femininity without shame is exactly the type of body confidence we hope to encourage, and YOU, my friend, are slut-shaming. Keep reading »
Of all the spooky beings spotlighted on Halloween, none is more truly badass than the witch.
Sure, they may seem a little square in the age of sexy zombies and shimmering vampires — the black pointed hat and broomstick have a musty, traditional air — but let’s not turn our back on the supernatural beings that made fantasy exciting to the mainstream again. From “Bewitched” to “Charmed,” witches have always maintained a cozy spot in the popular imagination, but with the arrival of Harry Potter, witchcraft exploded into a genuine craze. Though the changing tides of cultural fashion have elevated other fantastical beings, leaving witches in the dust, it’s worth asking whether we’d even be enjoying this bonanza of “The Walking Dead” and “The Vampire Diaries” were it not for J.K. Rowling’s internationally beloved witches and wizards. Read more on Huffington Post Women…