10 Empowering Women Who are Changing the World

By Peyton Mann, Age 16

These ten women are changing the world today. Some are writers, actors, filmmakers, former first ladies but all of them are feminists. This list is in no way complete, these women are the people who I admire and who some might not have thought of before. I hope this list inspires you like the women on it inspire me.

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The Wage Gap: Myth or Reality?

By Kjerstyn Jordheim, Age 15 

 

The wage gap is an especially popular and controversial topic in the news, but do most people really know what is?

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Strength is Beauty: Teen Elite Swimmers on Body Image

 

By: Kjerstyn Jordheim, Age 15 

“Body image” is a buzzword lately. We all have ideas about our bodies, whether we like them or not. However, for lots of girls, body image is more complicated than confidence.

   As an elite swimmer, I am one of those girls. I have spent countless hours trying to accept my body for what it is: a muscular, but small, swimming machine. I may not be the curvy, seductive-looking goddess that I think is the desired look by most teens, but my body is perfect for what I do. Contrary to what some people may think, athletes struggle with body image and weight anxiety just as much as anyone else- sometimes perhaps even more.  

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Why I Choose to be a Feminist

By Tanya Singh, Age 17

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” 

― Rebecca West

   I grew up in India. It was a time when the word feminism had not made its way into my vocabulary. And somehow, I was a feminist even before I knew what it meant. I didn’t yet realize that names carry such immense powers, which can alter the course of many lives. I talked of things that mattered to me as a woman, without realizing that my voice had hundreds of other voices behind it reciting a similar verse, loud and confident. Sometimes, unknowingly, we become voices that sing as we bind ourselves in a tryst with courage and wisdom. Feminism is a trust, a regenerative belief: a strength that doesn’t quite age.

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My Indonesian Mother Isn't Perfect Either- But She's Learning | The Immigrant Experience

By: Gabriela Nadeau, Age 17 

   Two years ago, my mom and I were leaving Marshalls, calling after a woman who had taken our umbrella.

    “I’m sorry,” she said. “I thought it was the store’s umbrella.”

   My mom looked at her, dumbfounded. It sounded like a silly excuse.

   The woman squinted at her, then looked at me. “Does she speak English?”

    “Yes,” my mom interjected. “I do.”

   My mom is from Indonesia. Her skin is dark, much darker than mine. Prejudice is thrown at her everyday; people treat her like a second-class citizen, questioning her right to be an American. She passed her citizenship test. She pays her taxes. She loves this country. None of that matters.

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How to be an Activist in a Small Town

 

 

This is How to be an Activist, a reoccurring blog series published by Day of the Girl. To learn more about How to be an Activist, please click here.

It’s easy to fulfill a passion for activism if you live in a place like Chicago or New York. These massive cities have all kinds of opportunities for young activists looking to get involved, whether it’s interning or volunteering at social justice organizations, attending rallies or big events every other week, and more. But, if you live in Central Illinois (like yours truly) or a similarly overlooked location, you’ll quickly discover that finding an outlet for your activism can be challenging. But never fear: where there’s a will, there’s a way. Besides just taking the online route (which you can learn more about in a different post) there are multiple ways to be an activist within your local community.

 

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How to be an Activist: White Allyship

Demonstrators gather in protest after the shooting of Philandro Castille. St. Anthony, Minnesote, July 10th 2016. -Photo by Adam Bettcher/Reuters

 

Demonstrators gather in protest of the shooting of Philandro Castile. St. Anthony Minnesota, July 10 2016. - Photo by REUTERS/Adam Bettcher

This is How to be an Activist, a reoccurring blog series published by Day of the Girl. To learn more about How to be an Activist, please click here.

Being a feminist activist means standing in solidarity with every marginalized group. Feminism has become an increasingly mainstream movement, but in pop culture’s version of feminism, nonwhite marginalized people are often excluded. Specifically, many white women activists often neglect to highlight the struggles of people of color in their fights. Here, you’ll find a few tips about what is required of you as a white ally. If you truly want to consider yourself an activist, it is imperative to read on, and more importantly, continue pursuing resources like these.

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How to be an Activist When You're Alone in Your Views

A lone anti-war protester confronts police in Whitehall during the Cuban Missile Crisis, London, 1962 - Photo by Don McCullin

 A lone anti-war protester confronts police in Whitehall during the Cuban Missile Crisis, London, 1962 - Photo by Don McCullin 

This is How to be an Activist, a reoccurring blog series published by Day of the Girl. To learn more about How to be an Activist, please click here.

Many of us feel like we’re stuck in a place where no one sees our work as valuable. Being  the only one in your family, friend group, or area who cares about social justice can be hard. It can feel like a constant battle, and sometimes you might want to give up on activism altogether. Stick with it! It’s an uphill battle, but every single person matters in causes like ours, and knowing that you helped create change will be its own reward in the end.

Here are a few things to remember when you're trying to do good social justice work without support from the people around you.

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Introducing: How to be an Activist

How to be an Activist is a new original blog series that will be running on the Day of the Girl-US Blog. Here you will find all posts that have been published for How to be an Activist thus far. If you have a question or would like to contribute to How to be an Activist, please email dayofthegirl@gmail.com with subject line “Activist”.

In How to be an Activist we show you how anyone--and we mean anyone--can be an activist. As the creator and editor of this series, I wanted young activists to know that though we all have our own unique circumstances, and advantages and disadvantages in our lives, there are still ways we can  involve ourselves in activism and contribute to our communities.

In this series we take some of the most common quandaries concerning activism --“I want to get involved in social justice, but I don’t live in a big town where there are many opportunities for me!”, “How can I, as a white person, show support to the POC of America?”, “How do I balance my health as an activist?”-- and dedicate a blog post to approaching the topic, with tips and suggestions for you. We give advice based on your specific circumstance, showing you how to be an activist under different conditions. This series is written by other young activists who know how you feel and have integrated their own experiences into the topic they are writing about.

 You can be an activist no matter who you are, and we’re here to prove it!”

 - Adriana Chavez, Day of the Girl Action Team | April 21, 2017

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On Harry Styles And Celebrating Basic Respect From Men

By Eliana Stanislawski, 21

Teenage heartthrob Harry Styles blew up the internet a couple of days ago when made the groundbreaking statement that girls should be taken seriously. People shared his quote from a recent Rolling Stone article all over the place:

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