Women's Empowerment

You know why I think women empowerment is important?

Because I never want my daughter to think that the only way for her to assert herself in this world is to ‘own her sexuality.’ I want her to ‘own being a CEO’ or 'own a company’ and not feel like it was more of a challenge.

I also know how hard it is as a guy to wake up every morning knowing you’ll never be the first pick because I’m not 6'2" with washboard abs, a perfect beard, playing baseball, with the body of Calvin Klein.

I can’t imagine what women go through.

I just think everyone deserves the chance to wake up, look in the mirror, and feel like they have a fair chance to live life. Not being sexualized. Not seeing sexuality as their identity.
And not feeling like they have to be someone to be with someone.

i would like to state that i am for the empowerment of women, i do believe feminism is a (mostly) good movement, however i’m going to acknowledge the wage gap. from what i know, the 77 cents to every dollar a man makes is simply just the average. it doesn’t take account for all of the variables, such as hours worked, or even the specific jobs. and that does make a significant difference because women tend to work less hours in lower paying areas whereas men are the opposite. and i agree that we can blame this on gender roles. if there is a wage gap at all due to gender discrimination, it’s probably very small and insignificant. inequal pay for genders is illegal and has been for years now. there are other issues to be focused on, such as eliminating gender roles (which give women and men advantages and disadvantages in certain areas), empowering women, and racism which still exists very much today. please don’t send me hate for this lol. this is just what i think. if you think otherwise please tell me because i’m really no expert on this subject. i may even be 100% wrong. but i’d be glad to hear other perspectives and learn something different if you’re willing to be respectful about it.

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YA LIT WOMEN EMPOWERMENT:

  • Christina  (Divergent Trilogy)

“Sometimes, all it takes to save people from a terrible fate is one person willing to do something about it.”

I’m just me, I’m in love 

With myself I’m in love 

I’ve been weak, I’ve been low 

Made me strong, now I know 

I’m just me, I’m enough 

Nothin’ less, nothing more 

I wish everybody could just feel this kind of love

Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.“ 

She also believed suffering brought people closer to God, so she denied the children in her orphanages access to pain killers.

When she got sick she got first class medical treatment. Apparently she felt she was already close enough to God, so suffering was only for other people

With all the donations she got, she could have run really good hospitals, but what her donors didn’t know was that the money just went to the Catholic church’s general budget, not to support her work in Calcutta and elsewhere.

I’ve also read that she lost her faith a long time before her death, but kept up the facade for the people who looked up to her

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So this is from Reddit and it doesnt link to much else other than wikipedia, so be skeptical, BUT, holy crap is that a surprise.

Danae Mines became one of the few female firefighters in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) 11 years ago, despite her family telling her that only men joined the department. This year, she broke down another barrier by becoming the first woman to be featured in the FDNY’s 2015 Calendar of Heroes. She had been told that the honor was reserved for men, but when she saw the open call for firefighters, she went, despite feeling a little intimidated standing in line with more than 100 men. 

There are currently only 41 women in the department, but perhaps the attention Danae is getting will increase that number. “I wanted my picture in the calendar so that young girls and young women can see me and know that they can do this job,” she told the New York Daily News.

The first named author in history? Enheduanna, a Sumerian high priestess, poet and lyricist. She’s known as the Shakespeare of Sumerian literature.

Although I have to point out that there was a piece of speculative science fiction called The Blazing World published by one Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1666, slightly predating Mary Shelley.

The first American mystery novel was written by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor, as well as the first dime novel, and the first crime novel…

This is the thing. Women have been doing awesome shit since there was awesome shit to do, we’ve BEEN THERE, and then maliciously and willfully erased us from the books to keep anyone else from “getting ideas.”

Credits: Here

Your Motherhood Is Your Strength

Sacajawea, a Shoshone native, was pregnant and gave birth in the wilderness while traveling with the Lewis and Clark Expedition as an interpreter and guide.

Empress Maria Theresa ruled the vast Holy Roman Empire, waging wars and spreading her political influence, and had 13 children.

Marie Curie continued her scientific studies and experiments while raising six children, some growing up to become prominent scientists as well.

Maya Angelou was a teen mom who grew up to be a powerful voice in the world of literature and social reform.

Christine de Pizan was a widow in the French Court who raised her three children through her poetic and philosophical wit, defending the integrity and honor of women against sexist notions of the day.

Obianuju Ekeocha, who grew up poor, is a Nigerian biochemist with a large brood of her own, and is unafraid to speak up against the false-charity towards African nations committed by many Westerners.

So many female rulers, farmers, artisans, fighters, pioneers, innovators, healers: all of them were mothers.

If you are a mother facing a pregnancy that is making life difficult, I want you to know that our foremothers have struggled in the past and succeeded.  Some were even valiant! 

You have options and you deserve to choose them in ways that are empowering to you and to your offspring.

Your pregnancy is not a weakness: it is a hardship and responsibility that you can hold up in triumph. 

You are strong.

Years after her own daughter became a global crusader for women’s education, Tor Pekai Yousafzai, the mother of Malala Yousafzai, remained illiterate. But recently, Mrs. Yousafzai has been learning to read and write — and her husband has been helping more with domestic tasks.

“She wants to learn. She wants to get an education. She goes to school five days a week. She does her homework,” Malala said of her mother in a recent interview with New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor. She invited her mother, who has generally shied from the spotlight, to address the audience. Mrs. Yousafzai rose, described her new language skills and how they had changed her life, and said a few words in English.

Read more via The New York Times.

We are women
We are inferior
We are weak
We belong in the kitchen and off the road
We are nothing but objects for men to use as they please

We’re not allowed to like comic books or cars or even the color blue
We’re not allowed to be doctors or presidents
Because those jobs are “for the men”
In short we are nothing
But that is not true
We are everything above and everything below

We are the beautiful heavens
And the angry seven hells
We are strong and brave
Whether we’re tough as nails
Or as soft as silk
Whether we want to be stay at home mothers
Or full time workers
We are the women that deserve the world

We are brave because
While men prepare for college they are buying books and food along with packs upon packs of condoms and lube
While when women prepare for college we buy books, food, pepper spray, rape whistles and maybe even take a few self defense classes if we have the time

We are brave because
Even though everytime we go out into the world we get cat calls and comments, harrassment and horn honks
We continue to go out
Again and again and again

We are brave because
When our fathers told us we could never be doctors or CEOs but, “a nurse or secretary would be perfect for little girls like us.”
We rose up and said, “Fuck you!”
We became doctors, brain sugeons, scientists, business women, and life savers

So fuck the men that put us down
Fuck the men who tried to steal our courage and ambition
Fuck the men who put the seeds in women’s heads that think “I don’t need feminism!”
Fuck them.

Because we are women.
We are not inferior.
We are not weak.
We can save lives in a hospital and still make it home for dinner.

We are not objects to use and then toss away
We like whatever the hell we want including comics and trucks and even the color blue
We are doctors and CEOs
Governors and business owners
And soon enough whether you like it or not We’ll be sitting in the Oval Office
In short we are strong, courageous, and
Unstoppable.
We Are Women

Men —I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too.
Messages about Women's Empowerment in Advertisements are Not Progress

The Pantene sorry ad, the Verizon ad about women and girls in science, Dove’s Real Beauty campaign.

What do all of these things have in common? 

They are using women’s empowerment to sell a product, often times a product that is directly linked to women’s oppression. This is not progressive. This is not progress. This is capitalism selling us a product using our own words, ideas, and movements. 

Notice that known of these “empowering” advertisements are the least bit controversial. They say things like “All women are beautiful” not “Beauty is a social construct created to oppress women”. “Stop apologizing for who you are” instead of “Society teaches women to apologize because it makes them more submissive to men”. 

Advertisements are not progressive. Capitalism is not progressive. 

Now if I see one more gif set or video about women’s empowerment that comes from an ad, I might explode. 

A woman named Khadeja and her neighbours plant apricot saplings near the town of Bamyan in the mountains of central Afghanistan.

Women like her have helped to plant over 30,000 trees in the area, which will provide both fruit to eat and sell, and protection against soil erosion.

We’re helping out by supplying these women with food for their families. It’s the kind of win-win situation that could one day put an end to hunger in this isolated part of the world.

This picture was taken by WFP’s Silke Buhr (@silkebera) who’s written a travel diary about her travels around Afghanistan which you can find here