5 Reasons Dolly Parton Is The Ultimate Feminist Icon

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By Cece Flores

Dolly Parton, a name that evokes mental images of big hair and even bigger bosoms, is a person of far greater substance than her image might suggest. From a limited point of view, Dolly is nothing more than sex on parade. But to the open mind, she’s a vital part of the feminist movement. At this point in history (or herstory) feminism has become a sort of umbrella under which exist many categorizations and variations of the common, universal goal: freedom and equality. I’m sure not everyone will agree but here are some reasons why I think Dolly Parton is an important feminist icon. Continue reading

What We Do Now Defines The Future

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By Jillian Stacia

I was in sixth grade when September 11th happened. I don’t remember a lot from that day, but I do remember the feeling of being scared. I knew the adults were scared. I knew something bad was happening. I didn’t know what the Twin Towers were or what terrorism meant, but I knew everything was suddenly going to be different.

When I went home that night, my Dad told me to write down my feelings and what had happened that day. You’re going to want to remember this, he said. I didn’t follow his advice, but I regret it now. I wish I could remember exactly what I was thinking and feeling that day. Continue reading

Focus On How It Feels

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By Kate Kole

I started running cross country in high school as a way to stay in shape for soccer season. That was my singular goal and purpose. Not to race competitively, or to smash PRs, or to lose weight, or for any other reason. So, it was as much a surprise to myself as it was to anyone else when I discovered that I genuinely loved the sport. I adored my teammates and found that meeting up to cover 6 miles after school was fun. We bonded over long runs where we had nothing else to do but talk. And of course, team dinners and getting out of school early to head to meets only added to my newfound enthusiasm for the sport.

Even after graduating, I continued to run. Just for the heck of it. Throughout college and into my early 20s, I signed up (and sometimes even trained!) for half marathons. I appreciated the time that running allotted me, to think, destress, and reach endorphin fueled highs. Continue reading

Women’s March On Washington & Sister Cities: A Style Guide

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By Sarah Winters

We all know that 2017 is guaranteed to be a powerful one, and with inauguration week coming up I look forward to participating in the Women’s March On Washington. Whether you’re traveling to our nation’s Capitol or standing ground in your home city, one thing is for sure: the day will be filled with passion, empowerment, activism, and very specific do’s and don’ts. Fear not! Homeland Security might take our oversized toothpaste, but they will not take our style! Continue reading

10 Things To Do On Inauguration Day

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By Catherine Miele

I’m just going to lay my feelings out: I’m still shocked, I’m still in denial, and I’m still unsure how I will wrap my mind around the next 4 years of the Trump Administration.

The American People (well, slightly less than half of American voters, if we’re being honest) spoke, so I get it. The votes were counted and the rallies were staged, yet while I promise to remain respectful, gentle, kind, and protective of my fellow Americans, especially those who live in the margins of society, I’m not going down silently.

I haven’t decided what I will be doing on Inauguration Day this Friday, which is why I’ve put together a list of 10 alternatives. Pick one, pick ‘em all. Just keep that mind of yours looking forward! Continue reading

This Is Our Revolution

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By Jillian Stacia

This has got to be the worst time to be alive.

That’s the thought that runs through my head every time I turn on the news, or open Twitter, or have a conversation with anyone about the state of the world.

And it’s not just because of the clusterfuck known as our current political landscape, it’s the fact that I’ve been dealt such shitty cards. Why couldn’t I have been around for the Women’s Movement? Or the Civil Rights Movement?  You know, something with substance. Why does my defining historical moment have to involve a reality TV show host turned psychopath? Continue reading

To My Father, On His Birthday

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By Jillian Stacia

There are certain people you could write books about.

Certain people who bring out stories inside you. They fill you with words and hopes and dreams. They inspire and awe you. They fill you to the brim.

My father is one of those people. He is a person worthy of a novel.

So to try to encapsulate him in a blog post seems frivolous. I need more than 800 words to describe the man who taught me about life and the way I want to live it. You can’t sum up your father in a blog post. You can’t describe a parent in an essay. Especially mine. Continue reading

10 Soup Recipes To Keep You Warm All Winter

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By De & Kate

With winter in full swing, we’re often craving something hot to satisfy our appetites and nourish our bodies. While we have our tried and true go-to dishes that we make year after year, we’re always on the lookout for new recipes to add to our seasonal menus. Enter the MVP for the coldest months of the year: Soup!

These 10 delicious recipes are perfect way to warm up on the chilliest of evenings: Continue reading

6 Must-Read Books of 2017

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By Casey Rose Frank

2017 is likely to be another roller coaster year as we navigate a new political landscape. But as we move forward, let’s celebrate all the good that has yet to happen, including another year of great books. The first third of the year promises some great new books that I have had the pleasure to read in advance of their US publication and highly recommend.

My personal preference for mystery and YA is definitely evident in this list, so you’re in luck if you like unreliable narrators and young characters tackling new paths. Continue reading