Most tools of the patriarchy involve controlling—or attempting to control—women and girls. Much of these methods of control come from shaming, and when it comes to women’s sexual choices and histories, shame is the name of the game.
The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program recently hosted a National Day of Social Action on July 15—focused around standing up for children by voting to help aid the issues they are facing.
We must advocate and vote with our nation’s children in mind this November.
As the 2020 Presidential Election grows closer day by day, it is essential to stay informed about methods of voter suppression. The short film “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote” highlights these unconstitutional issues in great detail, by documenting with thorough statistics and interviews examples of voters being stifled.
“We cannot lose focus on protecting the right to vote.”
Team members of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and New York Liberty walked off the court before the National Anthem began—signifying the teams’ solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and specifically how they stand against the police brutality that lead to the killing of Breonna Taylor.
“All season long, we say her name.”
While accepting a polite gesture should come easily, it is natural that polite actions created off of a basis of gender inequality may make women squirm—it certainly does make us.
“The fact is, chivalry is a standard that is based on sexist ideals—created during a time when women were referred to as damsels in distress, and when men with power were so out of control they needed a clear set of rules to tell them not to rape any woman they saw.”
The New Yorker released a short film in which Jon Hamm voices an enlightened father who encourages his daughter to navigate the ever-daunting dating world and cultivate her own emotional growth.
The clever film flips a stereotypes on its head and encourages fathers to treat their daughters with healthy emotional boundaries.
Diet culture is a patriarchal tool.
Diet culture forces individuals, notably women, to center their lives around their physical appearance. It additionally promotes an unachievable physical appearance while offering a vast array of products—paradoxically advertising that one can achieve the unachievable.
But having conversations about our bodies in healthy, productive ways—not critical, accusatory ways—is the only way that we can end diet culture once and for all.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise, polling places are closing due to shortages of willing workers. This means that as a make-or-break presidential election is on the horizon, the right to vote in the United States is at risk.
You could be part of the solution.
A National Day of Social Action will be held on July 15, and an event today kicks off the initiative.
The focus of this year’s event is crafted entirely around the importance of voting.
Here’s how to register for the event and contribute to advocating on behalf of children.
A survey examined the COVID impact on Black immigrant domestic workers in NYC, Boston and Miami. The survey results bring about one conclusion: Black domestic workers deserve better.