Geek Girls Carrots Maker Party Pop-Up Seattle

Let’s Make Things Together! “Programming is not magic inaccessible to regular folks. It’s easy. I wish someone would’ve told me this sooner!” –Geek Girls Carrots Maker Party participant. This quote sums up what we are doing as Geek Girls Carrots (GGC) in Seattle and Europe. We want to debunk the myth that programming is for […]

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To Heal Our Communities, We Must Treat Each Other as Family

What’s going on in Ferguson? We have failed as a community to treat each other as kin. This is apparent in the way this incident was handled. If Mike Brown had been Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson’s son, he would still be alive. This is not about breaking the law, or being under the suspicion […]

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#ItTakesAllofUs to Fight Street Harassment

I’m about to get robbed. That was my first thought when I saw a man cut across my quiet, residential street and dart towards me just as dusk had begun to settle over Washington, D.C. I was walking to the bus stop, en route for the grocery store and Target, and I was carrying the usual […]

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Lighting the Dark & Crooked Road: Tools for Youth Who Want to Stop Slavery

[caption id="attachment_21203" align="aligncenter" width="300"] With his father, 18-year-old Brandon Friedman speaks to audiences about the dark realities of modern-day slavery in #BTLslavery events this summer in nine U.S. cities, July 28-August 6, 2014.[/caption] When faced with stories of abuse and exploitation suffered by victims of human trafficking, sex trafficking, and modern-day slavery, even one person’s […]

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Sexism is Not Sexy

As I walk down the street, I’m surrounded. Surrounded by images, curated by large conglomerates, political structures, and social infrastructures. We are surrounded, by these images, and their constant whispers. The question is what to do about it. My answer, is to write, to share, to sing and love as hard as I can, and […]

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Her Body, Her Choice: Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”

Unsurprisingly the revelation of the cover artwork for Nicki Minaj’s upcoming single “Anaconda” was met with shock, debate, and criticism. The picture itself is relatively simple: it features Nicki Minaj crouched down looking over her shoulder. She just happens to be wearing a thong that shows her enviable cheeks. But it’s not as though our […]

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Sorry, Not Sorry: AAUW and Pantene Team Up to Help College Women Shine Strong

We still live in a world where women are paid less, unfairly criticized, and openly harassed. No wonder they feel they have to apologize for every little thing. But we’re fighting back. Sorry, but we’re not sorry about our brains, our ambition, or our drive to make our world—and ourselves in the process—better. This fall AAUW, with support from Pantene, […]

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Define Yourself

The Religion of Choice Define yourself. Do you do it by the choices you make? Or the ones you choose not to make? The freedom to make a change, to decide, is what allows agency. As a writer, the dissolution of my voice is my greatest fear. As a citizen, legislation impacts my society. As […]

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Hobby Lobby and Religious Fervour: Birth Control is Now Your Boss’s Business

I was not going to comment on the recent US Supreme Court’s deeply disappointing decision in the Hobby Lobby case. But then I read Penelope’s piece, and rethought – because she argues what I’ve been thinking: People who don’t actually experience what you’re experiencing should refrain from giving set-in-stone decrees on how to manage your experience. So, in […]

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An interview with Chitra Panjabi, Membership Vice President, National Organization for Women

A few days before National Organization for Women’s (NOW) annual conference, we sat down for an interview with Chitra Panjabi, the organization’s Membership Vice President.  Q: Can you tell me a bit about your childhood and how it was growing up in Hong Kong?  A: I often felt like an outsider, because of my race […]

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