Now Accepting Submissions for (re)defining Feminism 2017

We are thrilled to announce that we are now accepting submissions for (re)defining Feminism 2017. This will be our third year launching this project and we are excited about the opportunity to engage new contributors in telling stories about their experiences with living life as a woman. We want to hear about your challenges, yourContinue reading “Now Accepting Submissions for (re)defining Feminism 2017”

Feminism, Individually Defined

(re)defining FEMINISM Feminism is the belief that all people are entitled to the same civil rights and liberties and can be intellectual equals regardless of gender. However, you should still hold the door for a feminist; this is known as respect. Urban Dictionary For me, Feminism has meant discovering the different facets of myself. TheContinue reading “Feminism, Individually Defined”

The Importance of Telling Her(story)

It was November 2008. I was a freshman at Grand Valley State University majoring in Criminal Justice. I volunteered my time to various causes and had multiple jobs to support my living expenses at the time. I was also in a relationship – my first ever relationship to be exact. I was on track toContinue reading “The Importance of Telling Her(story)”

Submissions Open for (re)defining Feminism 2015

We are thrilled to announce that we are now accepting submissions for (re)defining Feminism 2015. This will be our second year launching this project and we are excited about the opportunity to engage new contributors in telling stories about their experiences with living life as a woman. We want to hear about your challenges, yourContinue reading “Submissions Open for (re)defining Feminism 2015”

Creating New Opportunities for Girls

A month ago I was extended the privilege of attending the 2015 Opportunity Nation Summit in Washington, D.C.  Opportunity Nation is a bipartisan, national campaign comprised of more than 300 businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits and civic organizations working together to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America.  More specifically the work focuses onContinue reading “Creating New Opportunities for Girls”

Beautifully Imperfect. Fabulously Feminist.

“We are the girls with anxiety disorders, filled appointment books, five-year plans. We take ourselves very, very seriously. We are the peacemakers, the do-gooders, the givers, the savers. We are on time, overly prepared, well read, and witty, intellectually curious, always moving… We pride ourselves on getting as little sleep as possible and thrive onContinue reading “Beautifully Imperfect. Fabulously Feminist.”

Feminism = Common Sense

First, I want to acknowledge the fact that yes, I am telling this story from atop my political soapbox, and yes, I am fully aware that you may disagree with some of the points made. That is the inherit beauty of free will, isn’t it? I cannot think of feminism without taking a cold hardContinue reading “Feminism = Common Sense”

Feminism: Living In Our Fullness

My name is Tashmica Torok and I have no idea what being a feminist means. Feminism is not my area of expertise. Currently, I am the founder and executive director of The Firecracker Foundation where I advocate for child survivors of sexual trauma and provide them with free, high-quality holistic therapeutic services. As a survivorContinue reading “Feminism: Living In Our Fullness”

Fury and Joy: Feminism at the Kitchen Table

Part of me wants to write about my own upbringing. I am the daughter of a single, Puerto Rican mother who should have divorced her husband (my father) sooner and who never made me feel like being visibly of African descent could lead to shame. How? She gloried over my kinky hair, the way theContinue reading “Fury and Joy: Feminism at the Kitchen Table”