Finding my Power as a Black Feminist

For a very long time I was hiding. I was stuck in this stereotypical cavern that society had tried to place upon me, telling me that I should be quiet about my pain or silent about my beliefs. I allowed abuse, I allowed maltreatment, I became a full participator in the destruction of my templeContinue reading “Finding my Power as a Black Feminist”

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”

Is It Ok Not To Want Children?

I recently turned 30 and this has led to a great deal of self-reflection. My expectations for this new decade are high. I want to grow into a more loving, forgiving person, I hope to make a significant impact in my community, dedicate my time to important issues, build stronger friendships, and feel fulfilled inContinue reading “Is It Ok Not To Want Children?”

Photo-defining Feminism

Attached below is a photo blog defining feminism. Photo & Text: Mithila Jariwala. I have been very fortunate to have a very strong mother who brought me up without burdening me with any social pressures. She also never differentiated between my brother and me. In fact, I grew more like her as I watched her –Continue reading “Photo-defining Feminism”

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)”

Feminism is Yours to Define.

As I sit and reflect on the last 30 days of storytelling, I can’t help but to post my reflections on the themes highlighted by this amazing group of contributors.  I could identify with Robin’s sentiments of having never called her moments of empowerment a feminist experience and the impact of mass media on ourContinue reading “Feminism is Yours to Define.”

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”

#Shelfie: Feminism by the Book

You have definitely noticed that your social media is constantly exploding with selfies—the self-portrait photograph. Others, like the Oxford Dictionary, who selected “selfie” as the word of the year in 2013, noticed, too. Since then, there’s been an online debate about the selfie and how it does or does not empower women. I’ll leave thatContinue reading “#Shelfie: Feminism by the Book”

Discovering Myself, Discovering Feminism

I’ve been strong willed and independent from the very beginning, and I was blessed with a loving and supportive father who prioritized spending time with me and showing me new things. My being a girl didn’t stop him from trying to teach me how to throw and catch a baseball, how to throw a footballContinue reading “Discovering Myself, Discovering Feminism”

Culture, Beliefs & Finding Feminism

I had never heard of the word ‘feminism’ before I went to college. When I did, the word carried with it the unappealing stigma of bra-burning, man hating women. However, the idea of what feminism really meant to me as an individual woman gnawed at my young mind. Having been raised in, what most wouldContinue reading “Culture, Beliefs & Finding Feminism”