Hidden Figures is a Phenomenal Film

I haven’t seen such a good film in a loooong time. With the approach of the inauguration of a demagogue, it was great to escape into a film so enthralling and full of amazing women. And it passes the Bechdel Test hands down.

Played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe (yes, the Janelle Monáe, singer and songwriter) Hidden Figures is the true story of the women who did the calculations and research that made it possible to send people into space. Interwoven in the film are the obstacles these amazing women, Katherine Johnson Dorothy Vaughan  and Mary Jackson, had to overcome during the segregated 1960’s. This movie was immensely refreshing and we need more movies like it. Check it out!

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Indigenous Women Take the lead in Latin America

Women are leading the indigenous fight in Latin America. Click the video below for a quick synopsis of some of the important environmental movements happening there, and the women taking the lead and taking a stand.

Calling Out the Hypocrisy

This election is pretty scary. We’ve got to keep speaking out and need to keep going “high” when some go “low.”

Get out and vote! Not just for the president but for local representatives, across the board, because they too have a major impact on our country’s well-being. Research your candidates, see what news they’ve been in, be informed. Let’s create some positive change and turn the page to a better chapter in history. Let’s continue to call out misogyny, racism and hypocrisy for what it is.

 

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Repeal Women’s Right to Vote? You Heard right. Some of Trump Supporters Say ‘Repeal the 19th Amendment’

This is a sorry time in our American History. The amount of abhorrent, sexism, misogyny, racism, ableism and homophobia that has been vomited forth from Trump himself and his supporters is astoundingly backward and disgusting. And now this? The Los Angeles Times reported that some Trump supporters are using a hashtag saying “Repeal the 19th” (the amendment giving women the right to vote) after someone posted a map showing Trump would win if only men voted. Oh, and it wasn’t just men spouting this repeal of basic rights, no, it was women too.

Some women were saying they would gladly give up their right to vote in order to get Trump elected. WHAT is wrong with people? How can some women throw themselves away like that? I just don’t get it. Sad, sad times. Hopefully some good will come of all this. by bringing out into the open, the disgusting sentiments people may secretly have. By bringing it out into the open, hopefully it will demonstrate the problems that still exist and soon, hopefully, we can caste them aside, once and for all. Luckily, the response was huge and people used the hashtag to show their outrage. I just hope that this is the storm before the calm… The more we speak up, the more we expose vile sentiments for what they are, the closer we will get to further equal rights and respect.

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Way to Go, Senator Jon Tester!!

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In times like these, I think it’s especially important to draw attention to the men and women standing up for women: Hurray for Jon Tester! He has been a Montana Senator advocating for women’s rights for many years! He is, and has been an outspoken supporter and general wonderful individual representing Montana and we appreciate him.

What if there was a word for when you peruse the internet and leave comments of support for people and counteract people’s ignorance and hatred with kindness? As you may know, the definition for an online troll is, “to antagonize (others) online by deliberately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content.” What if we did the opposite and provided information? A woman left a comment on Jon Tester’s Facebook status saying she supports Trump and proclaiming that Hillary Clinton’s husband “raped” Monica Lewinski, which, as we know, is incorrect, because Lewinski has stated herself it was consensual. My first response was to say something angry to this commenter. But then, instead, I acknowledged her heart going out to a potential rape victim but then accompanied with a legit source with facts. I think, by coming from a place of support and understanding, words will sink in more, and hopefully we can help create informed opinions.

 I’m not sure whether or not my response did any good, but I’d rather be a voice of support and information, than say nothing. What would be a word we could adopt for the opposite of trolling? A word for spreading knowledge, not through anger, but through support and kind words?