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International Women’s Day From Gloria Steinem’s Perspective

Gloria Steinem has been one of the most well-known spokespeople for equal rights, specifically women’s, since the start of her journalism career in the late 1960s and early 1970s. At the age of eighty-six, she is still an activist, traveling around the world as an organizer and lecturer speaking on issues of equality. For 2021’s International Women’s Day she spoke with the magazine Variety’s Editor-in-Chief Claudia Eller and how women ‘just need to keep going,’ even though there is a darkness that resides within the halls of equality.

She admits that one of the main reasons that women are under subordination from men is because women have wombs. Their bodies are the foundation of society. Steinem states that right-wing groups are against abortions and clinics like Planned Parenthood that teach contraception mostly because white women are choosing to have fewer children on average than women of color. Even though women have begun gaining control over birth, sexual assault and rape have increased. On the flip side, these cases are reported more often, and illegal, putting a stronger end to the era of questioning.

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Steinem points out that though large steps have been made with the legislation of equal pay, it still does not exist for women. If it did, it would boost over $500 billion more a year into the economy from women. But because women are not seen at the same ‘value’ as men in the workforce, a male parking attendant gets paid more than a female child care attendant. This shows that largely male professions are seen as ‘more valuable’ than largely female professions. Why do you think teachers are not paid as well, even though they help to foster and educate the next generation?

‘The fact that we have an International Women’s Day means we are still in trouble,’ states Steinem; ‘There is no International Men’s Day. Only less powerful people or forgotten historical events need “A Day” to be part of the present. Yet it’s an important step because any notice is better than no notice.’

 

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Bookish Tweets For International Women’s Day (DELUXE)

Here is a deluxe batch of bookish tweets that I’m sure will give you more than enough inspiration and confidence to conquer the world without any fear of anything that may be standing in your way… and also to read all these classics while you still can.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month With Three Inspiring Female Authors

In honor of Women’s History Month, I thought it would be a good idea to shed some light on some of my favorite female authors. Women dominate my bookshelves, but there are three female authors who reign supreme and have made an impact on my life.

The first of course being JK Rowling, because I have no idea who I would be if Harry Potter wasn’t a part of my life.

J. K. Rowling

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If you don’t know, Rowling is the author of the internationally best selling series and franchise, Harry Potter. The seven book series is about a young boy who discovers he is a wizard and goes to Hogwarts Wizard School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over the course of the novels Harry grows and discovers his path in life is to defeat Lord Voldemort, the man who killed his parents, in order to save the wizarding world. It’s an amazing series that takes you on an incredible journey. Even though I first read the series when I was ten, even now, in my twenties, reading Harry Potter feels like I’m visiting my old friends, because for a long time those books were the only friends I had. JK Rowling created my forever friends in the shape of seven books.

 

Angie Thomas

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JK Rowling definitely inspired me to be a writer, but Angie Thomas showed me that I could actually do it. Angie Thomas is the best selling author of The Hate U Give and On The Come Up. The Hate U Give, her debut novel, follows a young girl named Starr, who witnesses the wrongful murder of her best friend at the hands of a police officer. The novel is largely based on the Black Lives Matter movement and due to the amazing storytelling of Angie Thomas, this novel stayed number one on the NY Times Best Seller list for over a year. There is even a movie based on the book that has rave reviews, and her second novel, On The Come Up, is also on the New York Times bestseller list. Her determination to tell her stories and the way she tells them is what inspires me to find my voice and write that story, just like she did.

 

Elizabeth Acevedo

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I first discovered Elizabeth Acevedo last summer at BookCon. I went to one of her panels and her personality and passion for books and for life is what encouraged me to pick up her work. Her debut novel, The Poet X, is about a young girl, Xiomara, who dreams of becoming a poet and writes all her frustrations about her life into her journal that she can’t live without. Her second novel, With the Fire on High, is about a young girl, Emani, who wants to be a chef, but is trying to balance school, a part time job, and being a mom to a toddler. Emani and Xiomara are two different girls but both of them are unique and love what they’re passionate about, doing their best to stay focused on their goals. Acevedo’s personality shines through her characters and I admire how she connects her culture and upbringing into her stories.

 

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