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  • Writer's pictureCynthia Brian

Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

― Maya Angelou

Hannah, Ruhani, Keerthi, and Sharanya stand up for all women. Keerthi offers an insightful, yet humorous take on creating interesting characters for fiction writing, especially for the female gender. Hannah dives into the dangerous effects of the recent overturning of Roe. v. Wade which took away women’s reproductive rights and jeopardizes female healthcare. Ruhani talks about the troubling truth - women only make up .5 percent of recorded history! That’s not entirely surprising, considering history is written by the victors, and in this patriarchal society, men have been victors since the beginning of time. Her original poem focuses on this disparity. Sharanya provides a literary history lesson about women pioneers in literature and how they changed the writing world. Since Mesopotamia,, male scholars dominated the arena. Sharanya reads her original poem, “Unnoticed”.

More than ever, it is NECESSARY for young people to make their voices heard against oppression and discrimination of women and girls. Here are ways you can join the fight for women’s reproductive rights and empowerment:

  • Sign petitions against discriminatory and restrictive policies targeted towards women’s health (especially now, since the Supreme Court members have repeatedly stated their conservative and religious bias against other forms of healthcare such as contraceptives).

  • Join abortion rallies and protests, or even start your own with permission.

  • Spread the word to your friends and family! Discussing these issues with close individuals and your peers can have a significant positive impact on the movement.

  • VOTE. VOTE. VOTE! Vote like your life and rights depend on it. They do. Support candidates who unequivocally support women and abortion rights!

  • Donate to organizations and abortion funds, such as Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Center for Reproductive Rights, National Women’s Health Network, and more!

Stand up for Women! Get educated. Together the youth of America can take back the power of equality for all.

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