International Day Of The Girl

International Day Of The Girl

Let's all be feminists and celebrate the girls in this world and fight for their rights.

October 11th is International Day of the Girl, a day where we celebrate young women and promote equality. I have a lot of opinions about this day, about feminism, and about the importance of fostering a desire of equality in both boys and girls. I currently live in a country that used to be a Peace Corps Let Girls Learn country before Trump cut the funding (that hasn’t stopped me from doing Let Girls Learn activities). Let me give you a little background about Let Girls Learn.

It is very common in countries around the world to force girls to stop their schooling and instead get married. This happens because parents are unable to afford school fees and because once a girl is married the husband begins to take responsibility for the girl and the parents no longer have that financial responsibility. I have talked to several students at my school who have told me that they are afraid that they are going to be forced out of school and forced to get married. So the purpose of Let Girls Learn was to foster and encourage equality for boys and girls and to also encourage girls to stay in school. We reached out to parents and family as well to encourage them to help their daughters to stay in school. We also explained to the parents the benefit of having educated women in society and that education goes way beyond just preparation for a career but it teaches them life skills and what they’ll need to know to one day have a family.

International Day of the Girl is a very special day for me and not just because I am a girl but because it raises awareness to the fact that not all girls have the same opportunities as the girls in America or some other countries. I just wish that it was talked about a little bit more. When people talk about feminism they talk about the issues and struggles for women in America but the struggles of women in other countries and honestly its far worse or them. Now, it’s not all bad. Like for example there are some bad ass, powerful women in the country that I live in but they struggle with women equality still and I believe it to be worse here then it is in America. However, this is just my opinion.

In other countries, like the one I live in, the biggest form of inequality is that girls are forced to quit school and get married. This is ridiculously unfair and something that needs to stop as soon as possible. Girls deserve the opportunity to fight for their dreams just like men do. Girls deserve the opportunity to one day become a doctor, lawyer, teacher, singer, artist, nurse, pilot, or anything that they want the most. They don’t deserve to be forced to get married and quit going to school in order to have a family. Especially because it is extremely important for women to have the knowledge to take care of their children well and when they are forced out of school they don’t always have that knowledge.

Last thing about feminism, if you are trying to build up women and girls and create an equal society you CANNOT put men down in the process. That doesn’t create equality instead it creates a disconnect between men and women and that defeats the purpose. So be a feminist but don’t turn down men instead encourage men to fight alongside us for equality.

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13 Signs You Grew Up In The 2000s

Get ready to feel nostalgic

The 2000s, generally referred to as the decade falling between 2000 and 2009. However, these 10 years were so much more dear to our hearts and definitely cannot be limited to this simplified definition. From hopes that you had the best kooky pen collection, to dreaming about making it to see the year 3000, there was never a dull moment. So, put on those terry cloth sweatpants, charge up that nano iPod, and read about the signs that prove you grew up in the best decade:

1. You might have jammed out to “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne on your nano IPod

Yes you had one, and your playlists consisted of the best songs the 2000s had to offer; All American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, The Killers and of course Avril Lavigne.

2. You treated your tamagotchi as if it were your child

This hand held digital pet probably occupied a little too much of your time. You spent your days feeding it scones and watching them reach a new life cycle.

3. Your wardrobe consisted of every color Juicy sweatsuit and Ed hardy tees...

Thank god these terrycloth outfits made a comeback!... Right?

4. ... Oh, and gauchos, you LOVED gauchos

These pants took over your wardrobe before yoga pants came into your life. Gauchos flooded the playground in pink, blue and tie-dye. I miss you gauchos.

5. You had the debate with your friends over whether Webkinz or Club Penguin was better, but you begged your parents for a membership to both

As soon as you logged onto your account your afternoon was booked up. While on your Webkinz you visited the curio shop, got a checkup with Dr. Quack, made a hamburger in the employment office and played cash cow in the arcade.

6. Your friends always had these in their pantry

At the end of a long, hard day of multiplication, going to your friends house for a playdate and indulging in a cosmic brownie was a necessity.

7. This was your first experience with makeup, and a cell phone

This accessory gave the lyrics "my lipgloss is cool my lipgloss be poppin" a whole new meaning. Pretending to answer the phone while smearing your lips in every color imaginable; this was the perfect mix of feeling like you were a teenager while also staying true to your child like self.

8. Lizzie Mcguire was the first ever Bitmoji

You watched her on Disney Channel as Lizzie McGuire, admired her fashion sense, and sang to "Hey Now" an endless amount of times. Hillary Duff was the definition of goals.

9. The auctioning off of silly bandz in elementary school was basically Wallstreet

The must have accessory of the 2000s.

10. You would beg your mom to buy you lunchables when you walked down the frozen food isle

Looking back on it now, eating these was probably not the best idea.

11. You had a favorite Jonas Brother

And it was NEVER Kevin.

12. You dreamed of riding around in a JetX just like the kids in PCA

You put getting a JetX on your To-Do list right under making a key necklace.

13. Instead of homework, your after school activities consisted of watching THE BEST Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows

Disney Channel and Nickelodeon will sadly never be the same. Classics include: Hannah Montana, Ned's Declassified, Suite Life of Zack and Cody and That's so Raven.

Don't you want to just go back in time and bask in the simple days where all you cared about was how good your blue eyeshadow looked and when the next Disney Channel Original movie would come on?

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'The Farewell' Brings An Asian-American Narrative To Hollywood

I've never imagined that a story like this would make its way to Hollywood, and it's definitely a welcome change.


The trailer for Lulu Wang's "The Farewell" was recently released. The film, based on Wang's own experience, stars Awkwafina as Billi, a Chinese-American woman who travels to China after learning her grandmother has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. "The Farewell" initially debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January, and currently holds a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

"The Farewell" is an exciting film for members of the Asian-American community, as it encompasses many of our own experiences in having family overseas. Having this Asian-American narrative portrayed in Hollywood is especially groundbreaking and important to the community. "Crazy Rich Asians" has received much well-deserved acclaim for its leap in Asian representation, but the film did not necessarily depict a completely relatable experience and was only one story out of many in the Asian-American community. There were aspects of the characters' cultures that allowed the Asian-American audience to connect with much of the film, but the upper-class narrative wasn't quite as accessible to everyone.

While "Crazy Rich Asians" portrays Asians in a way that is very much uncommon in Hollywood and American media in general and had a hand in helping to break stereotypes, "The Farewell" introduces a nearly universal first-generation American or immigrant narrative to Hollywood. In doing so, the film allows many members of the Asian-American community to truly see their own experiences and their own stories on the screen.

For me, the trailer alone was enough to make me tear up, and I've seen many other Asian Americans share a similar experience in seeing the trailer. The film reminds us of our own families, whether it's our grandparents or any other family living overseas. I've never imagined that a story like this would make its way to Hollywood, and it's definitely a welcome change.

"The Farewell," which is scheduled for release on July 12, 2019, depicts a family dynamic in the Asian-American experience that hits home for many, including myself. The initial critical response, especially towards Awkwafina's performance, is certainly promising and will hopefully motivate more Asian-American and other minority filmmakers to bring their own stories to Hollywood.


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