7 Women Empowerment Books To Look Out For This Year

7 Women Empowerment Books To Look Out For This Year

2018 will be a good year with all the books releasing about femininity.
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1. "The Cost of Living" by Deborah Levy

Releasing early July, author of "Women in Power," Deborah Levy, comes back with an autobiography about her experiences as a working woman.

2. "Not That Bad" by Roxane Gay

With her previous collection of essays titled, "Bad Feminist," Roxane Gay criticized pop culture's definition of being a feminist. With her new collection of essays in collaboration with "The Breakfast Club" actress, Ally Sheedy, releasing May 1st, Gay is returning to talk about the difficulties women face regarding rape and harassment.

3. "Basic Black With Pearls" by Helen Weinzweig

Coming out in early April, this novel is sure to take the reader on a journey of gender stereotypes and class difficulties faced during the 80's.

4. "Sharp" by Michelle Dean

Also releasing in early April is Michelle Dean's analysis of twentieth-century New York female thinkers. Recounting the stories of American poet Dorothy Parker, writer Nora Ephron, and many others this book serves as a tribute to the contributions of empowerment delivered by these women.

5. "The Female Persuasion" by Meg Wolitzer

This novel chronicles the journey protagonist Geer Kadestsky, a college freshman who is just beginning to come to terms with her own self and figuring out a path to her future.

6. "The Merry Spinster" by Mallory Ortberg

If you're into "feminist fairy tales," this book that is set to release mid-march is your perfect match.

7. "This Will Be My Undoing" by Morgan Jerkins

Releasing late January, this collection of essays focuses on the complexities brought upon African American women.



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37 Drake Lyrics From 'Scorpion' That Will Make Your Next Instagram Caption Go Double Platinum

Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.

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We all knew Scorpion was going to be the summer banger we wanted. However, Drake surprised us with two sides of an album and two sides of himself. Mixing rap and R&B; was genius on his part, so why not dedicate 37 of his lyrics to our Instagram captions?

1. "Don't tell me how knew it would be like this all along" — Emotionless

Definitely a "I'm too good" for you vibe.

2. "My mentions are jokes, but they never give me the facts" — Talk Up

This one's for my haters.

3. "I wanna thank God for workin' way harder than Satan" — Elevate

For when you're feeling blessed.

4. "I promise if I'm not dead then I'm dedicated" — March 14

In Drake's story about his son the world knows about now, we get a lyric of true love and dedication

5. "My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions" — Survival

6. "Pinky ring 'til I get a wedding ring" — Nonstop

7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

This first line of the song is about to be spread on the gram like a wildfire

8. "Heard all of the talkin', now it's quiet, now it's shush" — Mob Ties

9. "California girls sweeter than pieces of candy" — Sandra's Rose

This is gonna have every girl who has ever stayed in Cali all hot and heavy, watch it.

10. "I think you're changing your mind, starting to see it in your eyes" — Summer Games

Y'all know how these summer games go

11. "Look the new me is really still the real me" — In My Feelings

When you've got to profess that you've changed 200%

12. "Only beggin' that I do is me beggin' your pardon" — Is There More

13. "Shifted your focus, lens lookin' jaded" — Jaded

14. "Back and forth to Italy, my comment section killin' me" — Can't Take a Joke

Necessary for when you've got people hyping you up already

15. "People are only as tough as they phone allows them to be" — Peak

Y'all can't have this one, I'm stealing it

16. "Work all winter, shine all summer" — That's How You Feel

Put in the work so you can flex on 'em, summer 18

17. "Blue faces, I got blue diamonds, blue tint, yeah" — Blue Tint


18. "I stay busy workin' on me" — Elevate

19. "Ten of us, we movin' as one" — Talk Up

The perfect reason to get the largest group picture you've had on your gram

20. "October baby for irony sake, of course" — March 14

This statistically applies to 1/12 of y'all reading this, so take that as you will (we October babies are the best)

21. "She had an attitude in the summer but now she nice again" — Blue Tint

22. "I know you special girl 'cause I know too many" — In My Feelings


23. "Gotta hit the club like you hit them, hit them, hit them angles" — Nice for What

24. "She said 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly,' I only love my ____ and my ____ I'm sorry" — God's Plan

If you haven't used this one yet, get to it

25. "But I'm blessed I just checked, hate me never met me in the flesh" — I'm Upset

26. "It's only good in my city because I said so" — 8 Out of 10

Follow this up with a location and shoutout your hometown

27. "My haters either on they way to work or they arrived" — Can't Take a Joke

28. "I always need a glass of wine by sundown" — Final Fantasy

Has Drake ever been more relatable?

29. "It's your f***in' birthday. Happy birthday" — Ratchet Happy Birthday

Let's go get kicked out of an Applebee's

30. "I move through London with the Eurostep" — Nonstop


31. "I stopped askin' myself and I started feelin' myself" — Survival

Mood all summer 18

32. "They keep tryna' get me for my soul" — I'm Upset

33. "I'm tryna see who's there on the other end of the shade" — Emotionless

34. "Only obligation is to tell it straight" — Elevate

35. "It don't matter to me what you say" — Don't Matter to Me


This line from the King of Pop (MJ) will give you chills. R.I.P.

36. "I'm the chosen one, flowers never pick themselves" — Sandra's Rose

37. "Say you'll never ever leave from beside me" — In My Feelings

Couple goals, amirite?

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You Should Encourage Your Child to Participate in the Arts

There are many benefits of arts education, yet they are often overlooked.

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Introducing your child to the arts will allow them to develop themselves in all areas of their life, not just the artistic ones. Participating in the arts can allow children to develop confidence, improve their intelligence, and help them to develop artistic and creative skills that will benefit them throughout their entire life and in their future careers.

Engaging in the arts has been proven to be an important aspect of childhood development. According to PBS Parents art can help a young child in their development of language skills, decision making, visual learning, and motor skills. According to a report by Americans for the Arts, students with significant arts involvement were 4 more times more likely to have been recognized for academic achievement, 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance, and 4 times more likely to win a writing award than their peers. Data from the College Board found that students who took four years of arts and music classes scored an average of 92 points higher on the SAT than students who only took a half-year or less of arts classes.

Participation in the arts will benefit your child in their future career, no matter what that may be. A report by Americans for the Arts found that 72% of surveyed employers say that creativity is a primary attribute they are looking for when hiring, yet 85% of them said that they couldn't find the creative applicants they were after. Additionally, 85% of college-educated full time employees surveyed said that creative thinking is essential for problem-solving in their career. Participation in the arts can additionally teach other skills, such as focus, communication, perseverance, collaboration, and accountability which would be beneficial in any career field, and in life in general.

I personally have experienced the influence that the arts have had on my personal development. Participating in theatre, music, and dance has improved my confidence, introduced me to diverse groups of people, helped me to be more vulnerable, and helped me to better understand others. I learned how to collaborate and work well with others. I learned how to be a leader. I learned that my voice matters. The arts have helped me discover who I am, and be confident in showing the world who that is. I would not be the person I am today without my extensive training in and exposure to the arts.

So, parents, let your child take that dance class. Allow them to audition for their school musical. Enroll them in an art class. Take them to the symphony. It's an investment you won't regret. And students, seek out opportunities to be involved in the arts on your campus or in your community. See a theatre or music performance, visit an art museum, join an acapella group. It will benefit you in more ways than you'd expect.

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