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Kate Sheppard’s 127-year-old argument is still valid

One hundred and twenty-two years ago today New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant all adult women full voting rights, regardless of age, ethnicity, or property ownership. Kate Sheppard was the face of the New Zealand women’s suffrage movement, and today she stares up at Kiwis from the $10 note. Sheppard… Continue reading Kate Sheppard’s 127-year-old argument is still valid

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Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell talks female friendships on TV

I was lucky enough to attend Fan Expo in Toronto yesterday, where Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell impressed fans in her Q&A session with her thoughtful, often powerful answers. Early on the 33-year-old actress was asked about Carternelli — the fan fiction idea that Peggy Carter and her friend Angela Martinelli, played by Lyndsy Fonseca, are… Continue reading Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell talks female friendships on TV

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The rules for being a woman out alone at night

At my last job I occasionally worked a shift finishing at 11pm. My car was parked around the corner from the exit, about 150m away. Before I stepped out into the downtown Auckland street I would fish my keys out of my bag and grasp them firmly in my right hand. Only then would I… Continue reading The rules for being a woman out alone at night

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Why feminism as a marketing strategy isn’t necessarily a bad thing

By now, you’ve likely seen the t-shirt ad doing the rounds at the moment, in which young girls dressed in princess costumes talk about inequality while using language considered by many to be wildly inappropriate. If you haven’t, here it is. Potentially NSFW, depending on where you work. But don’t be THAT person – put… Continue reading Why feminism as a marketing strategy isn’t necessarily a bad thing

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The incredible pressure on feminist-friendly television

I think we can all agree women are not represented as well as they should be in mainstream television. Women (ie half the population) make up about 37% of characters on prime-time television. Women 45 and older make up just 15%. Compared to their male counterparts, those female characters are significantly more likely to talk… Continue reading The incredible pressure on feminist-friendly television

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Taking a stand against the beauty industry, one wax at a time

I’ve been a bit obsessed with making my own beauty products lately. I’ve experimented with making my own wax, face/body scrub and lip balm, and in time I’d like to make almost everything I put on my face and body, including foundation, moisturizer, and eventually maybe even mascara and eyeliner. I have to draw the… Continue reading Taking a stand against the beauty industry, one wax at a time