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Embroidered Rosie the Riveter Poster

Embroidering the (Controversial?) Feminist Icon However you feel about it, the Rosie the Riveter "We Can Do It" poster is undeniably iconic. The now-famous poster was created by John Howard Miller and hung in American Westinghouse factories for a very short time during World War 2, when Westinghouse had a US military defence contract. It was… Continue reading Embroidered Rosie the Riveter Poster

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Fast Fashion and Feminism

Who Made Your Clothes? What you wear communicates something about you to the world—and for years my clothes were shouting, “Amanda doesn’t care if another woman is suffering, as long as she gets a bargain!” Of course, that’s not what I thought they were saying when I bought them. But as I learned more about… Continue reading Fast Fashion and Feminism

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Kate Sheppard’s Argument for Suffrage is Still Relevant

A 19th Century Point Worth Considering Today 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… Continue reading Kate Sheppard’s Argument for Suffrage is Still Relevant

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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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A Look at Feminism as a Marketing Strategy

Is It Always 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… Continue reading A Look at Feminism as a Marketing Strategy

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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