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The first time someone told me 'hush, girls don’t shout!', was when I was five. I was at the park with my brothers, my friends, and we were on the ring-a-round. I was screaming, happy, gleeful peals of laughter that only children get away with. My skirt flying, hair messy, knees dirty, I came back to my disapproving mother. “You’re not a boy,” she said. “Girls must be quieter.” At five years old, innocently and unknowingly, I nodded and bowed my head. “Sorry, ma.”   The second time was when I was seven. The class bully had just yanked off my...

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Over the years, we have slowly but steadily, moved towards a more equal world. Various movements have been undertaken to help close the wage gap, provide women with abortion rights, and an overarching autonomy over their own bodies.  This has helped to ensure that young girls of the new generation grow up in a more equal society. But this journey hasn’t been easy. To honour the strong women and men who have fought for gender equity, we’ve compiled a timeline outlining what made feminism what it is today. Let’s start at the beginning!   1405: Christine Di Pizan’s The Book...

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The Oscars this year was a riot of colour, of diversity and change. The most notable winner of the night was, to me, the Best Documentary (Short), awarded to “Period. End of a Sentence.” A documentary about a small village in rural North India, Period.. documents the lives of the women, most of whom haven't even heard of a pad. The documentary is just above twenty-five minutes long, but strikes a chord in the heart to last a lifetime. Produced by a group of students from Los Angeles who had heard that women who got their period in rural India...

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In the words of Robert Frost, "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." Poetry and prose have been the language of the suppressed for centuries; words put together like pearls on a string – delicate and capable of turning the so-called ‘ordinary’ into pretty. Here is a brief list of the strongest, most powerful poets who write for the strength of women everywhere.   1. Maya Angelou Possibly the greatest poet ever, acknowledged for her effortlessly beautiful writing, her words are capable of stirring up revolutions. She wrote in simple, unembellished words,...

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In a world where men rule, it is rare seeing a woman make headlines. But, here is a list of women who broke records, rose to the top, and broke the glass ceiling and beyond!  Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is the first democratically elected female head of state - more specifically, Iceland. She served as president for a term of 16 years, the longest serving female leader to date, and the only female president of Iceland so far! When she ran for President in 1980, women made up only 5% of the parliament in Iceland! Female political participation in Iceland significantly increased...

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