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The General Election 2017: Prohibited Opinion

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but today is the General Election here in the United Kingdom. As an American/EU national living (and working, and paying taxes) here, I can’t vote. But I have paid close attention to this election. And this election is giving me literal chills. Actually, it made me cry. I queued up outside a local public school to vote for Hillary Clinton on a chilly November morning last year. I was ecstatic. Elated. I was voting for the first woman president. We, as a country, were standing on the edge of a wonderful, new, exciting world of possibility. We were about to take a massive turn. And we did, but not for the better. I cried every day for a full week following the US election results. I cried with my friends, I cried with my mentors, I cried with my mom and my uncle. I cried on the bus on the way to work, at work with my coworkers. I cried. A lot. When I relocated …

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Nevertheless, She Persisted

What a feminist rallying cry! In a week of weirdness, I have to say that there have been some kick-ass things going on, not only on the internet, but also in -gasp- real life. There were a few things that had my feminist heart a-flutter, so instead of picking one and writing, here’s a little list. The Big Salary Reveal: 12 Real People Discover What the Pay Gap Looks Like – Glamour Magazine ponders the gender pay gap. This is a particularly good article – its research addresses the disparity between white women and women of colour, its videos are easy to watch (for those of us with no attention span), and it features one of my best friends(!) eruditely shedding light on an issue that definitely needs some illumination. Sen. Elizabeth Warren & Coretta Scott King – just being bad ass women in general, Warren attempted to read King’s letter before being shut down. This gave rise to a new feminist rallying cry: Nevertheless, she persisted. Now being paired with images of other female …

Sophie Walker and WE Party: London Mayoral Hustings – Evening Standard

The mayoral hustings offered Sophie Walker, the Women’s Equality Party candidate, a chance to step into a public forum and she showed that she sees London from a different point of view. Women are half of the population, and within that we are also made up of minorities, so I think Ms Walker could have shown support for intersectionality (the study of overlapping social identities). This was implied in her answers, such as when she discussed how transport needs to be user-friendly for mothers who may not own cars or when she spoke about the pay gap — including women who work part-time because they can’t afford childcare. These undertones of inclusivity are a step in the right direction, and Ms Walker needs to address the needs of specific women for her rhetoric to turn into policy. Women are made up of many subgroups and her participation last night showed her astute understanding of this. When she said “the WEP will make London better for everyone”, I think she truly meant it. Originally Published in the …