Inspirational Friends I admire: John Perry Barlow

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Barlow is one of my closest friends who I have a lot of respect for. He is the founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In this post, I would like to highlight a quote from a recent Wired article on the 20th anniversary of Barlow’s the “Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace:”

“It depends on the physical world and can’t exist without it, but to a fairly large extent, it’s another thing, unprecedented in world history:  [Cyberspace is] an environment where people across the planet could come together and have a sense of political constituency.”

Friends like Barlow inspire me to fight the good fight with the ERA. How has the Internet shaped your view of the world and opened boundaries for you?

Inspirational Woman: Madonna

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Madonna attends the 5th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Montage Hotel on Jan. 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif.  (Photo: Steve Granitz, WireImage)
With the recent wrap of her Rebel Heart tour in Australia, Madonna has achieved a new milestone of being one of only six artists to gross more than $1 billion in live touring revenue since 1990. The fellow artists that join her on the ‘Top Grossing Billboard Boxscore Touring Acts’ list are all male and are all over 50, such as Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and U2.
Madonna was quoted in a 2015 interview with Refinery 29’s Neha Gandhi about current issues facing women in society.
“You can be sexy, but you can’t be smart. You can be smart, but you can’t be sexy. You can be
sexy, but you can’t be 50. So, we live in a very ageist society, which means we live in a sexist
society because nobody ever gives men shit for how they behave, however old they are. There is no rulebook. But, if you’re a woman, there are rules, and there are boundaries.”
How do we find a solution to disqualifying the ageist, sexist media rhetoric that currently feeds into the majority of the criticism that many women, such as Madonna, face in the media today?

http://www.refinery29.com/2015/03/83104/madonna-rebel-heart-feminism-interview

Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence has never been too outspoken about feminism. However, recently she penned a letter discussing the Hollywood wage gap, and attitude towards women. One line she wrote really stuck out to me while reading her letter. She wrote: “All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive.”

How do you think we can go about changing the stigma that if a woman speaks her mind she is being ‘difficult’?

http://www.lennyletter.com/work/a147/jennifer-lawrence-why-do-i-make-less-than-my-male-costars/

Photo by Jennifer Williams

Jane Fonda

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“Feminism often has a negative connotation, and I am always working towards changing that mindset. I think the main reason for this mindset is a lack of understanding. Jane Fonda defines feminism perfectly as “… nothing less than saying I want to be a whole human being with equal rights and equal opportunities.”

What do YOU think is the best way to educate people on the true meaning of feminism? – Natalie White

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/05/jane-fonda-lily-tomlin-feminism_n_7195374.html

#SherylSandberg #TedTalks #NatalieWhite4ERA

 

  • Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

    https://www.ted.com/talks/sheryl_sandberg_why_we_have_too_few_women_leaders#t-41952

    “women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world.”

    “190 heads of state 9 are women”

    “13 percent in parliament are women.”

    “Women systematically underestimate their own abilities”

    “Every male and female leader in corporate america and all over the world should watch this.” – Natalie White1500_cover_0318

Camille Claudel

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http://www.karinhaanappel.nl/web/index.php/info/karin-haanappel-kunsthistorica/onderzoek-camille-claudel

                  In lieu of my own art and campaign, I would like to recognize artist Camille Claudel. She inspired many artists to step outside of societies’ comfort zones, and embrace the human body.

As she once said, “You find me at work: excuse the dust on my blouse. I sculpt my marble myself.”

Women work for what they want just as hard as men, let’s get out there and fight for our rights!

Why does society shame the art of one’s body? How can this be inappropriate, when we are taught to embrace our bodies?

Inspirational Woman: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Georgetown University Law Center’s second annual dean’s lecture to the graduating class, a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Washington Wednesday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

In honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent birthday, I would like to share one of her great responses to a question posed towards her.

“People ask me sometimes… When will there be enough women on the Court? And my answer is: When there are nine.”

Do you think there will ever be enough women in positions of power?

http://jezebel.com/ruth-bader-ginsburg-will-be-happy-when-there-are-9-wome-1684529460