Women are making the best rock music today

Snail Mail – Photo: Emma Swann

The New York Times newspaper published an amazing story yesterday about 25 new bands that prove women are making the best rock music today.Here’s what they wrote: “Where, exactly, have the guitars gone? Sure, there’s never been a shortage of traditional rock bands – say, a mostly male, mostly white four-piece. But in the face of increasingly diverse music tactics, their cultural impact is beginning to wane. Many indie-rock groups have started to feel rote or even parodic, as if they’ve run out of ideas or exhausted the passion to develop new ones.

But a new generation of female and non-binary performers – punk in style or spirit, coming from theall-ages warehouse and D.I.Y.-venue ecosystem – is taking their place. These singers and musicians, working just below the mainstream, are  making music about tactile emotion, rousing politics and far more.

Laetitia Tamko aka Vagabon – Photo: Jared Allen

To take stock of this vibrant moment, and to spotlight these artists’ work, we spoke with them about why they make the music they do, and what obstacles the industry, and society large, have thrown in their paths.”

Check out the story on the link below:



Gender Equality – Why It Matters

GenderWhile the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

  • About  two-thirds of countries in the developing regions have achieved gender parity in primary education
  • In Southern Asia, only 74 girls were enrolled in primary school for every 100 boys in 1990. By 2012, the enrolment ratios were the same for girls as for boys.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania and Western Asia, girls still face barriers to entering both primary and secondary school.
  • Women in Northern Africa hold less than one in five paid jobs in the non-agricultural sector. The proportion of women in paid employment outside the agriculture sector has increased from 35 per cent in 1990 to 41 per cent in 2015
  • In 46 countries, women now hold more than 30 per cent of seats in national parliament in at least one chamber.

Regardless of where you live in, gender equality is a fundamental human right. Advancing gender equality is critical to all areas of a healthy society, from reducing poverty to promoting the health, education, protection and the well-being of girls and boys. Investing in education programs for girls and increasing the age at which they marry can return $5 for every dollar spent. Investing in programs improving income-generating activities for women can return 7 dollars for every dollar spent.

What can we do to fix these issues? If you are a girl, you can stay in school, help empower your female classmates to do the same and fight for your right to access sexual and reproductive health services. If you are a woman, you can address unconscious biases and implicit associations that can form an unintended and often an invisible barrier to equal opportunity. If you are a man or a boy, you can work alongside women and girls to achieve gender equality and embrace healthy, respectful relationships. You can fund education campaigns to curb cultural practices like female genital mutilation and change harmful laws that limit the rights of women and girls and prevent them from achieving their full potential. To find out more about Goal #5 and other Sustainable Development Goals, visit: http://www.un.org/ sustainabledevelopment 

Source: United Nations

The Future Is Female!

untitled“The future is female” is a phrase that was invoked often by Clinton’s supporters during her campaign for president and in recent years has become a rallying cry among women and feminists who advocate for more female everything. T-shirts and onesies and lapel pins have featured the phrase. Of course, it’s a hashtag. And although it became mainstream around the same time Clinton announced her candidacy, “the future is female” wasn’t created by Clinton, and it wasn’t even created this millennium. Its mothers were, in fact, lesbian separatists. Let’s rewind.

In 1972, New York City’s first women’s bookstore, Labyris, opened in a small space in Greenwich Village. The founders — all lesbian feminists — wanted the space to be a hub not just for literature by women, but activism for them, author Kristen Hogan writes in her book “The Feminist Bookstore Movement.” “Other bookstores,” the women said at the time, “don’t discuss racism or lesbianism with you.”

Labyris was criticized for being elitist and exclusive, according to Hogan, perhaps because it experimented with lesbian separatism, a school of feminist thought that promotes the complete isolation of lesbians from men and heterosexuals, either temporarily or permanently. But the bookstore also had support from women like Audre Lorde, the black writer, feminist and lesbian who died in 1992.

It’s slogan, printed on merchandise to fund their efforts, became “the future is female.”

In 1975, photographer Liza Cowan captured an image of her then-girlfriend, singer-songwriter Alix Dobkin, wearing a white T-shirt that bore the slogan over a powder-blue turtle neck. Cowan published it as part of her slide show, “What The Well Dressed Dyke Will Wear,” and feminists claimed Labyris’ words, wearing them on clothing and pins to rallies and protests.

But the phrase fell out of — or never made it to — mainstream popularity. Now fast forward four decades.IMG_3051_grande

In 2015, Rachel Berks, a feminist graphic designer, was skimming Instagram when she found an old photo posted by the account @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y, a wordplay on the masculine “history.” It was Cowan’s portrait of Dobkin, wearing her “the future is female” T-shirt.

Berks shared the photo on her own Instagram account and wrote: “If everyone’s not following @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y, you should be. It’s an awesome place of discovery.” The photo got more likes than any other she had posted, Berks told Think Progress in 2015.

More empowering, though, were the suggestions flooding her comment section: revive the slogan. Berks had the skill set to upgrade the design and the platform to sell the shirt — her feminist California studio Otherwild — so she got to work, at first printing just a couple dozen. They quickly sold out, she told Mic.

The graphic designer later collaborated with Cowan, who gave Berks permission to use her original 1975 photo of Dobkin to promote the reincarnated T-shirt. Working together, they updated the purple “the future is female” buttons Cowan sold decades ago. They’re now available for purchase through Otherwild, and the women share the profits, Berks told Think Progress.

Model Cara Delevingne and her girlfriend, musician Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent), helped thrust Berks’ design into the spotlight, sparking a fashion frenzy that drove early attention to the T-shirt. But Delevingne also whipped up controversy — and put Berks on the defensive — when she started selling nearly-identical T-shirts bearing the phrase.

There was negative press and animosity, something Berks described to Mic as a “major bummer.”

The lesbian separatist roots of the phrase have seemed to fade, but both Berks and Cowan recognize that this is a product of the ever-evolving nature of feminism.

“For me, the past, present, and future are female, and we need to hear that, because we’re told the opposite of that every day of our lives. I think that this message has sort of evolved in a very important way,” Berks told Think Progress. Women have embraced the slogan, of course, but so have men and people of various gender identities, and even those who don’t believe in the gender binary, Berks said.

“I think it really transcends the notions of what its initiation was,” she told Think Progress, “and I think it’s really relevant today.”


In an interview with i-D magazine in 2015, Cowan said that if asked 40 years ago, she and Dobkin would have never been able to anticipate the pop culture sensation their photograph inspired.

“In some ways the message ‘The Future Is Female’ is, if not lost, then certainly understood differently than it was in the 70s,” Cowan told i-D. “Feminism has changed, the world has changed. It is difficult for many younger women to imagine the power, the excitement and the urgent need for women to come together to change the world. This may change. I do like that people think it’s a cool image. It IS a cool image.”

In 2015, Cowan posted to Instagram a re-creation of the portrait she created 40 years before. In it, Dobkin once again dons a turtle neck beneath a white T-shirt reading “the future is female.” This time, it’s Berks’ design.

Cowan told i-D the slogan is a “call to arms,” but also an “invocation.”

“If we are to have a future, it must be female, because the rule of men — patriarchy — has just about devastated life on this beautiful little planet,” Cowan said. “The essence and the spirit of the future must be female. So the phrase becomes not just a slogan, but a spell. For the good of all.”

Source: Washington Post


II Poetry Contest: Daughter listen to me

by @theframedsky

Daughter listen to me
you who may never be
for I fear for the future
the future we are trying to shape
slowly but with haste we are pushing
for you to never have to fear
never have to question your feelings
Daughter trust me I’ll keep pushing
to be a better person
so I wont be but an obstacle
for those striving to change the minds
the archaic few who keep us
from ever meeting
Daughter believe me the world
isn’t always going to be just
but maybe one day we can make it yours
I can see you now in the brightest spot of my being standing on your own two feet unquestioned for your abilities are the proof
strong as the woman I knew you could become

Female Poets Expedition Series


Poetry is an art of expression thru words. It is a way to tell our stories, our feelings, and our opinions about a subject. A poem introduces children to poetry and can help them to develop writing and art skills. Besides, poetry can assist people to overcome traumatic experiences. For these reasons, our project encourages girls and women to engage in Poetry.

Promoting poetry contests in our blog inspires females of any age. Knowing about other female poets around the World give us the support and the motivation to be brave.

Our series “Female Poets Expedition” invite you to embark on a journey and experience the World thru words. Giving all of us – women knowledge and motivation to write messages to change the way that society sees and treats us.

Female Poets Expedition will have a post every Thursday on our main page.

Our first stop is India… See you tomorrow!

Source Image: http://eastendlocal.com/event/poetry-around-the-world/

via International Day for Maternal Health and Rights: A Call for Action — Girls’ Globe

Post written by Serra Sippel and Bergen Cooper. The International Day for Maternal Health and Rights was launched in 2014 by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) with other global sexual and reproductive health and rights organizations with support growing every year since. On behalf of the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights […]

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Gender Equality Month


by Mariana Laviaguerre

Around the World, 63 million girls are currently out of school – that is almost the same size as the entire population of UK. Even if a girl does make it to primary education, the drop-out rate before she reaches secondary school is steep. The majority of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa do not complete their secondary education. The impact this has on their lives can be devastating. Girls who do not complete school are not only more likely to live in extreme poverty, they also miss out on the vital knowledge that affects all areas of life – from how to protect their sexual health to how to defend their own human rights. For example, one study found that non-literate women were four times more likely to believe HIV could not be prevented.

Without an education, any girl would struggle to protect herself and fully take control in her future.

Photo credit: Erick McGregor/Pacific/Barcroft

Women’s Day: HEFORSHE Press Launch


Hi Everyone,

I started my day at the HEFORSHE Press Launch at the Lincoln Center this morning. The event kicked off the HeForShe Arts Week that is happening in different towns in the World, (NYC, London, Paris, Madrid, Bangkok, Santiago do Chile, Sao Paulo, and Panama City), from March 8th to 15th. The Arts Week aims at raising awareness and funding for gender equality through the arts.

Also, I had the opportunity to hear UN and local leaders, and film starts talking about Gender Equality. Efficiently they presented statistics about women in the workforce and their hopes, and goals to fix inequality in the workplace. In NYC, eliminating the wage gap in all boroughs is one of the top priorities mentioned by Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City.

Listening to motivated voices opened my mind to new ideas. Indeed,  I am on the write path by bringing awareness to gender equality thru media and art. “The Arts give us license to experience something new, to express ourselves, and to openly question our culture.” – Emma Watson, Actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador

Please feel free to share your ideas with us. We are here for you.

Enjoy your day!!

Vanesa Daniela

Please find the list of speakers:

Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City

Bjarni Benediktsson, His Excellency, Prime Minister of Iceland & HeForShe IMPACT Champion.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Édgar Ramírez, Actor & UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Jill Kaplan, Publisher and Vice President, Crain’s New York Business Chair, Women’s Leadership Council, Lincoln Center Corporate Fund

Grace McLean, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award winner

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater

Poetry Contest: When You Fall

by  Laura Santner

You will fall
And oh will you fall far sometimes
And not know where to go
And not know where you went
And not know how to speak
But child,
You will learn
Take it all in
And write your sorrows
To find your joy again
Show yourself hope
That got caught in your heart
It’s ok to be uncertain
It’s ok to feel alone
Gather your strength
And I promise child
You will pick yourself back up
And rise
And shine
You will have these moments
And remember that despair is fleeting
Look beyond your dark days
Love your limitations
And think
Because new doors will open every dawn
And discoveries will be made
My child, oh child
You can be that star you dream of
But you must dare to dream it to begin

Women’s March: Embrace each other and let’s battle for our rights

I read this article “Race Issues and the Women’s March on Washington” on the New York Times, and I cannot believe that we are discussing race few days before the March in Washington and other parts of United States. Please do not get distracted by the ethic issues.

There is no doubt that there are problems about this subject that need to be solved. However, this concept is misleading and haunting us. I can assure that we can achieve much more goals together. Nobody is better than anyone and life can be more enjoyable if we have peace.

We have an extensive list of women issues that need to be solved. Embrace each other and let’s battle for our rights.


New York Times

Race Issues and the Women’s March on Washington