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Inspiring Change: Women’s Equality

Happy International Women’s Day!

This year theme is Inspiring Change.

Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

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I wanted to take a kind of different approach to my post for International Women’s Day. Originally I was going to share my thoughts on inspiring change, but just minutes ago a documentary came onto our public television station about this worldwide holiday. The stories are so moving I feel that instead of sharing my tips for inspiring change, it would be more impactful to tell you about a few women who have inspired others to make a change.

Jane Austen

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What did she do?

Today we know Jane Austen as one of the greatest writers of classic literature. In her time though, it was not common for women to be published authors. Through Jane Austen’s books, not only did she provide us with a wide array of strong female characters (also uncommon to the time), she set the stage and opened the door for the male-dominated literature field to be more accepting of women writers.

What did she say?

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”

Susan B. Anthony

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What did she do?

Susan B. Anthony is famous in the United States for helping in the suffrage movement for women. She ended up being arrested and taken to court for her work, but afterward continued to fight until the day she died. Although Susan B. Anthony was never able to vote herself, her almost 50 years of dedication to the movement did eventually lead to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment,  which prevents voters from being discriminated against on the basis of gender.

What did she say?

“I have encountered riotous mobs and have been hung in effigy, but my motto is: Men’s rights are nothing more. Women’s rights are nothing less.”

Amelia Earhart

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What did she do?

Amelia Earhart is probably most well-known for her disappearance in 1937 during her circumnavigational flight around the world. While she was never found, her accomplishments as a pilot before her disappearance did a lot to encourage other females to pursue paths in the male-dominated field of aviation. Amelia Earhart also had a somewhat unconventional marriage for the early 1930s, where she not only perceived both the wife and husband to be equal partners, but in which she kept her maiden name (something unheard of then).

What did she say?

“Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats. But, they also get more notoriety when they crash.”

Ellen Degeneres

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What did she do?

This talk show host may not be the first person that comes to mind when you think of activists for women’s rights, but that’s what makes Ellen Degeneres so perfect for the job- she’s so subtle about it. One of the most recent examples can be seen in her shaming of Abercrombie and Fitch’s sizing declaration. While she made the news story into a joke and had everyone laughing as she shared her opinion on the matter, it still impacted women everywhere. She shared publically on television that Abercrombie and Fitch’s discriminatory policy against plus-sized women was not okay.

What did she say?

“Beauty is not between a size 0 and a size 8. It is not a number at all.”

Malala Yousafazi 

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What did she do?

The most recent in a long line of influential women, Malala Yousafazi who first became well known for her blog with the BBC in 2009 (which originally was anonymous) and then a documentary later which showcased her beliefs on the needs for educational rights for women. She has received numerous death threats for her beliefs and was shot in her school by the Taliban in 2012. After being on the brink of death, she miracuously recovered and has since continued her fight, writing a book and inspiring a backlash in her home country of Pakistan. Currently Malala is heading an education movement that spans worldwide.

What did she say?

“There was a time when women social activists asked men to stand up for their rights, but this time we will do it by ourselves.”

I hope that hearing the stories of these women were as inspiring to you as they were to me. While there has been much progress towards change thanks to not only these five, but countless more, there is still a long way to go towards seeing men and women as equals in the world. 

Thank you to Jan at Sprouts and Squats for creating a link-up where fellow bloggers can share their posts on International Women’s Day, and also for making me aware of this wonderful even- something that I am happy to be a part of.

“For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.” – Elizabeth Blackwell (the first female U.S. Physician)

Food for the… #3

I had big plans for today’s post. I was going to pour out my heart and sole to you guys. Share my deepest darkest secrets.

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Okay, not really, but I seriously did have plans for a greater ratio of words to links. However, my friend and I spent the last hour and a half looking at apartments online and e-mailing prospective landlords. Do you know how hard it is to find furnished, cat-friendly, two bedroom apartments?

Let me rephrase that. Do you know how hard it is to find furnished, cat-friendly, two bedroom apartments that don’t cost a lot AND don’t look like they haven’t been updated since the 60’s? Incredibly hard I’ll tell you.

We did manage to find a few that didn’t sound too bad and fit my roommate’s price constraints. To me the money isn’t that big of an issue since whatever we choose will be cheaper than staying in our dorm. Would you like to guess how much it costs per month to stay in a dorm at my college? $770. And that doesn’t even include a kitchen or a decent parking space! It makes the apartments that we’re looking at with $400 a month look like a steal. We’re aiming for in the high 200s to low 300s though per person, which while that seems difficult, is totally feasible.

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But that’s probably more than you would have liked to hear about my “oh look I’m pretending to be an adult” rants about finding a cheap apartment. Shoot, most of you own HOUSES! My argument pales in comparison I’m sure.

So let’s move on to my Friday link-love of all of the posts/pictures/videos that I found interesting throughout the week. As per tradition I have divided them into four separate categories. MIND (posts to get you thinking!), BELLY (recipes to get you hungry), EYES (videos or pictures to make you laugh/cry/contemplate the meaning of your existence), and SOUL (articles that speak to the heart) . This week I have decided to add a fifth category: BODY, which, as the name hints at, will be a collection of exercise articles and workouts.

FOOD FOR THE MIND

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Oreo’s New Cookie Dough Flavor is Real — from Buzzfeed

Senior Citizens Amazingly Re-Create Famous Movie Scenes — from Buzzfeed

Changes to FDA Food Label — from Yahoo! Food

16 Signs You Are a Little (Or a Lot) Type A — from The Huffington Post

Paleo on a Budget — from Pencils and Pancakes

Is Butter Secretly Ruining Your Health? — from Food Babe

Nutrition in the NBA — from CBSports

The Disney Side of Life — from Running with Spoons

Nutrition Notes: Canned Soup — from Kath Eats

FOOD FOR THE BELLY

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Chocolate Brownies that Blew Me Away — from Eat Drink Paleo

Nutty Bread — from Treats With a Twist

Frozen Sunbutter Fudge — from The Spunky Coconut

Gluten-Free Baked Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips — from The Healthy Apple

Easy Oat Flatbread — from Sprint 2 the Table

Homemade Ketchup — from Skinny Taste

Chunky Monkey Fudge — from Nut Butter Runner

Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread — from Averie Cooks

Tuna Cakes with Greek Yogurt Dill Sauce — from Minou Girl

FOOD FOR THE EYES

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I Guess This Dog Just Likes to Party — from Facebook

Amazing Kid – Future MMA Star — from YouTube

Dancing in the Sky — from Dani and Lizzy

Brothers Do Amazing Job Recreating Childhood Photos for Mum — from Yahoo! Shine

Doritos Superbowl Commercial Finalists — from Doritos

Sam Woolf American Idol Audition — from YouTube

Right Before Dying From A Rare Lifelong Disease, Sam Revealed His Three Secrets To Happiness — from Upworthy

“The World’s Ugliest Girl” and Her Response — from Shockable

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Trailer — from Movie Clips

FOOD FOR THE SOUL

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When Compliments Feel Like Lies, and What to Do About It — from Sensual Appeal Blog

Emotional Eating — from Peachy Palate

The Story Telling Edition — from Clean Eats Fast Feets

Surround Yourself — from Purely Twins

When You Think You’re Falling, It’s Time to REFOCUS — from Cotter Crunch

Running and Food Allergies — from Mile-Posts

It’s Not Easy for Everyone — from The Lean Green Bean

How Blogging Enhanced My Eating Disorder (Guest Post) — from Fueled by LOLZ

It’s Not All Rainbows and Smiles — from Anna the Apple

FOOD FOR THE BODY

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What Does “Fit” Mean to You? — The Healthy Maven

Hips, Butt and Thighs — from Blogilates

Three Tips for Running Newbies — from The Little Honey Bee (Guest Post)

Core on Fire Workout — from The Fitnessista

Yoga for Detox and Digestion — from Sarah Beth Yoga

Weight, Wait, Weight Again — from Back on Pointe

Fifty Rep Workout: Part Two — from Peanut Butter Fingers

5 Tips for Starting an Exercise Program — from Carla “MizFit”

1 Minute Fitness Challenge: Seal Jack — from Fit Sugar

You can check out my first two “Food For the…” posts here and here!

Happy Friday everyone!

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Tell me… What is your weekly Food for the… Mind, Belly, Eyes, and Soul?