Heroes of Young Feminism

Feminism is of course not really a young movement in and of itself. However, there is a new generation of young women, my generation in fact, rising up to speak their minds and stand up for their cause in thoughtful and creative ways. They are using social media to do more than talk about their breakfast. They are utilizing the platforms most available to them, such as instagram and tumblr, to talk about what they believe in, share it with others, and start important conversations, and its beautiful. I want to highlight three of these young women specifically, who have quickly become my heroes, and share what they’re doing with you.

Tavi Gevinson 

Tavi gevinson became famous at the ripe age of 12, for her blog “Rookie” which started with a focus on fashion, and quickly shifted to a creative approach on pop culture, feminism, and so much more. It features many authors and focuses on an incredible range of topics, all of which will appeal to the mind of the teenage girl. Her blog has been a great source of inspiration for many young women, including myself.

Check out the blog here: http://www.rookiemag.com/
Check out Tavi’s personal instagram here: https://instagram.com/tavitulle/

Amandla Stenburg

Amandla Stenberg became famous particularly through her role as Rue in the ever popular Hunger Games series.  In April of 2015, she published a video discussing the cultural appropriation of black culture to her tumblr, and ever since has been using social media as a platform to end stereotypes about african americans and talk about feminism from the perspective of a black woman. She has also recently helped start a group called the “Art Hoe Collective” on instagram, which focuses on creating a safe space to empower people of color and highlight their creativity and ideas, as well as end stereotypes.

Check out her instagram here: https://instagram.com/amandlastenberg/?hl=en
Check out her tumblr here: http://amandla.tumblr.com/
Check out the Art Hoe Collective here: https://instagram.com/arthoecollective/

Rowan Blanchard

Rowan Blanchard became famous through her role in the spin-off series Girl Meets World, playing the daughter of characters Corey and Topanga from Boy Meets World. She recently responded to a question on her tumblr about the difference between what is known as “white feminism” and “intersectional feminism” in an incredibly well written and intelligent way, and has been applauded by many for her response. I am excited to hear more from Rowan on such subjects.

Check out her instagram here: https://instagram.com/rowanblanchard/?hl=en
Check out her tumblr here: http://rowanblanchardxx.tumblr.com/
Check out her response to the feminism question specifically here:
http://rowanblanchardxx.tumblr.com/post/127296679289/row-i-wanted-to-ask-your-opinion-on-the-term

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Prevention starts with awareness, so I wanted to make a post about this. Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purposes of forced labor and sex trafficking. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry today, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe, including right here in the USA. There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history. Now, you may be asking yourself, “Whoa man, that’s insane. What can I do to help raise awareness and bring an end to this craziness?” Well chillax man, because I’m gonna tell you.

You can start by educating yourself. I recommend checking out the A21 campaign, which can be found here –http://www.thea21campaign.org/index.php?linkid=2319,  as well the End It Movement, which can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/ENDITMovement. Both are great organizations that offer more information. For some basic facts, check out this article from dosomething.org – https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-human-trafficking.

Second step: Passing on the information! Do some research, share this post, write your own, write a status, tweet about it, tell your dog, tell your mom, tell your hairdresser, your hairdressers mom, and your hairdressers moms dog. You can be casual about it. Just say something simple like this: “Hey man did you know that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month? I read online that there’s an estimated 27 million people in slavery all over the world, right now! Crazy right?” See? It’s actually not too hard, I believe in you. Even if you just tell one other person, that totally counts.

Third step: That’s actually all I’m asking you to do. If you took the time to read all of this, that warms my heart. If you took the time to checkout the websites I mentioned, maybe gave their Facebook pages a like, or better yet did your own research? That warms my heart even more. If you feel inclined to go even farther than that, and choose to donate or volunteer in some way, that’s totally rad of you. Truthfully however, the first thing we need to do is make sure everyone knows that Human Trafficking is a real thing. So if you take up the courage to start a conversation about Human Trafficking with someone, you’re actually my hero.
A favorite quote of mine is this:
“I raise up my voice not so that I can shout, but so those without a voice can be heard.” – Malala Yousafzai
That right there – that’s what this is all about. So please, if you have a chance, share this information, and raise up your voice, so that those who are in slavery across the globe, who need someone like you to speak for them, can be heard.

Thank you tons.
Peace and love to you, Meghan