Let’s Hear it For the Women

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The common misconception about Women’s History Month is that the culture is diminishing what it means to be a woman by confining it to one month. However, it is meant to highlight women, to bring to light how important women are.

A group of senior girls in the free period room got together to talk about how important Women’s History Month is to them. When asked the girls what the hardest part about being a woman was, senior Emma Watkins said, “Female maintenance standards. For example, shaving. Women get shamed for not shaving or being completely smooth.” I asked how she felt about the expectation to shave, and if we should all be expected to shave or none of us should have to. Emma replied, “I think you do what you want to do.”

The expectation to shave was brought about by consumerism. When men left to fight in World War II, razor companies had lost their target marketing group. So, they decided to change their audience and convince women to shave. Ever since then, it has become an expectation and a guideline for women to follow.

But International Women’s Month is not something only to be celebrated by women; its a month of recognition for women, but senior Billy Stepp reflects on the importance of women in his life. Stepp was adjusting his broken backpack when he said, “I love my mom and I’m so thankful for her because she always sews my clothes and backpack.” Stepp continued, “My mom shaped me into the person I am today.”

Senior Garrett Huggins said, “I’m so thankful for so many teachers at this school, especially Mrs. Morris. She’s my role model.” Sophomore Ellie Archer said, “I’m so thankful for Mrs. Brooker, she always encourages me and really inspires me.” Students reflect on their favorite female teachers and staff at Wesleyan as there are so many wonderful women who are employed.

This shows students how lucky they are to not only attend Wesleyan, but to have so many wonderful teachers that they look up to as well. Because out of the world’s 123 million illiterate youth, 76 million are female. Even with extended effort and outreach programs that provide women with access to education in third world countries, the female literacy rate is still under fifty percent.

This is why Women’s History Month is so important. It not only brings to light and highlights important women in history, but also shows what the population still has to work on. There has been a lot of change in the past. From women’s suffrage to gaining access to education for women in less developed countries, freedoms for women have come a long way. Yet there is still so much more to accomplish, and together, the world can accomplish this.

Helen Mirren on a Jet Ski: Hollywood’s Biggest Night

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“And the Oscar goes to… ‘La La Land’.” Audiences remember that infamous moment when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong Best Picture Award at the 89th Academy Awards. While this year’s ceremony steered clear of major flubs, long runtimes and political jokes made for a major drop in ratings, “down 20 percent compared to the 2017 numbers, averaging 26.5 million viewers” according to Fox News.

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The Black Panther Sleuths into World Topics

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The “Black Panther,” which debuted Feb. 16, is the latest Marvel superhero solo movie. Ever since the last Avengers (Civil War) movie where the superhero Black Panther made his first appearance, his solo cameo has been highly anticipated. Although the movie did satisfy many people who went in with high expectations, for others it did not quite meet those same expectations. Keep Reading

American Students “March for Our Lives”

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School shootings are just as American as apple pie. As of 2012, America’s rate of gun homicide has more than tripled the rate of gun homicides in other developed countries, averaging 29.7 homicides per 1 million people. It is universally known that gun violence is a big problem, but the question is, how do we handle it? Keep Reading

Wesleyan Blossoms with Spring Sports and Activities

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Every spring, people are stuck between wanting to spend money on food and all the new, seasonal clothes and not spending any money, so they can save up for summer vacations, but there are many fun activities to do that are completely free and local. For example, go to the Wesleyan lake or any other local park and fish or have a picnic with the ducks and a few friends. Living so close to Atlanta, there are so many places to discover. Be a tourist in your own town and take a walk on the BeltLine, visit a museum downtown or try different ice cream shops in the city. As the days turn into night and the temperature starts to cool, start a bonfire and cozy up with a bunch of friends while roasting marshmallows. There are plenty of things to do in our hometown that require little to no money. Keep Reading

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