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It embarrasses me to admit this, but I haven’t always considered myself a feminist. It wasn’t until I read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In last year that I realized feminists aren’t the crazy, hippie, bra-burning women they used to be. They–we–are simply people who believe women as a whole are not given equal opportunities and are misrepresented in the mainstream media.
Once I realized this, I was like “Oh, well duh. Of course I’m a feminist.”
My eyes were opened even more when I went to Invisible Children’s Fourth Estate Leadership Summit back in August of 2013. One of the sessions I attended was called “Who Runs the World? Girls,” during which a panel of women spoke about all things women. This panel included my good friend Meg; actress Sophia Bush; and one of the founders of the nonprofit I Am That Girl, Alexis Jones.
The session changed my perspective on a lot of things and got me interested in I Am That Girl. Then I found out Alexis was writing a book, also called I Am That Girl, so as soon as it became available in March, I had my hands on it.
While the book was a little easy to put down, I still loved it. In fact, I’ve already bought two more copies to give as gifts and plan on giving it to every girl I know for our next gift-giving holiday.
This picture was taken two years ago today. I traveled to the Netherlands for spring break with my friends Randi and Amber to attend a conference on the use of child soldiers and the International Criminal Court.
The trip was life-changing, so I wanted to share a bit from my old blog (that just never really stuck) about March 6, 2012.
Some of the biggest stories coming out of last night’s Academy Awards involve Leonardo DiCaprio, John Travolta, and a massive celebrity selfie.
However, there are three completely different things that stuck out to me from the Oscars: the three socially conscious Oscar speeches delivered by Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, and Steve McQueen.
On January 1, Sean and I were two of the fortunate 105,491 in attendance at the 2014 Winter Classic.
I use the word “fortunate” lightly, because it was 13° Fahrenheit when the game started, and it snowed all day.
I was able to get four tickets total, two of which went to our friends Zach and Aaron. I bought two tickets back in July when I became a season ticket holder to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. They cost me $135 each, but I was expecting them to be $300 or more each, so I was happy to pay it for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Then, of course, the weekend before the big game, I got a call from my boss saying he had two tickets to the Winter Classic that were mine if I wanted them. I explained that I already had tickets, but I knew some people who would want to go if given the chance. He agreed, and Sean and I took my boss’s tickets and gave ours to Zach and Aaron. So really, all things considered, $270 for four tickets to the big game wasn’t a bad deal at all.