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Hillary Glass Ceiling

In the past week, we made history by voting for Hillary Clinton. She finally became the first woman to win a party nomination. Until recently, I was never a Hillary Clinton fan. As a fellow Hilary/Hillary, I have gotten endless jokes related to her since I can remember. Due to the endless joking, I sincerely hated sharing my name with her because it’s annoying. However, once the candidates for each party became clearer, I became incredibly scared of the Republican Party and the views the candidates had. Then I looked at the Democratic Party, and while I loved a lot of the ideas Bernie Sanders has, I just didn’t think they were feasible in this political climate. This left me with Hillary Clinton, a strong female candidate with a variety of experience in politics and serving others. I was faced with a 20-year-old battle, between my years of jokes and people spelling my name wrong or voting for the best candidate in my opinion. I picked the second option, and while the jokes have gotten increasingly worse this political season, I am proud to say #ImWithHer. Also, today Oprah endorsed Hillary Clinton, and it’s awesome to see other powerful women supporting each other.  I am so excited to have the possibility of a woman president, and I really hope it happens.

Here’s a speech Hillary gave at her college graduation, she was the first ever student speaker. You can already tell that she was going to be an amazing leader in the future!

 

Why Social Workers Should be in Politics

While I was in graduate school basically all of my classmates hated the policy courses we had to take. However, a lot of the areas they wanted to work in depend on federal policies. Recently, the University of Southern California School of Social Work published this article about 6 Issues Social Workers Should Consider this Election. These six issues are extremely important this election, and we need to be educated on the issues the candidates the support and vote accordingly.

Trapped

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Friday night I was lucky enough to attend a screening of the documentary, Trapped. The movie focuses on access to abortions in the Southern states, mainly Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. As someone who has always lived in urban settings and in blue states, I was shocked at some of the laws different states have been implementing to make it nearly impossible for abortion clinics to stay open. The stories about some of the clients at these clinics broke my heart, and they also angered me. Most of the laws in these states were presented and written by men, so men want to control a woman’s right to make choices about her own body. I honestly think that if more men got to experience life as a woman, they would realize how dumb this is. By forcing clinics to close, the government is continuing the cycle of systemic poverty for women and their children. This alone can increase the amount of aid states provide to qualified impoverished residents. In Alabama, they keep passing different trap laws, which make it more difficult for abortion clinics to stay open. We were lucky enough to have one of the owners, June, at the conference Friday. If you’re at all interested in women’s rights and reproductive health, I strongly recommend Trapped.

 

6 LEVO Lessons

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One of my favorite companies for professional development tips is LEVO. The site allows you to create a profile, a bit like LinkedIn, but brighter, organized differently, and more interactive. They also publish a variety of articles and inspirational quotes, host webinars, and have downloadable guides all related to professional development. Here are my 6 favorite articles:

  1. 15 Things Incredibly Happy People Do

  2. 10 Ways to Psych Yourself Up About Job Hunting

  3. The Brief: 90 Percent of Women Would Rather Do This Than Be Late For Work

  4. A Millennial Life Through Taylor Swift Songs

  5. Work Smarter: The Best Times of Day to Conquer Your To-Dos

  6. 10 Productivity Hacks in 140 Characters or Less

Happy 10th Birthday Devil Wears Prada!

One of my favorite movies of all time, Devil Wears Prada, turned 10 today! In honor of its birthday, Levo published an article about career lessons we can learn from the movie. Personally, I think they are all important ones, and I wanted to share the wisdom with you!

 

 

One Step Forward for Women

As we all know, an unfortunate part of some women’s college experience includes sexual assault. In 2015, a list of universities was published that failed to deal with sexual assaults on campus appropriately. Yesterday, a huge step forward was made for women who are victims of sexual assault. This article and video should be a lesson for everyone, demonstrating the importance of handling rape cases appropriately. I hope that people and universities start handling these cases better, and learn from this settlement and movie.

 

 

Reese Witherspoon

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Earlier this week, Glamour hosted their Women of the Year Awards. Reese Witherspoon won an award for creating more roles for strong women in film, and of course, she gave an amazing speech. Reese talked about everything from her motivation, determination, ambition, to what inspired her to create her production company, and why women need to be involved in more male dominated industries. Reese is truly an inspiration to all, and everyone should read her speech.

http://www.glamour.com/entertainment/blogs/obsessed/2015/11/reese-witherspoon-women-of-the-year-speech