We Fight for the Future: The 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Sunday, January 22, 2023, marked the 50th anniversary of the supreme court’s monumental ruling in Roe v. Wade. Although this should have been a moment for celebration, instead it was a day where people all over protested and marched to make it known that our bodies are ours, and only we can make the choices…

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New Year New You: Why is Weight Loss Pushed on Women

In our society today we often hear how being “fat” is bad and makes the person “ugly.” This is never more evident than at the start of the new year when everything around us revolves around new year’s resolutions. When we go online, enter a store, or even talk to our friends we are bombarded…

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A Person Next to You: The State of Immigration

On December 3 I traveled back home to El Paso, Texas for my godson’s 3rd birthday party. I was excited to be going back home and to see my family whom I had not seen since the summer. As I was getting off the plane, I was happy and eager to celebrate, however, that would…

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Beyond the Male Gaze

With YWCA Greater Austin’s upcoming end of year event, Solidarity: Beyond the Male Gaze, it is important to break down the history of the male gaze as well as the progression of the idea first coined by Laura Mulvey. In 1975 Mulvey published “Visual Pleasure in narrative Cinema” which began a new conversation in film…

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Revisiting A Stolen History: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples

Earlier this year we celebrated the International Day of the Indigenous Peoples and with that, we celebrate the many contributions, successes, and fierce history of the Indigenous nations. With Thanksgiving day fast approaching, I thought it necessary and vitally important to revisit the importance of Indigenous peoples and their representation. As written previously, the film…

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Fighting in Solidarity: YWCAs of Texas Urge You to Vote

YWCAs across Texas are on a mission to encourage you to prioritize women/girls, trans, non-binary, and people of color with your vote this year. Through a get out the vote video project, YWCAs across the stare are wanting you to vote with Texas women, rans, non-binary, and people of color in mind. Women are the…

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A Push for Feminist Intersectional Solidarity: A Look at Dia De Los Muertos

HISTORY OF DDLM Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. “In Mexico, death rites date from pre-Hispanic rituals represented in murals, painted pottery, monuments, and artifacts, which shows how the Day…

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The Case for Latine

As Hispanic Heritage Month begins, I reflect on the terminology and language we all use to identify ourselves. Every day we hear people referring to themselves as Hispanic, Latino/a, Latinx, Mexican American, etc. Often, language is used to exclude or include certain populations, make assumptions, and place judgment. This makes is more important than ever…

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Get Out the Vote: Empower Yourself, Use Your Voice

Having the right to vote is not something that was just given to us. Through years and years of struggle, our ancestors fought and struggled so that we could have a voice today. At the start of this country, voting was limited to white male property owners, which in turn limited much of the population…

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