On December 12, Merriam-Webster declared that the word of 2017 was “feminism.” Their choice highlights not only our culture’s struggle to define the word “feminism” itself, but the way in which the movement the word represents played out in the spheres of politics and entertainment last year.
“Free Speech Week” has since been largely dismissed as an insignificant failure due to its poor organization and paltry audience. But our campus certainly felt the negative effects of this event anyway.
The Seneca Falls Convention, which is perhaps best remembered for its demand for women’s suffrage, was held on July 19, 1848. And yet 169 years later, American women continue to struggle within the confines of a patriarchal and misogynistic society—and to honor the legacy of the Seneca Falls Convention nonetheless by continuing to fight for their rights.
Emily White is a respected leader in both the music and sports industries. She launched her first company Whitesmith Entertainment in 2009 and has overseen the careers of various musicians and comedians who went on to create Grammy-nominated albums and Emmy Award-Winning writing. White also works with some of the best athletes in the world through her tech startup, Dreamfuel.
I dressed up as Donald Trump for Halloween in 2015. My costume was inspired by my disbelief that a “sexy Donald Trump” costume was being sold on the Internet. Instead of supporting the company that had (seemingly earnestly) created that costume, I decided to parody the idea by making my own.