7 Things To Do Before Starting Your Own Business

How do you know when you’re finally “qualified” to quit your job and go out on your own? Becoming your own boss is a scary proposition, here are 7 things you must do before starting your own business.

Why The Government Should Pay Women To Learn Tech Skills

The government should use some of the $35 billion spent each year on unemployment and pay people to learn. Yes, pay people to learn. Imagine the single mom who is paid a monthly stipend to get trained on Samaschool’s platform as a virtual assistant, graphic designer or copywriter. This takes them off the welfare system and makes them feel empowered and a sense of belonging.

Inspired by Emma Watson: My Feminist Book List for 2016

Emma Watson’s decision to launch her book club is a great way to get other women involved and learning about women’s issues, which inspired me to write about the feminist books I’m planning to read in 2016. I hope they encourage you to jump on the feminist book-club train if you already haven’t; all aboard!

2015 in Review: The Year of Feminism in Pop Culture!

The success of Feminism in today’s pop-culture landscape should by all means be celebrated! We’ve made it! But, 2016 is just around the corner and it’s likely to bring a rapidly growing number of venture capitalists who believe that feminist media is worth investing in for the sake of making money, not to empower women.

All Hail: How Adele’s Rolling Stone Cover Destroys the Male Gaze

What does it say about a culture when it’s considered “daring” to put a woman on a magazine cover without the pretense of sex? Adele’s new Rolling Stone cover, a tangent to her breathlessly anticipated reemergence, does just that, and it’s striking. Since the birth of art criticism, images of women have been read largely as subject to the male gaze, and it’s rare, even in this fourth wave of feminism, to see an image of a woman rejecting that gaze. She’s either languishing in it, or watching herself being watched. But Adele and Rolling Stone renounce this.

In the Name of Love

“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is an unmerited privilege, a sign of that person’s socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and cosign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can self-righteously bestow DWYL as career advice to those covetous of her success.

Amber Rose, Feminism, and Contemporary Pop Culture

On Saturday October 3rd, 2015 Amber Rose held her widely anticipated Slut Walk in Los Angeles. And while I was of course expecting some negativity, I was in no way prepared for the hateful commentary and backlash that ensued. Feminist backlash–which involves a direct, explicit refutation of feminism as misguided and bad for women [1] is…

Is Instagram The New Breeding Ground For Body Shamers?

When I was 17, I was stupid enough to give a friend of mine who was trying to lose weight this advice “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” This was stupid for a number of reasons but the three most important ones were 1) I had always been naturally skinny and had never experienced…