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Friday 20 January 2017
Feminism Opinion

my feminist manifesto

Mia Freund
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I think my first encounter with the word “feminist” was around sixth grade, when a friend of my older brother told me that if I ever wanted a boy to like me, I best not join Feminist Club when I reached high school. At the time, I took his advice seriously. He, a cool high…
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Thursday 25 February 2016
Culture Feminism World

fgm: a tradition that desperately needs to go

Jay Ong
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It is unfortunate that archaic traditions still proliferate in many parts of the world despite how much more socially progressive and politically conscious its inhabitants have become. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a procedure often performed to ‘prepare’ girls for adulthood and marriage. You may ask: what exactly are the health benefits of such a…
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Tuesday 9 February 2016
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fEMPOWER: workshopping gender with high schoolers

Arabella Close
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  Last year, a group of students from the University of Sydney Wom*n’s Collective began teaching workshops on feminism to high school students under the brand fEMPOWER. We began the workshops after one collective member shared her experience of coming to university with very little understanding of feminism, outside of what was offered by the…
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Thursday 1 October 2015
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what if the clothes you wore could change the life of a girl in sierra leone?

Aranya Phookan
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Hawa is a vivacious, young girl with big dreams of becoming a lawyer. Her home is Sierra Leone, a small country still on the mend after being torn asunder by a decade-long civil war. Known for its abundance of minerals and diamonds, it is ironic that life in Sierra Leone is far from glittering. A…
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Sunday 28 June 2015
Feminism Politics World

let girls learn: Michelle Obama backs education initiative to pull girls from poverty

Annabelle Regan
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There’s a saying that goes, ‘if you educate a man, you educate one person; if you educate a woman, you educate a nation’. When girls are not educated, their quality of life is lessened and escaping poverty becomes almost impossible. According to a White House report, uneducated girls have diminished economic opportunities and are more…
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Friday 13 March 2015
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school’s out: how our education is failing the feminist movement

Anne Johnston
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I always used to groan about how pointless high school seemed. I spent countless hours analysing what the red room meant in Jane Eyre and learning maths that I still haven’t used in everyday life. But there was something we didn’t learn, that I’d only heard briefly used and out of context until university, that…
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Tuesday 13 May 2014
News World

the fear of educated girls: nigerian school girls kidnapped

Emilie Bertsch
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April 14. I was probably studying on April 14. I was probably complaining about the amount of study I was doing on April 14, taking for granted my privileged education that has made me a better analyser, empathiser, and questioner. Almost 300 girls between 14 and 18 were sitting their exams on April 13 in…
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Wednesday 26 February 2014
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biblezines: questioning the appropriateness of religious education in public schools

Ally Van Schilt
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Religious and Christian education for both primary and secondary school-aged children has always been a provocative subject for debate, often with strong arguments for both its necessity as a compulsory school subject, for it being a matter of individual and familial faith, or being better off outside of the classroom. However, following a recent publication…
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Thursday 13 February 2014
News World

in brief: julia gillard named chair of global partnership for education

Kezia Lubanszky
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Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been named chair of the Global Partnership for Education. Made up of nearly 60 developing countries, donor governments, international organisations and civil society groups, the program aims to have the world’s poorest children attending school. Ms Gillard, at the head of all this, will take control of fundraising efforts…
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Wednesday 23 October 2013
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sex education: it’s a feminist issue

Lucy Uprichard
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Despite frequently being a compulsory part of modern-day educations, sex and relationship education, or SRE, is often brushed to one side in schools. In the UK, one in four pupils receives none at all, and many of those who do get it report it to be unsatisfactory or even factually incorrect. Many parents are unwilling…
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Monday 7 October 2013
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‘girl rising’: empowering girls through education

Heidi La Paglia
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In most contemporary western countries, there is little difference between the educational participation of males and females. While in the past it was males that predominantly participated in the education system and the workforce, while females worked within the private realm of their home; changes in legislations and cultural values have over time made the…
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Monday 23 September 2013
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the gender imbalance in female-dominated occupations

Laura Bradley
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David Brown seems like your typical 50-year-old man, with a myriad of blokey interests ranging from soccer to Sunday jams on his Fender guitar. Mr Brown’s chosen occupation, however, has placed him in one of Australia’s significant minorities: the male nurse minority. It’s fair to say that the Australian workforce in the 21st century has…
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Saturday 21 September 2013
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do it in a dress: educating girls in sierra leone

Tedi Bills
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I grew up in a tiny Far North Coast town called Alstonville, nestled back from the beach in the dark, lush greenness of macadamia country. When I was a teenager, I didn’t want country living. I wanted to be like the cool girls in school, and learn how to surf, and get my belly button…
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Thursday 19 September 2013
Culture Feminism Get Involved World

One Girl, and why all women need access to education

Tedi Bills
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I grew up in a tiny Far North Coast town called Alstonville, nestled back from the beach in the dark, lush greenness of macadamia country. When I was a teenager, I didn’t want country living. I wanted to be like the cool girls in school, and learn how to surf, and get my belly button…
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