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Riddhi Andurkar, Staff Writer
International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women, without looking at their race, religion, nationality, economic or political divisions. Also during this day, feminists show extra support to the causes they firmly believe in.
There are a few misconceptions about the definition of a feminist. I have seen feminism defined as women who strongly dislike males and strive to become more powerful than them.
There are a few things wrong with this definition. First, feminists don’t have to be women. In fact, many men are feminists as well. Second, feminists do not dislike males. Third, they certainly do not strive to become more powerful than men.
Feminists are people who believe that men and women should have equal rights, not that women should be more powerful and hold higher office positions than men.
The “Time’s Up,” movement against sexual harassment, and “#MeToo,” are trends that promote conversation about the somewhat taboo topic, and has served to either prevent or bring justice to sexual harassment incidents. 2018 might be known as the year of the women.
#MeToo has given women a voice, allowing them to speak out on their experiences on sexual harassment.
Twenty years ago, all women were perceived as emotional liars who were unable to control their feelings. If the women of that time had stepped into the spotlight and shared their stories after the incidents, two things would have happened. First, society would have told them to ‘calm down, sweetie’ and take a few deep breaths to quiet down their emotions. Second, the whole world would have thought that this was another lie that women were using to attract attention.
Have we turned a corner in women empowerment? Perhaps.
In recent times, we see that women have become stronger and more confident. They no longer fall victim to the bribes of influential men in their field. In fact, the women themselves have become powerful and influential.
A positive change because of which society has started to listen to the stories of these women. This newly found confidence in women has brought them far. It has allowed their voices to be heard.
It took us over 50 years to understand and believe the incidents some of these women had to face. That is progress, but now we must probe deeper into the problem and investigate the cause to eliminate the problem forever.
Celebrating International Women’s Day is a step in the right direction.
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Poem by Joie Jarman, Staff Writer
Feminism. This word brings debate, fighting, and discord wherever it goes, but should it? This word is one of hard work, and success. It's a word of hardship and persistence. Behind this word is millions of woman, all fighting for one thing, and one thing only: equality.
Equal. A word that people use in vain. A word that has so much meaning, behind that meaning, lives lost. This word has taken people from this life after they asked for only one thing: to be treated like a fellow human being.
Human. A living, breathing life. You. You are a human. We are humans. We are the same. Things like race, religion, and gender have divided us. These simple differences have started wars. They have taken lives during these wars.
War. A thing that nobody likes, but everybody creates. A synonym for war is struggle. Perhaps this life is just a struggle to understand one another, because things that are different scare us.
Fear. The unpleasant emotion caused by something that seems dangerous. Why should different seem dangerous.
Different. We live in a world where we are told to celebrate differences, but not all differences. Some differences should be put to shame.
Shame. The painful feeling of humiliation or distress. Why should people feel shame for the way they were born, or what they believe, or how they act. Why do we shame people when all they do is love.
Love. A feeling that is accompanied by a sense of belonging. We should love everyone we see, everyone we meet. Everyone in this world deserves love. Everyone deserves to belong to this crazy, amazing, diverse family we call the human race.
Race. This life is not a race. The people around you are not your competitors. We are a team.
We are one.
We are HUMAN.
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Ashley Hale, Staff Writer
As a tenth grade high school student, almost a month into the school year, I decided I needed to get a job. Although my schooling should always be a first priority in my life, so should the skills that come out of getting a job. Once I got my driver’s license and had to start paying for gas and food if I wanted to eat out, I decided it was time. As I was looking for jobs, though, I realized I didn’t have a clue on how to get one.
The first step to getting a job is creating a resume. Of course, having limited experience can make this part difficult. While making a resume, I recommend using an online resume maker. The one that I used was www.resumecoach.com—it was great, and it helped put everything together in a professional and organized way.
After your resume is completed, you have to start applying for jobs. I searched online for “teen jobs” and I was pleasantly surprised at how many results came up. There are many websites that have part-time jobs for high school students that fit into the student’s schedule. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get hired; not every job is perfect for you, and you are not perfect for every job—but be persistent.
When you do get a call back for an interview, you really need to start preparing. Be ready for anything. Research the business you applied at and make sure you dress appropriately for the job. Being on time to your interview is very important and shows your dedication, persistence, and precision.
Make sure you fully understand the qualifications and requirements that are present in your workplace-to-be. Understand that you may not like the people you work with, but that is common in the workplace and you’ll experience that throughout your life.
When I went to my interview for my current job, I was asked questions like “What are your qualifications?”, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, and “Tell me about yourself.” After answering these questions, I was hired on the spot. This isn’t how it’s going to be for everyone, but if you are lucky, or your resume is spot on, you’ll have pretty good odds.