Author: She-Files

Before #MeToo, There Was El Tendedero

DENVER/MEXICO CITY VIA EMAIL—Mexican artist Mónica Mayer has been highlighting the global problem of violence against women since her first iteration of El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project opened at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico…

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R.I.P. Sexist Halloween Costumes 

DENVER--Let’s face it, Halloween costume options for girls mostly suck, especially when you think of them in terms of gender roles. Girls get to be pretty princesses, helpless damsels in distress,…

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Her Stories: No Problem Too Big

DENVER--My family is large—I have eight brothers and sisters—and I’m amazed every day by how much I learn from my siblings. When I was in kindergarten, my parents approached my…

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Her Stories: The Power of a Handwritten Letter

DENVER -- Last year, I started writing handwritten letters because I was in a rut. I felt like I needed to counteract some of the immediate feedback loop created by…

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Bata Shoe Museum’s Elizabeth Semmelhack Talks High Heels and Sneakerheads

DENVER AND TORONTO VIA E-MAIL—Shoes. As women, we love them, we hate them, we covet them, we even imbue them with magical powers (Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw and…

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Why Does Lifestyle Feminism Get a Bad Rap?

DENVER AND NEW YORK VIA SKYPE—When mutual friends introduced Elissa Auther and Gillian Silverman in 2002, it was an obvious meeting of minds. They quickly discovered they had a lot in common; their academic backgrounds were in…

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Her Stories: Welcome Back Summer Break

DENVER--Summer break hits me like a slow-motion punch every year even though I’ve been counting the days since October. When it finally arrives my mind floods with scenes from movies…

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A Feminist Tag for Films and Its Founder Holly Tarquini

DENVER AND BATH, ENGLAND VIA SKYPE: While selecting programming for the 2014 Bath Film Festival, the director and festival head Holly Tarquini devised an innovative idea: create an F-Rating for…

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Vault 100 at London’s The Ned Reverses Traditional Gender Bias

LONDON--The number of women CEOs on Britain’s FTSE 100 stock exchange was a total of eight when Kate Bryan, the British art historian and global head of collections at Soho…

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Teen Twins Prove Age Isn’t a Barrier to Activism

DENVER AND TORONTO VIA EMAIL—Maryam and Nivaal Rehman, 15-year-old Pakistani-born Canadian twins, are your normal teens— with one exception. At the tender age of eight, when many young girls are still…

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