Stars Screen Binge Culture Media. Facebook Twitter Instagram. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos The year feminism fought back Beginning with the inauguration of Donald Trump, the year saw an escalation of the Republican Party's attacks on women, including efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, undermine women's legal and reproductive rights and slash essential health benefits. Marianne Schnall.
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There were also threats to issues women care about: protections for children, civil rights and the environment, just to name a few. And then came the explosive epidemic of reports of sexual harassment and assault, exposing just how pervasive this problem is for women in all sectors of society.
With all that has happened, it's been hard for many women -- and men -- not to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. In response to these attempts to diminish our power and silence our voices, women are harnessing their outrage. They are more engaged, energized and resolute than ever. Issues that were long ignored are finally coming to the surface, and women are beginning to speak up and use their voices and influence to demand real change. As New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, founder of Off the Sidelines , put it to me: "One of the only silver linings of the Trump presidency is that more and more women are feeling emboldened to raise their voices and fight for the issues that matter most to them, from sexual harassment in the workplace to paid leave.
We saw that with the Women's March, and we saw it again on Election Day last month, when women all over the country got off the sidelines, ran for office, and won. This fire now burning in women explains why, even after such a rough year, we have reason to hope. I'd like to offer these reasons to be optimistic about what has in store -- to remind us that we are living in a watershed moment in our history, one we can broaden and deepen. A transformative moment. Rose McGowan: 'I have been slut-shamed' Women everywhere are rising up, taking the women's movement into the mainstream.
Women are protesting, marching, organizing and building power. From the millions who joined the Women's March to the survivors who have bravely come forward with their stories of sexual harassment and assault, to the millions participating in the MeToo movement, it's become clear that women are not going to stay silent anymore.
And these "silence breakers" -- named as Time magazine's "Person of the Year" -- are not only speaking out, but are being heard. The "women's movement" has been swept into the mainstream and become more diverse, and social media has become increasingly effective at mobilizing younger generations of women and girls. At the same time, men are becoming more vocal and aware of gender issues and finding ways to be active as allies. And, this week, the word "feminism" was named as Merriam-Webster's word of the year: It was the year's most-searched word on the dictionary's website.
Harvey Weinstein is a symptom, but what is the deeper problem? As California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who has been one of the most outspoken advocates of this new "resistance" told me, "When I spoke at the historic Women's March in January, I was extremely inspired and encouraged. Following the election of Donald Trump -- a man who had defined himself as having no respect for women and who was prepared to use his office to turn back the clock on the progress that had been achieved by the women's movement, the civil rights movement, and the LGBTQ movement -- a very diverse group of women organized the Women's March, which brought together thousands of women from all ages, ethnicities, religions, and walks of life, who showed up and gained the type of attention for our concerns that we haven't seen in many years.
She continued: "Since the march, I have been very pleased by the leadership and participation of younger generations of women, particularly the millennials, who are continuing what was started in January and are running for office at record levels, organizing their communities, and, as we have seen with MeToo, are boldly speaking truth to power in order to fight for the change we so desperately need in this country. This is what the 'resistance' is all about, and these signs help me continue to be hopeful during this very tumultuous and chaotic period in our country.
Women's political power is growing.
Women are running for office in record numbers, there has been a dramatic increase of women donors funding campaigns , and more and more strong women leaders are emerging. Parity for women in politics is being rightfully reframed as an essential component of a reflective democracy, and the need for women's input and voices in government has never been more clear. Emily's List, an organization devoted to electing female candidates, has reported a huge surge in women interested in running for office, with more than 22, women contacting the organization since Trump was elected.
Other groups offering training programs for women report similar increases and also note the trends of a more diverse and younger cohort of women candidates. Photos: Women's March on Washington. Organizers said the march is sending a message to Donald Trump that "women's rights are human rights.
Hide Caption. A woman chants at the Women's March on Washington. I pray for Tonya as she faces critics about her story, and praise her for her honesty, knowing that she has only written what the Lord himself has moved her to share. I look forward to many more of her writings, teachings, as she has moved me to make many changes in my own personal life, perhaps a bible study in the future??
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God bless! View 1 comment. Dec 12, Carol Goulet rated it it was amazing. I realize many women have went through the lifestyle Tonya did as a young girl and and a young woman.
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The thing in this book is she not only went through it, she was lonely, felt unloved and looked for love in the wrong way. She does have a mentor that didn't give up on her, one that introduced her to the healing power of Jesus. It took a few years but once she found the love of Jesus and believed she was loved she began a journey that many are afraid to even try. She gives many practical tips i I realize many women have went through the lifestyle Tonya did as a young girl and and a young woman. She gives many practical tips in the book of how we as women can effect all of those around us including our immediate family members, friends and even society.
Her life has also had medical problems with their children and how they cope and help these children learn to live with these handicaps. Please read this book with an open mind and do not judge as you shall also be judged by Jesus in the end. I am very blessed to know this lady and although I figured out why I never felt loved even though my reasons are completely different this book has been a blessing.
God Bless you Tonya and your belief in our Savior and for being willing to help others. Oct 24, Sarah rated it did not like it. I first spoke with the author, Tonya Shellnutt, on twitter. She followed me and I followed her back, thinking I was being followed by someone who cared about women in the way that I do.
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Even though I was wrong we had some stimulating and at times down right angry-- on my end conversations in characters or less. Eventually, I chose to concede and see about getting a copy of her new book "Woman Power Revolution" which I am reviewing now. I was interested because I enjoy being open-minded a I first spoke with the author, Tonya Shellnutt, on twitter. I was interested because I enjoy being open-minded and I believed that reading Tonya Shellnutt's book may enlighten me as to why a woman in our society would think so backwards. Shellnutt was kind enough to send me a copy of her book, totally free.
So I'd like to preface this review saying that she seems to be a kind soul and that I'm just trying to be honest.
True femininity, according to this book, is the idea of empowering other women to stand behind men, not with them. The author goes on to explain that women were not made to conquer or lead. Women are made to build men up and keep the family running.
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Women are made to be "life givers, cheerleaders, and encouragers". Men are supposed to have the strength and the power and women should understand this and let them have the power. If women don't let men make the decisions or women question their husbands decisions then women are essentially telling their husbands that they do not trust them.
Wives imply that their husbands are stupid and in turn the husband will become "wimpy and passive". If women question this seriously skewed idea of feminism, then they are acting out based on wounds from their past. Feminists are simply wounded women who want to push men around and prove that they are inept. Because of feminists, men are now portrayed in the media as "wimpy". If a woman doesn't want to get married or live a life led by a man then she hates men.
If a woman was wounded by a man in the past and she considers herself a feminist now and works toward making life better for women, she hates men. She's responding to her wounds and not performing in the way she was "originally meant to be". Also divorce causes homosexuality. I call bullshit on all of this. This entire book is one big offensive mess. I seriously doubt any intelligent woman is going to learn anything from this but it may serve as validation to women who are christian and already hold all of these beliefs.
The author also advises about infertility and grand-parenting, which she knows absolutely nothing about seeing as how she has 5 biological children and is not a grandparent. She victim blames. She tells the reader that men are visual creatures and women are doing them a disservice by dressing immodestly. Whatever group of men she's writing about can exhibit self control and simply Easy peasy.
This is how jerk off cops get away with telling a rape victim it's her fault for being raped for dressing "like a slut". C'mon people, victim blaming is not okay and it's not okay to perpetuate it by telling women to change their attire, lest they be looked at Here's my last point: The author constantly tells the reader not to think of men as inept, wimpy, passive fools and she really does a great job at communicating that they are just that. She implies they are visual creatures who just can't help themselves. She says to let men make all the decisions so they don't get saddddddddd :.
Men need to be portrayed as strong in the media because it makes them sad This book is full of ideologies that simply will never exist. Perfect families will never exist even if you believe in god.