No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Thousands of Girls Impacted by the Fate of DACA

Imagine growing up in an American neighborhood, going to school, getting involved in youth sports and other activities. Then trying to get a job or apply to college and finding out you are undocumented, even though you feel as American as your next-door neighbor. Many girls and young women in the United States today face this situation, and the U.S. needs to do more to help them. Immigrant rights have been a hot button issue in the United States for decades. Immigrants and immigration reform has become even more pressing under the current administration. The administration is seemingly torn...

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Political Powerhouses: Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune is known for many things: her activism, her philanthropy and her work as an educator and civil rights activist. However, she was also a political activist. Mary was born in South Carolina, the daughter of two former slaves. After completing her education she planned on becoming a missionary in Africa before deciding to become a teacher instead. In 1917 she became the President of the Florida chapter of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW). In 1924 she became the national president of the NACW, and went on to establish national headquarters in Washington D.C.,...

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Political Powerhouses: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

As someone who views American politics from afar, I have some major preconceived notions about Democrats and Republicans. To me, these two parties are the complete opposite of each other, and for the most part I thought all Democrats and all Republicans had the same beliefs and rarely stepped far from their party’s line. That’s why reading about Ileana Ros-Lehtinen such a pleasure. She was born in Cuba but fled to Florida to escape the Castro regime when she was a child. She began her career as an educator before entering politics. In 1989 she made history when she became the first...

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Famous Female Outlaws: Angela Davis

Angela Davis is an activist, scholar, writer, and retired professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz, in the Department of Consciousness. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1944, and as a young African-American women she experienced racial prejudice and discrimination. These early experiences shaped her future, as she began joining organisations aimed at fighting this. As a teenager, she organised interracial study sessions which were broken up by the police. She went to Brandeis University in Massachusetts, where she studied Philosophy and French, spending a year in France on...

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Political Powerhouses: Kamala Harris

The past week has been an incredibly tumultuous one in the United States. How many times this year have we said that? Following the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville and the death of Heather Heyer social media erupted with condemnation of both those in attendance and the response of the President. One prominent politician who made her voice heard was Kamala Harris. The Democratic Senator from California took to her Facebook page to write a powerful post about the tragic events. ‘Many sides’ suggests that there is no right side or wrong side about what happened in...

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Political Powerhouses: Tammy Duckworth

Tammy Duckworth was born in Thailand, but moved around Asia due to her father’s work with the United Nations. As a result she is fluent in Thai and Indonesian, as well as English. At the age of 16 her family moved to Hawaii. She graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Hawaii in 1988, and went on to get her Master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University. Her family has a long history of military service, so when Tammy was a graduate student she joined the Army Reserves Training Corps. At the time–1990–there were limited options for...

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No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Political Poker Games: Reproductive Rights in the United States

In writing and shaping this column over the last eight months, I’ve tried to strike a balance between U.S. and non-U.S. news. This week, I felt compelled to write about the state of reproductive rights in America. Political policies all around the world shape girls’ lives on a daily basis, but none more so than ones dealing with reproductive rights. More than any other topic, reproductive rights are where the personal becomes political. Political policies enacted today, often by an older, male majority, will directly affect girls and women of tomorrow. In the current political climate, the...

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Political Powerhouses: Mazie Hirono

Last week, politicians in the United States voted to save the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. Three Republicans stood with the united Democrats in saving the healthcare programme. Two of those Republicans, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, have been opposed to the varied Republican proposals to gut the ACA since the beginning. The third, John McCain, is fighting brain cancer: he made headlines around the world for his vote. A Democratic Senator has a similar story to McCain, but didn’t make as many headlines. Mazie Hirono is currently battling Stage 4 kidney cancer,...

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Political Powerhouses: Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar was born in Somalia in 1982. She came from a big family, the youngest of seven children. She was raised by her father and grandfather after her mother died when she was still young. In 1991, civil war broke out in Somalia, and she and her family were forced to flee to Kenya. Ilhan and her family spent four years in a refugee camp there before they immigrated to Minnesota. Ilhan graduated with a degree in political science and international studies from North Dakota State University. Afterwards, she worked as a Community Nutrition Educator with the University of Minnesota. She...

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Famous Female Outlaws: Pearl Hart

Pearl Hart (born as Pearl Taylor) was born in Ontario, Canada in 1871 and earned notoriety by being one of the only women to rob a stagecoach. She had a fairly ordinary upbringing, coming from a middle class family and receiving a good education. Things changed at 17 when she eloped with Frederick Hart, a bartender, gambler, and heavy drinker. The couple travelled to the Columbian Exposition and Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, where Fred had found work as a midway barker. Pearl was inspired by some of the female speakers she heard, including Annie Oakley. Soon after, she left Fred and...

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