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US Women's Soccer Team's parade this morning and petition for real support


I am excited about the ticker tape parade this morning to honor the US Women's Soccer Team, the only women's team to win three FIFA cups. However, I wish they would truly honor the women by giving them equal pay, instead of a fraction of the pay of the US Men's Soccer team, which LOST. Did you know FIFA called the idea of pay equity "nonsense?" If you haven't already, please sign the below and pass around. Thanks.

Petition: Rescind Rape-Supporting Judge's Lifetime Achievement Award


Please sign and forward widely.

Sexual assault is one of the most under-reported crimes in our society. G. Todd Baugh's victim blaming and rape myths have caused sexual assault victims to further question whether they should report their assault. Studies have shown that rapists on an average commit six rapes each, highlighting the need for reporting. Baugh sentenced a former high school teacher to a month behind bars for raping a 14-year-old girl and said, "she looked older than her age." She committed suicide.

That's why MT NOW President created a petition to Jessica Fehr, President, Yellowstone Area Bar Association, which says:

"Victim blaming and rape myths have no place in our society, especially by the judiciary. G. Todd Baugh engaged in such victim blaming and rape myths and was censured and suspended for these biased acts. We, therefore, call on the Yellowstone Area Bar Association  to rescind their Lifetime Achievement Award to G. Todd Baugh."

Looking at Street Harassment Across the Broad Spectrum of Gender-Based Violence: Tweet Chat Friday, April 17th, 12-1 p.m. EDT


What: Tweet Chat Looking at Street Harassment Across the Broad Spectrum of Gender-Based Violence
When: Friday, April 17th, 12-1 p.m. EDT
Where: Follow @nowyoungfems and use #EndSH

Please join us and Dr. Sophie Andar for this Tweet Chat to discuss a holistic strategy to end violence on every level.

Dr. Sophie Andar is Director of Operations and Programs at Culture Reframed.  A commitment to social justice and well-being has led Dr. Andar to initiate, develop, and facilitate youth and community development, violence prevention, and health promotion efforts in grassroots, non-profit, university, and city and state government settings over the past ten years. Diverse roles at the New Mexico Office of the State Historian, the Columbia Center for Youth Violence Prevention, and the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) have deepened her appreciation for multilevel, multisector collaborative mobilization toward sexual violence prevention.  As a fellow for the Teachers College, Columbia University Research Group on Disparities in Health, Dr. Andar recently conducted the first study to examine the role of digital media, including pornography, in college sexual assault.  

End Street Harassment: A Multicultural Perspective: Google Hangout Sunday, April 12th, 7-8 p.m. EDT


Please join Young Feminists and Allies, the National Organization for Women’s First Virtual Chapter, and Stop Street Harassment for a Google Hangout about Street Harassment from a multicultural perspective. Holly Kearl, founder of International Anti-Street-Harassment Week, will moderate brave women with diverse backgrounds to learn of the similarities and differences in the way our sisters experience street harassment. There will be a Q&A section, so please send us your questions in advance or during the event at youngfeminists at gmail dot com or Tweet at us at @nowyoungfems and please use the #EndSH hashtag.

Although we would love to include all voices, time restraints mean for this particular event, we will focus on the experiences of:

  • Kasumi Hirokawa: TCK and trilingual feminist from Shanghai who currently lives in Japan
  • MorningStar Angeline: Native American and Latina actress who lived in both the Southwest and West Coast of America
  • Muneera Hassan: Bangladeshi-American, Muslim, college student from Boston currently living in Northern VA who wears hijab

What: Google Hangout on End Street Harassment: A Multicultural Perspective
When: Sunday, April 12th, 7 p.m. EDT - 8 p.m. EDT (US Time)

Holly Kearl, founder of International Anti-Street-Harassment Week, Washington, D.C.

Jerin Arifa, Young Feminists and Allies, the National Organization for Women’s First Virtual Chapter, Queens, NY


7:00 - 7:03 p.m. Jerin welcomes participants, briefly describes YFA chapter, discusses agenda (hold questions for end of program) and introduces Holly

7:03 - 7:06 p.m. Holly introduces herself and asks each participant for intros

7:06 - 7:08 p.m. Kasumi introduces herself and her connection to #EndSH
7:08 - 7:10 p.m. MorningStar introduces herself
7:10 - 7:12 p.m. Muneera introduces herself
7:12 - 7:30 p.m. Holly asks each participant their experience of Street Harassment as related to their identities and locations they lived in
7:30 - 7:36 p.m. Call to Action: Holly asks participants some suggestions/helpful tips for others to help #EndSH for their particular populations and locations
7:36 - 7:50 p.m. Q&A (Jerin to type questions to Holly)
7:50 - 7:58 p.m. Holly mentions other upcoming #EndSH events and calls to action
7:58 - 8:00 p.m. Jerin mentions @nowyoungfems Tweetchat on Friday, April 17th, 1-2 p.m. EDT, to look at street harassment across the broad spectrum of gender-based violence and discuss a holistic strategy to end violence on every level.


Holly Kearl is the founder of the nonprofit organization Stop Street Harassment, a consultant for entities like UN Women and the Aspen Institute, and a facilitator with The OpEd Project. She is the author of two books and a national study on street harassment as well as more than 60 published articles for outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post and Guardian

Picture: Holly Kearl at the International Women's Day March in NYC, second from left.

Jerin Arifa is the President of the first-ever, virtual chapter of the National Organization for Women called Young Feminists and Allies. She is also on the board of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, which trains mostly underprivileged high school and college-aged women to become leaders. She was one of two students who proposed and co-created the City University of New York domestic violence and sexual-assault policy for a student body of 500,000. When not working at her position as the Marketing and Communications Manager for The Financial Clinic or volunteering for a diverse range of social-justice issues, she enjoys outdoor activities in New York City with her feminist husband.

Kasumi Hirokawa is a proud Shanghai girl, writer, feminist, trilingual TCK and above all, weirdo. She loves food, historic sites, intersectionality, books, writing and naps. She is allergic to people asking her where she is from.

Muneera Hassan is a first generation Bangladeshi American Muslim. She grew up outside of Boston and currently resides in Richmond, Virginia, where she attends college. Muneera is interested in health disparities and slam poetry. After sharing experiences with her peers on street harassment, she decided to consolidate them into a mixed media presentation (featured on SSH’s blog here). Since then, Muneera continues to grow and learn as a feminist and hopes to continue to facilitate conversations promoting safety and equality for everybody.

MorningStar Angeline, born as MorningStar Angeline Wilson-Chippewa, was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA to Rita Rose Wilson and Ethan Sean Chippewa. Her ancestry includes Native American tribes Shoshoni, Blackfoot, Nez Perce, Blackfoot, Chippewa Cree, as well as Mexican American and European. MorningStar began acting at an early age and continued mild theatre work until her freshman year at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, CA. She then attended Pierce Community College and studied acting, philosophy and photo journalism. In 2012 MorningStar dropped out of college to pursue acting and photography full time in Los Angeles. She worked for companies such as Happy Place, Inc. as a behind the scenes photographer and shortly after received the role of Nizhoni Smiles in Drunktown's Finest which went on to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2014. Later in 2014, Ms. Angeline won Best Supporting Actress from the American Indian Film Festival for her role in Drunktown's Finest which also won Best Film.

Are All Terrorists Muslims? It’s Not Even Close


Sent to me by an atheist feminist (no, not my husband). 



So here are some statistics for those interested. Let's start with Europe. Want to guess what percent of the terrorist attacks there were committed by Muslims over the past five years? Wrong. That is, unless you said less than 2 percent.

Back in the United States, the percentage of terror attacks committed by Muslims is almost as miniscule as in Europe. An FBI study looking at terrorism committed on U.S. soil between 1980 and 2005 found that 94 percent of the terror attacks were committed by non-Muslims. In actuality, 42 percent of terror attacks were carried out by Latino-related groups, followed by 24 percent perpetrated by extreme left-wing actors.

Pro-choice pets calendar: Send your photos


Please distribute widely.

Are you pro-choice?  Do you have furry friends who share your feelings about reproductive justice?  If so, please send us pictures of your PRO-CHOICE PETS!  

NOW's Young Feminists & Allies chapter will be selling a 2015 Pro-Choice Pets Calendar & we'd like to feature YOUR pet! A very generous and feminist donor is giving us money to pay a developer to create and host our brand new website, but we're short about $200. The funds we raise will go toward that and other awesome feminist activities.
While we'd love pictures of pets wearing pro-choice apparel or holding their protest signs, we understand that pets don't have thumbs & not all pet parents put their animals through the humiliation of clothing so feel free to send us any of the following types of pictures:
- Pets with pro-choice signs
- Pets with pro-choice apparel
- Pets being cute 
- Pets being pets

We'd also love quotes from you to add to your photos.  Quotes can include:
- Famous quotes about reproductive justice
- Quotes from you about how you feel about reproductive justice
- Quotes from your pets (well, okay, probably still from you) about reproductive justice

Please send your photos in jpeg to youngfeminists at gmail dot com by December 14th! Contact us with any questions. Thanks!

Stay tuned for sale information!!

Feminist "my lingerie play" by Diana Oh Nov 16th


From our member Siobhan:

I'm typing with one hand, which cramps, so I'll keep this short---

I'm attending a really awesome looking FREE installation called "my lingerie play" by Diana Oh. It's about street harassment, intersectionality, and underwear. It seems. I'm going Sunday, November 15th. We have to rsvp in advance, so check out this link if you'd like to go out and hang out and support this woman's work!!