Pretty heartbreaking. These beautiful and bright students deserve so much better. Above I included some of the photographs (there’s many more) of Black women who are students there because I think it’s important to point out how racism is not only impacting Whites’ perception of their intelligence but also how White people approach their appearance as well, in gender-specific ways. This is heartbreaking to me albeit not surprising. The myth that working hard = happy payoff is a fairy tale. Racism is ubiquitous.
I really wish them the best with their education and the ability to navigate these microaggressions and overt acts of racism. This stuff increases stereotype threat and impacts mental health and health which impacts performance. I want the best for them. Much love. ❤
I love this. The only one that upsets me is the hair one - I don’t ask unless I know or am comfortable with the person, but I love to feel any interesting hair (mohawks, buzz-cuts, dreadlocks, etc), not just black peoples. Again, that doesn’t mean I have a RIGHT to, I just think it was phrased harshly above.
Every guy should just really look at this.
The WV Free Choice Fund helps dozens of patients every year access safe, legal abortion in West Virginia. They provide funds as well as lodging to women traveling long distances. If you are in need of assistance, click the link or contact the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia.
As a West Virginian woman, I do not believe this is an organization that helps women. If you’d like to give time and money for what West Virginian women need, I encourage endorsement for a group I’ve volunteered for in the past - The Gabriel Project.
Here are a few quotations from the Gabriel Project’s website about what they do and the type of women they serve
The Gabriel Project benefits families and single mothers without adequate financial resources to meet the tangible needs of a new baby. We provide such items as safe cribs, secure car seats, diapers, formula, clothing, and hygiene products at no or low cost to the client. We also provide mothers with emotional support, answer questions about baby care, and make referrals to other social service organizations. We provide transportation if possible to medical appointments.
Unlike other women and children service organizations, we do not impose financial restrictions or eligibility criteria on our clients. We therefore frequently assist needy families who “fall through the cracks” in qualifying for other agencies’ services. We serve homeless women, families without jobs, women and children who are victims of domestic violence and countless others. Although we primarily serve mothers and mothers-to-be, we also assist fathers and grandparents caring for their child or grandchild.
We help mothers like Jessica, who escaped from an abusive relationship with her infant and toddler and only a few clothes that she could quickly gather. She timidly approached the Gabriel Project, seeking diapers for her infant. When the Gabriel Angel met with Jessica, it quickly became apparent that this family needed much more help. She and her children were sleeping on old blankets on the floor in a house with no heat. There was little food to eat. In a matter of hours, the Gabriel Angel rallied help to provide emergency items. The next day a crib and toddler bed arrived. The Gabriel Angel also helped Jessica connect with other social service agencies for additional assistance and legal support. Even though Jessica was nervous about the future, she cried tears of joy for the care and mentoring provided to her by the Gabriel Project.
Other charities I suggest to help West Virginia Women are…
This woman is so beautiful inside and out. I can’t believe how violently people are opposing her NATURAL facial hair. :/
A report from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, found that transgender people faced double the rate of unemployment of the general population, with 63 percent of the transgender people surveyed reporting they experienced a serious act of discrimination that majorly affected their ability to sustain themselves. These numbers are even worse for trans people of color, especially trans women of color, the deaths of whom have been deemed a “state of emergency.”
Trans women have been saddled with the responsibility of taking on trans-exclusionary feminists for far too long—but it’s not their issue to deal with alone.
Read: It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women by Tina Vasquez at BitchMedia.org. Infographic by Michelle Leigh.
Did you know that pregnant women have been fired for using the bathroom to vomit, needing to carry a water bottle on the job, or asking to sit on a stool instead of standing in place all day? While employers have to make allowances like these for other types of temporary disabilities, a number of bad court decisions have encouraged them to feel they can get away with firing or mistreating pregnant workers with impunity.
It’s disgraceful and unacceptable that at a time when unnecessary budget cuts are decimating food, medical, and educational supports for low-income families, pregnant women continue to be pushed out of their jobs just as they take on all the expenses of having a new baby.
This is unacceptable. Pregnant workers need more protection. With a child coming up they need employment more than ever. Please contact your rep.
'No you can't have paid maternity leave'
'What do you mean you have special needs when you're pregnant?'
Pro-lifers, look closely. People can and do lose their jobs for being pregnant.
Yes and that’s why we need to keep fighting issues like this (as they are feminist causes) and not punishing/killing the babies because of the world they are being born into. Can you imaging being told your mother tried to have someone kill you (before she even met you) because of a job? That’s not to say the above situation isn’t completely awful, painful, and unfair; I just take issue with the implication that abortion will solve the problem.
THIS. IS. AWESOME.
i hate when people say that women should dress more modestly in order to “leave something to the imagination”. leave what to the imagination? what do people think is under my clothes? a mass of algae? memes? shinji ikari?
Yeahhhh, that is not a good reasoning. Especially for me personally since part of my views have to do with only my husband and myself enjoying/seeing certain parts of me (personality-wise and physically), so I’d reeeeally rather not have people imagining about what’s under my clothes.
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