Elementary Feminisms

The Feminist Wire is proud to feature young feminists from elementary, middle, and high school. We believe young people should own their voices, be empowered to share their perspectives, and be supported in expressing their needs and interests. We also believe it is not for us to dictate what their feminist and social justice concerns should be, but rather to listen to and learn from them. And to appreciate and respect the diversity of their beliefs and positions. Elementary Feminisms is a vital space for emerging feminists.

Two Poems by Lorean Galarza

August 14, 2014
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Error: Page Not Available   I’m sorry. What you are asking for is not an option. This page Is Not Available.   Error.   My breasts are my own. Do not ask me if you can see them.   My waist is my own. Do not touch it.   My lips belong to me....
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Anthem for a New Breed

August 6, 2014
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By Victoria Schulte The word “feminist” is loaded and can carry bad connotations. The word “feminist,” often generates two types of thoughts; (1) social, economic, and political equality of the sexes; or (2) angry, bra burning, man hating, activists. Conservative understandings of feminism suggest that feminists are “crazy” girls being too ambitious, wanting too much,...
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Soul Singer

October 8, 2013
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By Mira Raju Strength can be either mental or physical. During a rock concert at the University of Arizona, I found someone who had both. This was Melissa Etheridge, 52- year old rock star. From the moment she took the stage, I knew something about her. Between large vibrations that traveled through my body from...
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Accepting People As They Are

October 3, 2013
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By Caleb Peterson People don’t always get the rights they deserve, and are punished for things they have no control of. People get killed or even kill themselves because they’re not normal or pure. For example, I read an article recently, in a small village in India a young girl was raped and after, was...
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LoveMaps: Nurturing Digital Activism for Social Justice

September 9, 2013
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LoveMaps: Nurturing Digital Activism for Social Justice

A workshop was held at the University of Arizona on September 7, 2013, called “LoveMaps for Middle School: Nurturing Digital Activism for Social Justice.” This project, funded by the HASTAC Digital Media Learning Competition, is a collaboration between The Feminist Wire, the UA Gender and Women’s Studies Department, and the UA Women in Science...
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Majoring in English

March 29, 2013
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By Monica Torres When I sign my name, it’s Monica, not Mónica. When I order pupusas at my favorite restaurant, the waiter will give my accent an approving nod, as if to say, you’re one of us. But it will only take a harder question for me to reveal the lie. I speak Spanish...
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Ms. Yolanda

March 18, 2013
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By Alexa Lambertis At an early age, I was exposed to a woman who essentially changed my life. A sweet lady with a southern background, she was introduced to me as a family friend. I met her in her own home, where we would spend a majority of our time together. I remember how...
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Video: 11 Year Old Feminist and Collective Member, Miss Mason, Talking Elementary Feminisms

March 18, 2013
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Elementary Feminisms: Conceived by 11-year old Collective member Mason Casper-Milam, Elementary Feminism will explore the role of young feminists in the movement and also work to engage and foster feminisms and other social justice work in K-12 classrooms. First-year college student Dylan McCann will partner with Mason in facilitating EF. In Mason’s words, “Elementary...
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