Femme Feed | Oprah Won The Golden Globe’s When She Shared Her Wish For Girls

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Oprah Won The Golden Globe’s When She Shared Her Wish For Girls.

 

The world’s eyes were trained on Hollywood tonight for the 2018 Golden Globe’s and not just for its usual tinsel town charades. A.K.A shit finally got real. With all that went on last year the industry feels like a kettle ready to boil over, and it seemed like the red carpet would be an appropriate place to do so. Leave it to Oprah however to bring tears to our eyes, inspiration to our hearts, and put a few big wigs in their places.

Oprah Winfrey was presented with the Cecil B Demille, an award that celebrates “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” (not to mention outstanding contributions to all of our personal morale over the years). She took her moment at the mich. to stand by those who bravely spoke out against sexual predators, and thank the press who gave them a platform to speak from.

She reminded us that is it the press’s “insatiable dedication to uncovering the truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and injustice.”
This ignited something in us as we heard her familiar, motivating voice come through our screens. In a world of paralyzing current events, fake news, and Twitter rants, women have used what can often toxify our lives to free themselves.

With the recent appearance of the Time’s Up initiative on social media to send the message that abuse in the workplace will no longer be tolerated, we could feel a big win approaching for women of Hollywood, one better than a trophy no less. We couldn’t help but hope that a trickle down effect would ensue. Actresses from all races, places, and ages stood in solidarity and clad in all black to unite against the abuse of power that has plagued their industry and our reality for far too long. “This is not a moment, it’s a movement,” said Eva Longoria of the initiative. With the turn out tonight, it very much feels she is right.

“Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” Oprah went on to say. It resonates with us long after the lingering of her standing ovation — how proud we are of those in any industry, any situation who have found their voice and spoken their truth. After years of being molded and manipulated into sex symbols, shallow figures, and linear female stereotypes the women of Hollywood are finally taking back the microphone.  They  are setting the new standard for the girls who will follow. The impact the movie and TV industries have on the general public is no secret, but by addressing our suppression openly, and directly we can begin to act on change.

Vérité is the French word for truth, and here we promise to always share our truth’s with you, and be your platform if you are in need of telling your own story. Let’s not lose this momentum for a new day.

 

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#VERITEWOMAN ADVICE: How To Survive The Holidays With Your Trump Supporting Fam

Advice: How To Survive The Holidays With Your Trump Supporting Fam | VERITE WOMAN, advice column, feminist community, girl gang, intersectionality, anti-trump, not my president, Hillary Clinton, republican, democrat, politics, family, Christmas, hanukkah.
We’re all getting ready to ship off to our respective holiday celebrations — we’re foreshadowing eggnog, ugly sweaters, and heated debates across the Christmas ham. The first installment of Femme Feed Advice comes from a pal of the site with this wing-dinger:

I’m headed home to see my conservative family for the holidays. It’s always a bit of butting heads on lifestyles but this year feels especially scary since they are Trump supporters and I am very vocal about not being one. Any advice you babes might have on staying sane, and ensuring no one gets dish wear to the head?

A great question indeed. We chose this topic to kick off our advice column because we figured there would be a whole slew of you also fearing just the same scenario. Truth is, it’s unavoidable, and I’m not a prime example in this department — I can’t help but take the subject very personally, often resulting in huffing and puffing my way out the front door. I turned to some trusted resources to bring you answers to keep the blood shed at bay. We took to a good ol’ group text to ask our girls with similar family dynamics how they manage to hold off a family meltdown.

Nida who’s spending Hanukkah with the Trump supporting men in her life suggests you set boundaries. “My advice is to embrace prayer. There’s no point in ruining a perfectly good evening and/or outfit over any asshole. It’s about time and place, and holiday parties are neither.” This means being vocal about what you do and don’t want to talk about is key. Explain that you still respect them regardless of their political beliefs, and you would like them to respect your right to remain festive. Another friend seconds this movement by saying “People are complicated. You’re not going to love every part of them. You love them in spite of their faults. Donald Trump is awful and scary man, but it doesn’t mean people who do find him appealing are bad people.”

“Invest in a weed pen and smoke out in the bathroom with your younger cousin,” says Mathilda. Her politically-inclined pops & co. can get a little heated, so bringing the relaxers to the mixer might just be your savior. While this sounds like off-beat advice we take it as more metaphorical. Keep things light hearted and chill — and when someone’s had too many hot toddies and leans in to talk international affairs just excuse yourself and find a quiet place to cool down. Removing yourself from the scenario momentarily can allow your mind to find ease, and let’s your family know you’re using your most adult moves to respect freedom of speech but not indulge. If that doesn’t work she suggests “Memorize Eminem’s rap bashing Trump and make a toast to recite it.”

A third confidant, Dani, suggests taking a very different approach. Break out the shot glasses and turn it into a night of drunk history! “Every time Trump comes up, Tequila!” Our guess is you’ll probably eventually forget what you were talking about in the first place. Overall just agree to have fun regardless of your personal beliefs. Take it up a notch and film the whole thing — it will bring you all closer to rewatch the slurry footage at next years family gathering.

Our final, and potentially best advice for you: Be the curiosity that didn’t kill the cat. Ask them questions that might help you understand where their beliefs might lie even if you don’t share them. Make sure you promise yourself to listen with your ears and not with your voice — and let them get it out. Even if you don’t agree at the end, they will appreciate your efforts to open the conversation and learn. You never know, they may just want to learn some things in return. Educate each other — chances are they love you, and just didn’t realize how it was affecting you personally. You are all individuals — you can’t control, or have expectations of one another — you’re only here to teach each other!

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Femme Feed | How Sleeping Can Change The World!

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What is a dream? In truth it is what ever you want it to be. Just as your life can be. Vérité wellness contributor, and Dream Worker Renée Palkovsky swears by the ability to steer your life through your dreams. Thus both are malleable. You have the opportunity to create that change you want to see in the world. By allowing your “awake” mind to take a backseat, your intuition has the ability to thrive. We sat down with Renée [in the video above]  in which she dissects Vérité Woman founder Michaela d’Artois’ strange dreams, tells us why you should be listening to these sleeping messages, and shares where the Dream Your World Into Being concept started. You heard us, set aside time this week to learn how sleeping can change the world!

We can dream nightmares, or we can dream great dreams.  We can stay stuck in “what is” or we can imagine and manifest what can be.

What is a Dream Conference? It’s the first of its kind! The Dream Your World Into Being conference is the initiative to educate the greater public about how dreams can be used to spur innovation. In turn this can heal our world, and create change in our communities.

No you don’t have to be sleeping to partake! The conference is open to everyone and begins this coming Wednesday, October 25th through Sunday, October 28th. Register for free here!

We want to know more about this Dream business! For more information about how you can use Dream Work to change your life read our interview with Dream Coach Bonnie Buckner. 

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FEMME FEED | HOW GIRLS CAN SOLVE GLOBAL WARMING!

FEMME FEED | HOW GIRLS CAN SOLVE GLOBAL WARMING! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN --- Global Warming, CO2 emissions, Education for girls, educating girls in africa, third world countries, paul hawked, drawdown, solutions for global warming, feminism, female empowerment, how to empower young girls, Climate change
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Who run the world? Educated girls! In author Paul Hawken’s recent book Drawdown he shared a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming and the damage we have done to our earth — all solutions within our everyday reach. Number six on his list is us! Yep, girls can save the world, but we need to get educated first. While in the United States provides students with educational resources no matter their gender, many third world countries do not have the same offerings.

Hawken’s research shows that it is specifically educating women that will help bump up the worlds economy, while simultaneously aiding in managing population issues that add to the decline in resources. An infographic by the Global Partnership of Education tells us that 15 million girls will never get the opportunity to attend primary school, compared to the 10 million boys who will. Many of these cases are due to schools not being made female friendly, the cost of the school vs. the poverty of the girl’s family, not being able to attend school while menstruating, and early marriage. However, getting them in school young and keeping them there can halt issues such as girls being married off  when they are still children.

FEMME FEED | HOW GIRLS CAN SOLVE GLOBAL WARMING! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN --- Global Warming, CO2 emissions, Education for girls, educating girls in africa, third world countries, paul hawked, drawdown, solutions for global warming, feminism, female empowerment, how to empower young girls, Climate changeSo what exactly can ensuring education for the young women mean? Well firstly, it can keep them and their future children alive! Educated females have a lower rate of maternal and child mortality. That same infographic tells us the kiddie of an educated mother is 50% more likely to live past 5 years of age, and their child will be past down a level of knowledge as well. Simultaneously, educated women are less likely to have large families while living in poverty — a huge detriment to our hemorrhaging population. It will also lower the percent of HIV/AIDS transmitted due to a better understanding of sexual education. School will give them the ability to understand the benefits of a more sustainable lifestyle, reducing CO2 by an estimated 119.2 gigatons by 2050. That’s the biggest save research has stumbled upon thus far.

Once educated, these women will give back opportunities to communities and Mother Earth in countless ways. Staying in school means they’re eligible for higher wages, and more upward mobility in their field — plus/plus for the economy, and their families. These women will be able to give back to industries such as agriculture, and rebuilding their local economies. Not to mention they will deliver a fresh POV to worldly issues in their communities and on a global front.

The education of girls worldwide has been on an upward trajectory, but we need to ensure it doesn’t stop here! By making schools affordable, providing women with satisfactory hygiene products, and by making schools female-friendly we can help save our biggest Girl Boss — Mother Earth!

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Femme Feed | Why Women in Saudi Will Just Now Be Able to Drive

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Femme Feed | Why Women in Saudi Will Just Now Be Able to Drive, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Saudi Arabia, Islamic State, Women's rights, women in Islamic Culture, Hijab, Can Islamic Women Drive, News, Feminism, Manal al-Sharif, Government, Politics.
When you begin to scan the opening lines of this article you may think, “oh heavens, I’ve suffered a time warp.” Allow us to reassure you, you have not. Today, the 26th of September, 2017, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has finally lifted its laws on women’s driving privileges. As of this coming June, women in Saudi will be allowed to obtain drivers licenses.

The decision seems to have been made as somewhat of a PR move by a country hoping to redeem their reputation the world over. Due to the international pressure Saudi has received regarding the ban on women’s freedom to drive and its needy economy — women’s participation in the workplace will better their economical value. While the concept of having a chauffeur might sound just absolutely luxe to us, when it’s at the forfeit of your own independence it’s no longer a luxury but a prison cell on wheels. Women in Saudi are also not allowed to take public transportation or travel without a “guardian”. What is this chaperone you might ask? A male family member to first allow you, and then to escort you wherever you might want to go. This role can be filled by a brother, son, husband, or most frequently a father.

A little bit of background:

The history of the laws are rooted in what is called Wahhabism: a regression back to the purest form of Islamic culture which supports segregating genders in places like shopping malls, the veiling of women, and the illicit socializing of the sexes. The propaganda of women conforming to these laws runs deep, including commercials of young girls singing about how as females they are not made for driving but for keeping up the home. in 2013 Jamie Kucinskas, a teacher of religion and society at Indiana University told The Atlantic “The incident catalyzed a moral campaign meant to reinforce the feminine ideal of a pious, secluded wife and mother.”

Femme Feed | Why Women in Saudi Will Just Now Be Able to Drive, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Saudi Arabia, Islamic State, Women's rights, women in Islamic Culture, Hijab, Can Islamic Women Drive, News, Feminism, Manal al-Sharif, Government, Politics.
Image of Manal al-Sharif from Youtube, & National Geographic 1987

Back in 2011, female activist Manal al-Sharif posted a video on Youtube of herself driving a car. She claims the ban is “… a way to emancipate women…” and was arrested for this act. Women like Manal continue to speak up, and out, although at their own risk — the government does not take kindly to it. Manal was only freed due to international backlash.

It’s up to all of us:

Now, we don’t want to come off as mocking — any women’s movement success is shared by all of us, and Saudi’s female population is well-deserving of this triumph. The work of female activists to further women’s rights in the country have been tireless, and this step forward should be celebrated. The female population of this Islamic state are also forbidden from activities such as competing in sports unless they can wear their traditional dress, and swimming — there is still a long way to go for equality — but with the continual support from their sisters internationally we can further this fight along.

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