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An Open Letter To Mary Wollstonecraft

Dear Mary Wollstonecraft, As a woman who wrote The Vindication of the rights of Woman, during a time in history when women’s rights work was seen as a forbidden path, I heartily commend you for your work. Your arguments on behalf of your sex not only hold historic value, but a pertinent key to the destructive cycle that condemns the natural state of women and glorifies the natural state of men. If you would look at the current state of society, it will not reflect the true nature of both sexes. When I go back to your text on discussing…

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The Inhumane Qualities Of The Guideline

I am a runner guided towards a track race made of cement and cheap paint, advertised to be the ink used to write the Fourteenth Amendment. I am approached by mass media, allured by their pledge to protect me, I take comfort in their deceiving smiles. Before their smiles can subside I am handed The Guideline, and pushed towards the starting line. The cement beneath me, where the track race lies becomes a reminder of deception. The cheering crowd lining the track race symbolizes my unspoken signature, accepting The Guideline’s requirements for women only. The Guideline states: I must be…

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Through Her Determination - Katherine Larkin-Wong

Endurance, Determination and Persistence, all three characteristics I witnessed when attending the Stronger Together Conference in San Francisco. I was surrounded by women who were zealous to jump over the lines of discrimination despite the challenges. I had the chance to speak face to face with some of the women and left in awe by Ms. JD’s willpower and ability to endure. There’s something inspiring about a person who's willing to show you her battle scars and the stories that goes with them. “Through Her Determination” is a way for the Ms. JD community to connect with one another through our…

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Determined to be a Ms.JD

"There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women."  –Kofi Annan When I started looking into organizations I might want to get more involved with, what drew my attention to Ms. JD was its message of women empowering each other and building a safe haven to connect and reach out to other women in the legal community. Being a senior in high school, it’s rare to see this form of unity between girls my age. I’ve noticed a power struggle that forces girls to either climb the social ladder in hope of becoming the “It Girl”…

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