F*** It. I’ll Do It: Interrupting the Narrative

Many times as an after school coordinator, “F*** it. I’ll do it” meant interrupting the usual narrative. When I had a group of third grade girls who prided themselves on being mean girls, it meant bringing them together in a sister circle; showing them the beauty and worth in themselves and one another; and teaching them how to build and sustain friendships with one another that could last lifetimes.

Clothing is a part of our everyday lives. Aside from being an instrument of modesty, it is a form of self-expression. We’re often quick to judge someone based on their choice of apparel because our style is a public statement about who we are. For many of us, shopping is our favorite stress-relieving activity. We all love a little bit of retail therapy, which is understandable. But our shopping habits can have detrimental consequences. Have you ever thought about where your clothes come from?

A Vigil for Survivors

“One story should be enough,” said Grace Cunningham, co-founder of Students for Survivors, as she stood to welcome a few dozen folks who attended the student group’s Vigil for Survivors earlier this month at Rohs Street Cafe. Students for Survivors is a student-led movement at the University of Cincinnati dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual assault regardless of race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, or ability.

Mary Ellen Mitchell: From House to Home

Five years ago, Mary Ellen Mitchell co-founded Lydia's House with her friend Meridith Owensby and husband, Ben Eilerman. Mitchell was expecting her second child and Eilerman, an architect, had a full-time job. Both Mitchell and Owensby had left their positions with local nonprofits. It wasn't, Mitchell acknowledges, an ideal time to be starting a nonprofit organization.

Reflecting on Michelle Obama's Words to Young Women: Part 1

After a two hour drive, we stumbled into Bankers Life Fieldhouse and were presented with press passes that read, “A Moderated Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama.”

In the weeks leading up to this event, put on by the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, I had wondered if it would be politically focused: a speech commenting on the current political climate or a speech raving about the past president. I was so excited to find out that it was neither. Instead, moderator Alecia DeCourdreax interviewed Michelle Obama about her life, her successes, and every woman’s ability to excel.