Goals for 2017-2018! by Eliya Ahmad ’19

At last weeks meeting, we discussed our goals for the upcoming year, including both broad overall ideas and more specific ideas for individual meetings and projects.

We want to…

  • have an emphasis on intersectionality
  • collaborate with other clubs
  • get to know each other well
  • bring snacks :)))
  • produce a feminist mini-mag
  • make sure more people know what STAGE is about
  • invite more speakers to come either for meetings or Dean’s Hours
  • organize a feminist conference across high schools
  • increase STAGE’s presence throughout the school
  • create a safe space for anyone
  • have dinners as a club

This list includes some of the main goals we came up with as a club. If anyone has anything they would like to see STAGE do, feel free to contact us!

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Recap of 2016-2017! by Eliya Ahmad ’19

Before we begin a new year of STAGE, we wanted to take a moment to look back over the previous year. Last year was a busy year for STAGE, and while a brief blog post cannot begin to cover everything we did last year, here are some of the highlights.

  • Tampon Drive — Once again, STAGE ran its annual tampon drive in December. Donations of tampons and pads were collected for a few weeks, and then given to a homeless shelter. Tampons and pads are often overlooked when it comes to necessary donations, so tampon drives can be a big help.
  • Now That We’re Men — STAGE went to see Now That We’re Men, a play directed by Katie Capiello at St. Francis College. The play brought an interesting perspective rape culture among teenage boys.
  • Planned Parenthood Fundraiser Concert — STAGE held a concert at BHSEC where many talented students performed. The proceeds of this concert were donated to Planned Parenthood.
  • Planned Parenthood Speaker — A representative from Planned Parenthood led a STAGE meeting, where we discussed the reality of reproductive rights in the current administration, the discrepancy of reproductive rights both nation-wide and globally, the shortcomings of most health education classes, and many other fascinating topics.
  • Women’s Ally Week — STAGE facilitated a town hall discussion during the Diversity Initiative’s first annual Women’s Ally Week.

These are just a few of the many special events we had in STAGE last year, along with weekly discussion-based meetings and various other events. We are all looking forward to another great year with many great things in store!

STAGE’s Women’s History Month Project! by Margaret Linhart ‘17

This past Women’s History Month STAGE launched a project within Bard High School to celebrate the impact of women throughout history and across disciplines. We created a collection of posters and hung them outside of each academic office (math, science, social science, English, and language) as well as the Art room and the PE office. Each poster highlighted several women in their respective academic fields with a brief summary of their influence and life’s work.

Below are excerpts from various women’s descriptions, which were written by STAGE year twos Margaret (Maggie) Linhart, Miranda Leong-Hussey, Julie Seager, and Lily Gordon. Thank you so much to my peers for helping to execute the project! I’d also like to thank our school for supporting the project (specifically Dr. Kennedy and Ms. Powell) and all of the individual faculty members who were very enthusiastic and helpful!

“Frida Kahlo, 1907-1954: Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who is known for her vibrant self-portraits. Her paintings often depict Mexican and indigenous culture, her own physical and emotional pain, and her experiences with love. Her work crosses boundaries between surrealism and realism — it is often called surrealist by others but was considered realist by Kahlo herself.”

“Wilma Rudolph, 1940-1994: Wilma Rudolph was an American track star. She was the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games. Rudolph was named United Press Athlete of the Year 1960 and Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year for 1960 and 1961. She elevated the role of women of color in athletics and was voted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1973.”

“Hannah Arendt, 1906-1975: Johanna “Hannah” Arendt was a Jewish- American political theorist and writer. She rejected the label of philosopher, saying that she focused on how “men, not Man, live on the earth and inhabit the world.” Her works include The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Life of the Mind, and Eichmann in Jerusalem. The Hannah Arendt prize is named in her honor.”

“Katherine Johnson, 1918-Present: Katherine Johnson was an African-American physician and mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for many NASA missions, including the first flight of an American into space and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the moon. Before working for NASA, Johnson had a natural talent for mathematics and became one of three African-American students chosen to integrate the West Virginia University’s graduate programs. At age 97, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

“Tulsi Gabbard, 1981-present: Gabbard was the youngest woman ever elected to U.S. state office after being elected to the Hawaii State Legislature at 21 years old. She has served in the U.S. Army National Guard and in 2012 was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Gabbard is the first American Somoan and the first and only practicing Hindu to serve in the U.S. Congress.”

A recap of the first meeting of the 2015-2016 school year!

At our first STAGE meeting on Thursday, 10/29 we compiled a list of our own definitions of feminism as well as a list of things we want to do this year. These lists are representative of our club while keeping in mind that each person’s definition of feminism is personal and ever changing.

-Maggie Linhart (Y1)

Some definitions of Feminism:

  1. Being as inclusive and intersectional as possible, as well as being aware of other structures and inequalities- intersectionality!
  2. Power in discussion
  3. Being aware of disparity and inequality
  4. Fighting against how women are limited because of their gender
  5. Finding common ground with our peers through feminism
  6. Strengthening and empowering each other
  7. Detaching from gender norms
  8. Allows us to be proud of being women/ being non binary while being inclusive

Goals for STAGE 2015:

  1. To include non binary people in the feminist conversation
  2. To collaborate with other clubs
  3. To take on more projects- both inside and outside of the school
  4. To have more analytical meetings
  5. To learn more about feminist history
  6. To have movie nights
  7. To reach out to the rest of the school and have a stronger presence
  8. To become a more diverse club
  • As our third year of STAGE picks up, we hope blog posts do as well! To submit submissions, send to stage.bhsec@gmail.com

STAGE Does a Chalk Walk

 

February 11 marked the launch of Holla 101: An Educator’s Guide to Street Harassment from the brilliant people over at Hollaback! In celebration of the launch, STAGE hit the streets and held our own Chalk Walkin an effort to reclaim our city sidewalks. It was cold and wet but completely empowering! We will be doing another Chalk Walk on May 8th, with more chalk and less parkas.

Thank you to everyone from STAGE who participated!

STAGE members participate in a Chalk Walk

STAGE members participate in a Chalk Walk

 

BHSEC Needs Feminism

A couple months ago, as STAGE was just getting its feet on the ground here at BHSEC, we spent a few days asking students (and a few teachers) what they need feminism for.  The responses spread across a huge range of issues, and came from people with varying degrees of exposure to and knowledge of the feminist movement. One thing was clear though – lots of people need feminism!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

The “Who Needs Feminism?” Project was begun by 16 women of Professor Rachel Seidman’s Women in the Public Sphere course at Duke University, and has gathered responses from people across the globe.

Grin and Bare It: Casual Sexism in the Yearbook

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Yesterday, STAGE presidents Priya Dieterich and Isabel Cristo were guest bloggers on the Praxis blog at Big Think.  They wrote about their experience taking senior portraits, the instructions for which–different for girls and boys–were startlingly outdated and sexist.  Click here to check out what they had to say.

The photos above were taken as part of BHSEC’s contribution to the “I Need Feminism” campaign, which was started by students at Duke University and has spread across college campuses and the internet.  The entirety of BHSEC’s photo project will be posted here within the week!