Today, Wednesday 8th March, is International Women’s Day. Today is a day for action, for awareness, for advocacy; a day for celebrating the achievements of women throughout history and for taking a step back to examine how much further we still have to go. Today is about what you can do to further the journey towards equality for women – all women. Here are a few ways that you can participate.
It is our favourite Russian-American princess’ birthday! To celebrate reaching her 24th year, Q & L got to interrogate her.
On January 21st, 2017, millions of people around the globe marched in solidarity with women for a platform sparked by the guiding principles of the Women’s March on Washington. Estimated to be the largest one-day march in U.S. history alone, with three times as many people in attendance than at Trump’s inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington and the many sister marches of the world unified people from all walks of life under this platform: a call for civil rights, immigrant rights, reproductive freedom, LGBTQIA rights, environmental justice, and against violence. Women, nonbinary folks, men, and children took to the streets of every continent [thanks, Antartica!] to demand intersectional liberties and justice for all.
Here we have gathered photos and stories from American cities: New York, Pittsburgh, Santa Cruz, Seattle, and Washington, D.C, and of London, England. Boshemia staff writers Q and L share their experiences of marching on London together, and E reflects her experiences of marching on Washington, D.C.
This handful of testimonies is only a sample of the diverse lives who took to the streets of the world yesterday. We are grateful to our friends of the blog who have shared their stories and photographs with us.
It’s that time of year again.
Awkward family gatherings, a shit ton of turkey and pumpkin, and a general guilt amongst the white American population about the origins of the holiday.
Thanksgiving, no matter its origins, history or current associations, is a wonderful moment in the calendar year; a rare moment of widespread calm and togetherness. It is a time when Americans finally stop and take a moment to reflect on the things that they are truly thankful for.
With 1/3 of Boshemia being American, it seemed only fitting to stop and reflect ourselves on what Boshemia is thankful for.
Guest writer Margaret Mitchell Faiver is a recent graduate of Shepherd University and is currently pursuing graduate studies towards an MFA degree in creative writing at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Margaret is a frequent presenter at literary conferences, including the National Undergraduate Literary Conference in Ogden, Utah. Several of her pieces have been published in Sans Merci Literary & Art magazine. This is her first post for Boshemia.
After sixty-seven years of life being told over and over again what my role and place as a woman is in American society, I have heard the call to action. As women, we sometimes find it difficult to stand together, to support one another, because in doing so, we risk alienating the affection of men. From our earliest beginnings, we are taught that our self-esteem rises or falls based upon whether or not men find us attractive. As we have seen in the recent election, a woman voicing a strong opinion, striving to achieve a position for which she is the most qualified, is disparaged and labeled “unfit to lead,” “a liar,” and “nasty.” How dare a woman be nasty! I only wish the attacks upon Hillary Clinton had stopped there. But, sadly, they did not and many Americans, including women, chose to elect a man who feels justified as a “rock star” in grabbing any woman he wishes by her pussy.