THE BEST FEMALE EMPOWERMENT SHOWS TO BINGE RIGHT NOW

Every girl needs to be able to binge-watch a FIRE show with a ton of strong female leads that make you feel fierce AF. And there will always be people who don’t agree with how things are displayed in shows that many describe as feminist, but there’s nothing better than some hella fierce female leads to make you forget all about the haters.

ONE DAY AT A TIME

“One Day at a Time” is an old-school sitcom in the best way possible. It centers on an Army veteran named Penelope (Justina Machado) and her day-to-day family life, but the show does an exquisite job of weaving in social issues like coming out, dealing with PTSD, and the threat of deportation. Add in a star turn from the legendary Rita Moreno as a proud, sexually active 70-something, and you have a comedy with heart and a whole lot to say.

ORPHAN BLACK

“Orphan Black” is about a group of clones all played by Tatiana Maslany – a truly amazing actress! One of its main themes is rights women have to their bodies – through the lens of the ethics of cloning – and it showcases so many diverse female characters, from a con artist to a scientist to a suburban soccer mom.

SUPERGIRL

“Supergirl” is the rare superhero series that focuses on hope. As Supergirl, Melissa Benoist imbues Kara with a sense of wonder and optimism that is uplifting without being cloying. If you’re looking for a hero who still believes in the goodness of people, then Kara Danvers is here for you!

AGENT CARTER

Every woman should take the time to watch this one. Agent Peggy Carter leads the way as the only female agent in a secret spy agency right after World War II, where she proved her worth in many ways. The show tackles how she handles being a woman in a “man’s world” with grace, and she kicks ass while she’s at it. Not only is she a great role model, but she’s played by actress Hayley Atwell, who is a gift to humankind!

PARKS & RECREATION

Where would this world be without Leslie Knope? The Pawnee legend is what every politician should be: tough but innately good with an unstoppable drive to make the world a better place. The comedy is also absolutely hilarious, but now more than ever before, Leslie’s boundless ambition — portrayed brilliantly by Amy Poehler — is a total inspiration.

JANE THE VIRGIN

“Jane the Virgin” follows three generations of Hispanic women all living under the same roof, but at its heart, the series is a coming-of-age tale centered on Jane (Gina Rodriguez). After going in for a routine checkup, Jane is accidentally artificially inseminated, which changes her life forever. Watching Jane grow with the support of the amazing women in her life is an absolute joy that just gets better with every season.

WYNONNA EARP

Fantasy and sci-fi shows still sometimes struggle when it comes to female representation, but that’s not the case with “Wynonna Earp.” This fast-paced, fun show includes LGBTQ+ characters, a hero with a unique backstory, and a whole lot of demon hunting. Her show may be flying under the radar, but trust us, you need Wynonna in your life.

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FINDING FRIENDSHIP THROUGH YOGA

This piece originally appeared on The Wanderlust Journal.

“All of my friends are guys. Girls are crazy.”

Somewhere between a relatively normal childhood and the high drama of my 20s, this became my story. It probably started somewhere in my relationship with my mom, gathered steam through a string of destructive romances, and was cemented in the bridge-burning melee of my party days.

I didn’t even know that I missed, or needed, female friendship until I finally broke free from my last toxic relationship. After a month-long, 200-hour yoga teacher training forced me to take a hard look at who I was and what I wanted, I packed up and left a five-year disaster.

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To my great surprise, a former roommate came through to nurse my wounds with home-cooked meals and motherly energy. I’d been less than kind to her when we lived together, as I was buried under the weight of daily heartbreak. But after the introspection of the training, I realized that her warmth was without pretense. The fact that she still wanted to be my friend after I’d been such a mess was the first step in unraveling my long-held self-loathing.

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FEARLESS FEMME FRIDAYS: BADASS WOMEN IN THE NEWS

A new week means a new round-up of kickass ladies to celebrate. From the Oscars to the open seas, take some inspiration from some incredible women making headlines. And here’s a bonus: we’ve gathered seven awesome women to cheer for this week! Score.

MELISSA BERTON & RAYNA ZEHTABCHI 

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Berton and Zehtabchi (producer and director, respectively) won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short for their film Period. End of Sentence. The documentary focuses on the taboos surrounding menstruation in a rural village near Delhi, India, and discusses how the stigma still surrounding periods prevent young girls from receiving appropriate sanitary products and result in having to drop out of school. Berton said that because of the film’s nomination, their team has received tons of requests to install sanitary pad machines in various communities across the world, with the help of a non-profit called “The Pad Project,” which you can learn more about here.

SERENA WILLIAMS

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In addition to being an incredible tennis player, Serena Williams is also a fierce advocate for equality. In a new Nike ad, featuring all women, aired during the Oscars and Williams narrates a list of all the adjectives women are called to undermine their passion: hysterical, irrational, crazy, etc. Williams urges young women to go out and find their voice, regardless of what anyone says about them.

KATE McCUE

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Kate McCue became the first American woman to captain a cruise ship in 2015, and beginning later this year, will sail a billion-dollar ship (the Celebrity Edge) designed entirely by women. In an interview with The New York Times, she talks about how she knew she wanted to sail cruise ships since she was 12 years old, and eventually worked her way up from working on banana boats to working on a Disney cruise as a third mate, where she climbed the ranks from 2003 to 2015. Read more about McCue here.

ILHAN OMAR

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The 119th Congressional committee is the most diverse it’s ever been. Ilhan Omar, one of first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress, spoke to Rolling Stone about what her first experiences in the United States (she immigrated when she was 12) and what it feels like to now represent her country during a contentious political climate. She discusses the importance of advocating for people like herself, as well as the necessity of owning up to her mistakes. Read the interview here!

 

HANNAH BEACHLER & RUTH E. CARTER

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These two women made history at the Academy Awards last Sunday when they won Oscars for Production Design and Costume Design, respectfully, for their work on the Marvel hit Black Panther. They each became the first African-American women to win awards in their category, as well the first African-American women to win in a non-acting category since 1984! Their contributions allowed Black Panther to be an authentic and beautiful film that will live on in history.

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Q&A WITH THE MOTH’S “STORYTELLING GURU” KATE TELLERS

Hailed as a “storytelling guru” by the Wall Street Journal, Brooklyn-based Kate Tellers knows a thing or two about captivating an audience and relating to others. Finding her voice through the narrative podcast The Moth, she is now host and director of MothWorks, a program of workshops geared to harness the power of storytelling as a communication tool for business solutions. Her clients can range from stand up comedians to Fortune 500 CEOs, but they all have one thing in common: Once she’s done working with them, they understand the power of a strong narrative.

She sat down with VINAZINE to offer advice on role models, leadership, how to be a better communicator, as well as facing hard losses.

Q: Thanks for talking to VINAZINE! From your experience, what is the most important thing in creating genuine relationships with other people?
A: I think the answer is in the question: A genuine relationship is one that’s honest. Where each person accepts the other for who they truly are, and sometimes that person is messy, or can’t stop accidentally sharing spoilers for Big Little Lies, and that’s fine. That total acceptance lifts up the good stuff, too, because it just makes it easier to celebrate each others’ wins and leave competitiveness aside. That’s my friend, I know them inside and out and they damn well deserve that.

Q: For the novice, what is the key to being a good communicator and what steps can you take to become one?
A: So much about being a good communicator is about creating an authentic connection with an audience and making them care. The best thing you can do is consider what it is that you’re trying to communicate and why you, personally, care about it. If you care, then your audience has a reason to and the inspiration to lean forward and listen. We’re constantly being communicated at; The best communicators can get to the heart of the message, the big why underneath, and connect to that.

Q: What do you think is the most significant barrier to women leadership?
A: I think there is still inherent discomfort in the world with the experience of being a woman. We default to men in leadership because that’s what we know, because those are the stories that have always been told, and they’re familiar and predictable. So that has to change. We need to acknowledge our discomfort with what is different and less known, and truly commit to being aware of making choices that make things better, even if we’re moving into uncharted territory. Diversity, and this goes beyond gender, is essential. Challenging the norm doesn’t always feel easy or good, but new ideas and perspectives are the only way to progress.

Q: Your Moth story, “But Also Bring Cheese,” touches on losing perhaps the most important relationship in a woman’s life—that with her mother. In times of loneliness, where have you found your support system, and what would you say to others that are dealing with similar feelings?
A: After my mother passed away, we, her family and close friends, sat in her living room and told stories about her. My aunt told me about watching my mother dive down to roll around on the floor with me and my sister when we were little kids, and how it was so obvious how much she loved us. That memory has always stuck with me, and now that I have children of my own, I’ll have moments when I’m on the floor with them and I’ll remember how much I was loved and how I can show my love to my children in a way that sticks around longer than I might.

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Kate Tellers, courtesy of The Moth

A few months after she died, I went to a Moth event, and the act of listening to and telling stories has become fundamental to who I am. Telling a story about someone is the one real way that we have to bring them into the present, and it reminds us that the people and events that have come before us matter, and that part of them can live on forever.

So I’d say find a place where you can tell your stories. It could be on-stage with thousands of people, maybe it’s the regular practice of writing in a journal. Maybe you’ll find people who will listen and that will feel right; Maybe in thinking about your stories, a memory will pop up and feel like a visit. Perhaps you’ll notice similarities between the two of you that you never saw before, or maybe you’ll remind yourself of something she taught you, and that can be a way that she guides you into the future without her.

Also, every year on the day that she passed away, I do a toast. One year my husband, who never met her, learned how to make our family’s Lebanese spinach pies and we threw a party. Other years it’s just been us taking a moment to mark the passage of time without one spectacular woman. I find the act of remembering to be very healing.

Q: Give the younger you – the woman just barely beginning her career – the top three pieces of advice you’ve gained in retrospect.
A: One—Working with people means spending time with human beings. Take care of yourself so that you can be your best self with your colleagues, and treat them with genuine interest and respect. Two—More often than not, your managers and mentors care about your happiness. That doesn’t mean that it’s their job to give you only assignments that will spark full-blown joy, but they’re likely spending more time than you think considering how to make your work worthwhile, not only for your org. but for you, too. Three—Give your time to the things that make you happy, even if there isn’t an obvious direct route to a job. At the very least you’re setting yourself up should an opportunity arise, and you’re growing as a person who is more qualified to be in the spaces that move you.

Q: What is your definition of happiness?
A: I experience true happiness when I feel like everything that has happened in my life has led me to the moment I am living in right now.

Q: What woman inspires you and why?
A: Chicago’s first Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and subject of the wildly popular Malcolm Gladwell piece in the New Yorker, “Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg.” She was described in the New York Times as “a whirlwind of civic enthusiasm.” Lois had friends in social circles across Chicago and, as a “connector,” brought people together to better communities and bring art to new spaces. I admire that she maintained a diverse friend circle, and she was able to see the potential in those friends to come together and do great good.

Featured picture by Jason Falchook for The Moth.

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5 HABITS OF A SUCCESSFUL VINA IN THE WORKPLACE

As a woman in the motorsport industry, I’ve had many people come up to me and say, “It must be so hard to work in the industry you do—there aren’t many women in it.” I want to say it’s easy to work in this sector but the truth is, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I got the job two years ago. For every discussion or obstacle that came up, I would have to fight twice as hard to be heard because I was young and a woman.

In a matter of weeks, I developed five habits that have kept me sane and earned me the nickname of the Queen of Kings. Absorb these, vinas, and try it out in your workplace—you deserve that R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

BE PERSISTENT

If people in your workplace are disregarding your ideas and opinions with no basis to do so, it’s hard to keep fighting against that negativity—but instead of letting it get you down, use it as fuel to light your fire. They didn’t like your idea? Give them three more. Arm them with research, facts and, most importantly, keep using your voice. The only way someone holds power over you is if you don’t speak your truth.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHOSE SKILLS ARE BETTER THAN YOURS

This might sound odd, but surrounding yourself with people who are actually better than you at what you do will only make you better at what you do – are you following this? For example, when I started in my position, I had to cover all the marketing aspects as well as doing all the design elements. I didn’t know much about graphic design, but now I can whip together an entire corporate identity package because I made a friend who is an actual graphic designer and, just by engaging in conversation and observing him when he worked, I learned small details that made all the difference in the end results I produced. Seeing him do what he did made me want to better myself—not in a competitive manner, but as a way of self-improvement.

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ALWAYS LOOK TO MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER

If you believe something is not at the standard it should be, don’t let it stay that way—make it better. When I started at my job, there was a lot of marketing activities that were just done for the sake of being done; They didn’t get the care and
attention they should have been getting, or they weren’t projecting the message they should about the brand. I made it my mission to improve this in order to be an employee of value to my superiors and the company.

BE DIFFERENT

Don’t think outside of the box because everyone is doing that. Rather, think about how to deconstruct the box and create something new. As important as it is to create a new approach, it’s just as important to believe in your new concept. If you don’t believe in it, nobody else will.

BE A QUEEN

Not a drama queen, but as in knowing your worth. Be humble but stern. You deserve all the rights and respect as everyone else in the workplace. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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THE SHINE THEORY: WHAT IT IS AND WHY YOU NEED IT

Happy 2019! Let’s start the New Year off right by talking about the Shine Theory. This concept, originally coined by journalist Ann Friedman and media strategist Aminatou Sow, is based around the idea that “I don’t shine if you don’t shine.” It is all about collaborating and not competing with others, especially other women.

We applaud that over here at Hey! VINA. Imagine the jealousy and hatred we can eliminate if we befriend other females instead of hating them because of their accomplishments. The workplace is an incredibly hard place for ladies to succeed, so instead of competing for those female roles in the workplace, we should be teaming up and creating even more female roles! Surrounding yourself with powerful, successful, positive women will only make you a better person yourself. Use those connections as an inspiration, and be a role model for those who are not yet as successful. Share tips, tricks and advice with each other. And also be there for each other as a shoulder to lean on. Positivity only breeds more positivity!

 

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All the way back in 2008, President Obama’s female staffers noticed that they were the minority in the workplace and were being passed over in meetings. Instead of getting discouraged or becoming wall ornaments, they chose to back each other up. When one female staffer would make a point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to the original staffer. They began to do this on a daily basis until the men took notice. They called this method “amplification”. By President Obama’s second term, women were on par with the male staffers.

So what do you have to lose? Lights are brighter when shining together.

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WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN IN 2018 IS EVERYTHING

This year has been a seriously great year when it comes to women supporting women. Women have stood up for each other, made a change, and empowered others all across the globe. Don’t take my word for it though—here are just a few examples of women supporting women this year.

USA GYMNASTS

At the beginning of this year, dozens of women gymnasts (including Olympians like Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Jaime Dantzcher, Jordyn Wieber and more) revealed that they had been sexually assaulted by former USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar. Many of the gymnasts even made statements in court about what happened to them. Throughout the entire trial, and even once the trial had ended, the young women were all extremely supportive of each other, calling each other “sister survivors.” Gymnasts and people from around the world used social media as a way of sending each other supportive messages. Their fight isn’t over yet—as they look to change the culture of elite gymnastics—but they have waves of women behind them, supporting them.

#METOO

In 2017, the #MeToo movement began as a way for survivors of sexual assault to speak out (Tarana Burke, a social activist, began using the phrase “Me Too” in 2006, and the phrase was later popularized by American actress Alyssa Milano, on Twitter in 2017). This year, the movement became even stronger and ultimately became a way for women to support other women in all aspects of life.

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WOMEN RUNNING FOR OFFICE

This year, more women are running for political office than ever before. We LOVE that! Hundreds of women are running for the U.S. House of Representatives, dozens for the U.S. Senate and dozens more for governor. In total, 183 women are running for Congress right now. Mic drop.

WOMEN BEING ABLE TO DRIVE

For the first time ever, women in Saudi Arabia have been granted permission to legally drive! Can you say finally? When this news spread, women all over the world showed their support and joy for the women of Saudi Arabia.

These are only a few of the examples of women supporting women in 2018, but I think it is fair to say that without a doubt, 2018 is the year of women supporting women!

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THESE WOMEN WILL MAKE YOU PROUD TO BE A FEMALE IN 2018

So far, this year has been a year full of female empowerment, historical movements, and big changes. Women have been some of the most monumental leaders of all of it, which is why celebrating the vinas around us has never been so easy! These pictures are some of our favorite pictures that sum of what female empowerment really means. 🙌🏽

MALALA YOUSAFZAI

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Malala Yousafzai is a 21-year-old human rights advocate, who is fighting for education for the females of tomorrow. When locals in Taliban banned girls from an education, she took charge so young women can learn and thrive. She is fighting to give back what war and discrimination has taken from young women all over the old. We are BIG fans of what she does. 👏🏽

Learn more about Malala and support the Malala Fund here

EMMA GONŹALEZ

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Emma Gonzalez is not only a high school student, she is also and avid activist and an advocate for gun control. She is a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, but she lost 17 of her peers in the tragedy. Today, she fights for gun control and safety of student all over the globe. She is an inspiration to all of us.

Learn more about Emma here.

ELYSE FOX

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Elyse Fox is a 27-year-old woman who strongly advocates for mental illness awareness. She began the Sad Girls Club in 2017 to help normalize mental health awareness and creating mental health resources more accessible. Her club has created a safe space for people of all ages to talk openly about mental illness and find the help they need. She is changing the stigma around mental health and we couldn’t support her more. 💕

Learn more about Elyse and the Sad Girls Club here.

YARA SHAHIDI

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Yara Shahidi is an actress and activist who uses her platform to fight for important issues like diversity in Hollywood, voting rights and women’s education. Shahidi started a program called “Yara’s Club“, where students can come together and discuss social justice through social media platforms. Ah-maze-ing!

Learn more about Yara here.

TARANA BURKE

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Tarana Burke is a civil rights activist who fights against sexual harassment and assault. After hearing a young girl’s sexual assault experience, she created Just Be Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps victims of sexual harassment and assault. Her movement was later named “Me Too.” The Me Too movement supports survivors of sexual harassment and helps to ends sexual violence. Her movement has changed the course of sexual assault and has made it less stigmatized and easier to talk about. *Endless applause.*

Learn more about Tarana here.

ELLEN POMPEO

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Ellen Pompeo is a Hollywood actress and activist. She stands by the idea that women in Hollywood to get paid the same as men (I mean. . . why aren’t they?!).  Pompeo is famous for her show ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and fought for herself to get paid equally as her male co-stars. She wants women to stand up and ask for what they want in all areas–business and life alike. Her ideas are helping women to not be scared to ask for what they want. You go, girl! ⭐️

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10 FEMINIST QUOTES THAT WE ARE LOVING

We love feminists and we especially love their wise words! Here is a roundup of some of the best feminist quotes. Can you say, words to live by?!

HILLARY CLINTON

“Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”

MELINDA GATES

“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.”

GLORIA STEINEM

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”

MARGARET THATCHER

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

“I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman.”

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“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.”

SHERYL SANDBERG

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

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ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

“A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”

G. D. ANDERSON

“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”

MICHELLE OBAMA

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”

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VINAS, IT’S TIME TO SHOOT YOUR (PROFESSIONAL) SHOT

Vinas, 2018 has been our year. Never before have women been more active in the political arena, more prominent in the business world and more present on social media platforms. We are striving to break through all of the ceilings that once held us back. We have become more independent than ever before and we know we’re not planning on slowing down any time soon!

The best way to keep this momentum going is to be a monumental force in the workplace. And that means shooting your professional shot.

For those who may not know, “shoot your shot” comes from the concept that basketball players should just shoot the ball, even if they don’t know if they’ll make the shot or not. It is about having enough faith in themselves to believe that although the odds are against them, they will still make that shot anyways. We cheer on our vinas as they shoot their shots in relationships, but when they are shooting for their professional goals, we are more hesitant. Why is that?

Perhaps it’s because we are too afraid of falling into the never ending stereotype that a woman is “demanding” or “bossy” in the workplace. But here’s a reality check: going after what you want doesn’t equate you to any of those terms. It makes you a go-getter in a society that expects you to accept what is given to you with a cute smile and a polite “thank you.”

Thankfully for us, this isn’t the 1940s. Women today aren’t doing the bare minimum anymore and neither should you. Men are moving forward in this world because they have no fear of backlash from others and we need to rid ourselves of that fear as well. Women are making room for other women to move up in the world, and to shy away from opportunities out of fear of what others will have to say would be unfair to ourselves.

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Don’t believe me? Think of any of the boss vinas you look up to and you’ll see all of them had to brazenly chase what they wanted to get it. Thanks to women like Michelle Obama, Serena Williams, and Cardi B, we have proof that having a strong work ethic and accepting nothing but greatness is the new standards all vinas should be setting.

It’s time for us to shoot our professional shot–even if it’s from half court and we aren’t really sure we’ll make it. Because you never know if that shot will be the one that wins the game.

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