Hello, it’s Adele [this week for our WCW]

WCW Adele
Picture from Wikipedia

Adele is a talented singer-songwriter who uses her music to challenge, motivate, and inspire. A recipient of an Academy Award, American Music Awards, a Golden Globe, and several Grammys, Adele is a role model who  donates her time, energy, and talents to charities as well.

What makes Adele stand out is the fact that she loves herself and her identity and will not change because of the spotlight. When designer Karl Lagerfeld made a comment about her weight (saying she was “a little too fat”), Adele responded by saying “there’s only one of you, so why would you want to look like everyone else.” In the same vein, she’s stayed true to herself as long as she can remember, wearing the same perform for over a decade and sticking to her signature black dress and glamorous hair/eyeliner look. She knows what works for her and isn’t going to be swayed by the media or other people’s opinions of what she should look like!

Adele is also amazing because her number one priority is her music. Her voice is one of a kind, but so is her talent- most of her songs were written by herself, and her songs are relatable because they are about simple human experiences that many people go through.

Above all, Adele is someone who loves to laugh and enjoys life. She’s someone that we all wish we could friends with and honestly could imagine ourselves as friends with. Thank you Adele for challenging, motivating, and inspiring us at the women’s center!

WCW: Tavi Gevinson

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Tavi Gevinson, editor-in-chief of Rookie magazine, is one of my biggest inspirations. No, really. I can’t believe that she’s the same age as me and I’d do anything to be part of her girl gang (along with Amandla Stenberg and Kiernan Shipka). One of the hallmarks of her magazine is the friend crush, a monthly section that is meant to spotlight girls who love and support each other. Though Tavi has no idea who I am, this is basically my friend crush blogpost about her (I actually nominated my best friend Jennifer for the Friend Crush section and we were featured last year!

So what is Rookie, and who is Tavi, and why are they both so great? Rookie’s “About” page states that Rookie is:

“an independently run online magazine and book series founded in 2011 by Editor-in-Chief Tavi Gevinson. We publish writing, photography, and other forms of artwork by and for teenagers (and their cohorts of any age!).”

Rookie is also an online (and in-print) community. It has one of the most vibrant comments sections of any of its peer magazines, probably because the articles are so real (read: the Dear Diary series, where girls talk really candidly about their lives; I remember one entry that really stuck out to me about a girl who just started college and she’s feeling importer syndrome, something I struggled with a lot freshman year when I felt like I didn’t belong at Harvard). What I think sticks out about Rookie is that no other magazine aimed at teens is similarly written by teens themselves (I’m looking at TeenVogue and Seventeen, which may have teen correspondents but most of their articles are written by adults).

The magazine that Tavi has spearheaded not only celebrates teen girls, but also girls of all different body types, sexualities, and races. It also speaks about mental health and feminism in a way that is understandable by the audience. It’s basically everything that I dreamed of but didn’t have as a preteen.

Tavi, before her vision for Rookie, was just a ridiculously cool kid. Instead of playing Neopets like most of my friends and I did at the same age, she created a wildly popular fashion blog (StyleRookie) when she was 11. Besides her literary success, she’s also an actress: last year, she starred in This is Our Youth with Michael Cera in New York.

Case in short, she’s just a ridiculously cool and talented human being and I’d be her friend and help empower teens with feminist content any day. (If you want to learn more about her, watch her Ted Talk here).

 

 

 

 

#WCW: Elaine Dai ’17

WCW Elaine Dai
Photo provided by Elaine’s nominator, Eesha Khare

This week, in the spirit of International Women’s Day which we celebrated yesterday, we’re honoring one of the leaders of the Women’s Cabinet. Elaine is a junior concentrating in economics. She has worked to break gender barriers in politics in the workforce, working as the outreach chair of the Women’s Initiative in Leadership at the Institute of Politics as well as being an active member of Harvard Financial Analysts Club. She’s even even worked on a startup while at Harvard!

As  the Execute Co-Leader of the Women’s Cabinet, Elaine has worked on a lot of initiatives to ensure that the voices of women are heard on campus. She and her nominator, Eesha Khare, reached out to the Women’s Center about bringing the Women’s Cabinet back, and it was relaunched this past October. The group meets once a month to discuss issues about gender on campus, such as the ongoing debates about the sexual conduct climate survey.

Besides her feminist work, Elaine continues to inspire because of her balanced lifestyle, willingness to be inspired, and positive attitude. Thanks Elaine for helping bring the Women’s Cabinet back and for being an invaluable member of the Harvard community!

This Week’s #HCWC #WCW: Michelle Danoff ’17

Michelle Danoff
Photo provided by Michelle’s nominator, Michael Kiukawa ’17

This week’s #HCWC Woman Crush Wednesday is Michelle Danoff ’17, nominated by Michael Kikukawa ’17. She’s our woman crush because not only is she an incredible roommate and an “all-around gluten-intolerant badass,” but she is a co-president of one of Harvard’s amazing female STEM communities, Women in Computer Science. (WiCS was recently profiled in The Crimson here).

Michelle is working hard to break the stereotype of the typical coder, and believes strongly in equality especially in the tech sector. She’s fighting to decrease the gender disparity in high-technology jobs, and hopes that her work will give other women and girls the ability to compete for jobs in this budding sector of the economy. On a campus where the most popular computer science class, CS50, is only 38% female (up from 31% in past years), this is a huge undertaking and we’re so grateful for strong women like Michelle for rising up to the challenge.

At the end of the day, Michelle is down-to-earth, always making time for her friends even in the midst of a busy Harvard schedule. Come to the Women’s Center today to see Michelle’s picture and get some baked goods in to celebrate our amazing #WCW!