Celebrating Our First Anniversary

DENVER AND FLINT, MICHIGAN–One year ago today millions of women joined ranks and marched for equality across the globe. It’s not a coincidence that it’s also’s first anniversary. We picked January 21, 2017 to launch our webzine because the marches were an emblem of what we hoped to achieve–a place which gives women, girls and the marginalized a voice. When we talked about how to celebrate our first anniversary, our very first thought was to highlight some of the women who have contributed to this year either by writing for us or letting us write about them. We asked each woman to step into the role of a fortune teller and share what they think 2018 holds for women and girls. Here’s what they had to say:




Amy Peterson/Attorney and Co-Founder of Rebel Nell: “While the growth rate of women-owned business is continually increasing, our access to capital is a mere fraction of what is available to our male counterparts. This fraction is even smaller for minority women. If we want to see real change in our communities, we must ensure that all women have equal access to resources to start their ventures.”






Cristina Mittermeier/Wildlife Photographer: “Sexualized violence, which has seen a steep rise in past months as a weapon in so many conflict and refugee areas around the world is the most important issue I see women and girls facing in 2018. As long as this exists in our world, women cannot be fully empowered. This brutality has a ripple effect that might not be obvious at first, but that has a multigenerational impact. As social media brings us closer to the core of what is happening, we must choose whether we are going to become immune to what is already normalized in some regions, or are we going to stand up for the protection of women and children against sexual warfare.”




Elizabeth Semmelhack/Author and Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum: “Over 200 years ago Mary Wollstonecraft wrote—’I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.’— Unfortunately, I think the greatest challenge facing women and girls in 2018 remains the continued perpetuation of blatant inequality.”







Elsa De Silva/Founder of SafeCity App: “Gender Equality and Equity is going to be the most important story affecting women and girls in 2018. Finally, we will see a determined effort by organizations and corporations to close the wage gap, increase women in leadership positions and representation of more diverse voices at public events and decision-making panels. A quiet awakening will soon turn into a roar if the pace for reforms along these lines is not quickened.”





Natalie Meyer/Student and NGO Founder: “The most important story affecting women across the world is the #metoo movement. As women from all sectors of society step up and tell the world their story, the secret is out. We must watch out for each other and hold abusers accountable.”









Rachel Harris/Student and Activist: “The most important story affecting women and girls in 2018 is the ongoing allegations of abuse, specifically as it affects men in positions of power. These headlines are changing the way this country treats women because, after decades of being silenced, women now hold an irrepressible power: the power to destroy a reputation, a career, a lifestyle. Perhaps, these allegations hold enough power to ultimately destroy someone’s career not because of the women making the allegations themselves, but because there are enough people watching who not only believe it to be the truth but who want to be a part of making a difference.”






Noëlla Coursaris Musunka/Model and Education Activist: “The most important story this year would be the recent report from The Global Fund’s HIV Epidemic Response (HER) campaign that estimates over 7,500 women and young girls will contract HIV per week.  We need to spread awareness and focus on prevention as an international community so that this estimate doesn’t follow us into the next year.”










Marta Jovanovic/Artist: “I believe that the key word regarding women and girls in 2018 is EDUCATION. Education in every sense, from home upbringing to accumulation of knowledge and possibly an institutional degree. Education across generations as well, it is never too late to learn.”










Kate Kelly/Human Rights Attorney and Activist: “The most important story affecting women and girls for 2018 is how we continued to fight back and were relentless in our pursuit of a seat at the table. I think this will be a year of hunkering down and doing some old-fashioned organizing, consciousness raising and shoring up the feminist movement for the long-haul.”






Tari St. Marie/Teacher: “Following the very necessary #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, how can women use their new power responsibly? History is littered with examples of the pendulum swinging too far back, turning the victim into an aggressor. How do we avoid becoming Robespierre?”





Unless otherwise noted, all photo courtesy and captions in story links

Cover photo of Ms. Mittermeier courtesy of Paul Nicklen ; Ms. Jankovic, courtesy of Sanja Stefanovic




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