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Ash-Janie McKnight11 hours ago
Reasons Anne of Green Gables is the Best Female Character Ever
In case you don't know, Anne of Green Gables is an 8 book series written by Canadian author L. M. Montgomery. The first book, Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908. I first read Anne of Green Gab...
Jules Fortman12 hours ago
Who Is Gloria Steinem?
Few feminist names will ever be as big as Gloria Steinem's. Her name is one that has been inextricably linked with both the women's feminist movement of the 60s and 70s, as well as the Civil Rights mo...
Pop Music Gives Me Hope for the Future
Pop music gives me hope for the future. Those are words I never thought I’d write. Aside from my Backstreet Boys and Spice Girl obsessions as a 12-year-old, I pretty much gave up on pop music a very l...
The Great Gender Debate
I was feeling pretty choked up when seven-year-old Lexi started crying because she scored a perfect 10 in a fairground style high striker hammer game. The objective was to predict what score would be ...
Swaay 2 days ago
Not Feeling Motivated? 5 Hacks to Keep Pushing Forward
Some days, there is an almost tangible motivation that you can feel pulsing through your veins when you wake up in the morning. Other days…eh…not so much. With the new year here, it’s almost as if we ...
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Annie Walton2 days ago
Two Super Easy Catwalk-Inspired Hairstyles for Autumn
If you’re anything like me, hair is basically your Achilles' heel (apart from crippling mental illness, I mean). I consistently get to the end of doing my *flawless* makeup, look at my raggedy new bob...
Swaay 5 days ago
“Made In Africa:” Changing Women’s Lives With Shea Butter
Rahama Wright, a first generation Ghanian, was no stranger to the difficulties that encumber women’s lives in Africa. Growing up, her mother would tell her stories of how different her childhood was v...
Swaay 12 days ago
5 Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs Changing the Rules of Business
Breaking in like thunder, women across the globe are sending out messages that can no longer be easily dismissed. Once again we are entering a period in time where certain values and norms are being q...
Tatiana Parker18 days ago
Teal is For Real
So, this one is going to be shorter than my other articles, but since it is September I wanted to dedicate this article to the women in my family who have been affected by ovarian cancer, including my...
Rachel Lescha month ago
Women in the Edwardian and Interwar Era
The Edwardian era began with the death of Queen Victoria on January 21st, 1901 and the accession of her son, Edward VII in 1902. Victoria reigned for 64 years, most of the nineteenth century which was...
Katie Marchbanka month ago
10 Ways to Protect Your Bodily Autonomy
People seem to be obsessed with taking away a woman's bodily autonomy. It's why there's a war on abortion, why many pharmacists refuse to hand over birth control, and why doctors might even lie about ...
Chelsea Pullanoa month ago
Women's Health Organizations You Need to Know
Women's health has been under attack for the past decade, and it's really beginning to show in more ways than one. Unfortunately, many women are finding it harder and harder to actually get the health...
Swaay
SWAAY is a ground-breaking media and online publishing company that harnesses the style and glamour of today’s business-minded woman. SWAAY is dedicated to celebrating the stories of established and emerging entrepreneurs to advance more women into the forefronts of innovation and entrepreneurship through visually inspiring and intellectually engaging content.
Body Talk
Your body, your choice? A place to debate and discuss the complexities and controversies surrounding women's' health issues, reproductive rights, and bodily autonomy.
Hidden Figures
It's time to put the spotlight on historical heroines that time forgot. A look at female leaders, fighters, and change makers of past and present.
Carmen Collins11 days ago
PCOS, Anxiety and Depression In My Shoes
I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in February 2017 and I never realised the impact that this diagnosis would have on myself, my partner, and our present and future life. Through my own ...
Tatiana Parker18 days ago
Teal is For Real
So, this one is going to be shorter than my other articles, but since it is September I wanted to dedicate this article to the women in my family who have been affected by ovarian cancer, including my...
Side Effects of the Morning After Pill
It can happen to even the most responsible woman; for one reason or another, you had unprotected sex. You don't want kids, or aren't ready for them yet—but what can you do? Well, thanks to modern medi...
Why Were Women So Accused of Being Witches in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries?
Opening Early modern Europe was the epicentre of many social, religious and economic changes. Against the backdrop of the Reformation and the Peasant Wars in the early sixteenth century, the belief in...
Swaay 12 days ago
5 Unsung Female War Heroes
It’s not often you hear tales of female war heroes. And why? Because women were only allowed into combat in very recent history. The first female U.S participants in war (officially) was in the last y...
Sarah Johnson20 days ago
Entheogen, Goddess Within
At some point in human evolution, something changed. We moved from being primarily concerned with survival to being creative, abstract, and spiritual. We created myths and rituals to help us to find o...
Ash-Janie McKnight11 hours ago
Reasons Anne of Green Gables is the Best Female Character Ever
In case you don't know, Anne of Green Gables is an 8 book series written by Canadian author L. M. Montgomery. The first book, Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908. I first read Anne of Green Gab...
Wilson Geraldoa month ago
Gender Criticism of Junot Diaz's 'The Cheater's Guide to Love'
In today's society, gender plays an important role in almost every aspect of our lives. Much like racism, and religious intolerance, sexism is a learned behavior. It is prevalent in many cultures, inc...
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Kaitlyn Mauraa month ago
"House of Mist:" A Feminist Novel
Some may argue that "House of Mist" is an “anti-feminist” novel due to the female narrator’s obsession with fairy-tales and a man who doesn’t love her, as it seems to make her conform to the patriarch...
Laura Mckenzie3 days ago
Burn the Makeover Movie
There’s a lot of things I don’t miss about the noughties; low rise jeans and Juicy Couture velour rank amongst them. but the trend I most despise is the Makeover Movie. Also, here’s a disclaimer for t...
Katy Preen6 days ago
Telling Tales: Why Survivor Stories Matter
Earlier this year, I attended a recovery program for survivors of domestic violence. The abuse had taken place more than 10 years previously, and it had haunted me ever since. The first time around, I...
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Kimia Etemadi9 days ago
Transmisogynists Have Trans Women's Blood On Their Hands
Transmisogyny is growing like a cancer (and as someone who has had cancer, I’m allowed to say that). Everywhere on the internet and in the “real world,” I see transmisogynists undermining my trans sis...
Skunk Uzeki12 days ago
Why Plastic Surgery Can Be Feminist
I am non-binary and consider myself to be genderless. I refuse to wear skirts but love wearing my nails long, sharp, and polished. Most of the time, I like to bind my chest and/or hide my figure under...
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Kat Thorsen15 days ago
Dear My Body
Dear My Body, We shy away from the camera; we always have. We are like the Sasquatch — rare sightings on FB. I am not interested in what you look like. I don’t want to see. I don’t need to see. I pref...
What to Know About Getting Off Birth Control
Being diagnosed with a hormone disorder has a lot of funny baggage that comes with it. For years, I thought I had Bipolar Disorder with a side of psychosis. But, no, it was actually a very extreme hor...
Katy Preen13 days ago
"But Women Abuse Men, Too..."
Well, yes, there are women who abuse men. This well-known fact is brought to our attention whenever violence against women is discussed, just so the men don’t feel left out (nothing to do with deraili...
Raven Spoora month ago
Together We Can
College is supposed to be a safe place to experiment and learn about who you are as a person. Unfortunately, the common occurrence of sexual assault in colleges and universities across the nation make...
N Ma month ago
A Non-Feminist in a Feminist World
Whilst doing my regular rounds on YouTube and looking at the arguments represented by both parties in the non-feminist and feminist community, I decided I wanted to write something that will explain w...
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Annie Walton2 days ago
Two Super Easy Catwalk-Inspired Hairstyles for Autumn
If you’re anything like me, hair is basically your Achilles' heel (apart from crippling mental illness, I mean). I consistently get to the end of doing my *flawless* makeup, look at my raggedy new bob...
Alice O'Brien6 days ago
Eyeliner Failure
I don't know how to make up. I'm not entirely sure of the reasons why; that's a lie it's because I'm lazy. Now my basic makeup skills fit perfectly with my basic bitch lifestyle, yet there are days where I'm feeling adventurous and want to see more than mascara on those eyes! And yes I've watched the tutorials, I mean I've skimmed through the tutorials, and by that I mean I've re-watched the part where they apply it about 20 times, then I have a go and fail and get upset and start binge watching...
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Annie Walton13 days ago
Glossier Skincare Alternatives While We Patiently Wait For International Shipping
Even people who aren’t borderline mentally-ill obsessed with all things makeup will have felt the ripple effects of Glossier. The brand, launched out of top beauty website Into The Gloss, has been kin...
Swaay 5 days ago
“Made In Africa:” Changing Women’s Lives With Shea Butter
Rahama Wright, a first generation Ghanian, was no stranger to the difficulties that encumber women’s lives in Africa. Growing up, her mother would tell her stories of how different her childhood was v...
The Modern Muslim Woman and Her Hijab
Are Muslim women oppressed? Everyone has something to say, but what do everyday Muslim women really think? Many articles have been written on the hijab or headscarf as a symbol of oppression. Everyone...
Swaay 12 days ago
This Chilean-Born Entrepreneur Is Creating A Network For Change
Though many people feel outraged by current events taking place on American soil and abroad, the hurdle between anger and action often seems too broad to jump. Though many are armed with information (...
Emily Spence7 days ago
I Was Supposed to Feel Empowered, Right?
Eric, 21—Nice smile and has a cute dog, totally right swipe material, oh he’s in. Jersey—left swipe. Josh, 20—EW he’s drunk in every one of his pictures... left swipe. Chris, 22—oh hello, handsome, ri...
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Sydney Moore12 days ago
Sororities: Cult or Culture?
It was something I had been dreaming of since I was little, especially since I only had brothers. I imagined having a close knit group of friends who were the underdogs who still came out on top in a ...
Why Female Breadwinners Struggle With Relationships
Being born a female means that you're going to live your entire life dealing with double standards and mixed messages. This is a major reason why we need feminism right now. It's not fair to us, nor i...
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Annie Walton13 days ago
The Bourjois Rouge Laques Are So Much More than Just Another Liquid Lipstick
I’m happy to speak for us all when I say, I think we’re at liquid lipstick capacity. From their first appearance one the “scene” a couple of years ago it seems every brand has been pushing out a new “...
56 Korean Beauty Products You Need to Try
Korean beauty products are taking the world by storm, and as someone who has been using them for well over half a decade, I'm not the least bit surprised. K-beauty, as it's known, is a makeup movement...
Lindsie Polhemus21 days ago
22 Hygiene Products Every Woman Needs to Own
If there's one thing that I've realized over the years, it's that most people do not want to be around a person who smells foul. I know this, because I've seen what a lack of hygiene can do to one's p...
Swaay 12 days ago
5 Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs Changing the Rules of Business
Breaking in like thunder, women across the globe are sending out messages that can no longer be easily dismissed. Once again we are entering a period in time where certain values and norms are being q...
Swaay 12 days ago
6 Brands Championing Diversity And Inclusion Through Company Culture
Whether you’re a man, woman, black, white, asian, gay, straight, transgender, disabled, unusual – you have probably experienced varying levels of discrimination throughout your life, and more specific...
Uldouz Wallace21 days ago
Uldouz Wallace: My Story
I was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to Sweden when I was 5 years old. Growing up in Sweden wasn't the easiest; I remember going to school and all the kids were blonde except for me. I didn't have a p...
The Great Gender Debate
I was feeling pretty choked up when seven-year-old Lexi started crying because she scored a perfect 10 in a fairground style high striker hammer game. The objective was to predict what score would be ...
Mel Pearce3 days ago
The Awful Truth About Fake Geek Girls
They stalk conventions in skimpy costumes, spending money on geeky merchandise, all to sink their claws into and seduce an unsuspecting Real Geek Boy. They'll flutter those fake eyelashes as they slin...
Daisy Gaunt10 days ago
Androgyny Within the Media
Androgyny has always been a female-centred word. Despite its definition being a mixture of the two stereotypical gender norms, dressing in an androgynous fashion always seems to be centred around wome...