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12 Images of Everyday Feminism That Will Inspire You

12 Images of Everyday Feminism That Will Inspire You

Do you know what a feminist looks like? Here’s Wikipedia’s definition of feminism: The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

So what does this actually look like in the real world?

Feminism comes in many different shapes and forms. A feminist could be the woman that advocates for her own life. The one who goes ahead and gets up and lives her life the way she wants to. She does this against the odds, sometimes having to fight against her culture, religion, patriarchy, military, media, or family.

She is the one who decides that she has a right to live according to her own plans, as the poet Mary Oliver says: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

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They don’t talk, they do. They are.

womenhorse

    The equestrian woman, bold and strong.

    femalecops

      The policewomen protecting the streets of NYC.

      femaleguitar

        The woman who rocks!

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        bride

          The bride who chooses when and whom to marry.

          femaledoctor

            The female doctor.

            actorfemale

              The female actress.

              femalerunner

                The woman who runs. In the mud.

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                  Women in the military.

                  womanonharley

                    The woman riding the Harley.

                    writerfemale

                      The female writer and author.

                      emmawatson

                        While the popular image of feminism is women like Gloria Stienem, who blaze trails in history, don’t forget to look around at the women that are going ahead and walking the walk.

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                        Emma Watson, the young actress of Harry Potter fame, recently gave a moving speech at the UN about feminism. Here’s a quote:

                        “When… at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y,’ when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.”

                        What Watson speaks about, millions of women are living and breathing: the right to choose their lives.

                        Feminism advocates need us to live our lives the way we desire it, and to help other women in our lives do the same. They are atthe podiums but so are the women in these images. The images of these women and other women in many other choices of their lives can inspire you to see what the result of feminism is and can be for the entire world.

                        Featured photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mara_earthlight/4000994423/ via flickr.com

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                        Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                        7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                        7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                        When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

                        You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

                        1. Connecting them with each other

                        Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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                        It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

                        2. Connect with their emotions

                        Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

                        For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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                        3. Keep going back to the beginning

                        Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

                        On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

                        4. Link to your audience’s motivation

                        After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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                        Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

                        5. Entertain them

                        While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

                        Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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                        6. Appeal to loyalty

                        Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

                        In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

                        7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

                        Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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