5 Things Every Woman Should Know How to Do

As women, we have hundreds of years of stereotypes and gender-expectations that we are still overcoming. We’ve come far, but equality is still a work-in-progress. We all have our strengths and weaknesses as individuals and what better way to improve both than to break down gender stereotypes and take on the tasks often thought of as ‘masculine.’ Why rely on men when we can rely on ourselves, right? We can do more than fold laundry, cook and take care of the kids, and we’ve been proving it to the world more often as time goes by. So, in the spirit of the strength of women, here are a few things that we think every woman should be able to do on her own.

1. How to Change a Tire

One of the worst things that can happen to any person is getting a flat tire. When you don’t have a spare or don’t know how to change it, you’re pretty much S.O.L. And, if it happens in the middle of nowhere, you better hope you brought some walking shoes. Most cars come with donuts, but some come with full size spares. Regardless of what you have to work with, its imperative to know how to change the tire yourself. Relying on strangers for help can be risky, especially if you’re a woman.

It’s the sad truth of the world that changing a tire is thought of as a more masculine trait. I’ve lost count of how many woman I’ve heard say, “I always had my (insert any male figure) to do that stuff.” Except, when you don’t have them around to save you the physical and mental struggle, who will help you? Better learn to help yourself!

2. How to Be Independent

This is a knowledge that should surpass gender, sex and sexuality, to be honest. Although, in my experience, the pressure to settle down or have a partner is most heavily put on women.Being on your own isn’t easy. For some, it’s impossible. It is important to be able to find your independence and comfort in the ability to function without the help of others. That’s not to say that you can never reach out to family or friends when in need. Rather, it’s a process that helps you find yourself; your strengths and weaknesses.

Being independent is not a concept as simple as “being single,” either. It’s more about relying on yourself and being able to live without dependency when its not an option. Discover yourself. Learn to love yourself. Knowing yourself and loving yourself will, in turn, give you the foundations for a more confident and stable role in future relationships, be at business, familial or romantic, etc.

 

3. Checking and Maintaining Car Fluids

Another car-related how-to. I know, it’s often confusing and annoying. I always thought to myself, “what’s the point?” when I could always ask my dad for help. At least, that was until my car refused to go over 30 mph on the highway. The cause? Old and low transmission fluid. It was a lot scarier than it sounds, though it could have been worse. Like many people, I got lucky.

We all know it can be easy to ignore something as (seemingly) simple as checking your fluids. You’ve got 1 million other things to worry about, so it’s the last thing on your mind. But, the easiest way to keep your car running longer and smoother is to check and maintain your fluids, especially your engine oil, on a regular basis. Don’t be that person that putters into the auto shop with “rip me off” stamped across to your four head. Know everything you can about your car. Just for the simple fact that you’re female – you are an easy target to be taken advantage of.

 

4. Hang a Picture
 
Decorating is fun. Putting a special touch to any place you rent or buy is what makes it ” your home.” It can be a chance to show off your unique style, your character and your skills. Whats not fun is spending twenty minutes trying to figure out if a frame is leveled or watching the dry wall crack as you hammer a nail into it. If you can’t get the frame or art piece leveled, you’re bound to drive yourself (or an unsuspecting guest) crazy. Like most things in life, YouTube can save you a lot of trouble. There are plenty of videos explaining what tools are and how to use them. Its a few minutes that will save you a lot of frustration. So before you hurt your home or yourself, do a little research.
5. How to Balance a Checkbook
 
This how-to seems a bit irrelevant since writing checks is something of a rarity, nowadays. Still, its a habit that can help you keep track of your money and maintain your savings. Since debit and credit cards make accessing your money effortless, losing track of your balance is easy. Not to mention, when its all gone, you can’t even remember what you spent it on.
Checking your statements online or in the mail is important but carrying a checkbook around can help, too. You don’t have to write checks, its the money tracking you’re after. Anytime you hit the ATM, swipe your card or even use cash, jot it down. It also helps to make note of where the money is going. This way, you don’t have to sweat over the possibility of your card getting declined or wonder what you’re spending all your hard earned money on. Its a good habit to get into if you’re looking to build up your savings or just to keep better track of it.
 There are countless other tasks, both day-t0-day and more serious, that society often assumes women can’t or shouldn’t do. These are just a few petals picked from the entire flower. Just remember, anything they can do, we can do, too. Be strong, be resilient and be knowledgeable.
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Zendaya Attacks Hollywood’s Standard of Beauty… Again!

Zendaya has yet again shown us why she is a power feminist!

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The 19-year-old former Disney star has proven time and time again that she isn’t afraid to confront Hollywood’s standard of beauty. Zendaya recently posed in Puerto Vallarta for Modeliste Magazine and this past Tuesday she sent the edits back that appeared to have photoshopped her hips and torso to appear thinner.

Zendaya immediately took to Instagram and posted the photo with the caption, “Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Anyone who knows I stand for honest and pure self love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it 😍😘 Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue.”

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The Editor-in-Chief of Modeliste Magazine, Amy McCabe, said the images would be removed and be replaced with the unedited version.

“In light of our not-yet-released November issue, with Modeliste’s Cover Girl, Zendaya and the swirling controversy in regards to any re-touched images, I am compelled to publicly address this situation which was brought to my attention yesterday, personally by Zendaya. Upon review of the final edited images which had been submitted to us by an independent editing company, together, as a collaboration between myself, Zendaya and her parents, we concluded that the images had been retouched to an extent that was not acceptable and not true to the values and ideals we represent and promote in our publication. I, therefore, made the executive decision to immediately pull the issue in order to have this rectified and have the images restored to their original, natural state which will reflect the true beauty and radiance of Zendaya, McCabe said in a statement on the Modeliste Magazine website.

We are proud of Zendaya for breaking Hollywood’s standard of beauty and showing women that they can be beautiful in whatever skin their in!

Did you know that Barbie gave Zendaya her own doll? Check it out and tell us what you think by using the hashtag #GlamorousPaper or the comments below!

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Samantha Bee Not Even Mad About Breaking the Comedic Glass Ceiling

What do Conan, Colbert, Wilmore and Kimmel have in common? Two things: late night shows and being male. And while some (ahem Jessica Williams, Chelsea Handler, Kristen Schaal) have begun to penetrate the male-dominated area, the ‘genderization’ of comedy has been dually noted by comedian and long time correspondent on The Daily Show, Samantha Bee.  A photo of the late night comedian cast from Vanity Fair’s October issue was released yesterday. It quickly became a gender controversy when the lack of women became instantly obvious. Although not entirely all male and white as of recently (Thank you Larry Wilmore), it does without a doubt seem that diversity of all kinds is still a major absence.

However with Samantha’s new late night show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee airing this year, it seems like Bee will have the last sarcastic laugh on the matter.  Bee responded to Vanity Fair’s feature of the eight male comedians by posting her own photo onto Twitter. The picture portrays Bee as a centaur with red lasers as eyes, dominating the male scene.

But gender, or for that matter racial inequality, is by all means still present, even though a couple more white women have joined the late night comedy crew. However, today I am thankful for seeing these gaps closing with each small triumph and “first”. Although small, its changes like these that increasingly transform society. I’m thankful for the media for being a platform for social change when calling attention to inequalities is necessary. And of course, another thank you goes out to Samantha Bee, for making America laugh at our country’s preposterous antics and for always being, as she puts it, “female as f**k.”

 

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Cosmopolitan Video Boyfriends React to Catcalling

As a young woman, I have often found it hard to explain to my male friends what street harassment is like. Many of them I have noticed claim to the statement that if they were to catcalled, they would actually really enjoy it. However, street harassment is far from a compliment. It does not make me feel special when a man twice my age with no teeth yells out “Hey Woman!” or scarier still, comes up to my car window while I’m at a red light just to chit-chat about what I’m wearing and where I’m going (the latter happened to me just last week while volunteering at a shelter).  As any young woman can agree, this type of verbal harassment happens too often.

Thankfully, some are trying to lift that veil and get men to see what women have to experience on a day to day basis. Recently, Cosmopolitan has put together a video that shows boyfriends real video footage of their girlfriends being harassed by strange men in the street.

The video shows many men in a New York City  yelling things such as “Nice titties!” to even following them around for blocks. All boyfriends shown in the video seem to be upset that such degrading things were said about their girlfriends. Hopefully this video can shed some light to those not aware of how big an issue catcalling really is.

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Malala Welcomes Adulthood with School for Syrian Refugees

Malala becomes the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and women’s education activist in Pakistan just celebrated her 18th birthday on July 12th and gave every woman in the world another reason why she should be their role model. Instead of cake, Malala opted for celebrating her entrance into adulthood by opening up another school for Syrian refugees.

Malala became the symbol for women’s empowerment after in 2012, after she was shot by the Taliban for supporting women’s education. Since then, she’s helped Pakistan ratify its first Right to Education Bill, regularly communicates with the UN about access to equal education, and last year was awarded the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Talk about high achiever; this girl is motivated. Yet she is still incredibly humble. When interviewed about the new school she recently opened in Lebanon, she says “I believe that the voices of the Syrian refugees need to be heard”. The Malala Fund, a non-profit organization created by Malala helped to fund the project. The school will hope to help educate 200 Syrian girls.

Malala ceremoniously cutting the ribbon and opening up her new school in Lebanon.
Again and again, this young girl has shown the world that she can change it. In a quote from a Harvard speech, she says simply and beautifully “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful”. Keep on doing your thing, Malala. The adult world welcomes you and your passionate mind whole-heartedly.

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