All Hail Sadie Hawkins

Comic strips have led the way to social change since the ink first dried. Although L’il Abner’s Sadie Hawkins race was framed in the language of women desperate to marry to avoid a life of spinsterhood and shame, and equally desperate men racing to avoid marriage to a strong minded woman, a fate worse than death, Al Capp accidentally fueled the idea that the sexual repression of women during the ’30’s and 40’s was as unfair as say, a footrace to determine a spouse. Read More

Charlie Hebdo, #Blacklivesmatter and Feminism: A Lesson in Activism

On January 11th, 2015, the world witnessed a global protest to the violent attacks against a satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 staff members were killed.  Millions gathered in Paris, France peacefully demonstrating the importance of freedom of expression. The protests in Paris are a wonderful example of how people across the world can… Read More

Elsa S. Henry’s Blind Lady Versus Is Changing The Gaming Industry

Elsa S. Henry, a game designer and community manager for Storium, launched Blind Lady Versus awareness campaign about what it’s like to be legally blind and a lover of video games. Elsa live-tweets her video game experiences, discussing the challenges she faces as someone with low vision. Her mission is not to call out game… Read More

Trust-falling with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and other women I’m thankful for

One of the best scenes in Mean Girls is when Tina Fey’s character guides the unruly teenage girls through a trust fall exercise. Throughout my life I’ve reminisced on that scene, and when I’m feeling unsupported and isolated I remind myself that there are plenty of people who would catch me, if they were around to… Read More

Yoga: a Tool for Advocacy

If I say advocacy, do you think yoga? Perhaps after reading this article you will. Dr. Melissa West demonstrates that even yoga has a place when it comes to supporting and empowering women. In one of her recent yoga episodes I was surprised, and moved, by how she brings to light the problem of violence against women… Read More

First Podcast! Topic: Representation of Women in the Media

I am over the moon to introduce the beginning of a new facet of Her Story Arc today. On Sunday, October 26th myself, Jen Stayrook, and Lindsay Ann met on Google Hangouts and recorded our conversation. We’ve turned that conversation into a podcast that covers topics ranging from the male gaze in Anime, to character… Read More