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Rising Up to Make #HERstory

She climbed the ranks from a campaign assistant in 2007 to a top aide to former President Barack Obama in 2016. She’s an inspirational woman who has been on the frontline of history for years. Talk about HERstory! Now, she’s going to be at the frontline of the 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference as the keynote speaker.

She is an Iranian-American woman who will bring her intersectionality into the conversation regarding women’s rights. In her life, she has faced many tests to her will, but in the end that is what’s gotten her to where she is today. She now helps other women succeed through her work with the Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF). This organization is mentorship-based and strives for the empowerment of Iranian-American women through conferences. Here is their mission statement:




The Vision of the Iranian-American Women’s Leadership Conference is to inspire and empower Iranian-American women to achieve their maximum potential. Join us to celebrate the achievements of your Iranian-American colleagues. credit

In a political climate where times are tough for women, LGBTQ, and minorities, she is an example of rising above no matter the circumstances. She will serve as an inspiration for many individuals at the conference who have big dreams as well. We can’t wait for her to inspire students through her life experiences while on the road to becoming successful.

After Govashiri’s address, enjoy lunch and help us build the HERstory timeline. Following that will be a panel of even more inspiring women telling their own stories. There will also be a day-long pop-up shop featuring goods from women business owners from around the North Shore. Finally, join us at 7 PM for the body-positive dance group Pretty Big Movement. Check out their work here:

Video credit: The Scene








Recap: Women’s Leadership Conference

On Monday, the event we’ve been blogging about and everyone’s been raving about happened: The annual Women’s Leadership Conference. Since it went so well, I’m sure people will be raving about it for a while, until the next one! Since the theme of the conference was “Telling Our Stories Through Social Media”, I thought I’d do a recap of the social media highlights on twitter using our hashtag #ssuwlc.

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Communications professor Cindy Vincent @cindyv_xoxo appreciated Keynote Speaker’s Jaclyn Friedman’s @jaclynf  “Stay Curious” Bingo that finds new ways to break down the normalization of rape.

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Rebecca Jimenez @RebeccaAJimenez speaks out about the #ThisGirlCan campaign!

Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 3.02.20 PM Sophomore Brittani Field @BrittaniField is inspired by Jaclyn Friedman!

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Genki Drummers filled the room with music!

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Student Susana Martinez @SusanaMarrr applauds femvertising and positive messages about women on social media.

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Senior Kati Nalbandian @kahteelynn stresses that social media is neutral. Social media is neither good nor bad, it is merely a tool.

If you need a refresher on the message of “This Girl Can”, read our latest blog post. The ladies at this conference expressed what they CAN and feel empowered to do on these notecards:


What would you put on your notecard? Please comment it on this Facebook post or reply it to this tweet for a chance to win an awesome WLC tee shirt (pictured below) in large!

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#ThisGirlCan – Thoughts to Prepare for the Women’s Leaderships Conference

This Girl Can celebrates the women who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get. They’re here to inspire us to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome. #thisgirlcan

Above is the description for the Youtube video above that, titled “#ThisGirlCan”. The #ThisGirlCan Campaign is a series of YouTube videos that empower women to do their thing no matter how they look doing it. I love the message inside of that statement, which is you’re the only person that should care about how you look. Don’t let the judgement of others affect what you do and how you do it. In summary, do you!

This message can, of course, be relevant to men as well. However, with the standards that the media and society places on women to be slim-figured, curvy, and overall perfect, it’s refreshing for women to hear this message. If you want to be curvy, do it for you. If you want to be thin, do it for you! If you want to wear footie pajamas to school, do you and do it because YOU want to!

Sometimes it’s the fear of disapproval or rejection from others that stops us from doing something we want to. This is a phenomenon that psychologists call external regulation. Though it’s a psychological force, if we truly embrace our “flaws” and count them as quirky character traits that we love about ourselves, we can turn the social stigma on their heads. That’s what I tell myself after I’m dripping in sweat after every SurfSet class, or during every five mile run in eighty degree weather.

I love how flab, curves, and sweat are embraced in this video. Instead of saying, “I’m sweating like a man,” we should be happy about how hard we just worked out, and how good we feel. The women used in this video are real life women. They’re not “realistic” models who are still hand-picked, or the best of the worst. They’re raw, hard-working, realistic examples of women busting their booties.

Have you registered for the Women’s leadership conference on Monday yet? Register here: https://fs19.formsite.com/SSU_SIA/form36/index.html