It’s Women’s History Month, and we’re proud to have a lineup of new stories to share with you over the coming weeks—stories about groundbreaking women, women making a difference in the world, women in aspirational careers at Youth To The People, and more.
In the meantime, we’re pleased to share a roundup of stories we’ve shared over the years about topics that impact all women, communities that support women, women in leadership, and the important work to be done to increase representation. Click on—there’s a lot to discover. Happy Women’s History Month!
—Alyssa Shapiro, Editorial + Special Projects Director at Youth To The People
Stories about important topics for all women, + the intersectional nature of women’s lives—their rights and that impact on the earth, culture, and more:
What does gender justice have to do with climate change? Everything. Click here to read.
Being a woman makes you a target in and of itself, but being an Indigenous woman heightens that. Missing and murdered Indigenous women deserve our attention—and answers. Click here to read.
Protecting and fighting for reproductive health access starts today. Click here to read.
Raquel Willis’s Augusta, Georgia upbringing comes through clearly in her deliberately-paced speech. It’s an effective tool for helping others to hear her message, which is truthful, clear, and necessary. Now residing in Brooklyn, New York, Willis, a Black trans woman whose role encompasses journalism, organizing, and activism, is using her voice to bring necessary change by ending isolation, and increasing beauty by sharing opportunities. Click here to watch her in Beautiful People.
From a young age, many Black Latinx people have been taught that beauty is determined by a person’s proximity to whiteness. They’ve been taught that soft, wavy hair, pale to olive skin, and slender figures with a hint of hips are the epitome of beauty. But Black Latinas deserve love, praise, and opportunities as well. Click here to read Soy Negra y Orgullosa: How Black Latinas Learned To Love The Skin They’re In.
Women’s shelters are oases. Click here to learn.
Body dysmorphia and negative self-image run rampant, and as a model and casting director, Nouri Hassan has faced both internal and external scrutiny. Through experience, she's found a way through and above it which she shares with Youth To The People. Click here to read her story.
Features with inspiring women who are creating supportive communities for other womxn in their spaces:
Beautiful People with Deun Ivory, founder of The Body: A Home for Love, a 501c3 through which Ivory champions Black women, encouraging and supporting them to heal from trauma through joy. "I believe that everything is working out in my favor," says Ivory. "And having that in the back of my mind allows me to navigate the world with so much confidence and boldness and assuredness, and I'm able to give other people permission to navigate the same way." Click here to watch.
Beautiful People with Evelynn Escobar, founder of Hike Clerb, an intersectional women’s hiking club bringing community to the outdoors. Click here to watch.
A maybe not so surprising though still quite disappointing fact from UNESCO: though women make up roughly 40% of athletes, they get only a small percentage of media coverage—4%. This broad refusal to acknowledge the power of women in sports has all kinds of consequences, from less recognition and fewer fans to subsequently more limited opportunities. Women in sports are considered to be outside of its realm—they are frequently described as “female athletes” while men just get to simply be “athletes,” no qualifier necessary. French athlete Ysaora Thibus is hoping to increase women’s recognition in sports media. Listen to her podcast interview.
Through Blk Girl Culture, Makeen Zachery centers Black women at the forefront of culture. Click here to read more.
“Words are everything,” says Amanda Montell. So it’s no wonder that after a lifetime of interest in the function of language and the sound of words themselves, she got to writing about words more deeply, diving into sociolinguistics and why we speak and use language the way we do. For her debut book, Wordslut, Montell covered sociolinguistics and the evolution of language as it relates to feminism. Click here to watch her in Beautiful People.
Period. End of Sentence. is an Oscar-winning film directed by Rayka Zehtabchi about empowering young women in India to take control of their own bodies, shed the stigma around menstruation, and create and provide access to basic sanitary products. “For me, filmmaking, the purpose of it really is to take down walls and to educate people,” says Zehtabchi. “But to do it not by feeding people medicine, but by sharing character and art with audiences.” Click here to watch her in Beautiful People.
Stories about women in leadership—through elected positions, community organizing, activism, and more:
“Trans Women of Color Were and Are Leaders in the Fight for Human Rights.” Click here to read.
“The First, But Not the Last: Deja Foxx On the Importance of Kamala Harris’s VP Inauguration.” Click here to read.
Deja Foxx is a 20-year-old activist, strategist, influencer, and self-declared future President of the United States. She is the founder of GenZ Girl Gang, a digital community for young womxn and femmes who work to uplift one another and who know they can get further by doing so. She was also, at 19, the youngest staffer on then-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s campaign, working from Harris’s headquarters as the Influencer and Surrogate Strategist. Click here to watch her in Beautiful People.
We love to share resources, and we’d love your recommendations, too. Check out this Women’s Empowerment Guide, and email us with your suggestions.
And lastly, everything we do at Youth To The People is possible because of the women who founded the family-owned companies before us. Read about them here.