CATEGORY: WOMEN

Everyone knows Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. The ultimate dancing duo throughout the 1930s, the pair made nine films together. They symbolized “old Hollywood”, a time when life was simple and glamorous. They also symbolized the sexism of the Hollywood industry -- paying Ginger half and working her double. Like all strong women, Ginger persevered with a smile on her face and went on to be considered the greatest dancers of all time -- even with a partner who refused to let her lead or choreograph. Considered to be Astaire's finest dance partner, Ginger Rogers held the impossible task of keeping up with a man who choreographed the dances for himself. “He was the one in charge. He worked on the routines as though he were planning a military operation. E...

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Diana Vreeland was many things -- Editor-in-chief of Vogue, consultant at the Met's famous Costume Institute, fashion icon, world traveler, columnist. But one thing that's overlooked is her prolific way with words -- the way she was able to command attention and respect by the way she talked and wrote to you. We can all agree there was a certain 'je ne sais quoi' about the way our grandparents spoke in the 30's and 40's. Having grown up in that era, Vreeland never lost her charming way of delivery. As editor-in-chief of Vogue from 1963 to 1971, it's said that the staff of Vogue used to eagerly await her memos. Like her first column at Harper's Bazaar, 'Why Don't You', they were full of magic and unearthly advice. "Why don't you wash your blond child...

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There's a lot going on right now in the entertainment industry. While the news outlets, our friends and parents are acting surprised, many of us women are simply thinking, "Well, yea, didn't you know?" Didn't you know that men use their power to manipulate women? Didn't you know that almost all movies and TV shows depict strong male characters and subservient female ones? Didn't you know that many rap songs and catchy pop tunes (throwback to 'Blurred Lines') reinforce rape behavior? While many are excited about all the press and attention these scandals are getting, a lot of us are wondering, what now? What are all these Facebook statuses and tweets actually doing to change the dynamic? Jadagrace, an 18-year-old music artist, is one of those people ...

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