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CREW - PART 1

CREW = CHALLENGE | RESIST | EQUALITY | WOMEN

Historically worn as a revolutionary symbol, our CREW berets were designed to Challenge, Resist and to demand Equality for Women. Our desire is to have each beret owner wear it as a symbol of uniformity as we combat and work to advance women’s rights and equality. We are all in this fight together, as a CREW.

These ladies pictured inspire us, speak their minds, take no sh*t, but do no harm. Each one has a story and one that is both inspiring and unique. Please read along as these lovely ladies talk about what it means to them to be a woman.

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Barbara Ball

1. What does it mean to you to be a woman?

To be a woman is to be a multifaceted version of yourself. I believe women have the capability to be strong as well as kind, to be loving as well as assertive, to be boss babes and leaders, caretakers and friends. The beauty of being a woman is allowing oneself to be multifaceted, to enjoy all aspects and all parts of you. Being a woman is incredibly complex, and being able to define your own womanhood, that is being a woman.

2. What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?

The most significant barrier to female leadership is categorization. Women are categorized before any position in life or what role it seems they're currently fitting in the most. Women and men need to stop the categorization that forces women to place themselves in a category or to 'fit' into whatever aspect of life they're in or goal they're trying to achieve.

3. If you could have dinner with any woman, living or not, who would be and why?

Because of my passion for animal advocacy, I'd love to have dinner with Jane Goodall. She is a true pioneer for primatology, and to be able to pick her brain about her wildlife adventures & advocacy, what she believes our world should do for climate change, and her perspective on environmental conservationism would be incredible. I would also add Emma Watson for her fierce feminism ideologies and Michelle Obama because Michelle Obama.

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Tayler Lord

Bio: I'm Tayler and I am a publicist, Beyoncé fangirl, book hoarder, and an incredible dancer. I was recently featured in the background of an episode of top chef. 1. What does it mean to you to be a woman?Being a woman means allowing yourself to exist freely and take up space in a world that is designed to not let you do either of those things. 2. What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?The most significant barrier to female leadership is a society founded on the idea that women are less than men. Though we've made great strides to get to where we are now, the fact remains that the capitalist patriarchy is designed to oppress women, especially queer women, transgender women, and women of color. Real female leadership begins when we all decide to get angry about society's failings and use that anger to uplift, support, empower, and celebrate those who are unfairly beaten down by the system.3. If you could have dinner with any woman, living or not, who would it be and why?Maya Angelou. She was graceful and flawed and powerful and brilliant--a truly phenomenal woman. Just being in her presence and hearing her voice would be a great joy.

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Lindsey Yoneda

 

Bio: Hello! I am a student (soon to be graduate) at UNL studying Art and Journalism. I am a lover of photography, local music and art, tarot cards, my cat Rhiannon, and chocolate chip cookies.

1. What does it mean to you to be a woman?

To me, being a woman means being supportive of others and yourself. I wouldn't call myself a natural born leader, so the support of other strong and influential women in my life has meant everything in guiding me towards the path of being the kind of woman I strive to be. Being supportive of yourself can be the hardest part. But I'm learning that nothing can be achieved if you don't believe in and support your own badass radiant woman energy.

2. What do you think the most significant barrier to female leadership?

I think the most significant barrier to female leadership is the fact that inequality has been so normalized and unnoticed. It has been such an ingrained part of our history that sometimes men still instinctively take lead and women still instinctively fade into the background. It can be weird and unfamiliar to break out of those cyclical habits, but I think people are noticing more. Women are noticing when men talk over them. We are noticing when people aren't taking us seriously. We are noticing when we aren't being treated equally.

3. If you could have dinner with any woman, living or not, who would it be?

As cheesy as it might sound, I'd love to have a big ol' potluck with all of the women in my life who have made me. My mom, my sister, my grandmothers, my great-great grandmothers, Lauren, Claire, Maddie, Maris, Avery, Sarah, Olivia… I could go on and on and on, but I'd love nothing more than to sit around an elegant dining table with these ladies, eat a beautiful green bean casserole served on expensive chinaware, grab 'em all by the face, and tell them how much they mean to me. Remember to tell the people you love that you love 'em!

 
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Yracema Rivas 


1. What does it mean to you to be a woman?

My first thought was that being a woman simply means to be a person, however, I don’t think I have the privilege of saying that yet. I don’t think I need to list all of the societal constructs in our way—I hope anyone reading this is already well informed. Women face unique struggles every day, so being a woman–to me–means being resilient, strong, fearless, powerful, and a force to be reckoned with.

2. What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?

There are all of the obvious reasons...But a different perspective might be that people, specifically the people holding back the advancement of women, are afraid. Yes, fearful–that we can (and will) take back our power and that we are absolutely capable of anything.

3. If you could have dinner with any woman, living or not, who would it be and why?

This is an easy one. Frida Kahlo for all the reasons she’s a feminist icon (defying female beauty standards and gender stereotypes, publicizing intimate female hardships in her paintings, a political activist). She was a rebel (with a good cause) but what I think is most inspiring about her is that she lived her life exactly how she wanted. And who doesn't want to do that?

 

 

 


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