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Woman Card papercut by Anna Brones, 2016

Since I know some of you have been looking for your #womancard and can’t find it, I went ahead and made one for you.

Inspired by this fantastic article by Alexandra Petri.

[Original papercut by Anna Brones]

Written by Anna Brones

April 28, 2016 at 10:42

Catch It: A Short Film About a Passion for Life and Surfing

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My friend Sarah Menzies makes beautiful films, and I remember being blown away when I first saw her short film Catch It.

When you hear “surf film” you think of a certain genre of films, and if you’re not interested in surfing, then most often you shy away from those films. But while Catch It is a film about surfing, it’s about much more than that, which is one of the reasons I love Sarah’s work. She manages to capture the essence of a person through their passion, and this film is less about surfing and more about what makes Léa Brassy tick. What makes her excited. What gives her the drive for life.

So even though I am not a surfer, I love this film. And I hope you do too.

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March 24, 2015 at 18:31

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A Few of My Favorite Pieces From 2014 By and About Women

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Happy New Year! I’d thought I’d kick the year off with a little look back…

The internet is full of cat videos and memes, but fortunately, it’s also full of some really fantastic stuff that has nothing to do with any of the above. I wanted to highlight a few pieces that stuck out to me in the last year (yes, they’re mostly about writing, food and bicycles – no surprise there).

Why only pieces by female writers? Because women are highly underrepresented in media of all forms. Beyond being underrepresented, there are also pay discrepancies. For example, an Indiana University survey of U.S. journalists found that women employed at newspapers in 2012 earned about $5,000 less than men.

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January 1, 2015 at 14:18

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The Power of the Bicycle: Women Riding in Afghanistan

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What if you were told you couldn’t ride a bicycle?

Would you give up the joy of two wheels or would you accept the risks and pedal anyway?

For women in Afghanistan, riding a bicycle is taboo. But there are women doing it regardless of those taboos and cultural expectations, and their story is inspiring, the topic of the upcoming film Afghan Cycles.

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August 27, 2014 at 18:10

Afghan Women Challenging Gender Roles with Bikes

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I have found myself constantly inspired in the last year by the story of the Afghan Women’s National Cycling team, pushing the boundaries in a country where cycling is considered taboo.

I recently wrote about them and a new film being made about their story on GOOD:

What if you were told you could not ride a bike because you’re a woman? What if your younger sister wasn’t allowed to ride? What if every single woman in your family was kept away from bicycles simply because riding them was seen as immoral?

While most of us have the luxury of being able to head out on two wheels whenever we want to, for the women of Afghanistan, the world of two wheels is reserved for men. Riding a bicycle is a taboo and a sign of immorality. Something so simple—a means of transportation that so many of us take for granted—is off-limits if you’re a female.

But that is changing.

Despite the cultural taboo of females on bicycles, there is an Afghan Women’s National Cycling Team in Kabul. These women who challenge their country’s gender expectations by riding are the subjects of an upcoming film called Afghan Cycles (Let Media). Earlier this year, co-directors Sarah Menzies and Whitney Connor Clapper travelled with Mountain2Mountain Executive Director Shannon Galpin to Afghanistan with a stash of cameras and more than 350 pounds of bike gear. The goal was to document these amazing, courageous women, but also to provide support for what is hopefully a growing movement.

You can read the full article here.  And to support the team, Mountain2Mountain is currently doing a 100 Bikes by Christmas campaign – to help in the launch of a new women’s mountain biking team in Bamiyan – as well as a bike gear drive. To take part and support these women visit mountain2mountain.org/donation or email info[at]mountain2mountain[dot]org.

Written by Anna Brones

December 18, 2013 at 22:34

Afghan Cycles: A Film About Women’s National Cycling Team of Afghanistan

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Very proud of my friends at Let Media for telling this beautiful story and for the nonprofit Mountain2Mountain for supporting these courageous women.

To learn more about the documentary, check out the Afghan Cycles website. Want to support? Mountain2Mountain is collecting bike donations so that they can launch a women’s mountain biking team in Bamiyan. 

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December 8, 2013 at 00:01

Sexism in the Food Industry… in French

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Alors que les femmes cuisinent beaucoup, elles ne le font pas, culturellement parlant, dans un contexte professionnel.

When Julia Tissier got in touch with me I had a bit of a freak out.

She’s the editor of a new online magazine called Cheek, a French publication that focuses on modern feminist issues (think: portrayal of women in the media, etc.) It’s smart and savvy.

“We’d love to have you contribute to Cheek since you write about food topics,” she wrote in an email. Note that this was all in French.

“Um, sure. You ready to edit?”

Fortunately she was.

We went back and forth a bit, and decided that I should address the issue of women in the restaurant industry. “Oh god, I’m going to write a feminism piece in French?” I thought to myself.

I did and the result is the first thing substantial thing I have written in French (emails do not count) since college. It’s a look at gender roles and sexism in the food industry, particularly in response to the recent Time “Gods of Food” article. If you’re French is up to par, you can read it here.

Moral: challenge yourself, it’s good for you.

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December 7, 2013 at 02:50