Femtastic Friday!

Femtastic Friday is a weekly email sent out by the Stanford Women’s Community Center. We’ve decided to share Femtastic Friday here on our blog too! Every Friday afternoon we’ll post feminist-related news, essays, pictures, and articles that caught our interest during the week. If you want to receive Femtastic Friday emails and information about Stanford Women’s Community Center events sign up for our mailing list here.

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A study by UCLA researchers and Planned Parenthood show that sharing personal stories can change people’s opinions on abortion rights. According to the study when anti-choice people heard personal stories from women who’ve had abortions they were “more likely to support reproductive freedom.” Feministing has the short version of the findings. If you are interested in the science, methods, and research check out the abstracts of the studies.

We were devastated to hear about the death of Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender teenage girl from Ohio. NPR’s blog Code Switch discusses the violence and discrimination trans people face daily and the particular violence trans women of color face. They remind us: “Don’t just take up the mantle for Leelah Alcorn. Take up the mantle for all trans girls who are abused or getting thrown out.”

The city of Raigarh in the state of Chhattisgarh, India elected its first transgender mayor. Madhu Kinnar spoke out after winning the election: “I consider this win as love and blessings of people for me. I’ll put in my best efforts to accomplish their dreams.”

Here’s a list of 14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014!

Spoiler Alert: Bamby Salcedo is on the list!

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[Image: A picture of Bamby Salcedo standing in front of an angel spray-painted on a white wall. Salcedo is making a kissing face towards the angel.]

Bamby Salcedo is number nine on the list of “14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014”. Read about her fantastic work as an advocate for trans women of color and check out the documentary film TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story.

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