The Foremothers of Feminism.

"We have to free half of the human race, the women, so that they
can help free the other half".
- Emmeline Pankhurst. 

With the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Suffragette film, these fantastic feminist film poster have been published. Can it be possible to get any more excited about a film? I think so!

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A ‘Lolita Lost in the Hood’

Lana Del Rey

"She is made to live in the world she creates. She is one who
has been so disappointed by life, she had to create her own 
world."
-James Franco.
The Lolita lost in the hood; Lana Del Rey.

The Lolita lost in the hood; Lana Del Rey.

Wise words from the delightful Lana Del Rey.

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download (1)Also be sure to check out my new Pinterest board; The Saddest Baddest Diva in Rock- Lana Del Rey.

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The Face of Modern Feminism.

Emma Watson

" Fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous 
with man-hating... This has to stop. For the record, feminism
by definition is: 'The belief that men and women should have 
equal rights and opportunities."

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A feminist Pinner.

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The Feminist Pinner; Tia Byer (me).

download (1)Can’t get enough with anything to do with Feminism Through Cinema and Literature? Check out my feminist-themed boards on Pinterest (https://uk.pinterest.com/tiabyer/).

From Feminist film, photography and quotes, to photos of female icons such as Priscilla Presley, Vivien Leigh and Jackie Kennedy, my Pinterest boards will definitely appeal to your inner feminist. With a total of seven boards for you to looks through, your sure to find a feminist pic worth pinning…

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The Girliest Director in Hollywood.

1.) Feminism Through Cinema and Literature 

Celebrating the ‘most influential feminist icons throughout the history of cinema and literature’, you will find all the images used in this blog. Expect to find a collection of pictures of a Unique Southern Belle, an Iron Lady, an American Princess, an Amazonian Princess, a Proud Mutant and many more.

(https://www.pinterest.com/tiabyer/feminism-through-cinema-and-literature/)

2.) Vivien Leigh 

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Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara.

A board with ‘rare photographs of the British actress Vivien Leigh’. Known as one of the greatest actresses of her time, I first discovered my obsession with Vivien Leigh after I saw Gone With the Wind and was mesmerized by her performance as the “southern belle” Scarlett O’Hara. As well as being a film star, Viven had a 30-year stage career. Most notably, Vivien is remembered for her roles as many Shakespearian heroines, such as Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Cleopatra and Juliet.

(https://www.pinterest.com/tiabyer/vivien-leigh/)

3.) Jean Simmons

Jean Simmons as Estella.

Jean Simmons as Estella.

This board includes photographs of the ‘beautiful British Actress Jean Simmons’ OBE. One of J.Arthur Rank’s “well-spoken young starlets”, she appeared predominantly in films, beginning with those made in Great Britain during and after the Second World War, followed mainly by Hollywood films from 1950 onwards.  Among her many memorable film roles, my favourite character she portrayed is the cruel and teasing Estella in the 1946 version of Great Expectations. 

(https://www.pinterest.com/tiabyer/jean-simmons/)

4.) Affirmations

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Wise Words.

Full of  ‘inspiring, comforting and positive quotes’, this board is perhaps the most philosophical of my boards.  With quotes ranging from movies to the wise words of celebrities, these pins will inspire and lift you up.

(https://www.pinterest.com/tiabyer/affirmations/)

5.) Pretty Priscilla Presley

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Mrs Priscilla Presley.

My Pretty Priscilla Presley board displays hundreds of pictures, gifs and illustrations of the enchanting ex-wife of Elvis Presley. Being mildly obsessed with anything vintage, Priscilla is not only my style icon, she has become my all-time favourite celebrity. One of the original icons of the 20th century, Priscilla Presley’s style during the Fifties and Sixties continues to fascinate today. Flamboyant, individual and always glamorous, the Queen of Rock n’ Roll’s dress sense remains instantly recognizable today and is often emulated by current icons, including Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Rey. She also appears to be the most fashionable, adorable and cutest mother ever.

(https://www.pinterest.com/tiabyer/pretty-priscilla-presley/)

6.) America’s Queen

The Regal First Lady.

The Regal First Lady.

My most recent board includes pictures of America’s Queen: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Known as the most stylish First Lady, as well as in the world, I first discovered my love for Jackie.O when my mum recommended reading her biography. With her famous ensemble of pink Chanel suit and matching pillbox hat has become symbolic of her husband’s assassination and one of the lasting images of the 1960s. She ranks as one of the most popular First Ladies and in 1999 was named on Gallup’s list of Most Admired Men and Women in 20th century America.

(https://www.pinterest.com/tiabyer/americas-queen/)

7.) Girl Power

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Girls are Better; the truth.

Think pink, glitter, diamonds, dresses, artwork, fashion and lots of flowers; my Girl Power board celebrates ‘all things girly’. Upon researching the definition of girly in anticipation of creating this, I found several definitions that can be applied to the inspiration behind my favourite board. For example, the urban dictionary describes girly as …

  • A woman who still have a fun, pixie, naughty side.
  • Bright and Bubbly; Cute and a sweetheart.
  • When a girl is very feminine because she chooses to be. It doesn’t make her weak or stupid or ditzy, it just means she likes pretty things.

Enough Said!

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So be sure to check out my feminist-themed Pinterest boards.

Enjoy!

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The Brilliance of Lana Del Rey.

Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

“Find someone who has the life that you want and figure how
 they got it. Read books. Pick your role models wisely. Find
 out what they did and do it.”

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With her music being recognised for its cinematic sound and its references to pop-culture, particularly 1960s Americana, Lana Del Rey has to be my favourite artist of the 21st century. In particular, it is the Hollywood Sadcore of her music which speaks to me and attracts me not only to Lana’s music but her philosophies concerning life as well.

487baefaf3db3c10063cc65c35909ac5Describing herself as a “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” and a “Lolita lost in the hood”, Lana Del Rey is an amazing role model and inspiration when it comes to creating your own world centred around turning your darkest desires, weaknesses and flaws into a form of strength. Moreover, she has created an identity that is beautiful. For instance, the singer claims that she chose the name Lana Del Rey because it reminds her “of the seaside. It sounded gorgeous, coming off the tip of the tongue”.

Also, I love the fact that although she is already a feminist icon in herself, she doesn’t hide her romantic ideals and ideas about love and relationships. She manages to mix independence, power and success with the beauty of being somebody’s ‘woman’ and having a cool boyfriend. In addressing the criticism she received in relation to her breakthrough song ‘Video Games’, Lana said “I didn’t understand how that arose any kind of feminist commentary, because all I was saying was, ‘I’m so happy when you get home, and heaven is a place on earth with you. I’ve never been happier.’  I didn’t understand any reason why that sounded submissive, to me. In fact, I actually thought that at such a young age, I was blessed to find someone who made me so happy. And I just didn’t understand why true love shouldn’t be the end-all, be-all. I have everything else, you know? But obviously, in other songs, it takes a different turn. And it’s just different experiences, really.”

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What Women Really Need From Men.

Angelina Jolie.

"We need policies for long-term security that are designed by 
women, focused on women, executed by women- not at the expense 
of men, or instead of men, but alongside and with men."

Angelina Jolie Pitt gave a powerful speech on June 11 at the biannual African Union Summit, using her star power to draw attention to women’s rights across the globe.

According to The Independent, the actress and activist addressed a group of delegates in Johannesburg, South Africa, including African Union chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and British foreign minister William Hague.

Her speech focused on the need for the global community to address the violence and human rights violations that impact women and girls around the world.

“There is a global epidemic of violence against women — both within conflict zones and within societies at peace — and it is still treated as a lesser crime and lower priority,” Jolie Pitt said.

“Women and girls are bearing the brunt of extremists that revel in treating them barbarically,” she added. “This is inextricably linked to our overall failure to prevent and end conflicts worldwide, which is causing human suffering on an unprecedented level.”

The 40-year-old actress and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees finished her address by offering solutions to the ongoing problem.

“We need policies for long-term security that are designed by women, focused on women, executed by women,” Jolie explained, “Not at the expense of men, or instead of men, but alongside and with men.”

Jolie Pitt spoke to the critical need to engage men in the global women’s rights movement, which begins at the individual level. “There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free and educated woman,” she said. “And there is no more inspiring role model than a man who respects and cherishes women and champions their leadership.”

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Law-Makers.

Suffragette (2015)

"Never underestimate the power we women have to define our own
destiny"
-Emmeline Pankhurst.
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The real-life suffragettes.

In 1912, England, before women had a voice; they had to fight for their freedom.

Inspired by the true story of the ordinary women who inspired the world, Suffragette is a drama that tracks the story of the early feminist movement, women who were forced

Carey Mulligan as 'Maud'.

Carey Mulligan as Maud.

underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality- their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives.

With an all-star cast, including Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne-Marie Duff, I cannot wait to see this film. Not only does it star my all-time favourite well-spoken actress, Carey Mulligan, playing a working-class cockney Londoner, the trailer looks absolutely phenomenal. It gives me goose pimples every time I watch it. A truly inspirational story about the horrendous struggle our fore-mothers had to endure in order to fight for their dignity. This film appears to be both enriching and heartbreaking.

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