Elle Simmons

A senior Psychology major and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor. She is a strong advocate for women’s rights.

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ERA – Not Then, Not Now

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” That’s it. Plain and simple, the text of the Equal Rights Amendment put forth that everyone should be guaranteed equality under the law regardless of sex. When …

Fantastic Feminist Enterprises

Jo McQueen was tired of seeing toys for children that promoted a demeaning image of women as homemakers and housewives. So she took it into her own hands to create a doll to be the antidote of these outwardly misogynistic toys. In recent years, articles about Barbie dolls have floated …

VOTE PRO-WOMAN

This pamphlet was something I ended up scanning shortly before election day this year. To me, this was a great connection between the current election and the election in the context of the scrapbook. In 1982–the beginning of my scrapbook–the Equal Rights Amendment failed to ratify in Congress. This meant …

The disgusting elephant in the room

“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married…she’s now got the big phony tits…” “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy, you can do anything.” “No, I have no age–I mean, …

40 years and still not allowed to regulate our own bodies

In the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade of 1973, it was ruled that women had the right to make the decision of aborting a pregnancy under the Right to Privacy. While such a universally known case might be thought to be the voice of authority to end the debate of …

The more things change, the more they stay the same

When I think about feminism, I think of how far we’ve come. I think of my current position as a university student, and how it was something almost taboo not too many generations ago. I think of the intersectionality and inclusion feminism has reached, and the groups it has given …