South East Market Spotlight

South East Market is a women-owned, local grocery store in the 49507 zip code of Grand Rapids. Their mission is “to increase access to healthy, affordable and culturally-accepted food for our community through a sustainable and equitable lens.” Their food is sourced from traditionally marginalized groups and they also seek to support environmentally sustainable businesses. In order to be accessible to their neighborhood, they offer … Continue reading South East Market Spotlight

What Are The Seven Sisters?

Before 1835, colleges did not admit women. As women were increasingly interested in pursuing higher education, feminist advocates opened co-educational colleges like Oberlin and exclusively women’s colleges. Wesleyan College was the first women’s college to open, and there were approximately 230 women’s colleges in the 1960s. Perhaps the most famous of these colleges would be The Seven Sisters consortium, which initially included only Wellesley, Smith, … Continue reading What Are The Seven Sisters?

Period Poverty

What is Period Poverty? The American Women’s Medical Association (AWMA) defines period poverty as “inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools and education, including but not limited to sanitary products, washing facilities, and waste management.” There are many menstrual injustices that accompany period poverty. Menstruation is often linked to shame and stigma, including culturally and socially. Menstruation education is poor and insufficient. Children miss or avoid … Continue reading Period Poverty

Notable Women Throughout History

This list was collected at the last meeting of the Girl Up Club. Katherine Johnson who did all of the calculations for the first space flights. Without her contributions they wouldn’t have been possible  Malala Yousafzai, she is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel prize laureate Ada Lovelace, pioneer in mathematics, created the concept of an operating system or software Greta … Continue reading Notable Women Throughout History

Supporting Local, Women Owned Businesses

Business is traditionally a male dominated field that women have been left out of.  40% of US businesses are women-owned. (WBENC) Women who own businesses are reportedly 43% more likely than men to be worried about limited access to money affecting their companies. (PlanBeyond). Only 2% of women-owned businesses ever reach a revenue of 1 million dollars. (Forbes) This means that corporations are mostly owned … Continue reading Supporting Local, Women Owned Businesses

Henrietta Lacks: The Mother of Modern Medicine

The month of March is Women’s History Month – a time to celebrate the contributions women have made to various fields throughout history. During this time of year, there are so many women that need to be recognized for their involvement in math, literature, physics, medicine, and a myriad of other fields. This article will be discussing one woman who was crucial in studying diseases … Continue reading Henrietta Lacks: The Mother of Modern Medicine