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In a video played on repeat, artist Gina Birch screams at a camera in pure defiance. This is “3 Minute Scream” by Birch, the featured image of Tate Britain’s “Women in Revolt!” show.

Tate Britain’s ‘Woman In Revolt!’ dizzies in discontent, criticizes patriarchy

Ruby Rogers, Media Team March 27, 2024

A woman screams and screams in defiance, face wrinkled with discontent, red lipstick-lined lips stretched wide as her head fills the large screen. This is “3 Minute Scream” by Gina Birch, the featured...

Kaavya Dubey (27) dribbles the ball past the three-point line, getting ahead of her defender. Female athletes require further appreciation in the media and news coverage.

Women in sports require more coverage, respect in media

Inez Stephenson, Media Team March 27, 2024

For Aequitas Day, I co-led a workshop on women in sports through the media and asked our audience to discuss in groups what their favorite sport was. Several hands went up in favor of basketball. Then,...

For Grace Blanton (’26), pursuing humanities in the future seems like an instinctive choice. Blanton said she grew up with the subject around her.

Teachers, students share experiences as women in social studies

Biraj Khadka, Reporter March 27, 2024

While High School Social Studies Teachers Sana Shafqat, Becky Mason and Shrita Gajendragadkar had different pathways leading to their current teaching roles, one thing they share in common is their love...

Serena serves up in preparation for the 2012 Western and Southern Open. She made it to the quarterfinals, where she lost to Germany’s Angelique Kerber.

Serena Williams makes global mark

Alexandra Theofilopoulou, Reporter March 27, 2024

Whether you are familiar with her unstoppable serves, consecutive grand slam titles, social justice advocacy or simply her name, Serena Williams has left a permanent mark on the world. Williams is one...

English teachers celebrate contributions to literature by women through highlighting the work of their favorite female authors. Although women were often excluded from the world of writing in the past, English teachers actively combat the stigma by uplifting female voices.

English teachers share favorite books by influential female authors

Audrey Cushman and Ayla Rafiq March 27, 2024

While a variety of authors have inspired English Teacher Stephan Potchatek throughout his journey as a writer, he said Rosemary Radford Ruether’s work especially resonated with him. “Throughout...

High School female empowerment clubs create an environment for girls to flourish in various male-dominated fields. Leaders of the clubs reflected on the impact of their organizations on the larger school community and the objectives they hope to achieve.

Female empowerment club leaders consider impacts across community

Gaby Friedman and Leila Meilman March 26, 2024

Leaders of High School women’s empowerment clubs each have unique motivations for establishing their organizations, but they share a common interest in increasing female representation in academic fields....

English Teacher Alissa Mears stands in front of American writer Edith Wharton’s home in Paris, France. Mears completed her honors thesis on Wharton’s novels, exploring the ways women internalize the pressure of “constantly feeling on display.”

Q&A: 5 questions with Alissa Mears

Giulia Scolari, Features Editor: Online March 26, 2024

Ever since her high school English classes, English Teacher Alissa Mears has always felt “a certain pull” toward female writers. Nonetheless, it wasn’t until her late 30s that she became truly invested...

The Cucamaras perform in a concert hall in St. Albans, England Nov. 22, 2023. According to EXAG Records, it was their fifth performance in a series of 10 across the U.K.

5 British bands gain popularity, grow audience beyond London

Zoe Karibian, Media Team March 25, 2024

At times, we all grow tired of endlessly replaying the same songs from the same chart-topping artists. From indie-rock to punk, these bands will bring refreshing new melodies to your playlist, and have...

Visual Arts Teacher Erik Niemi  uses his turntable almost every single day. When Niemi was a kid, he said his family liked to listen to music through turntables, cassette tapes and record players.

Students embrace nostalgia through vinyl records

Sophia Hsu, Media Team March 25, 2024

Jack Henry Richman (’24) owns a variety of vinyl records, a quarter of his collection being new ones. Yet, most of his records come from his father's collection of older artists. Jack Henry Richman...

The release of “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” conveys an important message about sexism in the music industry. However, this album received an overwhelming amount of backlash and hate comments on social media.

Overwhelming negativity in response to ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ discredits purpose

Audrey Cushman, Reporter March 18, 2024

When Taylor Swift released her recorded album “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” Oct. 27, 2023, I opened TikTok and discovered that my For You Page was full of videos of fellow fans’ long-awaited reactions....

Eleanor Ilyas (’24) bows her head while performing in the High School musical “Anything Goes” Nov. 16, 2023. Ilyas played Hope Harcourt, a debutante who was forced into a marriage but later found love unexpectedly.

Eleanor Ilyas shares how she discovered singing, journey to pursue music in university

Gaby Friedman and Leila Meilman March 18, 2024

From a young age, Eleanor Ilyas (‘24) has always been passionate about music, and her love of singing has translated into a potential career. Ilyas’ passion for music originated from watching a popular...

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