On the Blade Runner Films

I finally got around to watching both the original Blade Runner and the new Blade Runner: 2049 films back to back. It had been years since I watched Blade Runner and seeing it cleaned up on a HD screen was a much better experience. It was just as gritty as I remembered it but somehow I understood the story better.

After reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick, it was hard for me to see who the two stories were cohesive with one another. The only thing they have in common is the question of what does is mean to be real? Deckard has a great line in the new film when asked if the wolf is real, he says, “I don’t know, ask him.”

The new film has the same style as the first both visually and musically. I know that it’s not normal to keep with the same level of design for sequels but for Blade Runner: 2049 it really worked to just have a few graphic improvements but keep with the gritty post apocalyptic-cyberpunk feel.

I am not a movie snob by any means, I like what I like and that’s all that really matters to me. It’s not about what is most artistic, best written, best acting, or what other people think. Very rarely, will I watch a film that I don’t think that I will like. I can normally tell within the first five minutes of a movie if I will like it or not. I don’t like slow dramas, if I want drama, I will watch a TV series.

Both Blade Runner films have good pacing. The newer one is much longer but somehow it still works. There might be a few scenes where the main character, K, is staring at his hand for way too long but it still works.

The ending to the new one was a bit abrupt, leaving it open for a follow up film. I kind of hope that’s what the plan is. At least with the original, it had a good ending that wrapped everything up. This one left it open for some kind of epic battle to take place in the future between the replicants and the humans.

Career Planning: Part III

I had a successful meeting with the academic planner at the Okanagan College a couple of weeks back. There was good news and bad news though. The bad news was that none of the courses I took are eligible for transfer to the Okanagan College (lame). The good news is that I don’t actually need to go back to school to apply at the RCMP or other police forces.

I have a new plan of action as a result of this information:

  1. Increase physical fitness to pass the PARE test
  2. Study for the entrance exam
  3. Attend the recruiter meetings for RCMP
  4. Do the practice exams
  5. Do the practice PARE tests
  6. Apply at RCMP

The time scale for this is to apply by no later than next year. Ideally, I would like to start as soon as possible but I know that I need a great deal of physical training in order to prepare for this.

The academic advisor recommended that I get accepted to the police force first then use opportunities with the force to go back to school to upgrade. I think it is a brilliant idea. I still want to take criminology studies and there’s opportunities to take courses online through Thompson River University.

So, I am going “back to school” right away but it’s a school of my own curriculum. I have a study guide for the written exam and I might be hiring a personal trainer for the PARE exam. I will have to weigh that out as a trainer is costly. For the most part, I know what I need to do and I have friends who have offered to help me train (bonus for them because they get to train too). I am currently doing my own 12 week plan for increasing my fitness level.

I have not ruled out taking a few courses up at UBC-O though. I am currently enrolled as an “unclassified student”, which means that I can register for regular classes after all the current undergrads have registered for theirs. I am looking at taking some sociology and psychology courses that fit in with criminology studies. If I have not made any significant advancements in applying to the RCMP, then I will take one or two classes from UBC-O and just juggle my work schedule around them.

I have to say thank you to everyone who has been supportive of my plans to return to school and apply at the RCMP. For some, it was a surprise that I would be making this dramatic of a career change and I understand that. Those of you who have known me the longest weren’t all that surprised more like, about time!

I feel good about my future plans and to be honest, I like having a plan. For the last few years, I haven’t had any long term plans about my life and working career. I had some financial plans which I have managed to complete. The only thing that I feel a little apprehensive about is my age. While I know that thirty five is not that old, I still feel like I am a little late coming to the game. I had never planned on making a career out of working in the tech or gaming industry, I don’t have a passion for it.

My goals in life are not based around making money, buying a house, or getting married. I have always been driven by creativity, learning, and discovery. Jobs that offer those are few and far between. Working in law enforcement isn’t about catching criminals, it’s about upholding the laws of the nation I live in. There’s a deeper root to the job than making money and that’s what is appealing to me. I only wish I could start tomorrow.

Failure to Disengage

I failed.

A week or so ago, I posted that I’d had enough of Facebook and its bullshit and disabled my account. I still have had enough but it took about a week of being disconnected from Facebook before I found myself needing to log into it for one reason or another. I have managed to keep the application off of all of my devices and I don’t log into the page from home.

What I have been doing, is removing all of my information from the site, piece by piece. I have taken off nearly all of my photographs and picture posts since 2007. I have been slowly removing all of my posts, one day at a time. Everytime, I remove a post I get this freeing feeling, like I am somehow liberating myself from the Facebook Matrix.

I honestly didn’t think that unloading myself from Facebook was going to be this challenging. I thought that I could just delete my account and be done with it but they don’t allow you to do that. You have to wait 30 days and even then, any interactions you have one the service in the last eleven years is saved and then it can be sold.

The true value in any social media is not providing connected services to the user but in selling their personal information to businesses and governments. Now, I have known that this was the case for a long time. However, now I am seeing my information being used to manipulate voters during high profile elections and referendums and it makes me sick. I know that propaganda is a tool of any state craft and it is not illegal to participate in it but I hate knowing that the majority of voters don’t even realize when they are being manipulated.

That all being said, the following is from the Terms & Conditions of Facebook regarding content:

Sharing Your Content and Information

You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:

  1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
  2. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
  3. When you use an application, the application may ask for your permission to access your content and information as well as content and information that others have shared with you.  We require applications to respect your privacy, and your agreement with that application will control how the application can use, store, and transfer that content and information. (To learn more about Platform, including how you can control what information other people may share with applications, read our Data Policy and Platform Page.)
  4. When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).
  5. We always appreciate your feedback or other suggestions about Facebook, but you understand that we may use your feedback or suggestions without any obligation to compensate you for them (just as you have no obligation to offer them).

By removing my content from Facebook, I am revoking their ability to use any of it. Now, I have set up a Facebook Page for my blog to share my Instagram and blog posts on. I will no longer be sharing any content on my personal Facebook page. I have locked down all of the current posts to private and thus they are removed from public access or Facebook’s ability to use any of the information.

I won’t be using Facebook to look at the Wall anytime soon. These days, I only keep tabs on the people I follow on Instagram because I get far less ads on it and I see the posts that I want to. I don’t see a maddening amount of memes anymore or what every Tom, Dick, and Harry is “Liking”. I will continue to be active in my Facebook groups though, at least the ones that matter to me. If a new group like platform emerges that has similar feature to it, then I might switch over to that.

I can’t be holier-than-thou about the whole leaving Facebook thing, I know that my desire to throw it out of my life comes from a never ending frustration from the hurt it manages to cause people, not to mention how addicting it can be. Even Instagram has a bit of addictiveness to it in its heart feature and comments. It’s that constant need for outside approval that leads to a false sense of gratification. It’s similar to the high you get from getting off to porn by giving you the illusion of personal connection without actually having to socialize. No wonder our social anxiety rates are skyrocketing.

I will report that everyday that I spend away from Facebook I feel better about myself, I am less stressed about what others think of me, and I am more focused on other aspects of my life. Even reducing my time on the product has made me feel better about life. Let’s just say, if Facebook imploded tomorrow, I wouldn’t care.

Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty

It’s almost incomprehensible how much work I have ahead of me in applying to the RCMP. I have been going over the application process and there’s so much more involved than I had even imagined previously. First off, the screening process alone is intensive and then there’s the aptitude testing and physical requirements.

I imagine that if my whole life had been based around getting ready for this, I would have a much easier time of it. There’s a ton of resources available on the RCMP website in regards to what I need to know in order to apply. Whoever has been building up this site has done a pretty good job of making the process transparent. As of right now, I am not %100 sure that I have all the it takes to be an RCMP officer but I have some pretty good ideas on how I can get myself there. I think that I will start with the application process, at the very worst, I find out what I am currently lacking and at best, I get to start in on training right away.

Back up to this, would be attending school in the new year with the Okanagan College for the criminology and social justice program. All the while, keep up with my physical fitness training and then try applying again the following year with the RCMP. There’s about a six month application process for getting into the RCMP and it doesn’t cost me anything to try.

If I do manage to make it into the RCMP, I will be the first one in my family to have gone into law enforcement. From a clan that became famous for setting up the Black Watch in Scotland, it seems only natural that eventually, someone would want to return to those roots. I always have had an overdeveloped sense of justice and a firm believe in the rule of law. Not that I think those laws could stand a little changing now and then. Laws themselves are often political in nature and it’s up to the people to decide when it’s time to change those laws. Officers just need to make sure that while they are in action, the laws are enforced.

There are some opportunities to work with the RCMP in a civilian capacity that I am looking into. All of them would require me to move someplace remote. While not ideal, I can see myself doing that. There’s a telecommunications training opportunity that looks promising. Not to mention, I already have ten years of experience in the field.

In the meantime, I am using my current gym membership time to get ready for the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE). They have a great outline of how to train for PARE on the RCMP website.

I am currently working on strengthening my right hamstring which was weakened from an injury in 2013. It’s only been two weeks and I already notice a big change in my leg. I need to work up to being able to run for 60 minutes a week. Right now, I am spending time on the electric bike and the elliptical machine. It’s my plan to alternate between days at the gym and yoga at home.

I have a feeling that my yoga training is going to be a big help in a career in law enforcement. While I may never see a return income directly for my training, I think that the valuable content that I learned in both regards to mental and physical health. It may even be more beneficial than my degree.

Clara D Munro

Deactivating Facebook

The time has come to deactivate my Facebook account. After the recent whistleblower and the amount of advertising I have been seeing, I rarely see anything positive being shared on Facebook anymore. I might have grown beyond the uses of Facebook and perhaps shortly following, Instagram.

I realize that many of my contacts, both family and friends, are on Facebook but I have decided that if they truly need to contact me, they can do it through phone, text, or email. I have also left it open for access to the Messenger app on my phone. I realize that 90% of my contacts were on the Messenger app and it makes sense to keep that. I didn’t make any kind of dramatic announcement on Facebook about it, I just decided enough was enough and closed the account.

After 30 days, all of my information will be gone from the account and unless Facebook starts putting up some stronger personal information protections, I will not be rejoining it. I doubt at this point that I will even after that. Too many years of bad experiences has left the platform with a bad taste in my mouth.

I have a feeling that more and more people will be doing exactly that I have done and removed themselves from Facebook. It’s been a dying platform for a long time now. If more scandals and breaches of privacy show up, you will likely see more people cutting their losses with the service.

I am testing out a new kind of social media, Vero, which will be using a subscription basis for their platform. Currently, I use a subscription to watch movies/TV online and stream music, so it’s not much of a leap for me looking to try that same model for social media. I have no idea if this platform will take off but if it does, it might just be what our future needs. I recommend that you try the app out to see if you like it. You can look me up at Clara D. Munro.

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Back on Campus

I made my way back up to my old university campus today. It was the first time I had been back there since my graduation in 2008. I had an enlightening conversation with an academic adviser about my previous degree and my plans for going into law enforcement. I also picked up my alumni card and updated my campus login information.

I was able to review both my high school and university transcripts. They paint an interesting picture about my academic career. I did not recall graduating high school with honors, so that was a nice surprise. Those marks are so good, that I could apply to pretty much any university in the country on them alone.

The first part of my university transcript reflects that stellar academic record but the second half, well, let’s just say I was going through some serious young adult shit at the time. I even had an entire class that I forgot to go to. I mean, that’s the kind of nightmares people have about school but me, I actually did it. I should be horrified that I managed to screw up a perfectly good transcript but it’s been ten years, what the fuck am I going to do about it now? The adviser says that I only need to get ten more credits in 300 or 400 level courses to make up for those marks. Which is good because I found out that I am eligible to take 3rd and 4th years psychology and sociology courses.

I have one more academic adviser meeting at the Okanagan College regarding the criminology and social justice diploma program. After taking a look at my old OUC transcript, I have a good portion of the first and second semester sociology, psychology, and English requirements completed. I just hope that the credits are transferable. It would be nice not to have to redo any of those courses. Mind you, it wouldn’t be so bad to have a refresher in both sociology and psychology.

The best part of the conversation was finding out about a contact with the RCMP recruiter and advise on how to find out what they are looking for. I may not need to actually go back to school because my previous degree might be enough when combined with my current work experience. While I have the option to return to school, I may not need to if I happen to have what the RCMP are looking for right now. Any if I don’t, I have an action plan to get there. Either way, I win.

Academic Planning

I made some progress this past week by calling up the academic advisers at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan and the Okanagan College to set up appointments with both institutions to chat about returning to school.

I have been running through some ideas of what I would like to pursue and I keep coming back to a possible future in law enforcement. There’s a Criminal and Social Justice diploma program with the Okanagan College that looks promising. It would open up the way for further education at larger institutions like SFU or BCIT for further police studies in criminology. However, I would like to meet up with the advisers at UBC-O to see if there’s a similar program with them.

I suppose, if you don’t know me all that well, the idea of me being interested in criminology and law enforcement seems like it’s coming out of left field.The thing is, I have always been interested in it since I was in high school when I was taking law. Even when I look back at the courses I picked in my first few years of university (sociology, psychology, history, anthropology) I could already see a pattern forming. If I had not been on the path towards teaching and a degree in history, I might have switched to criminology sooner.

Ten years later, I keep coming to law enforcement and a possible career path. It’s the one that I am most attracted to at this point but before I make any commitments, I am going to be having these meetings with the academic advisers and I have a seminar with the RCMP recruiter in April to look at what I might need to pursue a career with them. Needless to say, I finally have a goal in mind that I am excited about and one that won’t require too much in the way of further education or financial investment.

Had I gone down the path of getting my teaching degree, I would need at least two years of catch up courses at the college and then another eighteen months in the teaching certification course. All and all it could end up costing me another twenty thousand or more. Where as the social justice and criminology diploma would only cost maybe ten thousand and there is the option to go either right into law enforcement or if I wanted to specialize into specifics, I can apply at BCIT or SFU.

I am not limited to RCMP once I have the education. I can apply at VPD or other government agencies involved in law enforcement including bylaw, security, or even private investigation. All of which hold interest to me. I don’t want to rush my interests though. I want to give myself time to absorb the information and find out what I have a natural aptitude for.

I have ordered a copy of the latest edition of The Oxford Handbook of Criminology to give myself food for thought and find out if I truly am interested in criminology before I make any more investments of my money and time. Unlike when I went to university the last time, I want to make sure I know exactly what I am doing this time so that I don’t waste anyone’s time or money. So far, I have only invested $65 into this venture with the purchase of the textbook.

On the upside to all of this, my degree in history will be beneficial to a career in law enforcement. At the very least, I can show that I have what it takes to finish something that I started and to find new applications for the knowledge that I have gained. I know that this time, no matter what I choose to return to school for, I will be a much better student and likely more driven than I was when I was in my twenties. I am even willing to pick up more student debt in order to make this happen if it means that I can start as early at January 2019.

~Clara D. Munro

An Internet of Lazy Writers

Symbolbild-Jean-B-Fotoliacom-Foto-Jean-B-Fotoliacom-466546I am a bit of a news and information junkie. I spend a good portion on my day looking over the days news stories in the Google browsers. I am pretty sure that my news is being tailored to my browsing history and for the most part only shows me things that I am interested in, which is great most of the time but every once and a while it shows me absolute garbage.

I have noticed a trend, and it’s not a new trend, of writers and journalists not taking the time to properly research topics before posting articles or they just take information from other sources and repost it without even bothering to get their own information. I am as guilty as the next writer of taking information from internet sources as citations and it’s quite lazy. It’s lazy because I know better and I have access to more credible sources but it’s so much easier to just grab a link and use that as source material. Most of the time when I write, I just use personal opinion rather than citation because I tend to forget where I read my facts. This is a habit I need to get out of as I inch closer to going back to school where that kind of lazy writing is not looked well upon.

Essay writing has never been my strong point. The benefit to keeping a regular blog like this is I get a chance to keep up with the practice of essay writing, even if they are just mini essays. Don’t be too surprised that if in the next few months you start seeking more legitimate citations and footnotes in my writing. It’s going to be rough at first but I figure, my writing can only benefit from improving my notations and finding more legitimate sources to reference.

Clara D. Munro

Future Career Pathways

While traveling in Hawaii this January, I met a couple who are retired and spend their time traveling around the United States. When I explained to them that I am a dual citizen of both Canada and the United States, they told me that I have the best of both worlds. It’s true, I feel privileged to be able to claim citizenship to two of the most well known democracies around the world.

With that privilege, there comes responsibilities though. Not only do I have to keep up to date with current politics and affairs in the city, province, and nation that I live in but also the nation in which I don’t. If you think keep up to date with politics in your own country is hard, try keeping up to date with two. Being an active member of the democratic process is difficult in an age with so much misinformation spreading through the internet like a virus. You can’t trust information from just one news source, you have to keep looking at different ones to get some resemblance of the full picture.

As a student of history, I know that eventually the truth will come out but that certainly doesn’t help in the moment when decisions and opinions are being made in the now. As much as I would like to be able to see the whole picture right away, I have to make my own best guesses as to which horse to hitch my cart to in any political race. When I was filling my paperwork to take possession of my US citizenship, I was asked to pick my political party right there. I honestly didn’t know much about which party supported what when I did, so I picked my mother’s party, the Democrats. From what I knew from my observations of Republicans in the early 2000s, I figured that Democrats were the closest to Canadian Liberals as I could get but in reality, what a liberal is to Americans is very different than what it is to a Canadian.

Last week, I had an enlightening discussion with a Bostonian. Hearing his points of view and politics in the United States and finding out what a liberal is to him, got me thinking about how much of my own political views are influenced by Canadian thinking. There was a point in the conversation when he asked if I felt so passionate about history, sociology, and politics, why I didn’t go on to study it further. My answer was simple, money. Thinking back on it now, my real reason was I ran out of stream for the university, I just wanted out. I needed to live in the real world for a while and grow up a bit.

After that conversation, I started thinking more about what my passions are and what kind of a future they can give me. With music, I am enjoying challenging myself on a daily basis to get better at the guitar. For me, music will always be the slow burn in the background of my life but not my focus. In regards to writing, I think that I will continue to write in my blogs about subjects that I am interested in and I am passionate about. I don’t think it will be a career for me but more of an ongoing project. Then there is my certification as a yoga instructor. There’s a game new yoga teachers have to play in order to find teaching opportunities that I am just not willing to play anymore. I will always have my certification to teach yoga, no one can take that from me. At this point, I am using it to continue my own yoga path but as far as going out of my way to teach more, I will put that on hold. I believe that I have gotten a world of value out of my teaching certification that was as valuable as my history degree, if not maybe more so.

This brings me back to my degree in history and what can I do with it. I have been tossing around ways to build on my degree but after hours of countless deliberations, I am brought back to one simple revelation: I need to focus point of direction. Getting the degree was the easy part, figuring out what to do with it was hard part. Ever since I finished up my degree in 2008, I have been waffling for a direction and how to use the degree appropriately.

I have been looking at changing careers for a long time now. I don’t want to just run out and get more education if I don’t know what I want to do though. I have been contemplating what to do next. My first instinct was to finish my education degree but now I am thinking that career might not be best suited to me. I am tossing around a few other ideas but I don’t want to share them yet as I have a feeling people may try to talk me out of them. The last thing that I want is someone trying to influence me before I have come to my own opinion on the matter.

What I do know is that I will likely need to upgrade my degree somewhat, it’s just a matter of deciding on how I want to do that. My first step is upgrading some of my adult basic education in English and Math. After that, I will need to bring up my university GPA with ten credits, which is a full semester of courses from 400 level classes. After I bring up the GPA, I may consider applying at other Universities outside Canada. If I can be the good student I know that I can be, I may be able to achieve bursaries to cut down on further debt.

Figuring out a plan of action at this point seems to be the next logical step. I have some ideas of how to move forward but I don’t want to do so until I figured out the next career path. I have some seminars that I am going to attend to learn more about prospective careers and I am going to go up to the university to get my alumni card and talk with an educational counselor there about what do next as far as how to expand on my degree.

~Clara D. Munro

This is My Feminism

I have always considered myself to be an educated feminist, someone who is aware of the limitations on being a woman in a man’s world. As a student of history, I have come to understand that before there were inequalities between races, there were inequalities between the sexes. Ideas gender and gender roles only feeds into a culture of sexism and sexism hurts everyone.

You would think that in our day and age, we would have evolved more as a species but in all honesty, we are still fighting the same battles that we were a century ago. Women in many parts of the world as still seen as less than their male counter parts. No matter how many steps forward we take here in Western developed nations, women still are making less than their male counter parts in similar jobs . As much as I would like to see humanity grow beyond the need for our current consumer system, I don’t see that happening anytime soon, which means we still reply on jobs to pay for our basic needs as humans.

I am an independent woman. I own my own car, I control my own finances, and I take care of my own household. I am so independent that I have no need of a male counterpart to take on those tasks that have been traditionally held by men. In the same way I see men in my life who are still single taking on skills and tasks once held by women. We are reaching a point where our roles are no longer defined by our sex/gender.

I love and respect the men in my life and while there are only a few of them who hold onto old world ideas about women and occasionally don’t speak about women with the greatest respect, I give them the forgiveness to try again tomorrow. Most men who have met me will learn very quickly if I think they have spoken or acted in any disrespect. I don’t hesitate to tell them they are out of line and need to change their tunes. I have dated a few men who over time showed their true colors of being sexist in both their treatment of me and other men and women. It doesn’t take long for me to leave them once I speak to them about it and see that they have no desire to change.

With the #metoo movement and the expose of the abuses in the politics, Hollywood, and the music industry, many women and men are joining in on the chorus of voices that have had enough of a culture of sexual harassment and abuse. In order for the pendulum to swing to normal, it has to swing to an extreme and this means that we have to act more politically correct and hypersensitive for a while before we can find the balance where it’s normal to treat each other with mutual respect.

A friend of mine once gave me a keychain that read: Woman by birth, Bitch by choice. I haven’t associated words like Bitch, Whore, Cunt, Pussy, or Slut of personal negativity in a long time. I know that they are intended to be words meant to control women and subjugate them to male power. Any word used to degrade women can be used to degrade men. They are used to make men feel less male by associating them with women as if women were less than men. If you take the power out of words, they can’t hurt you or anyone else for that matter.

This bring me to the issues of body image, clothing, and make-up. The biggest villain of sexism in our culture is the media and consumerism. Our biology is being overrun with our minds trying to fit in an unreasonable view of what our bodies should look like. When once upon a time large women were more desirable because they could survive better in times of scarcity they are now ridiculed. We are constantly judging each other by what we wear, what cars we drive, and anything else that is being sold to us. We have a media culture that picks women on one body type for movies, music, and television and a porn industry that creates unrealistic views of what our sexual intimacy should look like.

Then there’s the clothing industry which hasn’t changed its view on what men and women can wear since the late 19th century. I think in this regard, men have suffered the most because women have more diversity in clothing options. It is still unacceptable for men to wear skirts because they are seen as women only clothing. Which brings be back to the point about men being seen as lesser when they are associated as women. We have to stop thinking about objects that are for women as being less than those for men. I will say it again, sexism hurts everyone!

There are so many aspects of feminism and gender inequality that I could get into that still need to be addressed and changed on the consciousness of our whole society. From child care rights to gender specific jobs in the workforce, we still have a long way to go before both women and men are on the same page. If you add the issues of racism and ethnocentrism into the mix, we need to become more enlightened as a species before we can even begin to move beyond our current limitations.

What is the key to all of this? Education, of course. Investing in the education of girls and encouraging them to see the world beyond their socio economic situation and their cultural limitations only helps the nations in which women are seen as lesser than men. There is scientific proof that shows that when women are educated, the nation improves both culturally and economically. It’s like thinking with only half of your brain when you educate only men. There are over seven billion humans on Earth and half of them are women. If you help girls overcome the idea that science and technology is only for boys, you see the results of improvements in all fields of academia.

In the late 90s, there was a upturn in women enrolling in the sciences in something that was dubbed “The Scully Effect”. I have spoken about my love for Dana Scully previously but I didn’t go into depth about her characters influence on women enrolling in the sciences.

In more recent media, we have The Hunger Games and Katniss Everdeen and The 100 with its whole cast of strong female leaders in all fields from science to leadership. We can even look to Wonder Woman for proof that movies about solo female superheroes can be successful. The lead character in the new Star Wars films, Rey, shows that someone from no education can overcome it to be one of the most enlightened people in the galaxy.

What we need now is recognition of our real world female leaders in politics, science, art, and technology. My hero in American politics right now is Senator Elizabeth WarrenwarrenShe not only calls out bullshit when she sees it but she’s active in advocating the need for affordable education and healthcare. I would love to see her as the first female American president.

 

As for women who are making waves in science, please check out this link. These women are making not only history in their fields but changing our world for the better. If they had not been given the chances to success by having access to education, our world would be less for it. Just think of all those women in the world who are being oppressed and not given the chance to learn and become education. Can you imagine if every girl and boy in the world had access to the same education and where we would be today if it weren’t for sexism?

I could honestly go on and on about my views on feminism and ways we can overcome it but I am not ready to write a book on it at this point. I will finish up by sharing  this playlist of rad female musicians from around the world!

~Clara D. Munro