Why I Need Feminism

A Peacemaking Project by Stella B.

What is the injustice we are solving?

I want to use photography to bring awareness to the sexism in high schools specifically my high school!

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Sexism
we will address The silence surrounding sexism. At least in my community it's not something that is talked about; when it really should be.
by I want to take portraits of people holding signs that say something about equality. It could be why they need feminism, a favorite quote, or something like that. Hopefully this will inspire people to speak up about what they believe in.


Fish S.
22 February 2018 17:11

Stella, thanks for posting this project. Sexism is such an important injustice -- and using photography is such a great way to tell stories that bring awareness to problems.

I'd love to dig deeper with you -- how do you see sexism showing up at your school? What are the ways people are affected? And what do you think causes that behavior? (This might be a good time to interview folks -- people affected by sexism, people causing sexism, people in power who could be doing more about the problem -- to get their opinions)

Here's a resource that might help with that.

The next step is to share your Compassionate Insight -- your thoughts on the injustice and your big idea for making change -- with us by Feb 28th. You can do that on your project dashboard. From what you've shared with us, sounds like you're almost there.

What you're doing is amazing. We have your back. How can we help?

Meredith H.
12 March 2018 10:04

Hi! I'm Meredith, and I work at Peace First. I am so excited to see that you are working on this project. Photography is a beautiful way to convey important messages and stories, and it sounds like you are on the right track. I'm curious if you have been able to talk to others in your school and/or community who have experienced sexism as well as those who may be the ones expressing sexism toward others. It's sometimes hard to hear both/many sides of a story - especially ones that feels really personal - but it can expose the underbelly of an issue and help target solutions more specifically. It might lead you to make additional choices about whom to include in your photography (maybe allied girls and guys together?) as well as where to display and discuss it.

I'm excited to see where this goes and happy to talk more if it would be helpful!

Amani A.
27 March 2018 13:00

Hi Stella!

We're excited to hear more about your ideas to address this important injustice! I wanted to let you know about an opportunity -- if you are interested in getting some funding for materials that you need to carry out your project, you can apply for a mini-grant of up to $250.

The deadline to submit your Project Plan and Mini-Grant Application is March 31st if you want to remain eligible to apply to attend a Peace First Accelerator.

As you craft your plan, be sure to consider the feedback we gave you on your compassionate insight, and check out our project planning tools for help turning your insight into a concrete action plan: https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

Then, through your dashboard you can make any changes you want to make to your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let us know if you have questions. We're looking forward to supporting your project!

Fish S.
5 April 2018 12:46

Hey Stella! Wanted to drop in and give you some feedback on your compassionate insight.

In short -- I love it! I think you're SO right that the silence surrounding sexism is a big part of the reason it persists. (Here's a question: why do you think there's a culture of silence around it in your community?)

And I think your solution -- using art to start a conversation -- is a great way to bring it out into the limelight.

I'm psyched about this -- and want to help you move it forward. What can we do to help?

Your next step is to share your project plan (we can help you with one if you don't already have it!) and apply for a mini-grant on your project dashboard! We encourage you to do this by April 15th -- this will make you eligible for some special opportunities! :)

Adrian B.
5 April 2018 13:22

Hi Stella,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for an Accelerator, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can support your project in any way! :)