La Femme sells T-shirts to benefit Elizabeth House

La Femme sells T-shirts to benefit Elizabeth House

La Femme sold T-shirts on the quad for $15 from March 6 to 10 to raise money for Elizabeth House, a non-profit organization that provides economic, medical and emotional support, including shelter and prenatal care, for homeless pregnant women and women with young children. Club member Alyssa Flaherty ’17 said that by volunteering at Elizabeth […]

Feminism is not a joke

Feminism is not a joke

It’s no longer funny to joke about feminism. Throughout our time at the Upper School, the Class of 2017 has seen a plethora of Facebook wars that have prompted huge controversies on campus for a maximum of a week and then disappear until they can be used conveniently in a joke. The arguments always end […]

Stop apologizing

Stop apologizing

This year, I have made a conscious effort to stop apologizing. Not for accidentally bumping into people in the halls, but rather for my opinions and actions. In Amy Poehler’s book “Yes Please,” she writes, “it takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for.” I couldn’t have […]

Club promotes Women’s History Month activities

Club promotes Women’s History Month activities

The La Femme club organized events daily from March 21-24 to support Women’s History Month and plans to promote Denim Day April 27. The feminist group aims to raise awareness about gender equality and rape prevention with their events. La Femme will help support the upcoming Denim Day, when students are encouraged to dress in […]

Response to Facebook sports controversy

Response to Facebook sports controversy

Emma Watson looked me in the eye and asked, “If not me, who? If not now, when?” Watson delivered a speech entitled “I’m a feminist” to the UN in 2014. Okay, I kind of lied. She didn’t exactly look me in the eye; I watched her speech through a laptop screen. But to me, it […]

La Femme club focuses on new project to promote feminism

La Femme club focuses on new project to promote feminism

The La Femme club created a new project called Feminists of Harvard-Westlake this year. “It’s a way for the student body to de-stigmatize the feminist movement and open everyone’s mind to feminism,” Elizabeth Edel ’16 said about the project. La Femme focuses on holding discussions on gender equality at the school. Edel, Kamala Durairaj ’17, […]

Trying to maintain an inclusive student body

“Harvard-Westlake strives to be a diverse and inclusive community united by the joyful pursuit of educational excellence, living and learning with integrity, and purpose beyond ourselves.” We’ve heard these words of the mission statement many times from President Rick Commons, enough for the student body to make jokes about it, because most of us feel […]

Spotlight: Daniele Wieder '12

Dani Wieder ’12, an aspiring playwright, wrote a two-act piece titled “Mused” for her Senior Independent Study. Set in the 1950s, the work follows the story of Victoria, a housewife who explores feminism through heroines in Greek Mythology. Her findings lead her to question the social limitations of women.