El Estoque

Taking inspiration from the saying ‘Well behaved women rarely make history’

Being Brave: This monthly column explores bravery and this month's topic is facing my fear of contradicting others  and speaking with authority.

Anushka De, News Editor

February 2, 2020

My journey to finding the courage to stand by my values and lift my voice

San Jose Women’s March takes place on Jan. 21

7,500 people gather to march from the San Jose City Hall to Arena Green for the fourth-annual San Jose Women’s March.

Swara Tewari and Tina Low

January 28, 2020

Marchers share their views on politics and the power of mass protests

Not so easy: being a feminist in today’s age

Not so easy: being a feminist in today's age

Shuvi Jha

November 24, 2019

How overused platitudes of empowerment oversimplify the feminist movement

Empowered Women Empower Women

Empowered Women Empower Women

Lakshanyaa Ganesh

May 22, 2019

he rise of the 21st Century has brought in a generation that is more aware, sensitive and progressive in relation to issues that have been plaguing our country for years — more specifically, in support of women’s rights and ways of empowerment. Women’s employment rates and college graduation r...

The S-word: the prevalence of slut shaming at MVHS

The S-word: the prevalence of slut shaming at MVHS

Shuvi Jha and Ayah Ali-Ahmad

April 12, 2019

“She was wearing a bralette; what did she expect?” “What a whore; she’s slept with four guys.” “She is such a slut; she deserves all this.” lut shaming refers to the practice of individuals criticizing females for engaging in behavior deemed to be provocative or enticing. ...

GEP’s upcoming Sexual Assault Drive

GEP officer team presents the club's mission statement at the club's interest meeting. Photo by Swara Tewari.

Swara Tewari and Rucha Soman

March 25, 2019

To honor sexual assault survivors, April has been designated as the Sexual Assault Awareness month by the National Sexual Violence Research Center. From April 22 to May 3, Girls Empowerment Project (GEP) will be hosting a drive to raise money for sexual assault victims. With the increase of media ...

Reinforcing feminism in MVHS

GEP members all stand on the right side of the classroom to signify that they believe that feminism is important at MVHS. Photo by Swara Tewari.

Swara Tewari and Rucha Soman

November 6, 2018

Girls’ Empowerment Project discusses gender equality at first meeting

Dear Feminism: A Love Letter to a fierce friend

Dear Feminism: A Love Letter to a fierce friend

Lakshanyaa Ganesh

September 26, 2018

Dear Feminism, I remember the first time we met like it was yesterday, only I didn’t know your name or what you stood for at the time. I apologize on behalf of my third grade self, as I wasn’t (and still am not) the most observant person. I do remember sitting in class, happily reading in the corner,...

Deciphering Feminism

Deciphering Feminism

Shuvi Jha

January 29, 2018

was the year women's voices were allowed to ring loud and free as the #MeToo movement pushed for equality. It was the year when White House adviser Kellyanne Conway refused to call herself a feminist “because it [seemed] to be very anti-male and very pro-abortion,” and the year when “Wonder Woma...

We are equals

Infographic by Maya Murthy

Maya Murthy

September 24, 2014

Sometime over this summer, the word feminist at our school became a slur. In between the Facebook posts, the angry comments, the articles sent back and forth, a woman looking for equal pay and some representation in her governing body became something ridiculous, ludicrous, obscene. So, I’m just...

Gender inequality binds men and women to limiting gender roles

Gender stereotypes outline modes of behavior for men and women, often not leaving enough room for people to explore options outside their gender norms. Images courtesy of thenounproject.org creative commons.

Gabriella Monico

September 23, 2014

I remember standing in line outside the movie theater, clad in my Gryffindor robes, waiting for the doors to open and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two to begin. I remember waiting restlessly for the next book or interview or spin-off to be released. I remember justifying my own know-it-all...

Sadie Hawkins dance: your only chance to ask a guy out…ever

These empowered 1950s ladies are ready to put their pea-sized brains to use and ask their boys to the Sadie Hawkins dance! While wearing pants, too! The most scandalous event of the 21st century, for sure.

Kristin Chang

February 26, 2014

Get ready, ladies: your day of autonomy is right around the corner. [dropcap1]F[/dropcap1]ebruary 28. The one day where the earth revolves around the moon, the sun sets at 8 a.m. and everyone tosses their homework into a woodchipper. That’s right, say goodbye to the world as you know and ...