Ellie Kahn

Ellie Kahn

Ellie Kahn is a junior at Needham High School, where she loves to take art classes, write, and play Ultimate Frisbee. Ellie is an active feminist and is so excited to be apart of the Rising Voices Fellowship for the upcoming year. In her free time, Ellie likes to spend time with her two brothers, sing, and collage.

Blog Posts

Ellie Kahn and GALS Club

Malala and Me: Finding Power Through Writing

Ellie Kahn

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” 

I have this quote written on a piece of paper taped to my ceiling above my bed; it is the first thing that I see when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I see before I close my eyes at night. This quote means everything to me, because of both the message it conveys, and the story behind it.

Topics: Feminism, Writing
Rosie the Riveter

A Valorous Woman

Ellie Kahn

We’ve all seen and heard of the impossible standards to which women are held: be skinny, beautiful, athletic, and put together, but also be natural and be yourself. Don’t change yourself for a man, but don’t scare him off by being too honest or real” from the get-go either.

Adam Levine

Just Like Animals

Ellie Kahn

We need to pay strict attention to what messages we get from the media and how those messages perpetuate violence and misogyny. Violent and offensive lyrics, such as those in “Animals,” glorify and romanticize sexualized violence, causing distorted views on healthy relationships. Objectification and violence toward women can too easily become mainstream when popular celebrities endorse this behavior.

Topics: Radio, Music
Maya Angelou, cropped

Still She Rose

Ellie Kahn

It’s hard to rise above the fray. To disregard all of the weight attached to us, to be free. There are many aspects of life that will try to ground us, to clip our wings and to take away our voices, but it is the voices that demand to be heard that guide us. Maya Angelou had one of those voices. In all aspects, she was a whirlwind force to be reckoned with. She excelled as a poet, author, singer, dancer, professor, screenwriter, actress, advocate, and avid feminist.

Bars of Soap Image

Soap: The Slippery Slope

Ellie Kahn

“The greatest skin care discovery of all time!” boasts the 1957 black and white commercial, showing a still of the New York skyline. The camera then pans up to show a flock of white doves flying away, leaving a giant white Dove soap bar to fill the screen. The crackling voice explains the benefits of using a Dove bar instead of another soap product, demonstrating this by having a beautiful blonde young woman wash each side of her face with a different product.

Bella Abzug at a Women Strike for Peace Protest

Speaking Out and Standing Up

Ellie Kahn

If you had asked me two years ago if I thought of myself as a rebel, I would have been completely taken aback. I also would have said “no!” in a shocked tone, and ask you what on earth had led to that conclusion. I’ve always thought of rebels as people who resist authority or control and honestly, I don’t resist.

Topics: Feminism
Girl Playing with Barbies, 2012

Slumber Party Barbie: Always in Fashion?

Ellie Kahn

The little girl races to unwrap it and gasps when she sees what the package contains. It’s Slumber Party Barbie™ and she couldn’t be more thrilled. All of the girls in her class have the doll, and now she can’t wait to bring her new Barbie in to school to show them! With the silky haired icon comes an accessory set including a pink satin robe, hair curlers and a pajama set. But what Barbie would be complete without a matching pink scale permanently set at 110 lbs. to keep her slim and fit? Oh and better yet, Slumber Party Barbie™ comes with her very own diet book, solely containing the advice “Don’t eat!”

Paintbrush and Palette

Seeing, Painting, and Understanding: A Tribute to Ruth Light Braun

Ellie Kahn

Our world is a broken place.

It’s important to acknowledge this, to be aware of what is going on around us, because only then can we begin to pick up the pieces and try to make repairs. One of the points of brokenness in the world right now is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an ongoing struggle between two groups of people fighting over the same land.

Topics: Painting, Israel
Ellie Kahn

Finding Sisterhood at Services

Ellie Kahn

I knew I was getting older when my mom stopped letting me bring Archie comics and Crayola crayons with me to services. These kept me entertained, even if it meant hiding my comics behind the prayer books, peeking over them periodically to see if anyone had noticed the offending material.

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