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Taylor Swift Isn't Redefining A Common Word. She Is Saying It A Lot More Now. Yay.

World, meet Taylor Swift, feminist. If you're not already her fan, you will be. I know I am!And this moment is such a great example of Celebrity Role Modeling 101, it makes me glad that so many young people are her fan, too. She is taking us all to school. Let's try to get an A.

Taylor Swift Isn't Redefining A Common Word. She Is Saying It A Lot More Now. Yay.

Lesson #1: Even 12-year-olds *could be feminist.*


Time travel as a way to begin the process of defining a word that people have problems defining (mostly because they haven't learned how to define it)! Are you confused? Keep reading. Taylor's got ya.

Lesson #2: Feminism is something to be proud of.

Lesson #3: Many girls don't *get* feminism, so they don't say they are one.

Feminism is not exclusively angry and disgruntled picket riots of complaints.

Lesson 4: Once you get feminism, it sounds pretty rad. Believing in rights and opportunities for EVERYONE! Ladies, dudes, and everyone? I'm in.

*"The More You Know" rainbow star shoots across my screen.*

Lesson 5: Being a feminist frees you from that feeling you should judge other women based on how they express their sexuality.

Spit out the haterade! Feminism makes it taste really bad!

Lesson 6: Feminism is about cheering on others and clearing the way for *everyone* to live life on their terms.

*cheers!*

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.