Owner of Clever Girl, Research Queen Productions, and Wild Pantheon Press. Deeply opinionated, feminist, and equal rights advocate.
School Learning, Education, Teacher

Reality: Gender Inequality Hurts Education

How do you combat gender pay inequality? Ask Aileen Rizo-Acosta, who is advocating fair pay for women employees in the teaching field. Local paper Community Alliance spoke with the teacher, who found the harsh reality of fixing the system comes down to more than just a single entity.

In fact, prior pay only becomes a known factor when finding out just how much the Fresno County Office of Education values experience once an offer is made. And often women face much, much lower levels of pay.

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Woman Statue, Enghien Park

Representing Women in Hollywood

In an opinion piece for The Hollywood Reporter, Jessica Chastain opens up on what’s like to be on a set with women in charge. She doesn’t disparage men nor does she berate the system. What she does so effectively is remind audiences and the industry how vital women are in the creation of art.

Chastain’s joy at another female lead in John Hillcoat’s Lawless explains a lot about the culture of a male-dominated set. It’s not necessarily about purposeful exclusion; sometimes it’s about an ingrained culture where the norm is never disturbed because no one looks beyond a single experience.

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A Holiday Guide: How Not To Be A Dick To Customer Service

So it’s holiday peak season. I know Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday have passed, but let’s face it: until about a week before Christmas, the sales never stop. And it can be a really thankless job to work in customer service when everyone’s fussing and screaming at you, accusing you of theft, and god knows what else. So! I’ve found a solution.

For your reading pleasure, I’ve made a handy list on how to NOT treat customer service representatives during the holiday season. And in no particular order.

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Dia's Face

#SaveALife: Adopt From Fulton County Animal Services

Fulton County Animal Services has three times as many dogs as capacity. And from November 27 until November 30, they’re waiving all adoption fees, thanks to Zappos.com. You know what that means? Get a new foot warmer for the upcoming winter! Just remember to pooper scoop after a brisk walk around 6am.

There’s even some cats that could use a new home, too.  Kitten season doesn’t just happen in spring. Looking for a pet is an amazing introduction into what devotion really means.

We all know I’m a sucker for a pet. Hello, I have four cats when I didn’t plan on one. And I’m looking after wonderkid Dia now, too. (Whose a boy, after all.) But it’s all about being good and doing good.

Seriously, those in Atlanta: if you’re looking for a pet, please consider adopting. If not adopting, then be a temporary foster. Homes are needed until the transportation on December 21. Or donate some food. The shelter’s in desperate need of some wet for the cats and dogs. Animals can easily eat a month’s supply when you’ve got three times the amount looking for a meal this season.

Holidays are an endless cycle in pet adoption. After Christmas, the weight of responsibility means a lot of visits to the animal shelter as pets are abandoned. If you’re uncertain on the corresponding pet and kid life stages, check out PetFinder’s recommendations. Remember that little kids can’t be a really responsible agent in a pet’s life. Would you trust your  life with a 5-year-old? Then why choose a pet’s?

So break the cycle and save a life through fostering if you can’t adopt. You’ll feel amazing for a very long time afterwards. And nothing like a lick of thanks on Black Friday, right?

Definitely a better investment than an unneeded device that’ll be broken in two days or the frustration of missing a toy sale and having to pay full price anyway. Also, who wants to camp out at a store for 16 hours for a savings of $2 bucks anyway?

Go into your adoption knowing you’re gonna be paying full price for the blasted game controller and come away with a buddy that’ll sit beside you while you try mortal kombat through a zombie apocalypse.


United Nations Building, NYC

Change the Rules. Change the Ending.

There’s a plethora of pictures/memes posted online with Gandhi’s “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” across social media now. For good reason, really. We’re a reactionary species and many of us Americans in the XYZ generations are plain tired of all the crises.

Think about it.

From Desert Storm to still being in Afghanistan, we’ve had a pretty conflict-riddled existence. Constant infighting among politicians caused a lot of us to lose benefits, or our lives, as the world’s economy progressed-and then collapsed. It’s been 25 years of never ending conflict.

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Clever Girl

Hello, y’all!

Welcome to land of Jessica.

Here, you’ll find a whole wealth of knowledge. Ranging from opinions to some personal revelations. I hope you’ll stick around while I figure out the plans for the site over the holidays. Working in retail, this is make-or-break period on two fronts, so I might be a little here and there. But I haven’t forgotten anything.

The background is a modified picture I took earlier this week while wandering a town. I liked the look for an opening. It won’t last for too long, but long enough. If you want to keep up with all my work, there’s a newsletter sign up at Research Queen Productions.

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