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The Newsstand April 2019 Daily Prophet Discussion: Women's History



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-April 2019-
Official Discussion

Last month's Daily Prophet discussed many important issues with a focus on Women's History Month, highlighting many awesome women who have contributed to society, both in the wizarding and Muggle worlds. Additionally, the issue included articles about changing some wizarding laws and shared a great bread recipe. If you missed it, then you can find it here!

Let's keep the discussion going with the following questions:
-What was your favorite article and why?
-Do you have a woman in history that you especially admire for their achievements or for other reasons? If so, who is it and why do you admire that particular person? What did she contribute to society?
-If you were to pick one woman from the wizarding world to honor for Women's History Month, who would it be and why? This can be a witch living or deceased, modern-day or historical.
-One of the articles discussed a movement to abolish the Statute of Secrecy. Do you think this would be a good idea? Why or why not?
-Last month's recipe focused on bread-making. Have you ever made a loaf of bread (even a quick loaf) from scratch? If so, did you use a bread machine or did you do all the kneading (if necessary) yourself? What did you make? Did you enjoy the process? Why or why not? Was the bread good?
-What do you think is an important issue facing women today that could be addressed to make the world more equitable? Do you have any suggestions for helping to foster positive change regarding this issue?
-In an article from March's issue, Madam Puddifoot commented that one strength of the wizarding community was that they invested in each other. In what ways do you invest in your community? If you don't currently feel you invest in your community, in what ways could you do so in the future?


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I looked at all of this and decided to focus on only a few questions. I feel That If I answered them all, I might run on or over 2000 words, lol.

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-If you were to pick one woman from the wizarding world to honor for Women's History Month, who would it be and why? This can be a witch living or deceased, modern-day or historical.
-One of the articles discussed a movement to abolish the Statute of Secrecy. Do you think this would be a good idea? Why or why not?
-Last month's recipe focused on bread-making. Have you ever made a loaf of bread (even a quick loaf) from scratch? If so, did you use a bread machine or did you do all the kneading (if necessary) yourself? What did you make? Did you enjoy the process? Why or why not? Was the bread good?





I really admire Professor Minerva McGonagall. Not only do I feel she is underappreciated, but I believe she is unequalled. Having read the scanty details of her History that are known, I have a thirst to know more about her. Her home life, her time at school, her lost love: all of it. That she triumphed over all of this and the evil of Lord Voldemort, not once, but twice, speaks to how powerful she is magically, emotionally, and intellectually. I do admire her for all of these reasons and I think she is deserving of her own Chocolate Fog Card!

As far as the Statute of Secrecy being abolished, I think it is not a wise decision. Who can forget how witches and wizards have been persecuted through the ages. I think letting the Muggle community know that we are here would be the height of foolhardiness and would open the door to the atrocities of the past. We should learn frm past history, not forget it.

Now, on to the question of bread: there is nothing like a warm hunk of fresh bread with simple butter on it. It is one of my favorite things. I have made bread from scratch and in the traditional manner and have used a machine. In fact this week I made a delicious banana bread which was quite tasty.

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If I had to pick someone I would probably choose Jane Austen because her books opened up a whole new world for me. Even though I was only eleven when I read them, I instantly fell in love. She probably changed my whole life by writing those books because I went on to major in English Literature. I would probably pick Molly Weasley to honor for Women’s History Month. She is an incredible woman who has done many incredible things. She took in Harry and Hermione when she didn’t need to, and already had more than enough troubles of her own especially as the books went on and yet she was always kind and loving to all of the children that crossed her path. I think that in theory, abolishing the Statute of Secrecy sounds like a good idea. But in practice I think it would be TERRIBLE. Look what has happened to people who are deemed different by the general public throughout history, in every continent on the earth, especially if those differences are so different as to not be fully understood. Genocides, racism, abuses of power. And then you add magic into that? It could turn into an all-out war.
On the other topic I have made bread many times before. My Tata (which means grandma in Arabic) always let us make it from scratch when we went over to her house as children. It is the most delicious thing ever.


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I tweaked the questions a little bit

What was your opinion on the politics article? Why do you like it? And do you think we should abolish the statute of secrecy?

The politics article was my favourite. I enjoy politics from the muggle world so it's nice to hear news and current debates from the wizarding community.

I think the statute of secrecy should be abolished because (without sounding too much like Gellert Grindelwald) witches and wizards are the dominant species. Muggles are weak and I believe the statute of secrecy only aims to limit the magical community's power, as well as instigating the idea that witches and wizards must be the ones to hide and that they are in the wrong for having magic. Magic should not be hidden but should be used to make the world a better place. Seeing as muggles only seek to destroy the world (we have much evidence for this), then witches and wizards must take over so the world can prosper and grow.

Do you have a female role model/heroine?

My two role models in life are my mum and my nana. My nana passed away in 2015 but I cling on to the many traditions that she placed in my life out of honour for her. She loved life. She went travelling and experienced as much of the world around her. Her zest for life and positive outlook is something that I aim to emulate within my own life. As for my mum, she has always been there for me and provided for me. She has been through so much, but whatever the circumstance, she's always put me first. Her strength and resilience is awe-inspiring. I could only hope I'd be like her when I become a mother.

What do you think is an important issue facing women today?

Considering issues facing women from across the globe, I believe the important issue that women face is men, particularly those in a position of power, limiting and restricting women so they are unable to live a fulfilling and progressive life.
 

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I have always admired Emmeline Pankhurst who was a British political activist. She supported the suffragette movement and helped secure the vote for women. This was, and always will be, one of the biggest moments in history for our country.

My female idol is the former Paralympian Tanni-Grey Thompson. She is the most decorated female British Paralympian having won 11 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze at the Paralympic Games between 1988 and 1992. She also won 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze at World Championships and the London Marathon six times. I was lucky enough to meet her and she gave me some great advice for a 10k.

The woman from the wizarding world that I would honour for Women’s History Month is Madam Pomfrey. Here is a woman who works tirelessly to help all the Hogwarts inhabitants yet gets hardly any recognition or thanks for it. Harry for one would have certainly struggled throughout his school years if it weren’t for her.

I don’t think abolishing the Statute of Secrecy would be a very good idea. Although it is mainly there to prevent Muggles discovering the wizarding world, it is also there to protect both Muggles and magic folk alike.


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I really liked Hermione jean granger , even though she belonged to muggle family she was brilliant in everything . In Harry Potter 1 she noticed the trap door which even Ron and Harry couldn’t see in 2 she fixed Harry specs and she almost solved all the case of chamber and secrets herself in 3 she used time turner and she didn’t use it for her own in 4 she was very beautiful and she knew Harry didn’t put the name in Goblet Of Fire. In seventh she used obleviate so that her parents wouldn’t come to harm . She destroys many horcruxes and she supported Harry in every single way she could I wish if she was Harry Potter lol .She is somebody who is very supportive brilliant and brave to,1000 points to gryffindor lol
I don’t think statue of secrecy should be abolished because I think both muggles and wizard can live in peace . I mean both can help one another is it always necessary to create a war.Humans r also brilliant people they just don’t know how to remain calm otherwise everything would be solved .
What do u think is an important issue facing women today ?
Well I think everywhere women should be respected still there are places where women r not being treated kindly and looked downed upon



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~What was your favorite article and why?
I loved Wizarding Crimes, it was about Artemis Lufkin. I enjoy a good laugh and the thought of her drag racing was a hoot for me. I paused at first because of course I thought cars, but hurried to read that it was with carriages. They drank Firewhiskey first which I assume was their liquid courage to start this adventure. lol

~Do you have a woman in history that you especially admire for their achievements or for other reasons? if so, who was it and why do you admire that particular person? What did she contribute to society?
Rosa Parks, I admired her because she went on basic human instincts, "I'm tired and I see no reason to move when there are other seats for you to sit in. She stood up for herself, which help in part in starting the Civil Rights Movement.

~If you were to pick one woman from the wizarding world to honor for Women's History Month, who would it be and why?
I would chose Minerva McGonagall, she was fair to students, fearless in the face of numerous adversaries, fought for Hogwarts and it's students. Her bravery, courage and loyalty are true signs of Gryffindor.

~One of the articles discussed a movement to abolish the Statue of Secrecy. Do you think this would be a good idea? Why or why not?
No, I do not think it's a good idea at all!! First whether it's friends or family, Muggles can not control their mouth nor their greed and jealously. If witches and wizards wouldn't be treated to the give me, do for me syndrome, I just can see all the blackmail schemes hatching along with kidnappings to force compliance. People are naturally greedy and feel entitled to wealth they have neither work for or earned. They would be treating a witch or wizard as if they had a genie!!
Plus just think if they found out we could kill, would they care that it's illegal or just want their so-called enemies dead?

~Last month's recipe on bread-making. Have you ever made a loaf of bread (even a quick loaf) from scratch?
No I've never made a loaf of bread, it's funny because when I thought to do so, all that equipment to buy was more than enough for me to bow out of that idea. lol

~What do you think is an important issue facing women today that could be addressed to make the world more equitable? Do you have any suggestions for helping to foster positive change regarding this issue?
Better health care for all regardless of race, religion, or wealth. I believe without any type of insurance the standard of care is barely given and sometimes just not there at all. So if it's bad in a country such as the US, imaigine what's it's like in a Third World country. We have to do better for our people. Provide more than substandard care, and no woman should be dying in child birth in the US!

~In an article from March's issue, Madam Puddifoot commented that one strength of the wizarding community was that they invested in each other. In what ways do you invest in your community? If you don't currently feel you invest in your community, in what ways could you do so in the future?
I support the Fresh Markets in my area, all food and produce is supplied by local farmers. I do enjoyed going to different berry patchs to pick my own fruit. Most places are locally owned here.


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-What was your favorite article and why?
AUNT EDNA'S By Ragna Lokisdottir
I love the magical world twist to the salute to women's history month while using lesser known characters. I always enjoy reading up on characters you don't see often
-Do you have a woman in history that you especially admire for their achievements or for other reasons? If so, who is it and why do you admire that particular person? What did she contribute to society?
Actually there are so many different women I could list here, I don't really know where to start! I guess if I had to pick one, it would be one of the many brilliant minds that changed science like Dorothy Hodgkin who's work made amazing strides toward making insulin for diabetics what it is today. Or Jane Goodall, who's field work opened so many eyes. I admire women that go out and use their passion to make the world a better place like that.
-If you were to pick one woman from the wizarding world to honor for Women's History Month, who would it be and why? This can be a witch living or deceased, modern-day or historical.
I think I would definitely honor Hermione. Her bright mind and passion changed so many things in the wizarding world through her Ministry work.
-One of the articles discussed a movement to abolish the Statute of Secrecy. Do you think this would be a good idea? Why or why not?
I think it would actually be a good thing in the long run, but it would lead to extremely difficult times while the shock set in with muggles. People break out into hysteria and mob mentality when faced with extreme and unexpected changes to their world.
-Last month's recipe focused on bread-making. Have you ever made a loaf of bread (even a quick loaf) from scratch? If so, did you use a bread machine or did you do all the kneading (if necessary) yourself? What did you make? Did you enjoy the process? Why or why not? Was the bread good?
I have, by hand, made soda bread on many occasions. It's kind of a tradition for us. I love making things like that from scratch, kneading the dough can be cathartic and cooking in general is a love of mine.
-What do you think is an important issue facing women today that could be addressed to make the world more equitable? Do you have any suggestions for helping to foster positive change regarding this issue?
I feel like there are so many issues that women face today, that need addressed, that I can't imagine where to start. Things we have been fighting to change for decades that still come up, though not as prominently. I feel that leading by example and raising strong, confident daughters is the best way to change things. My parents worked hard to push me to break out of the norm, encouraged me in areas that were dominated by men, like sports, science, and math. I have become an asset to a company that is dominated by male leadership, and have continuously had to prove myself to them. For six years, I have proven myself time and again to be invaluable, intelligent and a strong worker. They've had to acknowledge that I outshine men they have promoted over me recently, and I'm finally making waves. I wish more women had the courage and drive to do the same, as we definitely have the minds. I guess what I'm getting at with my long tangent, is that to really foster positive change, we need to encourage positive self worth and self respect in women. Promote their strengths, encourage them to step out of the norm, and stand behind them when they need support.
-In an article from March's issue, Madam Puddifoot commented that one strength of the wizarding community was that they invested in each other. In what ways do you invest in your community? If you don't currently feel you invest in your community, in what ways could you do so in the future?
Personally? I lead a troop of girl scouts. I have been with my small group of girls for five years and I have to say I couldn't be more proud of the young women they have grown into in that time. I have supported them, taught them and encouraged them. I push them to step out of the mold and try new things. I encourage them to be a positive force in their community by volunteering. We have helped other troops, sent gifts to the military, cleaned up parks, collected items to give to those in need, and now they are asking to help with things they are thinking up.

 

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I know a few strong women who made an ipact on history, but to be honest it's hard to think of one that truly affected me or inspired me growing up. I always looked up to people whom I personally knew, so my best female role model would have to be my mom. She raised 4 children (I love my dad, but I know my mom did most of the disciplening and it can't have been easy), she found something to be passionate about and started a business on her own - and continues to expand it today. She works non<x>stop, because there's just so much she still wants to achieve - and she learns how to do many things on her own rather than "calling an expert" which is quite admirable in my eyes

If I was to pick one woman from the wizarding world to honor for Women's History Month, I think it would have to be Hermione Granger. First, because I think she's admirable and can inspire any young witch to achieve whatever she wants. And second, because I'm sure she will give one killer and educational speach about other women in wizarding witchery whom young witches can look up to, and ones Hermione herself grew up looking up to.

As for me, I feel like I don't do much to aspire inspiration as a woman... I mean, as someone of this day and age, I guess I'm pretty independent. I live alone, I work hard and pay my own bills, I even have somewhat of a social life. But I guess I don't feel particularily extraordinary, it's not like I'm doing anything to "change the world". And yes, all the things I wrote above are great, but nowadays we've grown accostumed to women living life independently and having a career, so it really isn't anything special. It would be nice to reach a point in my life some day in which I'll be able to make time and take on some meaningful projects ^^
 

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-Do you have a woman in history that you especially admire for their achievements or for other reasons? If so, who is it and why do you admire that particular person? What did she contribute to society?
Elizabeth I. She did so much to help her country recover economically. She helped bring her country back to a religious peace instead of the constant warring between Protestants and Catholics. ( it didn't last long...but for the time she was ruler it helped. She defeated the Spanish Armada and helped bring peace to her country .It was especially hard back then because women were usually not in power and looked down on. She helped change that.

-If you were to pick one woman from the wizarding world to honor for Women's History Month, who would it be and why? This can be a witch living or deceased, modern-day or historical.
Molly Weasley. Not only did she do a good job of raising her kids, she also became (sort of) a mom to Harry. She always seemed unassuming...until she stood up and defended Ginny and said " Not my daughter you bitch." That showed what she was really made of.

-One of the articles discussed a movement to abolish the Statute of Secrecy. Do you think this would be a good idea? Why or why not?
I would say no. In the long run it would do more harm. I can see muggles trying to use the wizarding world for their won gain. Besides that...given how people react to those who are different..it would cause a lot of problems.

-Last month's recipe focused on bread-making. Have you ever made a loaf of bread (even a quick loaf) from scratch? If so, did you use a bread machine or did you do all the kneading (if necessary) yourself? What did you make? Did you enjoy the process? Why or why not? Was the bread good?
No...I don't do any cooking. I always eat out.

-What do you think is an important issue facing women today that could be addressed to make the world more equitable? Do you have any suggestions for helping to foster positive change regarding this issue?
Not sure. I really don't pay that much attention to the issue.

-In an article from March's issue, Madam Puddifoot commented that one strength of the wizarding community was that they invested in each other. In what ways do you invest in your community? If you don't currently feel you invest in your community, in what ways could you do so in the future?
I donate money to charities and volunteer at non profit businesses, (ie homeless shelters, soup kitchens)
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-Do you have a woman in history that you especially admire for their achievements or for other reasons? If so, who is it and why do you admire that particular person? What did she contribute to society?
It took me a bit too long to think of women from history at all. I'm going to go with Marie Curie. Her research on radioactivity was really groundbreaking. As a physics enthusiast, I really respect all of her work.

-If you were to pick one woman from the wizarding world to honor for Women's History Month, who would it be and why? This can be a witch living or deceased, modern-day or historical.
I'd say Hermione Granger. She's not my favorite witch (although she's pretty awesome), but she probably contributed the most to Voldemort's defeat.

-One of the articles discussed a movement to abolish the Statute of Secrecy. Do you think this would be a good idea? Why or why not?
Nope. One bout of Salem Witch Trials was enough. The two worlds would never be able to live in peace.

-Last month's recipe focused on bread-making. Have you ever made a loaf of bread (even a quick loaf) from scratch? If so, did you use a bread machine or did you do all the kneading (if necessary) yourself? What did you make? Did you enjoy the process? Why or why not? Was the bread good?
Have I? I don't remember. I've definitely made banana bread and other things like that, but I'm not sure if I've ever just made a plain loaf of bread before. Probably not, but maybe.

-What do you think is an important issue facing women today that could be addressed to make the world more equitable? Do you have any suggestions for helping to foster positive change regarding this issue?
Violence, both sexual and otherwise. This problem has definitely been receiving more visibility recently, but there's still so far to go.
 

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-What was your favorite article and why?
I liked the article on the economy It was nice seeing Hogsmeade being the main attraction, and having it described as a tight-knit community made it feel nice and warm! It reminded me of how neighbourhoods can be very close with each other and help each other whenever they can - especially those in need.

-Do you have a woman in history that you especially admire for their achievements or for other reasons? If so, who is it and why do you admire that particular person? What did she contribute to society?
Yes! I've admired Rosa Parks ever since I learned about her in school. She was an American Activist and played a large role in racial segregation. For those who don't know, Rosa Parks sat down on the bus in the "white area" and she refused to move to the "coloured" section of the bus when asked despite threats of imprisonment. This action made a huge impact on the community and became an important symbol later on in the movement.

-If you were to pick one woman from the wizarding world to honor for Women's History Month, who would it be and why? This can be a witch living or deceased, modern-day or historical.
Minerva McGonagall is definitely a woman to look up to! She was extremely loyal to her students and never failed to protect them while ensuring they got the best education they could get during the hard times at Hogwarts. She was always one of my favourite characters in the series ^^

-One of the articles discussed a movement to abolish the Statute of Secrecy. Do you think this would be a good idea? Why or why not?
At this point in time, it would definitely be harmful to both, unless there was a huge event where the wizards helped the muggles (i.e. through an apocalypse or life-threatening situation). Only then would muggles be able to see how helpful/kind the magical community can be rather than threatening. After all, it's natural for muggles to be afraid of something they deem stronger than them. As for wizards, there may be discrimination - so they would need to work on respecting everyone and treating each other equally.

-Last month's recipe focused on bread-making. Have you ever made a loaf of bread (even a quick loaf) from scratch? If so, did you use a bread machine or did you do all the kneading (if necessary) yourself? What did you make? Did you enjoy the process? Why or why not? Was the bread good?
I have not done this! I previously wanted to but in the end, was convinced to not to since I don't each much bread to begin with . I was afraid the bread would go bad before I'd finish it all - what a waste! I have seen the process of it as my cousin showed me it - It was very interesting. It's something I'd like to go back to in the future.

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What do you think is an important issue facing women today that could be addressed to make the world more equitable? Do you have any suggestions for helping to foster positive change regarding this issue?


I genuinely believe one of the most significant issues facing women today (at least in the developed, Western world) is the wage gap. I know that many men are keen to dismiss this notion, but study after study continues to demonstrate that women earn less than men for doing the same quantity and quality of work. The most common explanations for this gap tend to focus on women's role in family life: women have taken time off to care for children/give birth, or they opt for hiring perks that permit time off or flexible work hours rather than increased salaries. However, there is another issue that is not commonly discussed that I think factors in in a big way: starting salary negotiations. Wharton Business School did a study that suggested that women and men who do not negotiate higher starting salaries actually earn about on par with one another, only men are more likely to successfully negotiate a higher starting salary than women. This is because women are aware that chances for promotion are affected disproportionately by the first impression they make at the company where their career begins. This is because women are more likely to be promoted internally than to successfully receive promotions as external hires (reports show that external hires are men roughly 2/3 of the time) . So if a woman comes across as "pushy" or "bossy," which is how assertive women are too often perceived, it can compromise her chances at promotion. Therefore, she does not negotiate more strongly for an increased starting salary and therefore increases the likelihood that she receives a smaller paycheck for the remainder of her career even if her promotions give her the same percentage increase as her male counterparts. If this is going to be overcome, a great deal of education needs to take place to help men in hiring positions to be aware of this unfair perception bias towards the women they interview so that these women can negotiate starting salaries on par with male peers.
 

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What was your favorite article and why?
I liked the Wizarding Science article. It was very informative and I liked learning more about Women who have made such an impact on the Wizarding world.

Do you have a woman in history that you especially admire for their achievements or for other reasons? If so, who is it and why do you admire that particular person? What did she contribute to society?
I have many women I admire but I guess a top one would be Malala Yousafzai. I really admire how she has stood up for women’s education and has tried to bring awareness to girls in her country and others that are denied the right to an education. She is very brave and I admire how she hasn’t let anything scare her away from doing what she believes in.

If you were to pick one woman from the wizarding world to honor for Women's History Month, who would it be and why? This can be a witch living or deceased, modern-day or historical.
There are so many but I guess I would pick Hermione. Hermione always meant a lot to me growing up because she was a great representation of a strong female. I admired her intelligence and her work ethic to maintain being the best student at Hogwarts. I also admired her bravery and how she would do anything for her friends.

One of the articles discussed a movement to abolish the Statute of Secrecy. Do you think this would be a good idea? Why or why not?
I don’t think it would be the best idea because Muggles might not respond well to the knowledge that there are witches and wizards and they might do something out of fear of not understanding them. It would be nice if they could all get along but I think there would be too many people who would ruin it.

Last month's recipe focused on bread-making. Have you ever made a loaf of bread (even a quick loaf) from scratch? If so, did you use a bread machine or did you do all the kneading (if necessary) yourself? What did you make? Did you enjoy the process? Why or why not? Was the bread good?
I have never made a loaf of bread actually so I don’t know.

What do you think is an important issue facing women today that could be addressed to make the world more equitable? Do you have any suggestions for helping to foster positive change regarding this issue?
I think the gender pay gap is very important and needs to be addressed. It’s not fair that men make more money at certain jobs just because they are men. It’s very upsetting that society lets this still happen today.

In an article from March's issue, Madam Puddifoot commented that one strength of the wizarding community was that they invested in each other. In what ways do you invest in your community? If you don't currently feel you invest in your community, in what ways could you do so in the future?
I have volunteered for things in my community in the past but I haven’t done much recently. I definitely think I should volunteer more in the future.

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-What was your favorite article and why? I liked the from the kitchen article. The bread sounded really good and I would like to try it.

-Do you have a woman in history that you especially admire for their achievements or for other reasons? If so, who is it and why do you admire that particular person? What did she contribute to society? I don’t know if I could pick just one. As someone who hopes to be a writer one day, I look up to all the female writers before me.

-If you were to pick one woman from the wizarding world to honor for Women's History Month, who would it be and why? This can be a witch living or deceased, modern-day or historical. I would pick Hermione Granger. I really admire how intelligent she is and how much she helped Harry and Ron.

-One of the articles discussed a movement to abolish the Statute of Secrecy. Do you think this would be a good idea? Why or why not? I do not know if it would be such a good idea. I don’t know if muggles and wizards could live together but it would be nice if they could find a way to work together. It might be safer, especially for wizards, if it wasn’t abolished though.

-Last month's recipe focused on bread-making. Have you ever made a loaf of bread (even a quick loaf) from scratch? If so, did you use a bread machine or did you do all the kneading (if necessary) yourself? What did you make? Did you enjoy the process? Why or why not? Was the bread good? I had to make bread once for a school project and I made corn bread. It was fun to make and I thought it turned out pretty well.

-What do you think is an important issue facing women today that could be addressed to make the world more equitable? Do you have any suggestions for helping to foster positive change regarding this issue? I think there are many issues that women face today. I think people should encourage girls and women to be involved in things like science and math.

-In an article from March's issue, Madam Puddifoot commented that one strength of the wizarding community was that they invested in each other. In what ways do you invest in your community? If you don't currently feel you invest in your community, in what ways could you do so in the future? I feel like I invest in my community because I have done some volunteer things for my community but I could probably do much more in the future.


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-Do you have a woman in history that you especially admire for their achievements or for other reasons? If so, who is it and why do you admire that particular person? What did she contribute to society?



Women in history that I admire… what a topic! While there are so many women that really should be recognized for their achievements, I feel most get at least some recognition in their life or today. But that’s why I believe Rosalind Franklin should be noted. She was one of the first women in her field, fought tooth and nail for her scientific education to get a Ph.D. at Cambridge despite still being treated like a research assistant. She had invaluable contributions to our knowledge of virus structure and functions, as well as the properties and structure of coal and graphite. Most notably, however, were her skills as an X-ray Crystallographer. She found the evidence DNA double helix model we all know and love today but Watson and Crick took the information from her and were credited with the discovery. What’s more, once Watson admitted Franklin should share their Nobel Prize, she was already dead of cancer, and the Nobel Committee refused to award one in her honor after her death even though there was no rule against it. Franklin is a perfect example of someone doing everything right as a woman and a scientist, but still being overlooked. Her story, while tragic, has been instrumental in improving woman's rights in science and in society.

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I enjoyed reading the Wizarding Crimes article about Artemisia Lufkin, the first female Minister for Magic. She clearly made some very important contributions to the wizarding world, and it is always nice to see woman receiving the credit they deserve for their accomplishments. I did also enjoy reading about her days as a drag racer, since I didn’t even know wizard drag racing existed!
It’s very hard to pick just one woman in history, since there were so many who had important roles in history. One woman that I’ve always admired is Rosalind Franklin, whose contribution to the discovery of DNA’s structure went unrecognized until after her death.
One witch that I don’t see mentioned very often is Madam Pomfrey. With all of the horrible magical injuries and diseases that seemed to occur at Hogwarts on a daily basis (especially when Harry was there), Madam Pomfrey must have been busy 24/7. She deserves a huge amount of credit and respect for caring for everyone at Hogwarts!
As much as I wish abolishing the international Statute of Secrecy was a good idea, I think it would probably go badly even if some people had good intentions. There is so much intolerance in the world and I think that would get extended to wizardfolk if they allowed Muggles to know about them.
I have made bread from scratch at least once or twice. Making doughs from scratch for bread or pasta is actually something I enjoy doing quite a bit. I always try to do the kneading by hand if possible, even though it can be pretty tiring. The one bread I remember making was a simple rosemary focaccia. It turned out pretty well!
Women face a lot of sexism in the world, especially women of color. I guess one thing that can be done is just supporting women and girls and encouraging them to pursue their dreams, even in male-dominated fields.
I would say that I invest in my community in some ways, such as supporting my colleagues and the kids that I work with. Within the school community, I help out with theater productions and tutor kids in math. I could always be doing more though.

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First off, I have to admit to being rather lacking in knowledge on this topic. I enjoyed reading some of the articles, particularly the one about the lesser-known characters of the Harry Potter universe. It is always good to highlight those who are not necessarily stars, but who still contribute in their own way, which is why I also appreciated the recent "Arts & Gran Fiction" event which revolved around some of the older witches in particular. Although my favourite female character is probably Luna, it got me thinking about who my favourite would be out of those who got less screen time, so to speak. I think I would probably pick Tonks or Molly Weasley. Considering that Tonks died in battle defending her beliefs and her community, perhaps she would be a strong candidate to honor for Women's History Month. I actually really appreciate how well-rounded J.K. Rowling made the wizarding world, in terms of having both males and females present in all areas of the story, be they teachers, students, Death Eaters or Muggles.
By the way, I also feel compelled to answer your question about bread, particularly as I work in a bakery! Unfortunately, I mainly pack the bread and other goodies, as opposed to actually making it, which is something I should probably rectify. We do own a bread maker, and I like to make bread in that sometimes at home, especially because it makes the house smell so good! However, I have never made it from scratch in the sense of kneading it, so consider that my goal for this year - making my own loaf of bread!

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-What was your favorite article and why?

My favorite article was Wizarding Science. I loved hearing about all the contributions that witches had made to new spells and potions.

-Do you have a woman in history that you especially admire for their achievements or for other reasons? If so, who is it and why do you admire that particular person? What did she contribute to society?

There are so many that I have a hard time just picking one.

-If you were to pick one woman from the wizarding world to honor for Women's History Month, who would it be and why? This can be a witch living or deceased, modern-day or historical.

I would pick Isolt Sayre the founder of the Ilvermorny the American wizarding school. She left her home country and came to another new one where she not only started a new wizarding school but also befriended several new and dangerous creatures that she knew nothing about. It took both intelligence and courage to do the things she did.

-One of the articles discussed a movement to abolish the Statute of Secrecy. Do you think this would be a good idea? Why or why not?

It would certainly make things a lot easier if the wizarding world wasn’t worried about muggles seeing them use magic. I’m not sure that that muggles are ready to learn about the wizarding world though. While some would be fine with it, I am afraid that others may fear witches and wizards because they are different while others would be jealous because they did not have the ability to do magic. I think this could easily lead to many of the problems that caused the secrecy in the first place.

-Last month's recipe focused on bread-making. Have you ever made a loaf of bread (even a quick loaf) from scratch? If so, did you use a bread machine or did you do all the kneading (if necessary) yourself? What did you make? Did you enjoy the process? Why or why not? Was the bread good?

No, I have never made a loaf of bread from scratch. I have made biscuits from scratch though and enjoyed it. That’s probably just because I like baking though.

-What do you think is an important issue facing women today that could be addressed to make the world more equitable? Do you have any suggestions for helping to foster positive change regarding this issue?

I think the most important thing to do is to provide positive roll models for children from the time they are young. Many of things that hold women back are learned by children when they are young.

-In an article from March's issue, Madam Puddifoot commented that one strength of the wizarding community was that they invested in each other. In what ways do you invest in your community? If you don't currently feel you invest in your community, in what ways could you do so in the future?

I think one of the best ways to invest in the community is to do volunteer work. There are many different places that need volunteers. This can mean anything from helping out in a homeless shelter to being a Girl Scout leader. I have done volunteer work at various places around town in the past and still do.

 

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Many of the women I admire go beyond the stereotypes that society has placed on them and instead challenge themselves and add to our collective knowledge. One woman that I particularly admire is Helen Thayer. When she was 50 years old, she traveled to the magnetic North Pole on cross-country skis, accompanied only by an Inuit dog that she purchased a couple of days earlier to help warn and protect her from polar bear attacks. She pulled a sled with all of her supplies, and Charlie pulled a small sled holding his dog food. Even though nearly everyone told her she shouldn’t go alone, or shouldn’t go on foot and instead use a snowmobile, she stuck to her convictions and her belief in herself. She encountered numerous challenges that would test the will of anyone, but she persevered. During her trip she also gathered scientific data that provided important information about the movement of the magnetic north pole and changing ice conditions. When she returned, she developed a website with information that teachers around the world could use to teach their students.

While I haven’t had the amazing experiences that she has had, I use my role as a volunteer at a conservation-oriented zoo to help my community. I hope to engage all the visitors that I meet in caring about our natural environment and wildlife, but I especially hope to inspire young girls or children of less-advantaged cultures to see that science can be fun. We use inquiry to find out what the students are interested in, because they have to care about the subject in order to learn. My time with these students is short, but I know from stories that others have told that these short encounters can be life changing! Who knows, maybe talking about a particular animal for five minutes will cause a student to pursue a career in conservation science?!

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