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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.

Quote:
-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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