On making advances

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We live in the 21st century, in a world that is currently full of advances. This is not news, but rather a process of societal evolution.

In 2016, we live in a country that is making progress in key aspects of life: technology, gender identity and equality, and our personal lives, to name a few.

Technology continues to advance at a pace that sometimes seems impossible to keep up. Claire Danes wore a “Cinderella” gown designed by Zac Posen to the Met Gala this year that was decked out with LED lights and allowed it to glow in the dark. Virtual reality (VR) advances continue to make headlines as well.

Earlier this week, President Obama issued an order that directed public schools in the U.S. to grant transgender students the right to use bathrooms that coincide with their gender identity. Target had previously stated their support of the federal Equality Act with a statement in April and stood up for the trans community by taking sides on the debate — another act of advancement by today’s standards.

Photo by Zach Gibson, The New York TImes

Photo by Zach Gibson, The New York TImes

In each of our lives, we are making progress, too. For seniors (and grad students), this means graduation, then finding a job. For others, it’s a new business start-up, or changing career paths to do something that gives us meaning and purpose.

Fangirl is making advancements, too. We’ve been privileged to receive a grant from the University of Missouri that will help us continue to bring fresh content and perspective to all of our readers, in all of our departments, across a variety of platforms.

In addition, a Fangirl website redesign is in the works. We will also have a few interns writing and editing content over the summer. It’s an exciting time for us, and I hope you’ll continue to check in and let us know how you think we’re doing.

Change is hard sometimes. Advancement takes time, and the process of evolution is lengthy. But without it, how else would we get to where we are today?

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