Read What This 24-year-old Feminist Has To Say About Human Rights

You are probably expecting me to write about how much I hate men, how I want to exert my dominance over male figures, talk about unequal gender roles, ramble about how strong I am, share my experience about burning all my bras or any other radical stereotypes that come to mind about feminism and what feminists do.

My name is Maria Abu-Joudeh, I am a human activist, LBGTQ Ally and a modern communication enthusiast.

Some people may be turned off to the term feminist. Which is fine. I will still stand up for everyone’s rights even if you don’t know me or understand what being a feminist is all about.

You are probably expecting me to write about how much I hate men, how I want to exert my dominance over male figures, talk about unequal gender roles, ramble about how strong I am, share my experience about burning all my bras or any other radical stereotypes that come to mind about feminism and what feminists do.

I am not here to teach you about gender equality or the waves of feminism.

I am sharing my thoughts with you today about how I believe every human has the right to be treated equally; whether it is by the law or as a respectful human being.

I saw a tweet President Trump wrote earlier within the week about adding Bible Literacy classes in public schools and to make “a turn back.”

After seeing his tweet, I was compelled to post a status myself about promoting religion in a public government setting, which said:

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In a public institution, an educators role is to help students broaden their knowledge to develop various skills that are needed to help them succeed in the future. In my opinion, it is absolutely acceptable for educators to expose students to diverse religions that are practiced around the world. In an educational viewpoint, religion plays a historical, cultural, literary or social part of different cultures.

However, if a specific religion is promoted to have students conform to a certain viewpoint (especially when they do not share the same beliefs) is where I have an issue. The line between church and state becomes blurred when students have to conform to a belief in a public institution. Even though it is against the First Amendent to not allow American citizens to freely practice their own beliefs – public education institutions cannot promote religious teachings.

To be clear, I am not against students practicing religion. I feel as if it is the responsibility of the parent to raise their child to practice religion and not public schools.

I will admit that I do become bothered when I witness others push their own thoughts and beliefs aggressively to people who don’t share the same views. Any human has the right to believe, practice and express their thoughts as long as they aren’t hurting anyone or anything. It is a fundamental right for person to be happy, healthy and safe.

After posting my comment, I immediately noticed a few comments that implied belief superiority.

If you don’t agree with someone, that is perfectly fine. You can respect someone else’s viewpoint and continue living your best life.

According to the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology in 2018, belief superiority is associated to a bias an individual has about their own knowledge about politics, environment, religion, relationship conflicts, etiquette and personal preferences based off the information they identify with.

Individuals who express their thoughts in such a demeanor usually seek information from sources who share the same view as they do. Which makes sense if you think about it. Everyone enjoys learning about a topic they agree on instead of what they oppose.

What really makes a person unique is the journey they have taken throughout the course of their lives. An individual’s life-experience shapes their reality. It is important to not to pass judgment about what a person is able or not able to do. You do not know what they are going through or what has happened in their past.

Anyone who knows me personally knows I am a person who appreciates history, cultures and different social norms. I am comfortable with myself, therefore, I am comfortable with new experiences, beliefs and environments. I am extremely passionate about helping others be comfortable with who they are and know that they have my support in future endeavors.

I don’t push my political views upon anyone, but I will not hesitate to give my opinion when asked or stand up for strangers if I witness them being mistreated.

If you would like to learn more about your human fundamental rights, what discrimination is and how you can become an advocate – scroll down to the end of the article for a list of sources.

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to connect with me on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!

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14 Creative Apps That Make Social Media Easy in 2018

These applications are ordered alphabetically. I am not endorsed, being asked to do this or an influencer recommending these programs. I created my best work using these applications.


Function:

This app makes creating content and designs easier than ever. It turns your phone into a vector art studio. I captured the image on the left and instantly created the pattern pictured to the right.

What I Liked The Most:

How easy it was to capture the image and create a unique vector design. I can easily transfer the pictures to other Adobe Creative Cloud Apps.

What I Liked The Least:

No complaints so far!

Pricing:
Adobe Creative Cloud may require a subscription for advanced features.
Function:

Turns posters, documents and any other physical file into a shareable PDF document.

What I Liked The Most:

The auto-capture feature. This camera mode takes the picture instantly to be exported and saved into a shareable PDF file.

What I Liked The Least:

Sometimes the lighting can throw off the design of the document. When that happens you are better off scanning the file and saving it manually. Keep in mind when auto-capture mode is on, it continuously takes pictures.

Pricing:

Adobe Scan (for iPhone) full functionality requires Adobe Document Cloud subscription, starting at $9.99 per month.

Function:

Create web pages, engaging layouts, branded images and content in a short amount of time. Let’s you remix others templates and design compelling images.

What I Liked The Most:

I literally made high-quality content within minutes. Including graphics, videos and landing pages.

What I Liked The Least:

Using this application on a mobile device is more convenient than using a desktop computer.

Pricing:

It is included with every Adobe Creative Cloud plan or available for purchase as a stand-alone plan either on the Spark website or via in-app purchase in the Spark iOS apps. Pricing is $9.99 month with no annual commitment or $99.99 per year.

Function:

I mostly used it to create a landing page for client projects. This application made it easy to create professional web pages. Even tells you how many people have clicked on your link.

What I Liked The Most:

The web pages I created were sleek, modern and looked like a magazine layout. It made the web page visually appealing.

What I Liked The Least:

The layout is pretty straightforward. There is only so much you change from the layouts they give you.

Pricing:

It is included with every Adobe Creative Cloud plan.

Pricing is $9.99 month with no annual commitment or $99.99 per year.

Function:

Buffer is for any individual or business who want to organize all their social accounts in one area. You can schedule your posts and plan the hashtags you would like to use.

What I Liked The Most:

I like how convenient and easy it is for me to schedule my personal and professional social media accounts. I can use this program with other applications seamlessly.  The mobile application is just as easy to use as the desktop program.

What I Liked The Least:

Buffer from what I have noticed is mainly for scheduling messages, replying to messages sent from your audience and a platform where you can analyze your social media efforts. I like an application that does it all. This app is mainly for folks who need to publish their social media on the go.

Pricing:

Price starts at $0 – $400. Buffer charges your account according to the number of social media profiles you have connected. You can link up to three social media profiles for free. If you wanted to access the social media analytics, calendar view or other advanced features, you would have to upgrade to the Pro or Business plans.

Function:

Web and print media graphic-design tool website. The application has a drag-and-drop format which makes it easy to use for any non-designer or professional.

What I Liked The Most:

THIS SAVED MY LIFE ON MULTIPLE PROJECTS! If you aren’t a graphic designer, boy-oh-boy does this save you time. I created marketing campaigns, social media posts and even communication presentations with this application in a timely manner.

What I Liked The Least:

Formatting could be your worst enemy. Before Indesign, I remember building my resume on Canva and it took me hours to fix the format to the way I needed it to look. It was frustrating but the more you use it, the better you get at it.

Pricing:

The free plan includes two folders to organize designs, 1GB of media storage, access to more than 8,000 templates and you can upload your images. They offer a free 30 day trial underneath Canva for Work. Included in this plan is the option to magically resize your creations, free stock images, custom branding, download designs with transparent backgrounds and export designs as animated GIFs.

Canva for Work – $12.95 per month/user 

Function:

Crello is an online image editor. You can create social media posts, covers, graphics and marketing posters using the templates they provide.

What I Liked The Most:

I love the simplicity of the application. I like how they organize their content and templates. It makes it super easy for me to search the topic I am interested in and find an image that relates to the message I am crafting. If I needed to reformat the design, it let me change it with ease.

What I Liked The Least:

Not many I can think of. My only negative is there aren’t enough templates! This could be because I was using Crello as a free member.

Pricing:

The free option includes most designs and animations. Resizing and animations are not available with the free account. If you wanted to go Crello PRO for $8.30 a month, your membership includes full access to the animated formats without the watermarks, free stock images, animations and other advanced features to share your work.

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Evernote Account
Function:

Evernote is used to help you become more productive. It helps capture your ideas and organize them in one convenient place.

What I Liked The Most:

The web clipping option hands down. I have so many ideas that randomly pop into my head at times and this application keeps my thoughts organized the way I want it to be.

What I Liked The Least:

No complaints so far. I have used this application now for about two months.

Pricing:

Evernote Basic – Free

Evernote Premium (Free Trial Available) – $8 per user / a month

Evernote Business (Free Trial Available) – $14.99 per user / a month

Function:

FotoRus is used for individuals to make professional edits, beautify their portraits, add special effects, stickers and create memes.

What I Liked The Most:

The editing features this application offers! I can beautify my selfies or filter them underneath the pro-edit feature to make them look professionally taken.  It made regular pictures into works of art.

What I Liked The Least:

Ads can get annoying when using the application for free.

Pricing:

This application is free. To unlock everything it is $5.99.

Remove ADs and watermark – $0.99

Buy all makeup – $1.99

Unlock all design templates – $2.99

Unlock all stickers – $1.99

Unlock all filters – $2.99

Function:

Turns your food into Insta-worthy material.

What I Liked The Most:

The filters were anything but basic. Ever since I was introduced to this application, I have made it my primary camera to take pictures for my blog. You can easily edit photos as you take them or edit pictures/videos from your camera roll.

What I Liked The Least:

I love this application. I have no complaints yet!

Pricing:

FREE

Function:

Grammarly is basically a writing assistant to help fix your grammar, punctuation and spelling errors.

What I Liked The Most:

This application has saved me many embarrassing typos. It acts like a mini-writing assistant! I have this application installed on my browser, desktop and iPhone. I can even adjust the settings to match the style of writing I am using.

What I Liked The Least:

The application removes the links if I import a document with hyperlinks. I have to make sure I save the URL addresses before pasting the text in the Grammarly document checker.

Pricing:

Grammarly Basic – Free

Monthly — $29.95

Quarterly Subscription — $19.98 per month (billed as one payment of $59.95 USD)

Annual Subscription — $11.66 per month (billed as one payment of $139.95 USD)

Function:

Scheduling

A place where you can save time and schedule your social media posts. Measure how impactful your social media efforts, find content, share images, monitor trending topics and social conversations, use other application platforms and work as a team to create a seamless workflow with your team.

What I Liked The Most:

The dashboard feature. As soon as I logged in, I was able to take a look at what’s happening on all my social media profiles. Plus, I enjoyed the convenience of having a platform that analyzes, schedules and finds content relevant to my audience needs.

What I Liked The Least:

If you have a free membership, you don’t have access to the applications or social media analytics.

Pricing:

Professional – Free / 1 user / 10 profiles

Team – $129 month / 20 social profiles / 3 users

Business – $599 month / 35 social profiles / 5 – 10 users

Function:

Brand building application to build your Instagram stories.

What I Liked The Most:

Creating content is fast and easy. Plus their templates and inspiration page matched my style perfectly.

What I Liked The Least:

Some templates are repetitive.

Pricing:

FREE

Function:

Animate your photos and bring them to life!

What I Liked The Most:

How user-friendly this application was. I was quickly able to create moving photographs within minutes.

What I Liked The Least:

I used this application as a free member. I would have loved to see more options on what I can animate and how upgrading to pro will help me design incredible artwork.

Pricing:

The application is free to download.

One month – $3.99

12 months – $19.99

One-time purchase – $59.99