Mekita Rivas is a writer and editor based in Washington, D.C. She holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her current projects include a collection of short stories and a feature film screenplay.

How I Let The Myth Of Looking Like An All-American Girl Define Me

For most of my formative years, I was desperate to look like anything other than myself. As a young girl, I envied my blonde peers, their fair complexions, and their wardrobes. Even at age nine, they were somehow so put together. So pure. So…
By Mekita Rivas

8 Women of Color On Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is typically lauded as an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history. But whose history are we championing, exactly? As a young brown girl growing up in the Heartland, the women’s history I was taught in…
By Mekita Rivas

4 DIY Valentine’s Day Traditions From Real-Life…

Let’s be real: though eating chocolate and going out for dinner are inarguably fun activities, celebrating Valentine’s Day can be stressful. If you’re riding solo, there’s often pressure to immediately hunt down a semi-decent suitor and/or a nearby…
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Mary Tyler Moore Helped Me Understand My Mom

Through her iconic show, Mary Tyler Moore introduced an entire generation to a new kind of woman. On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Moore portrayed Mary Richards — a fashionable and funny thirtysomething news producer who lived alone in 1970s…
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The Inauguration Hurt, But The March Gave Me Hope

I had grandiose plans for the morning of Inauguration Day. Many workers in Washington, D.C. had the day off, and I wanted to take full advantage by indulging in as much self-care as possible. I intended to hit the gym bright and early, grab coffee…
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9 Women On Why They’re Marching

For Washington, D.C. locals, the week of inauguration is always — to say the least — busy. This year, however, Inauguration Day is not the only hot ticket in town. While hundreds of thousands of people will descend upon the nation’s capital to see…
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How Sexism Is Hurting Your Health

With a new year upon us, our lives are full of resolutions — especially those tied to wellness. Seemingly everyone wants to be fitter, eat healthier, and live a more holistic life. But while we can dictate how much we exercise, the foods we eat, and…
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When A Loved One Is Struggling With Addiction

The holidays can be a magical time of year. But when a loved one is struggling with addiction, that magic quickly fades, and the glimmer of the season dims. Whether it’s catching a sibling swallow a few mystery pills before exchanging gifts or…
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After This Election, I Don't Owe Anyone Unity

Two days after the election, my Uber driver initiated the typical small talk. “How are you doing?” At first, I didn’t quite hear him. I haven’t been fully present since election night. I wander in and out of awareness — floating from one out-of-body…
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I Don’t Speak Spanish; Will Mexico Ever Be Home?

The line at immigration is, unsurprisingly, long. When it’s my turn to meet with the officer, I’m relieved that he speaks English. He asks the basics — how long I’ll be in Mexico, the purpose of my trip, etc. — before vaguely pointing to the…
By Mekita Rivas