As I’m sure you are aware (since it’s halfway through March) all month long we celebrate Women’s History. But ONLY THIS MONTH – jk we should praise every bad ass woman everyday of every month.
There are several women that are currently making headlines in their respected areas of expertise. and I’m happy to share with you, my handful of readers, why I think they’re important AF. Click on their names for a more in depth bio!
The following females, in their own way, are showing the world who really do run this mutha.
Born in Pakistan in 1997, Malala was just a child when she began defying the Taliban and advocating for child and women’s rights to education. This resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012 Malala was shot in the head on her way home for school. She survived. She continues her advocacy work today, opening a school for Syrian refugee girls and was the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
I mean, is there even another news source out there? Beats me. Co-founder and President of The Huffington Post, Arianna has expanded the online news site to international levels. She has done more for the exploding world of internet news than anyone else. She basically gave birth to it. I mean, she’s a woman so it’s like, possible. Now a Pulitzer Prize winner, HuffPo is a world leading source for this generation of news outlets.
You can’t watch E! News these days without a reference or two to the current body positive movement. #bootyrevolution is literally trending every single day. To me and from what I have gathered, the movement isn’t so much about the superficiality aspect but more about how every women deserves the right to self-confidence. That’s where Ashley comes in. In all her beautiful DD boobs glory. She’s smart, she’s sexy, she’s an entrepreneur and she’s ((gasp)) a size 14.
The Yazidi people had their villages in Northern Iraq essentially destroyed by ISIS in 2014. The women were captured, tortured and raped by the terrorist group. The Yazidi women were left with virtually nothing and have now decided to fight back. Fighting on the front line is the first ever all women Yazidi brigade. This poses an interesting threat to ISIS – being killed by a women is considered a haram, meaning forbidden by the Islamic State. Committing a haram means there is no chance of paradise in death.
The facts surrounding Erin’s case literally make me sick to my stomach. A case where a woman, in what she thought was the privacy and safety of her own hotel room, was unknowingly videotaped in her most private moments. That tape was then posted online to be viewed millions of times. A lump in my throat is literally rising as I type this. This could legit happen to any of us. This creep who recorded her, a known Andrews stalker, is now serving 2 1/2 years in prison and the hotel was found responsible and ordered to pay 55 million to Erin. Results and money aside, Erin endured obvious mental trauma over something she had zero control over.
I’m obsessed with this woman. She’s got a strong voice. She has no difficulty in possessing her individuality among fellow Justices. She’s critical. She shows particular passion when it comes to cases involving race, gender, ethnic equality and rights of the accused. The Supreme Court is in the midst of hearing oral arguments in the Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstadt. ((I strongly encourage you to take a moment and find out what’s going on in the crazy state of Texas.)) Reports indicate that Sonia, along with the three other female Justices, have been aggressive and outspoken while in session. She fights a different kind of front line – that of the American Justice System.
So, we’ve all been taught about the game changers. Rosa, Gloria, Amelia, Susan B., Maya, Marie, Eleanor. I mean the list goes on and on. They are forever immortalized in not only Women’s History, they are simply History. Or HERstory hehe. Just Kidding.
It seems like everyone today is in some sort of competition over who’s the better feminist. It’s not a competition. It’s an important conversation that I’m excited to be a part of.
Until Next Time!