Maria Mitchell was the first recognized female astronomer in America and is considered the very first woman employed for a non-domestic specialized skill by the U.S. federal government. A champion of women’s education and civil rights, she reached worldwide celebrity by the time she was forty. What catapulted her into scientific fame, however, was her discovery of the comet C/1847 T1, known today as Miss Mitchell’s Comet
Young women are turning their backs on leadership or politics because of an overwhelming perception of growing sexism in Australia, according to a survey by child rights organisation Plan International Australia.
Those new “Training to be Batman’s Wife” tees from DC Comics are hardly the only superhero gear to send the message that boys can be heroes, while the best girls can aspire to is dating them. A shopper at a Target in Ontario snapped a photo of this pair of onsies for kids: “Future Man of Steel” for the boys and “I Only Date Heroes” for the girls.
Indeed, Alamuddin’s career is at least as impressive as Clooney’s. She is an internationally renowned human rights lawyer with degrees from Oxford University and NYU Law. Fluent in Arabic, French, and English, she has represented a slew of high-profile clients includingWikileaks founder Julian Assange and former prime minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko. Alamuddin has been appointed to several United Nations commissions dealing with issues related to international human rights.
Sure, you know Gloria Steinem, but do you know Dolores Huerta?
While Bell Hooks told us feminism is for everybody, history books represent a movement by and for white women primarily. Though often on the periphery, there are many feminist foremothers of color who helped build the movement. Here are just some of the Latina feministas who fought for the rights of women and other marginalized communities in the U.S.
And here lies another issue. Even the men willing to come to the table after accepting the invitation often refuse to be made uncomfortable. There’s no progress to be had if in order to get men engaged they are allowed to remain ensconced in their privilege. That defeats the purpose. The necessary work of feminist movement will challenge men to understand their complicity and require them to complete very difficult tasks. That’s what revolution is.
The newly appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador called on men to join the feminist conversation during an address at the UN headquarters in New York over the weekend. Launching the HeForShe campaign, Watson spoke her decision to identify as a feminist and called on women to dismiss recent criticism of the label.
The actress' new memoir includes a candid exploration of sexual assault that highlights the confusion over what exactly rape looks like.
Public figures like Dunham can help nudge us toward that shift, too. By explaining how that sexual encounter made her feel, and acknowledging it took time to realize she was raped, Dunham is adding her voice to the growing movement to confront everyday sexual violence. And she might help some of the young women who read her book find the words to name past experiences that they hadn’t previously known how to classify.
Julia Gillard and Cate Blanchett: We both grew up in Australia, where our education provided strong foundations to meet our potential as female leaders. Millions of girls throughout the world deserve the same chance
Actor Emma Watson, of Harry Potter movie fame, is a new Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women and she spoke at the UN on Saturday to launch the HeForShe campaign, which aims to mobilize men to end gender inequality somehow (the campaign doesn’t seem to call men to any particular action of any sort). The campaign wants men to make gender equality their issue, too, and Ms. Watson extended “a formal invitation” to men to do so.
This message is flawed and unfortunate, as well. Telling men that they should care about gender inequality because of how much it hurts them, centralizes men and their well-being in a movement built by women forour survival in a world that degrades and dehumanizes us daily. This is problematic for the same reason telling white people that they should end racism because racism “holds us all back as a society, so eradicating it will help you, too,” is problematic.
France’s Christine Lagarde was the first woman to become finance minister of a G8 economy and is the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund. She calls for opening the door to women’s learning, labour and leadership in the economy.