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.
Credit for transformative movements and ideologies often goes to men, who were uplifted as leaders because… sexism. But this list offers some much-needed nuance and perspective on the role of women in our revolutionary history. Check out the rest here.
Every so often, the same mysterious image seems to pop up on the internet. The black-and-white portrait looks to be at least a hundred years old, and yet, it is of an Indian woman, a Japanese woman and a Syrian woman, sitting in Pennsylvania.
Most Americans who made it past the fourth grade have a pretty good idea who Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr., were. Not many Americans have even heard of Alice Paul, Howard W. Smith, and Martha Griffiths. But they played almost as big a role in the history of women’s rights as Marshall and King played in the history of civil rights for African-Americans. They gave women the handle to the door to economic opportunity, and nearly all the gains women have made in that sphere since the nineteen-sixties were made because of what they did.
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.
Beyoncé is invaluable to feminism because she brings it from the fringes of public dialogue and throws it into the popular mainstream, forcing the masses to contend with both the word and what it stands for. Whether people accept or scrutinize her feminism is peripheral to the fact that at least they’re talking about it at all.
Who else could have so expertly and seamlessly inserted the “f-word” into a show like the VMAs? To a round of applause from the audience? It’s rare and it’s thrilling. Whether you stand behind Beyoncé-the-feminist or not, you have admit she’s pushing feminism even further into today’s national zeitgeist.
They are among the lucky 1,000 who secured “Women at Risk” refugee visas last year but came with no English, no husbands and no qualifications. Women from Afghanistan receive about half the visa quota and are flown to Australia from refugee camps in Pakistan. “All I have been feeling since I got to Australia is joy and happiness,” said Latifa Amini who arrived in March.
From Gloria Steinem to Lena Dunham, there are many fierce ladies who have been (and should continue to be) applauded for working to make the world a better place for women. But it's also important to remember that we have some awesome -- and swoon-wo...