Maya Angelou, a “Phenomenal Woman”
Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist who has published seven autobiographies. Her first, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, tells of her life up to the age of 17. To hear her perform her famous poem, Phenomenal Woman, see more.
French Feminist Group “Renames” 60 Paris Streets For Notable Women In Overnight Stunt
In visual protest of the fact that only 2.6 percent of the streets in Paris, the capital of France, are named after notable women, French feminist group Osez le Féminisme pulled off a covert stunt that left almost all of the street signs on the Île de la Cité with new names yesterday morning. Read more.
“That has stuck with me forever – the lesson that you don’t give in, you stand for what is right.” Read more.
In 1934, a 17-year-old girl was about to go on stage to do a dance routine during amateur night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. She decided to sing instead, even though she had never sung in public and didn’t even know whether she could sing. Read more.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th and current President of Liberia, the first elected head of state in Africa. Sirleaf was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize along with two other women for their “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”. To hear her speak, see more.
In the mid-1960s, armed with a doctorate in history from Columbia University and a dissertation on two abolitionist sisters from South Carolina, Dr. Lerner entered an academic world in which women’s history scarcely existed. Read more.
Malala Yousafazi is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. At the age of 15, the Taliban attempted to kill her, shooting her through her head, neck, and shoulder. After surviving this attack, she continued her activism, establishing the Malala Fund to enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities. Hear her speak here.
Rula Ghani, Afghanistan’s first lady, has broken numerous conventions in a society that traditionally sequesters women behind closed doors — speaking out on issues such as violence against women, the rule of law and the power of religion. Learn more.
Emma Watson, British actress best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for gender equality urging men and boys to engage as agents for change for the achievement of gender equality. Watch her speak here.
Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. While attending the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in 1851, she delivered her famous speech “Ain’t I A Woman?”, demanding equal rights for all women and all blacks. Hear more.
Joanna Rowling, known best by her pen name J.K. Rowling, is the author of the best-selling book series in history, the Harry Potter series. The films adapted from these books are the second highest-grossing film series ever. Her Volant Charitable Trust gives to organizations that aid children, one parent families, and multiple sclerosis research. In 2007, Time magazine named her as runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year because of the social, political and moral inspiration she gave her fans. Hear her speak.
Ellen DeGeneres, host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is as well-known for her comedy as she is for her incredible philanthropic work. After becoming the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on TV, she continued her advocacy for LGBTQ rights. In addition, she advocates for the fair treatment of disadvantaged children, women, abuse victims, those suffering from HIV and AIDS, breast cancer patients, victims of bullying, and animals. In 2013, she received the People’s Choice Award for Humanitarian of the Year. Watch here.
Powerful Women Over 50.
Huff/Post50 put together a list of powerful women over 50 who inspire us, leaders in business, politics, media and more. See Slideshow & Video.
Women Are Smarter Than Men
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer, under the name “K.V. Switzer”, was the first woman to run registered in the Boston Marathon. In it, she ran under the number 261. Learn more.
Mary Campbell Cosby cofounded the Church of the Saviour movement with her husband and partner Rev. N. Gordon Cosby in the 1940s. Both Gordon and Mary Cosby were influential in the life of Sojourners community and ministries. Read more.
Michael Kimmel: Why gender equality is good for everyone – men included
Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Mark Ruffalo
Actor Mark Ruffalo wrote a statement in support of abortion rights, that was read outside the Jackson clinic. Ruffalo speaks of his support of abortion rights and shares the story of the illegal abortion his mother was forced to get when she was young. Read more.
One Prayer That Might Actually Make The World A Better Place
Dustin Hoffman Cries Explaining Something Every Woman Experiences
When A Student’s Baby Started Crying In Class, This Professor Had The Best Response Ever
According to his daughter, Engelberg allows the mothers that attend his masters’ lectures to bring their children and even breastfeed. No mother should have to choose between a child and an education! Read more.
Joe Biden Writes An Open Letter To Stanford Survivor
The vice president, in an open letter sent to BuzzFeed News, said “a lot of people failed” the Stanford sexual assault survivor and that she will “save lives” thanks to the powerful message she read to her assailant in court. Read more.
Boy Wanted To Be Elsa For Halloween And His Dad Had The Best Response Possible
“Halloween is about children pretending to be their favorite characters. Just so happens, this week his is a princess”. Read more.
Indian dudes to Indian dudes: Respect women
Men in Iran are wearing hijabs in protest of the country’s strict dress code for women
Let’s Make Corporate Giving Count More for Girls, Women
For a long time girls and women have been getting a minuscule share of the philanthropic pie. When it comes to foundation money, for instance, they get less than 10 percent according to a recent estimate from Women’s Philanthropy Institute. Read more.