Inspiring Thursday: Nilde Iotti (1920 – 1999)

On April 25th Italy celebrates “Liberation Day”, to remember the defeat of fascism and the victory of the Resistance. But how was fascism defeated? This was thanks to the resistance groups of Partisans. Many women were involved, who recognized that war and fascism was also their issue and that they had to resist and act …

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#WAVEmembers: Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, UK

This week, the WAVE journey to its members brings us to the UK. Meet Standing Together Against Domestic Violence (STADV)! STADV is a UK charity bringing communities together to end domestic abuse. The activities done by STADV include advising and supporting communities to introduce, strengthen, or develop the Coordinated Community Response in their area; working …

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Inspiring Thursday: Maria Teresa Horta

Maria Teresa Horta is a Portuguese writer, journalist and poet, born in Lisbon in 1937,  known for her fascinating and provocative writing, in times where freedom of speech was heavily censured. In 1972, along with Maria Velho da Costa and Maria Isabel Barreno (they were known as “As Três Marias” ,The Three Marias), she published the controversial …

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Biased towards Racism

The importance of computer algorithms has been increasing in the decision-making process. The potential of the development of these tools is immensely vast, be it in hiring, online advertisement or healthcare. According to Business Insider, the spending on AI in healthcare was projected to grow at a 48% annual rate, between 2013 and 2017. As …

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Inspiring Thursday: Judy Chicago

“I wanted to see if women before me had encountered the same kind of challenges that I was facing, but I discovered that so much of what women had done—there was no record of it” these kinds of reflections were the starting point for Judy Chicago to create artworks which are still praised now, five …

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“We can despair, but we will keep going!”

Mary Crilly, director of the Sexual Violence Centre Cork, gave an empowering speech at the last WAVE Conference. We think that her words are of great importance, now more than ever! Women’s support services are doing an amazing job and being part of a strong, feminist network as WAVE can help us facing these difficult …

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Inspiring Thursday: Margaret Burbidge (1919-2020)

“The situation for women in astronomy has changed dramatically in my lifetime,” (The San Francisco Chronicle, 2005). Eleanor Margaret Burbidge was born in Davenport, in northwest England in 1919. Also known as “Lady Stardust”, Margaret was a an astronomer who has given a remarkable contribution to our understanding of what happens inside stars and who worked on …

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Inspiring Thursday: Adrienne Rich (1929–2012)

“Diving Into the Wreck.” (1974) I am here, the mermaid whose dark hair streams black, the merman in his armored body We circle silently about the wreck we dive into the hold. … We are, I am, you are by cowardice or courage the one who find our way back to the scene carrying a …

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