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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Inspiring Thursday: Joana Vasconcelos

Joana Vasconcelos was born in 1971 in Paris, but she is currently based in Lisbon, Portugal. Her parents had fled Portugal due to the dictatorship of the infamous Presidente Salazar. She is a Portuguese artist, internationally acclaimed for her sculptures and installations exploring consumer culture, collective identity, and our assumptions on what constitutes art. Her work …

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Inspiring Thursday: Laura Papo Bohoreta

Laura Papo Bohoreta can be seen as a prototype of a career mom. Laura Papo Bohoreta was a Sephardic-Bosnian writer, journalist and artist. She contributed a great deal of knowledge for historians about the life and language of the Sephardic community in the region which belongs to Bosnia & Herzegovina nowadays. She was one of …

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Inspiring Thursday: Katherine Johnson (1918-2020)

“I don’t have a feeling of inferiority. I never had one. I’m as good as anybody, but not better” Katherine G. Johnson: The female mathematician that calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions was one of the pioneer black female aerospace workers, and an example of perseverance, opening new doors for …

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Inspiring Thursday Anna Hutsol (Hanna Huzol)

At this time, in this country, only radical women’s protest can shake the world of passive women.” (interview given to osocio.org on August 2nd 2011) Anna Hutsol is best know as one of the founding members of FEMEN – an activist group from the Ukraine, Hutsol’s home country. During her studies in sociology and economy, …

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Inspiring Thursday: Obiageli Ezekwesili

“We need a collaborative disruption of the present acceptance of extremism, especially targeting women. Wherever women are being attacked by extremist ideas – whether it’s our Chibok girls or women in Syria – it’s the same underlying philosophy and the world cannot afford to stay in this state of complacency.” (Vital Voices). Obiageli Ezekwesili was …

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Inspiring Thursday: Gabrielė Petkevičaitė-Bitė

“We understand well that our fate is in our hands and that all we have to trust in is ourselves […]” (speech given on 15th of May 1920, Kaunas, LT at the Constituent Assembly Lithuania) Lithuania might not be the first country that comes to mind when looking for great feminists and women who helped …

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Inspiring Thursday: Carla del Ponte

The woman we present today has been nicknamed “the pest” and “the new Gestapo”. She faced the Sicilian Mafia as well as some of the most infamous war lords in history. We are talking about Carla del Ponte. Admired by some and disliked by other, del Ponte is certainly a controversial figure! Internationally, Ms. del …

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Inspiring Thursday: Sônia Guajajara

“Women around the world are starring in many fighting fronts. Indigenous women are committed to uniting all the rest of the world” (El Pais, 2019). Sônia Guajajara Sônia Guajajara was born on the 6th March of 1974 in a small village in the Amazon rainforest, Maranhão, Brazil. She is known worldwide for her fierce and …

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