Inspiring Thursday: Princess Nokia

Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, better known with her stage name Princess Nokia, is a prolific singer and activist from New York born in 1992. When interviewed, she likes to speak about where she grew up, that is between East Harlem and Lower East Side, in a queer and culturally diverse environment, and how she embraces her …

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Inspiring Thursday: Adelaide Smith Casely Hayford (1868-1960)

Adelaide Smith Casely Hayford was a Victorian feminist who has dedicated her life to the education of girls in Sierra Leone. A pioneer of women’s education in Sierra Leone, Adelaide played a key role in popularizing Pan-Africanist and feminist politics during the early twentieth century. In 1923, Hayford established the Girls’ Vocational and Training School in …

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Inspiring Thursday: Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is a writer and essayist born in 1975, who has gained endless recognition for her works, which have been praised for her “New Sincerity”, a literary genre that alongside the “Hysterical Realism” has come to define her signature style. Through her unconventional writing we get to know characters that deal with experiences of …

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Inspiring Thursday: June Almeida (1930-2007)

Born in 1930 in Glasgow, June Almeida was a pioneer scientist that played a key role in identifying the coronaviruses half a century ago. Covid-19 is a new illness but it is caused by a coronavirus of the type first identified by Dr Almeida in 1964 at her laboratory in St Thomas’s Hospital in London. …

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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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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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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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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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