Inspiring Thursday: Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft begins her most celebrated work, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, with a disclaimer: “My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of […] viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.” While academic and social …

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Inspiring Thursday: Carola Rackete

31-year-old German national Carola Rackete made headlines recently after deciding to bring her ship carrying 40 migrants into Italian waters without authorization. She was arrested by Italian authorities on June 27, 2019 after docking the ship, Sea Watch 3, owned by a German NGO, in Lampedusa. Rackete cited her reasoning behind the decision, saying that …

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Inspiring Thursday: Naomi Klein

When it comes to climate change, women are bearing the brunt of the crisis — from floods, to droughts, to food shortages. Women are disproportionately impoverished and make up practically all unpaid care work — in other words, when climate disasters strike, disadvantaged women have no mobility and no economic resources to evacuate affected areas …

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Inspiring Thursday: Hannah Gadsby

This month, in celebration of Pride, we’re posting stories of inspiring women who are activists in the LGBTQ+ community. Queer heroes aren’t often given the recognition they deserve, but pride is a protest: by raising our voices, we can make sure that they aren’t forgotten. Hannah Gadsby was born in 1978 in Tasmania, Australia, where …

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Inspiring Thursday: Audre Lorde

This month, in celebration of Pride, we’ll be posting stories of inspiring women who are activists in the LGBTQ+ community. Queer heroes aren’t often given the recognition they deserve, but Pride is a protest: by raising our voices, we can make sure that they aren’t forgotten. Audre Lorde was born in 1934 in New York …

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Inspiring Thursday: Stormé DeLarverie

This month, in celebration of Pride, we’ll be posting stories of inspiring women who are activists in the LGBTQ+ community. Queer heroes aren’t often given the recognition they deserve, but Pride is an opportunity to celebrate them and make sure they’re not forgotten. Stormé DeLarverie didn’t put up with ugly. “Ugly,” for her, was any …

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Inspiring Thursday: Kristen Worley

This month, in celebration of Pride, we’ll be posting stories of inspiring women who are activists in the LGBTQ+ community. Queer heroes aren’t often given the recognition they deserve, but Pride is an opportunity to celebrate them and make sure they’re not forgotten. Trans women in particular were influential in the initial Pride protests at …

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Inspiring Thursday: Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf is often credited for her extensive contributions to English literature and the transformation of the modern novel. Her feminist genius, however, becomes even more evident in her academic writings. Now, more than 90 years later, we need her insight more than ever. Woolf was born January 25, 1882, the daughter of well-connected Victorian …

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Inspiring Thursday: bell hooks

In the introduction to “Feminism is for Everybody,” African American scholar bell hooks describes her discovery of feminism as an opposition to “the strongest patriarchal voice in my life — my mother’s voice” (Feminism is for Everybody, X). Identifying the internalized sexism that pervades social and cultural values, hooks can grapple with feminism in its …

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Inspiring Thursday: Alexandra Kollontai

In pre-revolutionary Russia, aristocratic women had little choice but to be expected to become faithful wives and devoted mothers, their lives revolving around domesticity and family duties. However, the Marxist revolutionary Alexandra Kollontai showed that it was possible to follow a different path. At the age of 27, she joined the Russian Social Democratic Labour …

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