Inspiring Thursday: Lissy Gröner

“There is no discrimination of same-sex couples in Belgium by law. And this is the signal we want to give to the people in Europe, to send the message out: it’s possible to honor the love of same-sex people by law”.

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Inspiring Thursday: Rupi Kaur

“what is the greatest lesson a woman should learn that since day one she’s already had everything she needs within herself it’s the world that convinced her she did not” ― Rupi Kaur, the sun and her flowers

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Inspiring Thursday: Ella Baker

“In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed…It means facing a system that does not lend itself to your needs and devising means by which you change that system.”

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Inspiring Thursday: Pandita Ramabai Saraswati

“The chief means of happiness is complete independence…” Pandita Ramabai Saraswati was born Rama Dongre on April 23, 1858 in the Canara District, Madras Presidency in British India. Ramabai was born into the Brahmin caste, which was the top caste of Hindu society. Her parents and sister died of starvation during a series of famines …

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Inspiring Thursday: Yolanda Becerra Vega

“We believe that peace can be much more real if the participation of women as political actors is part of the equation…Not just in terms of being represented in different scenarios, but more importantly, in the daily construction of proposals from the grassroots, from the regions, so that a real peace is possible in this …

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Inspiring Thursday: Roxane Gay

“I am trying to become better in what I think and what I say and what I do, without abandoning what makes me human.” Roxane Gay is an essayist, novelist and speaker, as well as a self-described “bad feminist.” Born in 1974 in Nebraska, United States, to Haitian parents, Gay was the oldest of three …

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Inspiring Thursday: The US Women’s National Soccer Team

On July 7, 2019, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) won their fourth World Cup title, 2-0, against The Netherlands in Lyon, France. The team, which has also won four Olympic gold medals and eight CONCACAF Gold Cups, is inspirational not only for its work on the field but, just as importantly, for …

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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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