Inspiring Thursday : Gisèle Halimi (1927-2020)

“Injustice is physically intolerable to me. All my life can be summed up with that.” Gisèle Halimi was born as Zeiza Gisèle Élise Taïeb in July 1927 to a poor and conservative Jewish family in Tunisia, then a French possession. Since the birth of a girl was considered bad luck during these times, her parents …

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Inspiring Thursday : Johanna Dohnal (1939 – 2010)

“There are people who have an absolute majority in the population and who have the fewest seats in parliament. Ask the men why. ” Johanna Dohnal was born as Johanna Diez in Vienna, Austria in 1939. She grew up as an illegitimate child with her grandmother, a seamstress, because her mother suffered tuberculosis. Her childhood …

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Inspiring Thursday : Natália Correia (1923 – 1993)

Natália Correia was born in 1923 (in Azores, Portugal) but moved to Lisbon at the age of 11. She was a poet, novelist, essayist, journalist, writer, scriptwriter, translator, and editor, and always a strong advocate of human rights, more specifically of women’s rights. She was a charismatic woman with a very intense social life, and …

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Inspiring Thursday: Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland, (born in September 10, 1982) is an American ballet dancer who became the first African American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the age of thirteen. When she was fifteen, she won first place in the Music Centre …

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Inspiring Thursday: Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)

Florence Nightingale, was born in May 12, 1820. She was an English pioneer nurse, statistician, and social reformer who was the foundational philosopher of modern nursing. Nightingale was the first woman awarded the Order of Merit in 1907. Florence Nightingale was in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers in Turkey during the Crimean War. She was also known …

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Inspiring Thursday: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office. I wasn’t born to a wealthy or powerful family. Mother from Puerto Rico, dad from the South Bronx. I was born to a place where your zip code determines your destiny. My name is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I’m an educator, an organizer, working class New Yorker. I’ve …

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Inspiring Thursday: Janelle Monáe

As this is the Pride Month, we want to remember some of Janelle Monáe’s best moments as a representative member of the LGBTQ community. Her latest album, “Dirty Computer” is, in her words, an ode to black and queer women; and it’s exactly during the “Dirty Computer” era that Monáe gets out of the alter-ego …

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Inspiring Thursday: Billie Jean King

“It was 1955, and Billie Jean was barred from a group photo of junior tennis players because she had decided to wear tennis shorts that day, rather than the tennis skirt traditionally worn by female athletes. She soon learned that the unequal treatment that female athletes experienced wasn’t only relegated to dress code.” (Billie Jean …

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Inspiring Thursday: Lilly Singh

“✅Female ✅Coloured ✅Bisexual Throughout my life these have proved to be obstacles from time to time. But now I’m fully embracing them as my superpowers. No matter how many boxes you check, I encourage you to do the same. X” This is the post that Lilly Singh wrote when she came out on Twitter. She …

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Inspiring Thursday: Elena Crasmari

“Sometimes it is enough to just take a woman by the hand and help her begin her journey.” Elena Crasmari is a fierce activist for women’s rights: a woman with disabilities who ran for, and earned, a local counselor seat in her home village of Dolna, in Moldova. As women with disabilities are under-represented in …

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