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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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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