Inspiring Thursday: Margherita Hack

Known as the “Lady of the Stars”, Margherita Hack, the most famous Italian astrophysicist, was the first woman to lead an astronomical observatory in Italy. Committed atheist, feminist, and vegetarian, Margherita publicly advocated for laws in favour of abortion, euthanasia and homosexual couples’ civil rights.

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Inspiring Thursday: Ana Mendieta

During her short life, Ana Mendieta created art that portrayed many different themes of life, focusing on incorporating natural elements in her pieces, which she felt brought her closer to nature. At the same time, her work was bold and challenged restrictive ideas of normative categories like gender and race.

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Inspiring Thursday: Nadia Murad

Born in 1993, Nadia was a high school student when ISIS militants overran her village. She was one of an estimated 3,000 girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the IS army.

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Inspiring Thursday: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“I am a feminist. And when I looked up the word in the dictionary that day, this is what it said: Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. A feminist is a man or a woman who says – Yes, there’s a problem with gender as it …

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Inspiring Thursday: Dior Vargas

“It’s important to provide a space where people can be in charge of their own narratives.” As a mental health activist and Latina feminist, Dior Vargas is spreading awareness about the challenging stigmas experienced by people of color who also suffer from mental illness.

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Inspiring Thursday: Doria Shafik

By her early thirties, Doria Shafik was already an accomplished woman with a doctorate in philosophy. Despite her young age, she had published essays and poems in both Arabic and French, competed in a beauty pageant, and founded an organization of Egyptian feminists. Nevertheless, she would go on to do even greater things in the …

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