Inspiring Thursday: Ute Bock

„Was ich mir wünsch’? Dass ich unnötig werde!“ „What do I wish for? Becoming unnecessary!” Ute Bock was a social worker who dedicated her life to supporting and empowering people who fled their home countries. Born in Linz, Austria, in 1942, Ute Bock became an educator and employee of the municipality of Vienna at a …

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Inspiring Thursday: Fatema Mernissi

Fatema Mernissi is a distinguished Moroccan writer and sociologist and a well-known name in the Arab intellectual world, the Middle East, and North Africa. She was one of the most influential women who was able to influence the Muslim women’s movement, thus calling her the founder of Islamic feminism. The 1967 war, known as the …

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Inspiring Thursday: Maryam Mirzakhani

Her favourite movie, Dougville, is a rough look at America during the Great Depression. “When I was a kid, my dream was to become a writer, I spent my most exciting moments reading novels, reading virtually anything I could get my hands on”, she said. Born in Iran in 1977 and died in the United …

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Inspiring Thursday: Merle Thornton

Merle Thornton was born during the Great Depression in Australia. She studied at the University of Sydney at times when most of the girls left the school at age of fifteen. Otherwise, her life path could be understood as very common. She got married and had children. During very strict times in Australia, she had …

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Inspiring Thursday: Marta Lempart

“This is not another political fight, it’s war in the defense of modern civilization and its major values.” Marta Lempart is a Polish political activist, journalist, lawyer, and the initiator and one of the leaders of the Ogólnopolskiego Strajku Kobiet (National Women’s Strike). Marta Lempart was born in Poland, graduated from Law, and soon after …

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Inspiring Thursday: 100th post!

In celebration of our 100th Inspiring Thursday post, we are highlighting some of the leaders taking action to combat sexual and gender-based violence across the globe. They range from activists, founders of NGOs, artists and more, but they are all contributing to bringing attention to and challenging violence against women. We have highlighted one individual …

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On Anger and Feminism

The words “angry” and “feminist” are often lumped together as a derogation of a supposedly radical group arguing for ‘feminine domination.’ It gets flung as an insult and aims to aggravate the accused. As feminists, we must repurpose this intended insult, this deliberate misunderstanding of our cause — which is one of passion, fairness and …

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