Inspiring Thursday: Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

“Women don’t need to find their voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen.” Meghan Markle was born in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. During her studies at Northwestern University, she started to pursue her acting career by taking several minor roles in movies and TV …

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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: Kamala Harris

“If we do not lift up women and families, everyone will fall short.” It was in 1958 when Shyamala Gopalan entered the USA from India to study at the University of California, Berkley. She was a civil rights activist and later became a breast cancer researcher. During the civil rights movement protests, she met a …

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Inspiring Thursday: Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)

“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.” Coretta Scott was born in Alabama as the third of four children. She studied music and became very politically active afterward. She became most famous as the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a prominent …

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Inspiring Thursday: Gloria Steinem

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” Gloria Steinem was born in 1934, in Toledo, Ohio. Steinem has an extraordinary upbringing as she spent her early years traveling with her parents in a house trailer until she was 11 years old. After the divorce of her parents, …

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Inspiring Thursday: Frances Watkins Harper (1825-1911)

“Now is the time for our women to begin to try to lift up their heads and plant the roots of progress under the hearthstone.” Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born in 1825 in Baltimore, Maryland to free Black parents, but unfortunately became an orphan at 3 years old. She grew up with her uncle …

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Perspectives for the future II #25yearsWAVE

The WAVE Youth Ambassadors support the WAVE Step Up! Campaign in campaigning for the rights of women survivors of violence to access support and protection. The campaign believes that people are stronger together, which is why we need to mobilize, organize and build communities capable of standing together and demanding change. As fighting for women’s …

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Inspiring Thursday: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993-2020)

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born on March 15, 1933, in New York as the younger of the two children of Nathan Bader, a merchant, and Celia Bader. Her mother heavily influenced Ruth’s early life and she excelled …

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Perspectives for the future I #25yearsWAVE

As the second generation of WAVE Youth Ambassadors is currently brainstorming, planning and developing actions targeting youth and young people across Europe to raise awareness on violence against women and girls, it is clear that their approaches aim to be intersectional, intergenerational and holistic. “We want to expand and not remain in our own bubble but reach the …

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