Inspiring Thursday: Michelle Obama

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” Michelle Obama, née Robinson was born and grew up in Chicago’s South Side. She studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University and then continued to study at Harvard Law …

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Inspiring Thursday: Christy Turlington

“If we can’t support a woman while she is giving life, then we don’t support women.” Christy Turlington was born in 1969 in California into a middle-class family. When she was 14 years old, she was discovered by a local photographer, and soon after that, she started modeling. During her very successful modeling career, she …

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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: 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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Inspiring Thursday: Florence Howe (1929-2020)

Florence Howe was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York. Since she was a little girl, her parents and especially her mother who was a bookkeeper instilled a love of learning in Florence. Learning and education became a lifelong passion for her. Moreover, her intelligence and hard work predestined her for a wide range of …

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Influential relationships between language, gender and society

My name is Alba Biosca and I am the WAVE Youth Ambassador in Spain. Although I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, I previously completed a year of Philology, where I spent much of my time learning about Sociolinguistics, and especially the differences between women and men while speaking. I was also …

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