Inspiring Thursday: Rigoberta Menchú

Rigoberta Menchú Tum is a political and human rights activist from Guatemala, belonging to the K’iche’ ethnic group. Born in 1959 to a poor family in a small Mayan community, Menchú has devoted her life to defending the rights of Guatemalan indigenous feminists during and after the Civil War (1960–1996), and to the promotion of …

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Inspiring Thursday: Olympe De Gouges

During the French Revolution of 1789, almost 400 women were executed by the guillotine. The most famous among them is, of course, Marie Antoinette; however, aside from the queen, another relevant female figure who died for her ideals is Olympe de Gouges. Playwright and political activist, she advocated for the emancipation of women and against …

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Inspiring Thursday: Pauli Murray

To be called “influential” to someone as famous as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one would have to already be well known, no? This is not the case for Reverend Dr Pauli Murray, an American civil rights advocate, feminist, lawyer and ordained priest, who also was named …

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Inspiring Thursday: Elyn Saks

“I am a woman with chronic schizophrenia. I have spent hundreds of days in psychiatric hospitals. I could have ended up living most of my life on a back ward, but things turned out quite differently”

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Inspiring Thursday: Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin

Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin was a pioneer in the field of astronomy and one of the most eminent female astronomers of the twentieth century. She was the first to apply the laws of atomic physics to the study of the temperature and density of stellar bodies and to discover that stars are made mainly of hydrogen …

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Inspiring Thursday: Miriam Makeba – Mama Africa

Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a very famous and influential South African singer and a civil rights and anti-apartheid activist. Recognized for having been the first artist to take the unique sounds of Africa to countries beyond the borders of her homeland, Miriam used her musical talent to fight against apartheid in South Africa …

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Inspiring Thursday: Sonita Alizadeh

“I saw them with bruises on their faces. I heard them talking with fear about getting married. They were 15 and 16 years old, but they acted like old women, tired of being alive. They were being forced to marry and they were giving up on their own lives. I wanted to talk about that …

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Inspiring Thursday: Fahmida Riaz

Born in Meerut in 1946 and brought up in Hyderabad, Fahmida Riaz was a Pakistani feminist poet, writer, and human-rights activist. She was an important pioneer of women´s writing as well as for her radical and feminist political positions in Pakistan, a male-dominated state.

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