Inspiring Thursday: Bella Abzug

Bella Savitzky, or “Battling Bella”, was born in 1920 in New-York city from Russian Jewish immigrant parents. Already at an early age, she was fearless, bold and outspoken, and would not let anyone (boys included) beat her in any competition. When a father died, Abzug was aged 13 and she was told that she could …

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Inspiring Thursday: Marichuy

“We, the indigenous people, say we don’t agree with this system—to be exploited, to have them continue to destroy our communities… It should be the people who give the orders and the government that obeys.” (Marichuy)

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Inspiring Thursday: Ninotchka Roska

Referring to herself as a “transnational Filipina”, Ninotchka Roska is a prolific writer, author of eleven books, journalist, as well as a fervent advocate for women´s rights and liberation. She has won several awards, including the American Book Award for Excellence in Literature for her famous book Twice Blessed.

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Inspiring Thursday: Nawal El Saadawi

“For me feminism includes everything. It is social justice, political justice, sexual justice… It is the link between medicine, literature, politics, economics, psychology and history. Feminism is all that. You cannot understand the oppression of women without this.”

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Inspiring Thursday: Kumari Jayawardena

Leading feminist figure, activist and academic, Kumari Jayawardena was born in 1931 and raised in Sri Lanka. She decided to continue her higher education in the London School of Economics, in the UK, where she graduated from political science and finished her Ph.D. on the labour movement in Ceylon in 1964.

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Inspiring Thursday: Martha Gellhorn

Martha Gellhorn was a journalist, novelist and one of the greatest war correspondents of her time. During her long career she covered dozens of wars, including the Spanish Civil War, World War II, the Arab-Israeli War and the Vietnam War. Gellhorn was a fearless woman, whose writing  and travels were driven by the desire to …

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Inspiring Thursday: Marielle Franco

Black feminist LGBT activist and Rio councillor, Marielle Franco, 38, was murdered in Brazil after what would be her last political action, triggering a wave of revolt and demonstration throughout the country. Franco was born and raised in the favela of Maré, one of the most dangerous favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and she experienced …

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