My Favorite Women – August

IT’S ANOTHER MONTH OF CELEBRATING INCREDIBLE WOMEN!

Just like last week’s My Favorite Women post, we’re playing a bit of catch up!
So enjoy these incredible women from August.

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  1. Rachel Hundley

Rachel Hundley is a City Council member in Sonoma, California. During her race for reelection, she received an anonymous email containing “inappropriate” photos of her and threats to expose them unless she quit her campaign. Rather than allowing this anonymous coward to slut shame her into submission, Hundley proudly addressed the issue and continues to run for reelection. YAS QUEEN! IMG_5406-1030x687.jpg

2. Shanzey Afzal

Shanzey Afzal is a female Muslim tattoo artist that’s providing a safe haven for women like her. Surrounded by those deeply invested in tradition and religion, Afzal hid many hurtful secrets, like that of having an abortion. Soon after, Afzal decided to tattoo an shanzey08_0.jpgimage on herself to help bring closure to the situation. Because of her tattoos, Afzal was disowned by her family. But through that experience, she has been able to provide a safe place for women like her to share their secrets and fears. She’s now in the process of starting a Female Tattoo Collective while traveling around in her converted 1963 trailer turned tattoo shop. *If you’re interested in donating to Afzal’s cause, you can do so here.

3. Janelle Monae

Okay, ya’ll. I KNOW I’m late to the game on this one. BUT Janelle Monae is kicking ass. Last month, I watched her music video for “PYNK” for the first time. YA’LL WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME?! What an incredible celebration and reclaiming of our bodies! It’s so refreshing to see our bodies celebrated rather than exploited! (If you watch this video and you’re uncomfortable, I want to challenge you to at least finish it!)

 

My Favorite Women June & July

Obviously this post is a little late to the game, buut, we’re still gonna celebrate. Just like every month, Women continue to kick ass in this world. Let’s talk about some of them.

JUNE

  1. A Dream Team.

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Jane Cox, Rachel Hauck,Toni-Leslie James, and Jessica Paz make up the first all female lead crew of this summer’s Shakespeare in the park. Not only are they all incredibly talented, but they’re making history. There’s an incredible lack of women and minorities involved in professional theatre, but it’s not for a lack of interest or skill among women.

According to the Department of Education, nearly half of all undergraduates pursuing bachelors degrees in theater design and technology nationwide are women, as are 62 percent of master’s degree candidates. Among the theater design tracks at the City University of New York, for example, female undergraduates outnumber their male counterparts.”

Having a female led crew, is big.

2.  Bec Shaw (@notofeminism)

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She’s hilarious. She’s brave. Her twitter was one of my favorite things in June. An activist, journalist, and podcast host, Bec celebrates women daily. Her articles cover anything from the “shame” of menstruation to the lack of middle aged female actors on the big screen.

 

3. Carrie Gracie

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Carrie Gracie spent many years as the senior editor in China for BBC. This year, she stepped down from her role and walked away from BBC after they refused to offer her equal pay. In an apology, BBC did stated that they would offer her backpay for the years she was underpaid. Gracie donated the money to a British women’s rights charity, to set up a fund to offer legal advice to women on equal-pay claims.

JULY

  1. The Azmi Sisters

These six badass sisters are changing the face of Canadian ball hockey and forcing people to broaden their expectations of what an athlete looks like, as these sisters rock their hijab underneath their helmets. They’re like.. really good. merlin_139286025_2148a5d9-1fd2-44dd-af38-e24d519a29b4-superJumbo.jpg

2. Marion Woodman

Marion Woodman was an author and psychoanalyst. She spent her career exploring the female mind and the ideas of femininity. She devoted herself to providing a language for women that explored the primal female identity. Centuries of “patriarchal thinking,” she concluded, had obscured elements of primal feminine consciousness, in both men andcristina-sitja-rubio-for-Ascent-Magazine.jpg women. She cowrote a book called  “The Maiden King: The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine,” arguing that each gender needed to incorporate elements of the other to become whole. This past July at the age of 89, she rested eternally.

3. Inoka Amarasekara

Inoka-Amarasekara_avatar_1500862686.jpgInoka Amarasekara is an Australian researcher in science communication. Amarasekara was curious to compare the differences found in YouTube comments between male and female YouTuber’s who posted videos on the subjects of Science and Math. After sorting through over 20,000 negative comments, Amarasekara decided to put her research into a paper. Her study found that 14% of comments received by women were negative, while only 6% for men. Celebrating female researchers is incredibly important and I am grateful for people like Inoka who continue to bring issues like this forward! YAS FOR STEM WOMEN!

My Favorite Women – May

I don’t understand how we’re already into the sixth month of the year, but here we are I guess! As you’ve (hopefully) seen, each month I like to take a look back at women who accomplished some great things during the previous 30 (or so) days. So since it’s ALREADY June, let’s take a look back at some cool ladies from May!

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