It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the violence and negativity in the news sometimes, but it's important to remember that there are always people doing amazing, empowering things as well. These seven news stories showcase the fierce power of young girls and women in every forum, from Science, to Publishing, to Concert-goers, to Mountain Climbers.
It’s time you met these 10 inspiring female scientists
More people should know about these incredible women, who are making strides in fields from Cancer Research, to BioDiversity, to Physics and Astronomy. #WomenInSTEM
Include Is a Verb: Moving from Talk to Action on Diversity and Inclusion
Absolutely loving this article from Maddie Grant about a new report on Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace written by Elizabeth Weaver Engel and Dr. Sherry Marts. In particular I appreciate the focus on creating actionable change, beyond showcasing a desire to be diverse and inclusive.
Nepali woman scales Mt Everest with anti-human trafficking message
So inspired by the incredible journey of Kanchhi Maya Tamang, a human trafficking survivor who summited Mt Everest to spread a message of empowerment & equality in hopes of ending human trafficking.
Helen Mirren's Commencement Speech Is A Feminist Dream
If you're looking for an uplifting watch, check out Helen Mirren's inspirational and feminist commencement speech at Tulane University. "No matter what sex you are, or race, be a feminist."
Afghan Magazine, a Sisterhood of Ideas, Hopes to Counter Men’s Sway
Women in Afghanistan have started a magazine in hopes of creating a safe space for conversation and connection. “We know our shared pains and it becomes a social responsibility to get the basic information that those women need, for their lives and thoughts, into their homes. Women’s issues, inside their home.” says Fatana Hassanzada, editior of the Magazine.
The Future of STEM is Female
I love this article by Alexa Strabuk about the future of Women in STEM. My favourite quote comes from Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public, who asks
"What would STEM be like if we treated famous female scientists like rock stars or sports icons?"
The Manchester Attack and the Resilience of Teen Girls
While horrific acts of violence are happening worldwide, social media was gripped by the tragedy that unfolded in Manchester last week. I appreciated this beautiful piece by Emma Gray about the strength and passion of teenage girls. My favourite quote: "Teen girls can find joy in drugstore glitter, as well as deeply intimate friendship. They can be smart as hell. They can read up about politics and racial inequality and gender-based violence with just as much enthusiasm as they do about their favourite bands and YouTube stars."