THIS YEAR, LET’S MAKE GIRLS HARD TO IGNORE! Now that’s an organizational mission I can get behind!
I’m not alone in that quest; there are more and more amazing organizations, books, documentaries, even hashtags out there celebrating strong girls and women. I’d say it’s about time!
Need examples? There are fun-loving testaments to badass females on YouTube and just as many serious documentaries about inspirational sheros and female changemakers – have you seen RGB yet? Put it on your list. There are film festivals focused on women: The Traveling School was invited to participate in a local showing of the Women’s Adventure Film Tour, check it out if you can – the traveling tour continues into March 2019. I’m also looking forward to a few feature length movies with strong female protagonists: the dramatization of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s story, On the Basis of Sex, Glenn Close in The Wife and Keira Knightley in Colette are just a few.
Inspirational female-focused organizations abound. Some of my favorites? Orgs like Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment; Makers Women, a women’s media brand for changeMAKERS, newsMAKERS, historyMAKERS, & troubleMAKERS; Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation organization that unites girls to change the world; and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, an organization dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. These are just a few – there are tons more.
And don’t forget the recent Women’s Wave from this midterm election cycle!
These record-breaking results, totaling 124 women elected are something to be thankful for!
But even before the midterm’s wave of success for female candidates, the Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to two recipients for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence against women as a weapon of war and armed conflict. What a statement by the committee. The winners? Gynecologist and surgeon, Denis Mukwege of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who has spent much of his life helping victims of sexual violence perpetrated during the Congolese civil war. Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman from northern Iraq who was captured by ISIS. A victim of wartime sexual violence, Nadia has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims.
In a world where we desperately need to change the narrative of gender inequity, we are slowly making headway, and I am indeed thankful for that. So, isn’t it about time to make girls and women hard to ignore?!