Cindy Crawford, Rebel Wilson, Period Tracker Apps + Women on the Frontline
November 2016 was a month where women around the world activated their SuperPowers to get on with living revolutionary lives. Here are my inspiring selections from around the web of the GlobalWoman November round up.
- Maria Fernanda Pineda Calero is 16 and a self-proclaimed feminist living in Nicaragua. Calero runs a program that helps educate other girls on their sexual, reproductive and citizenship rights.
- The remarkable Syrian women fighting to save their city.
In 10 years’ time I want a young woman who looks on the internet to find out what happened in Syria to find evidence of the roles women played. This is why I have made this film and why all the women risk their lives to appear in it.
- Lady Gaga inspired New York Times columnist David Brooks to ask: “Who would you be and what would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
- Cindy Crawford is a smart businesswoman. I love how she claimed her power to become her own business daddy.
Agents are great at making deals, but not building you. I wanted a business daddy. And I tried so many different business daddies on for size. In the end, I had to be my own business daddy.
- My menstrual cycle has taught me so much about life and embracing change. This article on how period trackers are changing girl culture fascinated me. Period tracker apps have helped shift attitudes, demystify and normalise menstruation by assigning cute icons to once unmentionables like heavy flow, maxi pads and period pimples.
Most important, the apps transform the input into crunchable data that can tell a young woman when her period is due, when it’s late and even why she might be feeling so blue.
- Watch Malala Yousafzai tell Emma Watson: “I’m a feminist thanks to you”. Nobel laureate tells film star that the term seemed ‘tricky’ in her mind until she was inspired by Watson’s speech at the United Nations last year.
- Carol Doda, who was widely credited with triggering a nationwide topless revolution as a 26-year-old go-go dancer in 1964, passed away in November.
I was the first to go topless in 1964 and started a sexual revolution that spun as fast as twirling tassels.
- In Australia, the first Tuesday in November is Melbourne Cup day. This year’s race, for the first time in its 155 year history, the winning jockey was a woman, Michelle Payne.
But it was Payne’s victory over chauvinism that had women cheering with her short, but poignant, message to all those who reckoned a woman wasn’t strong enough to ride a Melbourne Cup winner:
- Read Van Badham’s wonderful article on Michelle Payne.
- Welcome to the Rebelution: Rebel Wilson Goes from ‘Fat Amy’ to launch her own fashion brand.
- An Afghan women’s radio station becomes a Taliban casualty.
- The Displaced Hana; at 12, she has lived one-quarter of her life in a debilitating state of suspension as a Syrian refugee in Lebanon.
- The transformation of Megan Phelps-Roper, a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question the church’s beliefs and practices whilst managing the church’s Twitter account.
- Missy Elliott released her first new single, WTF (Where They From) since 2012, and her first video in seven years. Elliot was diagnosed with Graves disease a decade ago but now, more power and joy to her.
Once again, thank you for sharing the GlobalWoman journey with me. I’d love to hear from you as to who inspired you this November by leaving a comment below.