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!

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