On December 5th, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, surprised students and faculty at King’s College London. In collaboration with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Markle and a group of professors and student leaders discussed how universities can aid issues like “human trafficking and modern slavery, gender equality and inclusion, peace and reconciliation, and climate change and resilience.”
After accepting an award from Harvard University, education activist Malala Yousafzai gave her take on issues like refugee policy, global warming, and girls’ education. She explained, “Right now, there are 130 million girls who do not have access to a quality education. We should all make it our challenge to challenge those critical views, all those religious beliefs, and all those cultures that deny us an education.”
During a three-month volunteer trip working at a school in Kenya, Lauren Shuttleworth discovered the difficulties facing the education of young girls. After returning to Australia, she decided to start her own company, an eco-friendly stationery enterprise called Words with Heart, which donates a portion of each sale to education projects in developing countries.
Cashmere Nicole recently launched the about-to-be-groundbreaking beauty company, Beauty Bakerie. Haven’t heard of it? You will soon, as the inclusive brand has officially launched in Ulta stores this month.
The debate about female pubic hair has been going on for years: bare versus the bush. Either way, there are struggles to deal with. Whichever you choose, there is an awesome product to make your grooming routine even better: pube oil.
Chanel made headlines this week when it announced that it was banning the use of exotic skins. While many industry insiders were shocked by the news, some of the brand’s signature pieces—including the sharkskin Boy Bag and Mini Flap in alligator—vanished from its website.
When the US-based size-inclusive retailer 11 Honore launched in Dubai, it wanted curvier Arab models to show how the clothes fit on a plus sized model from the area, and they found Ameni Esseibi. Esseibi encourages girls who are plus sized to never believe anyone who says they can’t do something because of their weight, pointing to her growing success as proof. She says that plus sized is beautiful and full of possibilities.
If you follow runway fashion, chances are you’ve heard of Halima Aden. At 21 years old, Aden is making history as the first Muslim woman to wear hijab in fashion shows. Born in a Kenyan refugee camp after her family escaped the Somali civil war, Aden arrived in the States speaking no English and feeling self-conscious of her outsider status. Years later, she’s catapulted from high school homecoming queen to a contract with IMG.
A recent report on the state of fashion in 2019 conducted by McKinsey & Company revealed that only 20% of the 500 companies examined made 128% of the industry’s total profit in 2017. 97% of that profit came from just 20 companies, including “super winners” like Hermès, H&M, and Inditex (the parent company of Zara).
Nike has partnered with the global network aimed at highlighting women creatives, Girlgaze, on their latest Air Force 1 sneakers launch. The campaign is shot by eight female-identifying Girlgaze photographers capturing images of Nike’s Unsung Heroes.
For this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, artist Suzy Kellems Dominik explores the physical and psychological emotions involved in the orgasm through I Can Feel. The twelve foot tall neon sculpture and light show depicts anatomical elements (which flashes on a 27.68 second loop) with fireworks and a ribbon setting off around it.
The Pulitzer Prize’s youngest ever recipient in fiction was a 24-year-old woman, yet it is not common knowledge. Josephine W. Johnson won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for her 1934 novel “Now in November.”
At 19 years old, Micaela is now making her Broadway debut as “Babe” Cher in The Cher Show. Micaela is also using this opportunity to show people how badass queer women can be.
After gaining experience, Neema joined Tausi, an all-female taarab music group in Zanzibar. She became interested in traditional music because she believes playing it is what will keep the culture and its history alive.
In a round-table discussion group with Surface, six of the members from various generations discuss everything from the start of the Guerrilla Girls to reclaiming the word feminism in recent years.
Retained tampons are tampons that have never been removed from a vagina and are stuck in the vaginal canal. Ob/Gyn Nicole Bullocks reassures that it is nothing to get too worried about, but the retained tampon needs to be taken out in order to avoid infections.
Time’s Up, a movement created to combat gender discrimination and sexual assault in the workplace, is fronted and supported by various female celebrities. They are using their fame and status to push for change in various industries. Brie Larson, Stacy Smith, and Tessa Thompson, three key leaders of the movement, spoke about the next concrete steps for Time’s Up with the Hollywood Reporter.
According to neuropsychologist Dr. Rita Eichenstein, girls have a harder time being diagnosed with ADHD as their symptoms tend to be quite internalized. Women with the disorder are usually only diagnosed later in life.
Pushing for gender equality often comes down to removing restrictive gender roles. Mothers are often constrained to being solely caregivers in the family, whilst men are the breadwinners. To fight such reductive stereotypes, we must promote active behavior to the contrary, such as providing the facilities for men to care for children just as much as women do.
The Indian State of Maharashtra held its first LGBTQ+ literary festival, Sahitya Sammelan, in the local dialect of Marashi. Organized by the Samapathik Trust, people from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum were invited to share their stories of coming out, finding their identity, or anything else they wanted to discuss.
Female-focused technology, or femtech, is a branch of innovative technology that focuses on women’s health. Apps such as Moody and Elvie are paving the way for a market of products that focus on women’s health issues often ignored and silenced by taboo.
Former U.S Senator Al Franken posted a heartfelt Thanksgiving message on Facebook where he exclaimed his support for women and the #MeToo movement.
There were a record number of women elected to Maine’s State Legislature on Election Day. Over 72 female politicians were elected to office in 2018, surpassing the 2017 record of 64 women. Among the 2,000 women who will work for the U.S legislature in 2019, Maine reports the highest percentage of women involved in politics.
With the impending government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a left-wing candidate, many have speculated how abortion rights will be affected in his time as president. This is partly because Olga Sanchez Cordero, his future interior minister, received both praise and criticism after her publicized support for abortion rights. Her support sparked controversy from conservative candidates because Lopez Obrador did not actively support this.
Activist and documentary filmmaker Samar Minallah is rallying truck drivers in Pakistan to raise support for girls’ education through artwork. Minallah believes truck art can be useful to spread important information in rural areas of the country that may not exposed to charities and organizations that support girls’ education.
A group of students at Pleasant Valley Elementary School participated in Girls’ STEM Day, a day full of activities that encouraged girls to learn about future careers in the STEM field. Speakers at the event included representatives from a variety of scientific fields, while high school students conducted robotic presentations.
An eighth grade class in Baltimore, Maryland has raised thousands of dollars to support girls’ education through the nonprofit Malala Fund. They have reached over half of their goal so far, and the students expressed their gratitude for the education they often take for granted.
Internshala's initiative to help women who have been out of their career paths for a significant amount of time is offering sufficient salaries in accredited fields. According to NDTV, only 27 percent of Indian women are part of the workforce.
Rusta is one of the UK’s biggest drone companies and is reportedly seeing historical numbers in women’s enrollment in drone programs. According to The Guardian, women are using drones to capture environmental disasters, search and rescue missions, and photography.
The past few years have been an explosive time for plus-size fashion industry. From plus-size models on the runways, in everyone’s Instagram feed, and in advertisements, the options for dressing the average American woman are more diverse than ever. When it comes to truly integrating these pieces into mainstream, however, a lot of progress is undone.