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Celebrating International Women’s Day

We cannot run short when listing all of the accomplishments that women have achieved over the past couple of years. It feels good to finally see that society is embracing the efforts that women have forged in numerous sectors. Women have been greatly shunned and disenfranchised from experiencing almost all of the fulfillment there is in this life – from participation in politics, participation in the workforce and participation in certain sports, to participation in running countries and various affairs. However, things are changing and women no longer have to live in men’s shadow.  With numerous achievements from all walks of life, women deserve to be recognized and celebrated  across the globe. In the political genre, women have hit groundbreaking moves. Women have advocated for constitutional changes in various countries so they can be acclimated into the society.  From gaining women representatives in politics to attaining greater equality in the…

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

International day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation International day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation is the international day of awareness to eradicate the brutal and cruel act of female genital mutilations and to support the rights of girls and women. Female genital mutilation has been recognized as the violation of human rights of women. According to a report, approximately 200 million women are living today who have undergone genital mutilation procedures across 30 countries. To completely eliminate this violent act, it is important to understand what female genital mutilation is, the harmful risks caused by it, and to spread awareness. What is female genital mutilation (FGM)? First, it is important to know what FGM is. It is also referred to as a female circumcision or female genital cutting. It involves cutting whole or partially removing some part of female external genitalia for non-medical reasons. It also…

Top 10 most inspirational & influential Irish women

Ireland has a long and checkered history. And Irish women have registered tremendous success over the years, with some going on to become opinion leaders in business, politics, religion, and even in a sporting sense. Legends like Katie Taylor, Mary Robinson, and later day heroes like Sonia O’Sullivan have stridden through Ireland- and indeed the rest of the World- like a colossus. As usual, here at youowntheworld , we love celebrating women who have broken through the glass ceiling. Here now are our top 10 inspirational Irish Women: Mary Robinson A renowned human rights crusader, Mary has been a woman of many firsts. In 1990, she became the first woman president of Ireland evolving into an activist rather than a figurehead like her predecessors. Then, she was the first UNHCR commissioner to visit war-ravaged Somalia as well as Rwanda soon after the genocide. Despite being in a prominent family, she…

Talk About It – World Hijab Day

A young girl discovers the significance of World Hijab Day, what the Hijab means to the women who wear them, and addresses common misconceptions and stereotypes. From this unique perspective, she conveys how important it is for people to understand each other, celebrate our differences, and the richness that diversity brings.

The Mirabal Sisters

While under the tyranny of a corrupt dictatorship, three brave sisters – Minerva, Patria and Maria Mirabal – set out to create a safe, just world for the people of the Dominican Republic. The Mirabal Sisters, who called themselves “Las Mariposas” (“The Butterflies”), resisted the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and participated in clandestine acts against his political reign. They were assassinated on his orders on November 25, 1960, which turned them into folk legends and symbols of the power of feminine resistance. November 25th was chosen as the International Day For The Elimination of Violence Against Women to commemorate the day of their assassination. These brave women grew up in a middle-class family on a farm in the Dominican Republic. They were intelligent, college-educated women who went on to marry and have families of their own, in addition to their political activities. Due in part to the influence of their…

Rachel Carson

American marine biologist, Rachel Louise Carson was the author of Silent Spring, a groundbreaking book that is nationally credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Other books on conservation by Rachel Carson include Under The Sea Around Us, The Edge of the Sea, and Witness for Nature. She was also the author or numerous articles, one of which was deemed too good for the publication it was intended for, and turned into one of her award-winning books. Rachel started her career as an aquatic biologist for the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries. Her environmental attention turned to conservation and she fought to bring environmental concerns to the attention of the American people. She was born in 1907 on a small family farm in Pennsylvania. An avid reader as a child, she began writing stories as young as eight years old. Her first story was published when she was only ten in…

Joanne Liu – Doctors Without Borders

Dr. Joanne Liu is a Canadian pediatrician born in Quebec, Canada. Like many women, she was inspired in her youth to strive for great things. At the age of thirteen, Joanne read a book about Doctors Without Borders and began dreaming of one day joining their ranks. She spent her academic career working toward that dream. Taking her education very seriously, she excelled in high school and went on to obtain several degrees on the road to becoming a doctor. After graduating from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Liu trained in pediatric medicine at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine. She later trained in pediatric emergency care at Bellevue Hospital Center of the New York University School of Medicine. Working toward her dream to join Doctors Without Borders, she worked with Malian refugees in Mauritania. Dr. Liu also provided medical support after the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake…

Women’s Equality Day

The first petition for the national holiday, Women’s Equality Day, was made in 1971 when New York Congresswoman and Democratic Representative, Bella Abzug, successfully petitioned Congress to set August 26th aside as a designated holiday. August 26th was specifically selected to coincide with the 19th constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote. Women’s Equality Day further commemorates the Women’s Strike for Equality that was held on the same date in 1970, marking the 50th anniversary of the successful ratification of women’s suffrage. The first official celebration of Women’s Equality Day was held on August 26, 1973. Women’s Equality Day celebrates more than women’s right to cast their vote in all US governmental elections. It also celebrates the plethora of contributions women have made to society and to this country. In 1973, then President Richard Nixon stated, “The struggle for women’s suffrage, however, was only the first step toward…

Yi So-Yeon

There’s not many South Korean women more inspirational than Yi So-Yeon. Growing up in a small town where most employment opportunities were involved in agriculture, generations before her were forbidden from learning to read and write in order to free up time to work the land. Her passion for engineering came from watching her dad performing DIY around the house and helping him with odd jobs. This inspired her to do very well at science and engineering at school, her performances earning her a place on the gifted program at her high school. It wasn’t long until she was granted a place at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology studying Mechanical Engineering and Biosystems at Ph.D level. At one point during her Ph.D, she presented at an international event in Japan, attended by over 40 countries and she was the only female! In 2006, So-Yeon become a finalist,…

Ronda Rousey

A September 2015 poll called her the Best Female Athlete Ever. Ronda Jean Rousey is a mixed martial artist, judoka, and actress. The Bronze Medal winner in the 2008 Summer Olympics, she was the first American woman to win a medal in the sport of judo. Her other achievements include: One-time UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion Winner of twelve consecutive MMA fights The youngest of three girls, Rousey struggled with speech and language development as a child due to a condition called apraxia which affects speech and sound. Her family relocated from California to North Dakota so Ronda could receive more intense speech therapy at Minot State University. Struggling with the death by suicide of her father, Rousey endured many childhood difficulties.  Earning a GED after dropping out of high school, Rousey chose not to pursue a traditional line of work. She started studying Judo with her…