"Growing up I had the opportunity to experience quality educational opportunities and the support to go with it. By going to school, I was able to recognise my potential as an athlete and fulfil my dream of achieving Olympic gold. Attending school opens up opportunities to learn, experience life and allows children to explore their talents. I believe education is the key to a positive pathway.” - Cathy Freeman
From a young age, Cathy Freeman had one dream: to compete in the Olympic Games. She won her first gold medal at a school athletics championship when she was eight years old and went on to become an Australian Legend! In 2000, Cathy competed in the Sydney Olympic Games where she became the first Aboriginal Australian to win an individual Olympic gold medal. Her victory raised the profile of indigenous peoples worldwide and made an enduring mark on women's athletics. Throughout the past 10 years, the Cathy Freeman Foundation has helped Indigenous children secure a full education, fulfill their potential in school and beyond and realise their dreams too.
We love looking at the About page of this incredible organization! The Wing is a fantastic network of co-working and community spaces designed for women. @the.wing mission is the professional, civic, social, and economic advancement of women through community and it has created an exceptional band of women to support.
This is based on the belief that the act of coming together creates new opportunities, ideas and conversations that will lead to greater mobility and prosperity for womankind. Together with the support of local partners and non-profit organizations, The Wing is dedicated to creating programming, volunteer opportunities, and initiatives dedicated to the advancement of women in our wider community.
Who runs the world? 💃💃💃
Don't shout about your strength and skills - shot it the world!
So often people spend so much time on proving their right, their pros, on hiding their weaknesses and on shushing their inner voice.
Better get your ass up and work. Day and night. And prove everyone out there that you deserve to be heard. You deserve to be seen!💃
We rock, ladies!
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrated by Laura Freeman is the incredibly inspiring true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space! Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden were excellent at math and contributed to some of NASA’s greatest successes – like providing the calculations for America’s first journeys into space! And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. Despite this, they persisted and used their genius minds to change the world! This beautifully illustrated picture book explores the story of how these women overcame gender and race to succeed in highly challenging STEM-based careers. This book will inspire children to love math, believe in themselves and reach for the stars!
Dr Joanne Liu is the International President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Dr Liu had dreamt of working with MSF since she was a teenager. One day she read a book about a doctor in Afghanistan working with MSF and thought “this is what I would like to do one day.” Dr Liu first joined MSF in 1996, working with Malian refugees in Mauritania. Since then, Dr Liu has provided support after the tsunami in Indonesia, assisted people affected by the earthquake and cholera epidemic in Haiti, and worked with Somali refugees in Kenya. She also helped develop one of the first programmes offering comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence in Republic of Congo.
Today is Ada Lovelace day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM. Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. In 1843, Ada published what we would now call a computer program. Whilst Babbage had written fragments of programs before, Ada's was the most complete, most elaborate and the first published. Ada was the first person to see the creative potential of the Analytical Engine and that could not only calculate numbers, but with the right programming it could create music and art. Her vision of computing's possibilities went unrecognised for a century.
Ada Lovelace Day aims to bring more women into STEM by encouraging people to shine a light on the women in STEM that they admire. Talking about women in these fields raises awareness about the amazing achievements of our often unsung heroines. Ada Lovelace Day hopes that women struggling to understand why their achievements are being downplayed by peers will take heart from the stories they see, and will fight even harder for the equality they deserve. We hope that young girls will see that that there are real opportunities for them in STEM, at school, at university, and at work. Women have a great future ahead of them in STEM and by taking part in Ada Lovelace Day and telling others about the amazing work done by women, we can all help ensure that future is as bright as it should be. Who are your favourite women in STEM? We'd love to hear about them!
"Power is in the earth; it is in your relationship to the earth" - Winona La Duke.
Winona LaDuke is an American environmentalist, economist and writer, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development. She works on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities. She is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non-profit organizations in the US and is a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy, and food systems. Through this work, she also continues to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. She is also is the Executive Director of Honor the Earth, an organization she co-founded in 1993. The organization's mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard.
Ida B Wells was an African-American journalist, activist and feminist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s. Born into slavery, she went on to found and become integral in groups striving for African-American justice. After the lynchings of three of her friends, she condemned these actions in the newspapers Free Speech and Headlight, both owned by her. She wrote to reveal the abuse, and race violence African Americans had to go through. She spent her lifetime battling sexism, racism and violence.
Aletta Jacobs was a Dutch physician and women's suffrage activist. She was the first woman in Dutch history to be officially admitted to university. The daughter of a doctor, she had already decided at an early age what she wanted to be. As a physician, she worked to make contraceptives available to women, which brought her into conflict with the attitudes of her colleagues in the medical profession. In 1880 she established the world’s first birth control clinic in Amsterdam. Her involvement in the suffrage movement began when the Dutch government denied her petition to vote, subsequently adding the adjective “male” to voting qualifications. During World War I she formed the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom which is considered one of the most significant women’s peace organizations of the twentieth century.