Content warning: some links contain explicit descriptions of misogynistic violence.
A Long + Winding Road
When researching for this piece, it was easy to feel suffocated by the crushing weight of gender inequality. Headlines about misogynoir in the workplace, calls for “saving” [women’s] sports from trans women, and countries abandoning an international treaty protecting women dwarf headlines of women’s successes and achievements.
Women have certainly come a long way, but the road to true gender equality feels never ending. Research shows that the pandemic has set back women in the workforce. Women are still far from having equal representation in U.S. politics. The world has, yet again, been jarred by racist and misogynist violence in Atlanta.
I spend a lot of my personal time trying to convince people to care about women. To care about BIPOC women. To care about trans women, who are women full stop. Today, I chose to not focus on how far we have to go. Instead I am using this platform to celebrate women’s achievements. It is, after all, Women’s History Month!
Who Run the World?
Women are a force. We blur dichotomies. We break records. We have prowess. We are the fruits of this earth. The nutrients in its soil. The strength behind the wind and the waves. The rain you need in times of drought. The warmth of sunshine.
And we are not to be underestimated.
Below is a roundup of women, past and present, thriving in their respective fields. Peruse the links to feel some joy and celebrate these extraordinary women.
Women in the Arts
- “10 Breakthrough Women Artists as Polled by Black-Owned Art Galleries”
- “6 Contemporary Feminist Artists Active Today”
- “12 Most Anticipated Books of 2021”
- “Tiny Desk Playlist: Celebrating Women Across the Globe”
Women in Business
- “43 World-Changing Women in Conscious Business”
- “Research: Women are Better Leaders During a Crisis”
Women in Education
- “Malala Yousafzai: the Pandemic is Endangering Long-Term Education for Girls” (1 hour, CC available)
- “Honoring Education Pioneers for Women’s History Month”
Women in Politics
- “Why More Countries Need Female Leaders”
- “Meet the History-Making U.S. Female Politicians”
- “6 Things We Can Learn from How Women Leaders Have Handled the Pandemic”
Women in Sports
- “Moments Paving the Way for Gender Equality in Sport”
- “Women in Sports Don’t Get the Media Coverage Men Do. These 4 Olympians Want to Change That”