World Changing Women – Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is an Egyptian-American journalist who was thrust into the view of the world during the protests that pushed Mubarak from power in 2011. She is a liberal Muslim feminist who is mowing down expectation and oppression with her eloquent words, fearless attitude and determination to bring to light the issues women in the […]

World Changing Women – Manal al Sharif

You’ve probably heard of and seen Manal al-Sharif even if you don’t remember her name. In 2011 she dared to drive in Saudi Arabia. The video went to YouTube and Facebook and she was subsequently detained for her actions. Manal is an advocate for women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia and a women’s rights […]

World Changing Women – Anousheh Ansari

Brains, bravery, business and beauty are rolled into one astonishing package in the form of Anousheh Ansari. This amazing lady has been to space, written a book, started an international communications business and speaks four languages! She is fluent in Persian, English, French and proficient in Russian. She is the fourth self-funded space traveler and […]

World Changing Women – Bess Myerson

Bess Myerson was the first, and so far, only, Jewish Miss America. She first won the Miss New York pageant and went on to win the American crown in 1945. Bess was the daughter of Jewish-Russian immigrants and was raised to focus on her intelligence rather than physical beauty. The only reason she ended up […]

World Changing Women – Mayumi Narita

Mayumi is one of the best Paralympian swimmers in the world. She has 15 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals and competed from 1996 to 2004. She has had to make sure of a wheelchair for several years due to her myelitis (inflammatory spinal cord condition that can result in paralysis) in addition to […]

World Changing Women – Gina Rodriguez

Gina is currently my favourite actress. I’ve been binge-watching Jane the Virgin and she’s completely adorable as the character of Jane Villaneuva. If you haven’t already checked out Jane the Virgin, please do, it’s intensely enjoyable and you will never be bored. Her acting chops aren’t even the most impressive thing about Gina, she is […]

World Changing Women – Maria Campbell

I first learned about Maria Campbell when I took a history class on Women and the Canadian West. Maria is a huge presence in the Canadian Indigenous community. She is a Métis author, filmmaker, playwright, broadcaster, teacher, researcher and Elder with the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Justice Commission. Maria had a very difficult life in her youth […]

World Changing Women – Angela Davis

Angela Davis: Activist, Writer, Scholar, Bad Ass. At 73 she is still fighting the fight. While it’s a shame that these fights still need to be fought, it’s comforting to know that a veteran of these issues is there to lend a hand. Angela is an icon of social justice and activism. If you’re new […]

World Changing Women – Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune was an education and Civil Rights activist in the early to mid 1900’s. Mary was born in 1875 in South Carolina, She grew up in poverty, one of seventeen children and was the only one of them to attend school. Absorbing what she learned at school she would try to teach her […]

World Changing Women – Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker is notable as the first female self-made millionaire in America. She was born as Sarah Breedlove in Louisiana in 1867. Her family was enslaved, but Sarah was the first of their children born after the Emancipation Proclamation. She was orphaned by age 7 and moved to Mississippi to work as a domestic […]