Who Runs the World? Girls! // April 2015

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“Helping women makes so much good business sense,” said Muhtar Kent, President and CEO of Coca-Cola, at the sixth annual Women in the World Conference this year. 

We tend to agree. Women make up half of the world’s population, right? If we fail to empower women, we’re left with a startling amount of untapped potential. Here are highlights of women who are working to bridge those gaps in the month of April:

Women In: The News

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Loretta Lynch was (finally) confirmed as Attorney General last Thursday, becoming the first African American woman to hold the position. 

Rosie the Riveter has been an iconic symbol of female empowerment since she was created in 1943. Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for the Norman Rockwell painting, died last week at the age of 92

“It’s not a matter of gender, it’s a matter of being smart,” said the Hungarian Chess Grandmaster in response to sexist remarks about her. Can we invite her to our next dinner party, please? 

We’ll also add comedian Cecily Strong to that dinner party guest list, after her hilarious speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner this week.  

Women in: The World 

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These women in rural Latin America are defining their own type of feminism (and it’s awesome). 

Here’s a test: name fifteen historically significant women in the next thirty seconds. Couldn’t manage it? Gender bias in textbooks isn’t just a national issue, it’s a global one. 

This ten-year-old poet traveled to New York City from Nairobi, Kenya, to advocate for the global education of women and girls. Get the tissues ready. 

Women In: STEM

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As if space travel wasn’t incredible enough, this female Astronaut does it wearing a Star Trek uniform. 

Love Humans of New York? Take a look at the new Facebook page Women of Silicon Valley, which exclusively features incredible women in tech. 

These incredible female robotics experts sat down with Meredith Walker, Executive Director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, to talk about women in STEM, robotic dresses, and the importance of mentorship. 

Sexism on the Internet: It’s a thing. Game blogger Anita Sarkeesian spoke on that and more at the Women in the World conference last weekend. 

Women In: Entertainment 

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If you want a laugh or two, look no further. The Make it Fair campaign offers a cheeky new take on sexism in the media. 

Women make up less than 27% of television and film writers. Incensed by that depressing statistic, the fabulous Meryl Streep created a writing workshop specifically for women. 

In an interview promoting the next Avengers movie, Mark Ruffalo answered the sexist questions normally directed at Scarlett Johansson. The result was hilarious. 


feature image: Kimmasa Mayama/Reuters for NPR