Who Runs the World? Girls! // July 2015

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“Keep an open mind, stay hungry, stay curious, ask questions. Never stop asking questions,” said Kimberly Encino Smith, one of the scientists in NASA’s Pluto flyby team. “When you stop asking questions you stop challenging yourself to learn more.”

Here are highlights from powerful women daring to challenge the norm in the month of July:

Women in: The News

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These empowered teenage activists are working to provide educational opportunities for women across the globe. 

The USA Women’s National Soccer Team defeated Japan 5-2 in the Women’s World Cup. In case you were wondering, that’s a pretty big deal.  

A 12-year-old girl, dominating her state’s arm wrestling competition, has no qualms with sending her male competitors packing.

35 of the 46 women who have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault were photographed on the cover on New York Magazine this month. Photographed next to them was an empty chair, representing all of the victims of sexual assault who aren’t able to speak up.

Women in: The World

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These two incredible women are the first female airplane pilots to fly in their home countries of Afghanistan and Rwanda.

Five influential women, all once refugees, serve as beacons of hope for refugees all over the world.

Meet Shazian Perveen. She’s Pakistan’s first female firefighter.

Some of Rwanda’s radiant women are working to strengthen their local economy and create brighter futures for themselves and their families. 


Women in: STEM

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Black Girls Code, a group created to empower women of color pursuing careers in STEM, tasked young girls with creating apps focused on social justice at their annual hack-a-thon. 

Women made up 25% of NASA’s Pluto Fly By Mission. That’s the highest number ever, but there’s still a long way to go.

#Rewritethecode, an upcoming documentary about women in tech, smashed through its kickstarter campaign goal in just two days.

“The minute I start typing, I’m creating something.” Microsoft asked teen girls what programming means to them. They answered.

Women in: Entertainment 

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This confident Orange is the New Black star posted a gym selfie to instagram that radiated body positivity. “I’m a confident woman!” She proclaimed. “That doesn’t stop when I take off my spanx.” 

Huffington Post author Claire Fallon shared her unapologetic opinion about ABC’s The Bachelorette and the double standard we hold for women in television.

Ever heard of “Upspeak” or “Vocal Fry?” This NPR report asks one very simple but profound question: Why are we policing women’s voices?

Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” opened on July 17th, earning $30 million in its first weekend. Some are singing the film’s praises, while other call it a far cry from a feminist triumph.