Who Runs the World? Girls! // March 2015

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“There’s never been a better time in history to be born female,” said Hillary Clinton in a speech at the U.N. Conference on Women on March 10th. 

The former secretary of state has a point. Though we still have a long way to go, more women have access to education, healthcare, and career opportunities than ever before. Women across borders, races, and religions are working to impact their communities and shape the world as we know it.  Here are just a few highlights of such women from the month of March:

Women In: The News

Unless under a rock has been your hangout as of late, you certainly know that International Women’s Day was on March 8th this year. Emma Watson hosted a Q&A session to discuss gender inequality and promote her campaign #heforshe. Didn’t have time to watch? Be encouraged and inspired by quotes from the broadcast.

Princess Reema of Saudi Arabia introduced 10KSA, a breast cancer awareness campaign for Saudi Women, during a keynote conversation at the SXSW event in Austin, Texas.

And speaking of SXSW, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was called out for repeatedly interrupting a female panelist during a discussion on diversity in technology on Monday. That’s a little awkward…especially considering it was a Google employee who spoke up. Yikes. 

This week’s #wcw goes to Rima Karaki, the Lebanese TV show host who completely shut down a sheikh who told her to shut up on live television. 

Girls in Saudi Arabia can now attend gym class! The country has also opened its very first fitness center for women but both developments are receiving pushback from local conservatives.

Women In: STEM 

Microsoft celebrated International Women’s Day by running an ad that encouraged girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

In case your quarter-life-crisis hasn’t occurred yet, take a look at these teenage geniuses using science and technology to shape the future of global health. 

Have you ever wondered which women helped shape the community you live in? College students are creating an app that will buzz your phone when you’re near a place where a woman changed history. Women on the Map is free through Google’s Field Trip app. 

Women In: Religion 

Fashionable might not be a word that comes to mind when you see a priest…until now. Designers are now offering fashion forward clothing options for women clergy members. “These aren’t men. They’re women who have been called by God,” said Helen Cross in an interview with Vice. “Why shouldn’t they look like women?”

27-year-old Angela Svec writes about why people question her choice to become a nun.

And while we’re at it, here’s a list of religious women currently breaking down barriers both within and outside of their religious communities. 

Women In: Entertainment

After noticing an absence of female entrepreneurs in music, singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe launched Wondaland Records with hopes to empower up and coming artists and revolutionize the music industry

Influential producer and show creator Shonda Rhimes addresses the term diverse and explains why she doesn’t use the word to describe her casts.

Have you ever muttered the words: “I’m too old for this”? Then it may be time for a wakeup call. Still dancing at 100 years old, Eileen Kramer is the world’s oldest choreographer


Feature image: Misha Friedman for NPR