Who Runs the World? Girls! // September 2015

“In the [entertainment] industry we look at beauty in a very specific way,” said actress Gina Rodriguez on the Emmy’s red carpet on Sunday. “I have a desire to change that.”

All across the globe, smart and powerful women are working to change the way society views, treats, and thinks about them. Here are some incredible ladies out to change the world this month:

Women in: The News

Powerful women stole the spotlight at the US Open this month.

In an inspiring Ted Talk, a woman with Asperger’s explains how she overcame her struggle to communicate.

A 104-year-old Scottish grandma just wants to make her city a prettier place. She’s doing it with yarn.

Kathleen Cleaver, a former Black Panther, will appear in a new documentary about the movement.

Women in: The World

About 11.4 million women and girls are victims of forced or bonded labor worldwide. This article explains how you can help.

On that note, the popular Facebook page Humans of New York raised over $2 million to fight bonded labor.

This study talks economic justice for Native American women.

Women in India who have dubbed themselves the ‘Power Girls’ are fighting the harassment and sexual violence that once made them victims.

At 24, Pushpa Sarar is the oldest unmarried woman in her village. Now, she’s working to connect girls like her with opportunities for education.

Women in: STEM

The cultural and traditional crafting skills of Bolivian women are saving lives in the operating room… knitting high tech medical products that seal the holes in people’s hearts.

For girls specifically, does technology in the classroom help or hinder?

Four amazing astronauts–who happen to be women–sat down at NPR to talk about space exploration and women in STEM.

Math teacher Laura Kretschmar is working to use science and technology to unlock kids’ creativity. “Our goal is not to create more scientists and engineers,” she said. “It’s to leave doors open for kids.”

Women in: Entertainment

How to Get Away With Murder actress Viola Davis became the first woman of color to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama. In her emotional acceptance speech, Davis made a powerful statement about opportunities for black women in Hollywood.

This Orange is the New Black star talks about the joy of working with a cast made up of mostly women.

Women on the Emmy’s red carpet answered questions that went far beyond what they were wearing. #AskHerMore

Ellen Degeneres released a clothing line with Gap Kids meant for girls with all different interests and styles.

Anita Sarkeesian released her first Feminist Frequency video in over a year.

Tyler Feder, artist at Roaring Softly, uses illustration to subtly subvert perceptions of race and gender.