This one is for the women who dream. For the ones that question. For the ones that care. For the ones who aren’t afraid. For the ones who are willing to rush past stereotypes. This is for those brave souls who have the courage and the heart to make a difference, to do the unconventional, to not take crap from people. This one is for them. This is for the ones who break the chains.
There are a lot of women who are acknowledged for their path breaking ways in the world and there are also a lot that are not. Here’s a few women that I read about who deserve way more credit than they get. They are breaking the norms and crushing social taboos in their own simple way, in their own sphere – but it’s inspirational all the same.
Warsan Shire is a poet and an activist who writes about the nostalgia associated with the thoughts of her ancestral home and the longing to go back. Her poems popularized through the platforms of Twitter and Tumblr with the ever growing number of millennial who have fallen in love with her words. She has published 4 books and has also received multiple laureates for her work. But that’s the thing about poetry, with every new poem you read, another gem is uncovered.
Amanda Oleander is an artist and a big name in the Instagram community. She is popular for her art being the bold and pure raw image of a woman and the depiction of just her life. A simple art showing unwaxed legs, popping pimples and real body images can be more empowering than you think. Normalizing unconventional standards of the society and making mental health top priority is something that Amanda stands for.
A director, a screenwriter, a producer, but mostly, a storyteller. Deepa Mehta is most famous for her provocative feature film series – Elements. She is not afraid to take on subjects that are ‘morally debatable’ in the Indian society. From Fire. that explores a sexual relationship between two sister-in-laws to Earth which talks about the times during 1947 partitions. The third element, Water, depicts the life of an eight-year old widow. All her films make you question and that’s the beauty of Deepa Mehta’s work.
Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski
A theoretical physicist by both profession and passion. A prodigy, as many might call Pasterski, she built a single-engine plane at the mere age of fourteen. There was no stopping her after that – she graduated the top of her class at the age of 20 and one of the youngest candidates for Ph.D. in Harvard. Her works have been cited by the likes of Stephen Hawkings which has earned her the title of ‘New Einstein’.
Strength and courage are strong suits that Yusra Mardini has constantly displayed since she had to flee the Syrian war along with her sister. She swam the lengths of the sea for three hours in order to avoid the dinghy from capsizing and saved the lives of 20 people. She was a member of the Refugee Olympic Team and also the youngest UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. She aims to help refugees and give them the hope and courage that she got to survive it all.
While we all love to travel, only a few are passionate about it. Thinlas Chorol is a social entrepreneur in the beautiful lands of Ladakh. She started off as a trekking guide and there on founded the Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company. In an otherwise male dominated industry, Thinlas countered multiple stereotypes and narrow mindsets to be where she is today.
A feminist by heart and a revoultionary by nature, Anita Sarkeesia is a fierce woman in the media field. She explores the uncharted grounds of a feminist point of view of gender representation, pop culture and other societal norms. Battling the misogyny in all fields – gaming to media, she provides a breath of fresh air and empowers women through social media platforms. She launched her website – Feminist Frequency that treadily walks on all that Anita stands for.