Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a South African activist during the Apartheid. She had a career in social work, she was an activist, she was the President of the African National Congress (ANC) Women's League and was elected to Parliament in 1994. She was also the wife of Nelson Mandela. Winnie passed away on the 2nd of …

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Henrietta Swan Leavitt

This week we are swinging all the way back to the 1860's to meet Henrietta Swan Leavitt - an American astronomer 'known for her discovery of the relationship between period and luminosity in Cepheid variables, pulsating stars that vary regularly in brightness in periods ranging from a few days to several months' (source). ... If …

Sadia Khatri

It's time to meet Sadia Khatri! Sadia is pushing against the entrenched problems of sexual violence in Pakistan through her initiative 'Girls of Dhabas'. To quote directly from their Facebook page: 'Girls at Dhabas is an open community of women and non-binary folks who wish to occupy public spaces on their own terms and whims, …

Ingrid van Beek

You can be the most forward-thinking, inclusive human being on this planet and still find yourself clutching your bag closer when a man who looks drug-affected sits next to you on the train, or averting your eyes to the homeless person sitting on the street because you're worried he'll be aggressive to you for no …

Angela Luna

So you're into fashion. You want to design things. Yet you also want to contribute in a way that helps people. What do you do? Well! You work out a way to profit from an emerging market of all-terrain scaling bad asses who are taking to the mountains and you use your profit from the …

Marielle Franco

The recent murder of councilwoman Marielle Franco has sparked outrage in Brazil. While it is publicly believed that she was assassinated, investigations into her death are ongoing. Thousands of people poured into the streets following her death, mourning and protesting. Her death comes in the aftermath of Michel Temer (Brazil's president) increasing military powers in …

Iby Knill

I would like to introduce you to Iby Knill. Iby is a Jewish Czechoslovakian national who survived Nazi Germany. In her adult life Iby became an active public speaker on her experience and advocates the need to encourage tolerance and acceptance of others. Iby, originally from Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, grew up in a well off and …

Jackie French

If you grew up in Australia with a mum and/or dad who like to read to you at night, you were most likely read one if not many of Jackie French's children books. They are quirky, loving and beautifully written (and illustrated). The woman behind these books is just as quirky, loving and beautiful as …

Ruby Bridges

The story of Ruby Bridges shows us that even changes to the law do not mean immediate change to public opinion or social acceptance. It also, however, shows how the actions of one person can (slowly) change our world and our experience. Ruby Bridges highlights to us that while it may take time, persistence and …

Connection is the key

The British Government appointed a Minster for Loneliness following the murder of lawmaker Jo Cox by a right-wing extremist in 2016. She was a woman passionate about helping people suffering isolation and loneliness. You can read more about this story here. Every day we feel tired and lonely looking at news of people 'snapping' in …