At WomenStrong we’re constantly staying abreast of news about women and girls around the world. After reading dozens of stories, here’s a roundup of the ones we found most interesting and wanted to share this month.
Empowering the Period: How Erasing the Menstruation Taboo Can Fight Extreme Poverty
Published by Sydney Rubin on Next Billion
At WomenStrong, we know that strong girls make strong women. Educated girls have smaller families and raise healthier, better-educated children. But for so many girls, the onset of puberty presents an insurmountable obstacle to school attendance. In a recent NextBillion essay, our Senior Advisor Sydney Rubin explains how girls’ education can lift up entire countries — and how our organization is fighting to keep young women in school each day.
Malala Yousafzai Will Study at Oxford University
Published by Helen Regan at Time
Speaking of congratulations, Pakistani human rights and education advocate Malala Yousafzai was recently accepted into the University of Oxford. Just five years after facing the terror of the Taliban and rising above it to pursue her dreams, this #WomenStrongWarrior continues not just to inspire women and girls, but the world at large.
The Charlottesville Victim’s Parents Gave Powerful Interviews About Their Daughter’s Life and Purpose
Published by Jack Holmes at Esquire
During what is surely one of the most difficult periods of their lives, the parents of Heather Heyer have shown unbelievable fortitude and grace in telling their daughter’s story to the world. They raised a brave girl who gave her life “speaking up for those she felt were not being heard” during the catastrophic events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Their words — along with those of Heather herself — should be heard and admired. We share in their grief and in their commitment to continuing Heather’s fight against injustice.
West Point Cadet, Simone Askew, Breaks a Racial and Gender Barrier
Published by Emily Cochrane at The New York Times
The remarkable Simone Askew recently broke an incredible barrier by becoming the first African-American woman to reach the highest student position at West Point. Since marching around with her friends for fun at age six, Cadet Askew has turned her leadership dreams into reality. We salute this formidable young woman, who is without any doubt a #WomenStrongWarrior.