Midweek Intermezzo: International Women’s Day

As you may or may not know, today is International Women’s Day and I figured I could squeeze in an extra post this week to celebrate some women I look up to. I’m not gonna delve in women’s history to find all the women that made huge differences in the world and our lives (there’s a lot of them!) but I just want to share some women I follow online that make me laugh, that have made me informed, that I look up to. Be warned: it’s a very random and diverse list and I’m doing this off the top of my head so I might think or more women to include later on.

@chrissyteigen is as genuine as they come. She is very outspoken and will shut down Twitter trolls like no other. I think she’s hilarious and smart but give her a follow to find out more. Glamour just published her account of dealing with postpartum depression after giving birth to her daughter Luna and I applaud her for sharing this with the world. Mental health in general is still a big taboo and postpartum depression is still a subject that is kept quiet. She has made no secret of her and her husband John Legend’s trouble conceiving and I can only assume many women around the world going through the same thing feel less alone when someone like her speaks up. Stars, they’re just like us, right?

@sarahkendzior is a writer/columnist/journalist/researcher/… who specialises in authoritarian states. She predicted what is happening in the US right now before most other observers and offers interesting insights into what the actual f*ck is going on across the Atlantic. Via her Twitter you will end up on many other great women’s Twitter accounts and end up following all of them: thank me later.

@littlemissflint is the youngest on my list here, she’s only 9 years old (maybe 10 now?) but she is working hard to create awareness for the issues her hometown Flint is struggling with. The citizens of Flint haven’t had clean water since April 2014 and it is expected safe use of tap water is probably a 2019 possibility. That would be 5 years! They are now depending on bottled water but are receiving water bills for contaminated water that is full of lead and thus unsafe to use. Amariyanna is tweeting, with some help from her mom, to remind us that Flint still has no access to clean water.

@ava  is a director, probably best known for Selma. I haven’t seen that yet, shame on me, but I saw her documentary 13th and it is a must see! It’s available on Netflix and teaches us about the 13th amendment of the US Constitution which abolished slavery, except as punishment for a crime. 13th demonstrates how this exception has made the US prison system a continuation of slavery and segregation. The documentary shines a light on the influence of commercial stakeholders on US legislation, on mass incarceration, on the inherent disadvantage of the poor in the US legal system and the consequences of wrongful accusations of black men in particular and how all of these elements combined result in the ongoing oppression of African Americans. I highly recommend this documentary to anyone and everyone, it’s an eye-opener.

@norvina1 is President of Anastasia Beverly Hills and a social media genius. Her approach to promoting her brand on social media is very hands on and personal, which I really appreciate. Anastasia Beverly Hills is known for their collaborations with make up artists/”influencers” and it seems like she handpicks these people personally because she simply adores them. To which extent my assumption is true I don’t know of course but I can’t help but believe that working with the brand is a 2 way process with lots of mutual respect and admiration. She’s very open about the process of creating new products on social media and that transparency is very exciting to follow. The brand is currently moving into a new office building and if you follow her on Snapchat (nirvana) you’ll get some glimpses into how that’s going, how it will be decorated, etc… and it’s amazing. So now you get some interior design tips as well, awesome. In short, I think she’s a badass.

And that’s my list for today, but it’s not a definitive list at all! Maybe I should do this every year? It’s doesn’t look like we’ll cancel International Women’s Day anytime soon, we have a long way to go. From women in Ireland fighting for their right to safe abortions while being reduced to mere vessels to the women of Poland being represented in the EU parliament by sexist Janusz Korwin-Mikke who say thing such as “Of course women must earn less than men because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent. They must earn less, that’s all.”, equality for women is still not a reality. And those examples were close to home, travel a little further and it becomes even more hopeless.

So here’s to women all around the world: the women who are kicking ass in boardrooms, the women who are raising their kids while staying at home or combining it with one or more jobs, the women who are taking a step back and supporting their partner, the women who are educating us about how politics work and the women who educate us on how make up works,…

Glass ceilings are meant to be broken, so why not by you?

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