There was a lot of good news for women around the globe this week, from #MeToo making an impact on India to Day of the Girl putting the spotlight on powerful young women around the country and the world. Here in the U.S., where the Kanye-Trump sideshow may have stolen the spotlight for a minute, let’s make sure we keep the focus on woman power — and particularly on how these five women are making an impact in their communities, our country, and all corners of the world.
This week, Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad, one of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winners, announced that she is donating her entire $500,000 award to fellow survivors of sexual violence.
On Oct. 5, Murad joined the ranks of Malala Yousafzai, Mother Teresa, and many more as she became the 17th woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first Iraqi in its 117-year history. When she accepted the prize, Murad pledged to donate “100 percent of the money” to her organization, Nadia’s Initiative, which helps and advocates for women and minorities in Iraq.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad is pledging all of her prize money toward ending sexual violence pic.twitter.com/BuOYmYBGPO
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 10, 2018
“I think of my mother, who was murdered by [ISIS], the children with whom I grew up, and what we must do to honor them,” she wrote in a statement. “Persecution of minorities must end.”
On Sunday, Taylor Swift made headlines when she broke her political silence and endorsed Democratic candidates in Tennessee. In a lengthy Instagram post, Swift pleaded with her 112 million followers to raise their collective voice and get involved in the political process. “So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count,” she wrote.
Tennessee, which had a voter registration deadline on Tuesday, saw a spike of nearly 5,000 registrations — nearly doubling the previous single-day record, according to CNBC. Nationally, more than 100,000 Americans registered to vote between Swift’s Sunday post and Tuesday, when 14 states had registration deadlines.
Lynzy Lab Stewart
Texas singer-songwriter Lynzy Lab Stewart takes the cake for the best response to President Trump’s comment that it’s a very “scary time for young men in America” after Christine Blasey Ford brought forth sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
In a video that’s now gone viral, with more than 6 million views on Twitter, Stewart sings a parody about what it’s like to be woman in 2018. “I can’t walk to my car late at night while on the phone. I can’t open up my windows when I’m home alone. I can’t go to a bar without a chaperone, and I can’t wear a miniskirt if it’s the only one I own,” Stewart croons sweetly while strumming her ukulele.
Watch for yourself:
— Lynzy Lab (@mercedeslynz) October 8, 2018
As the only female player on her middle school’s football team in North Kansas City, Mo., Nevaeh Spillman has never been intimidated. But this fall, the 13-year-old, who has played the sport since the age of 4, will prove she’s got real grit on the gridiron: She’s taking the field as the team’s starting quarterback, scoring a figurative touchdown for other girls who hope to take the field someday too.
Your daily dose of #blackgirlmagic courtesy of Nevaeh Spillman, a 13-year-old who’s breaking gender barriers as the only girl player on her school’s football team. Oh, and did we mention she’s the starting quarterback? https://t.co/j3c821E248
— #becauseofthemwecan (@Becauseofthem) October 10, 2018
“Most girls don’t get recognized for playing this kind of sport, so when you hear people talking about you, it makes you feel good,” Spillman told Fox 4 KC.
This week, Michelle Obama celebrated Day of the Girl in a big way. The activist and former first lady launched “Global Girls Alliance” to support nearly 1,500 girls’ education groups around the world.
“When you educate a girl, you educate a family, a community, a country,” she said in an interview with the Today show.
There are few things that inspire me like seeing the potential of adolescent girls around the world. Today, on International #DayoftheGirl, I’ll be on the @TodayShow to discuss the ways we can help adolescent girls get the education they deserve. I hope you’ll join me. https://t.co/XwBEoFK3nZ
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) October 11, 2018
In reaction to the current conversation about sexual assault, Obama had a simple message for men who feel uneasy: “It’s up to women out there to say, ‘Sorry you feel uncomfortable, but I’m paving the way for the next generation.'”
Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:
- Alyssa Milano shares powerful #whyididntreport essay about her sexual assault
- #MeToo founder Tarana Burke on Brett Kavanaugh: ‘So many people have had the wind knocked out of them by this’
- ‘I might speak more graphically with my kids now’: What parents are learning from the Kavanaugh allegations