I’m writing this in the Nashville airport at 5am. My flight has been delayed two hours and Real Housewives of Orange County won’t load, so here we are! I’m rolling out another list of incredible women that did some really cool things in October.
1. Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano recorded a video in January for her daughter, addressing the #MeToo movement and sharing her own story. This past month, Milano shared that video with the public on the one year anniversary of tweeting, #MeToo herself. Talk about vulnerability, people! Too often women are criticized for showing too much emotion or being “too emotional”, but Milano didn’t hesitate. Since sharing her story, she has advocated for survivors of sexual assault relentlessly. To watch the video, click here.
My queen. Rihanna does it again. After being asked to perform at the Super Bowl, the superstar passed on the opportunity to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
3. Taylor Swift
I have never been a Swiftie (and probably never will be) BUT, I was proud of “American’s Sweetheart” for finally stepping out and speaking her mind when it came to politics. She encouraged others to vote and even caused a spoke in voter registration in the state of Tennessee. What a time to be alive. You can read Taylor’s full statement below!
It’s almost November. 2018 has been one of the fastest years of my life. I’d say the last two years have been absolute whirlwinds with major personal change and major political change. Obviously, not all change is great and not all change is bad. While our country still sits in a divisive climate, I’m going to keep celebrating. So here’s to the strong women of September!
- Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
Dr. Blasey Ford came forward with allegations of sexual assault against a man who had been nominated to a life long position of power. Regardless of the outcome, Blasey Ford faced copious amounts of hatred and harassment, both in person and online. Despite threats against her well being and that of her family, Blasey Ford did what she could to raise a red flag against potential corruption.
2. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes, ever. This past September, Williams faced criticism when the tennis pro defended herself against cheating allegations during the US Open final.
Headlines spread like wildfire and many quickly placed Williams into the angry-black-woman stereotype, brushing aside her anger and chalking it up to female “emotions”. Williams is on our September list for speaking up on behalf of herself and refusing to placate herself. Get it, girl.
3. Dr. Elina Berglund
Dr. Elina Berglund is the co-founder of a holistic birth control algorithm and app, called Natural Cycles (used by yours truly *post coming soon). Natural Cycles was recently approved by the FDA to be recognized in the states as a form of birth control. SO CONGRATS, DOC! Dr. Berglund is on our September list for being super smart, innovative, and for standing up for women’s health.
IT’S ANOTHER MONTH OF CELEBRATING INCREDIBLE WOMEN!
Just like last week’s My Favorite Women post, we’re playing a bit of catch up!
So enjoy these incredible women from August.
- Rachel Hundley
Rachel Hundley is a City Council member in Sonoma, California. During her race for reelection, she received an anonymous email containing “inappropriate” photos of her and threats to expose them unless she quit her campaign. Rather than allowing this anonymous coward to slut shame her into submission, Hundley proudly addressed the issue and continues to run for reelection. YAS QUEEN!
2. Shanzey Afzal
Shanzey Afzal is a female Muslim tattoo artist that’s providing a safe haven for women like her. Surrounded by those deeply invested in tradition and religion, Afzal hid many hurtful secrets, like that of having an abortion. Soon after, Afzal decided to tattoo an image on herself to help bring closure to the situation. Because of her tattoos, Afzal was disowned by her family. But through that experience, she has been able to provide a safe place for women like her to share their secrets and fears. She’s now in the process of starting a Female Tattoo Collective while traveling around in her converted 1963 trailer turned tattoo shop. *If you’re interested in donating to Afzal’s cause, you can do so here.
3. Janelle Monae
Okay, ya’ll. I KNOW I’m late to the game on this one. BUT Janelle Monae is kicking ass. Last month, I watched her music video for “PYNK” for the first time. YA’LL WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME?! What an incredible celebration and reclaiming of our bodies! It’s so refreshing to see our bodies celebrated rather than exploited! (If you watch this video and you’re uncomfortable, I want to challenge you to at least finish it!)