It’s Friday — you know what that means! Another installment of our Fearless Femme Fridays here at Hey! VINA! Here’s 5 more fearless femmes in the news this week…
RACHEL HELD EVANS
Rachel Held Evans is an author and a progressive Christian. Many of the themes in her pieces center around feminism, LGBTQIA rights, and walking away from negative conservative values. She was recently placed in a medically induced coma, and fans around the world are praying for her recovery. You’re doing wonderful things, Rachel, and we hope you get better soon!
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER MARCIA ANDRADE BRAGA
Brazilian officer, Marcia Andrade Braga, has received the UN Gender Advocate of the Year award at the 2019 Peacekeeping Ministerial conference. She has been cited as a ‘stellar example’ of why more women are needed in UN peacekeeping. You go, Marcia! We love to see women like you doing such important things.
Meher Bhandara has noticed that India has had an influx of contaminated water that is dangerous for drinking purposes, so she made it her mission to change that. Founder of WaterMaker, Bhandara has implemented the plan to “Create Water From Air” by teaming up with scientists to create a clean water initiative in over 3000 installations worldwide. Wow!
Elizabeth Warren is running for President, and we’re so proud to have her represent us. She came up with her own little campaign — “That’s What Girls Do.” Whenever she sees a little girl on the campaign trail, she will bend down, look her straight in the eyes, and say “I’m Elizabeth Warren, and I’m running for President, because that’s what girls do.” We love that she’s inspiring young girls throughout her time running, and our fingers are crossed for her success. Love you, Liz!
GERALDYN M. COBB
“Jerrie” Cobb, 88, passed away this week. She found a glass ceiling in space, and was just as qualified to be an astronaut as any other man. On Capitol Hill in 1962, she testified for the equal rights of women in space:
“We women pilots who want to be part of the research and participation in space exploration are not trying to join a battle of the sexes,” Ms. Cobb testified. “We see, only, a place in our nation’s space future without discrimination.”
We’ll miss you, Jerrie — you did such wonderful things for the world.
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