FEARLESS FEMME FRIDAYS: 5 KICKASS WOMEN IN THE NEWS

It’s the end of another week, vinas! You know what that means…time for another roundup of amazing women in the news!

AGNÈS VARDA

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Agnès Varda, French filmmaker, passed away on Friday, March 29th in Paris. She was a pioneer in the French New Wave cinema scene of the 1950s and 1960s, paving the way for many women to follow in her footsteps and become filmmakers themselves. She frequently addressed feminist issues in her films and progressive ideas about race and gender. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy will continue in the film industry and serve as a reminder for female filmmakers everywhere that they can be whoever they want to be.

MUFFET McGRAW

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Muffet McGraw is the head women’s basketball coach at Notre Dam, where she is campaigning for equality in sports. In a press conference, she said that she has no intention of hiring men for her coaching staff, saying, “when you look at men’s basketball, 99 percent of the jobs go to men, why shouldn’t 100 or 99 percent of the jobs in women’s basketball go to women?” She’s absolutely right, and it’s great that as a result of her stance on this, more girls will get to see themselves represented in sports.

EMILIA CLARKE

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Emilia Clarke recently wrote an essay for The New Yorker about her struggles with two brain aneurysms right around the time she was finishing her first season of HBO show Game of Thrones. She recalls the anxiety and fear she felt during some of the most terrifying health scares possible. As she enters the last season of the show, she took some time to reflect on what she learned from one of the hardest times in her life and expresses her gratitude for where she is now.

ZUZANA ČAPUTOVÁ

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Zuzana Čaputová was recently elected to be the first female president of Slovakia! It’s a huge achievement for someone who is both a woman and political newcomer. She said to some of her supporters that she hopes to change the tides of Slovakia’s political climate to a more just and fair environment, and turn away from the more conservative and populist movements that the country has seen thus far.

BAILEY DAVIS

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Bailey Davis, a cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints, has been leading the charge to end sex discrimination against cheerleaders after she was fired from the team for posting a picture of herself in an outfit deemed inappropriate by the Saints. Since then, she has filed a discrimination lawsuit herself, saying that the NFL holds their football players to different standards than they do for cheerleaders. People have taken notice and as a result, cheerleaders for the Saints have been given more conservative outfits to wear. We applaud Davis for not backing down!

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FEARLESS FEMME FRIDAY: 5 BADASS WOMEN IN THE NEWS

LORI LIGHTFOOT

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Lori Lightfoot, 56, has officially become Chicago’s first black woman elected as mayor! Not only that, but she will also be Chicago’s first openly gay mayor. Look at American making progress, vinas!

“The only way we are going to carve a new path for the city, to take us in a direction that our communities don’t continue to be resource-starved, is to vote for change,” said Lightfoot.

We stand with you, Lori! We can’t wait to see you make some much-needed changes.

ALI WONG

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We love Ali Wong because she’s the creator of a fabulous book just for girls, featuring personalized letters to her two daughters that delve into life lessons, dating advice, and female empowerment. This comedian is taking things to the next level for women — young and old — and we adore her for that! Go Ali! We can’t wait to read your book.

US WOMEN’S HOCKEY TEAM

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The United States’ women’s hockey team is seeking to be seen as equals to their male counterparts. They threatened to boycott USA Hockey over equal pay, and they’ve received a grand sum of $71,000 each, every year.

We feel you, gals. Just know that here at VINAZINE, we think you rock so hard, and we stand with you!

AGNÈS VARDA

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Agnès Varda passed away this week at the ripe age of 90, and we want to recognize her for her triumphant artistic works in the realm of film. She incorporated feminist elements in many of her films, exploring the themes of romance, curiosity about human interaction, nature, and political activism. We’ll miss you, Agnès; you won’t be forgotten.

ERICA VLADIMER

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Erica Vladimer was sexually assaulted by a New York State Senator. To transcend her pain and suffering, she has decided to help other women heal their wounds. She is now the leader of the Sexual Harassment Working Group, which is working to change the culture of sexual harassment for the better. We stand with you, Erica!

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