Jehan Sadat (b. 1933) was the First Lady of Egypt between 1970 and 1981, and used
her position of power and influence to better the lives of millions in her
country. She was highly influential in the reformation of civil rights laws in
Egypt, particularly those concerning the rights of women, such as alimony and
custody of children.
She has founded a
number of organisations aimed at helping the poor and disadvantaged; these
include the Faith and Hope Rehabilitation Center, which offers medical and
training services to disabled veterans, and the Arab-African Women’s League.
Additionally, she was an active participant in the creation of the Egyptian
Blood Bank and the Egyptian Society for Cancer Patients, among others.
According to a 2012 United Nations survey, more than half of Malawi’s girls are married before the age of 18. In addition, the country is ranked 8th out of 20 countries believed to have the highest child marriage rates in the world. Chief Kachindamoto is changing this one step at a time and has begun by annulling more than 850 child marriages, sending hundreds of young women back to school to continue their education, and by making astonishing strides to abolish cleansing rituals that require young girls to go to sexual initiation camps.
This is amazing. She’s like a real-life superhero.
In 1980, photographer Anita Corbin decided to turn her lens on the young women of UK subcultures. Over the next two years, rockabillies, mods, goths, rude girls, skinheads, rastas and more posed for Corbin and opened up about what it was like to be a young woman navigating an alt scene, and the importance of female friendships.
“I have chosen to focus on girls, not because the boys (where present) were any less stylish, but because girls in “subcultures” have been largely ignored or when referred to, only as male appendages.” -Anita Corbin, photographer, “Visible Girls”
Today is Women’s Equality Day, when we commemorate the 96th anniversary of the certification of the 19th amendment!
Women’s suffrage has been a focus of our collections since our inception. One of our founders, Louise Noun, documented the women’s suffrage movement in Iowa from 1872 - 1920. You can read her book on the Iowa Digital Library, and learn more about women’s suffrage in Iowa by reading Iowa’s Suffrage Scrapbook.
No matter how you celebrate, have a fantastic Women’s Equality Day everyone!
Nicola Thorp was sent home without payment on her first day at work because she refused to wear heels. She’s since started a petition to make it illegal for companies to require women to wear high heels. The petition has received over 100,000 signatures.
I took some screenshots of this video, about “leftover women” in China, women who are unmarried and over the age of 25. I took screenshots every time someone said something that created a picture with the subtitles that just…. resonated with me. Something women can truly understand.