A 19th century photograph of Cornelia Sorabji, a woman of many firsts. Cornelia studied law at Somerville College, Oxford from 1889 to 1893 and was the first woman of any race to sit the English Civil Law exam. A Parsi Christian born in Bengal, she was refused a scholarship to study in England because she was a woman, despite graduating top of her class at Bombay University (where she was their first female graduate). As a result, her travel and education fees were paid for with help from her increasing number of supporters, including Florence Nightingale. After sitting the exam (but not graduating as this right was denied to women in England until the 1920s) she spent a year at a legal firm in London and became the first woman to read in the library at Lincoln’s Inn.

On her return to India she took up the cause of women in purdah, who were, in accordance with Hindu law, forbidden access to the male world outside of their family and thus also to legal representation. For the next 20 years Cornelia fought for their rights, those of orphan children, and her own right to not merely prepare cases but also to present them in court. In 1924, when women were officially able to practise law in India, Cornelia was recognised as the country’s first female barrister. Despite her now official standing, due to male prejudice, she never pleaded a case in an Indian courtroom and later retired to England.


Egyptian Feminist, Nawal El Saadawi, talks about religion, fundamentalism and female circumcision: ‘Religion is all politics’

anonymous asked:

All liberals are such a disappointment for America's future

Well I guess we are gonna have a dissapointing future since most young people are liberal. Oh well.

 I guess it will totally be disappointing to see millions of LGBTQ+ people getting married to their loved ones now or that some states are banning conversion therapy. Disappointing that 15 million people are now insured under Obama care. Heartbreaking to see that women are paving their way to a fair wage and close the 77 cents to one dollar gap. Infuriating to see that blue collar workers are actually getting paid equally for the amount of work they put in. Disgusting to see that people are banding together and standing up against racism and racism in police brutality. Discouraging to see decreasing taxes for lower/middle class and increasing taxes for higher class. Atrocious to see that women are protesting for abortion right or even planned parenthood. Completely maddening to see that undocumented immigrants who escaped persecution in their home countries to live safer here for their families are not immediately sent back. Enraging to see that states are taking down the Confederate flag or that states are attempting to tighten gun laws. After all I mean why do we need gun laws anyway, its not like there have been massive shootings in movie theaters, schools, military bases, in residential areas, etc?

I guess I truly do see a disappointing future ahead, thanks for helping me come to my senses anon!

anonymous asked:

No one cares about what a trans guy has to say about women's rights. Stay in your lane.

I’m not out of my lane marching with women at a women’s rights rally where it was stated across the board that it wasn’t exclusively a female place. You do know that everyone in support of women was welcome there right? And that marginalized people tend to gather in support of one another. There were women, men, nonbinary people, trans people, babies, grandparents… of all types and backgrounds and belief systems etc.

i don’t need a justification for being there and I wasn’t speaking over anyone or for anyone, I was marching with them. Because I love the women that I know and that I don’t know, and I am an advocate for whoever I can be because activism doesn’t stop just at queer and trans rights people because that’s how I identify. And if we are being honest I have a uterus and require an obgyn so reproductive rights matter to me. And women having rights to their bodies matters to me outside of that, because it’s their bodies for gods sake. We were marching for women’s rights (as well as in protest to trump’s inauguration) but we were also marching for immigration rights, and lgbtq rights, and opposing trans bathroom bills, and for trans inclusive feminism, and black lives mattering, and opposing police brutality, etc etc. The thing about solidarity is that it’s not only allowed, it’s usually wanted and encouraged. It is crucial that people who have privilege and have platforms should use them to speak up and stand with minorities. So even though I’m trans, I am afforded quite a bit of male privilege and having male feminists and male supporters for women in general is important.

As an aside, I was raised and conditioned female (not every trans person has the same opinions about how they were raised and conditioned but I feel that way) and this conditioning has left me a passionate and loyal feminist who wouldn’t have spent my Saturday any other way.

This ask was all sorts of messed up, yikes.


“I will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak.”

Rupi Kaur’s photo of a fully clothed woman lying in bed with a period stain on her clothes and sheets was deleted twice by Instagram. Instagram’s guidelines prohibit nudity, sexual acts and violence — none of which are shown in Kaur’s photo. 

The photo is one of many on her website, which show various situations that all women experience during their menstrual cycle — cramps, changing pads, spots of blood. Kaur’s project aims to take these image, which are natural to women, but taboo to society, and “make them "normal” again.“

Learn more about Kaur’s story here.