TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/arunachalam_muruganantham_how_i_started_a_sanitary_napkin_revolution

This week we’ll be sharing some of our favorite TED and TEDx talks from women and fabulous feminist men who are using innovation, creativity, and oftentimes humor, to change our world AND how we think! First up…

MENSTRUATION! 

Arunachalam Muruganantham from Tamil Nadu, India delivered a humor-filled TED talk on his genius invention to revolutionize sanitary pad production in his home country:

"Arunachalam Muruganantham’s invention came at great personal cost - he nearly lost his family, his money and his place in society. But he kept his sense of humour…
Wanting to impress his young wife, Muruganantham went into town to buy her a sanitary pad. It was handed to him hurriedly, as if it were contraband. He weighed it in his hand and wondered why 10g (less than 0.5oz) of cotton, which at the time cost 10 paise (£0.001), should sell for 4 rupees (£0.04) - 40 times the price. He decided he could make them cheaper himself.
He fashioned a sanitary pad out of cotton and gave it to Shanthi, demanding immediate feedback. She said he’d have to wait for some time - only then did he realise that periods were monthly. ‘I can’t wait a month for each feedback, it’ll take two decades!’ He needed more volunteers.”
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26260978


halftheskymovement:

What woman inspires you? Is it your mother, your first grade teacher or your best friend? Or maybe it’s Malala Yousafzai or Rosa Parks? For International Women’s Day tomorrow (March 8), we’re sharing photos on Instagram of women who inspire us with the hashtag #sheinspires.Please join us by posting a picture (or pictures!) of a woman who inspires you on Instagram with the #sheinspires hashtag. If you don’t have an Instagram account, share a photo here and use the #sheinspires hashtag — we’ll be resharing some of our favorites.http://www.halftheskymovement.org/sheinspires

Happy International Women’s Day!

halftheskymovement:

What woman inspires you? Is it your mother, your first grade teacher or your best friend? Or maybe it’s Malala Yousafzai or Rosa Parks? For International Women’s Day tomorrow (March 8), we’re sharing photos on Instagram of women who inspire us with the hashtag #sheinspires.

Please join us by posting a picture (or pictures!) of a woman who inspires you on Instagram with the #sheinspires hashtag. If you don’t have an Instagram account, share a photo here and use the #sheinspires hashtag — we’ll be resharing some of our favorites.
http://www.halftheskymovement.org/sheinspires

Happy International Women’s Day!




How many of you picked a scientist as your favorite heroine?
This past women’s history month the Smithsonian put together a list of 5 pioneering female scientists (that you’ve probably never heard of). 
This list includes Dr. Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology, in 1947, which she shared with her husband Dr. Carl F. Cori, and Dr. B.A. Houssay of Argentina. They were recognized for the discovery of the mechanism by which glycogen—a derivative of glucose—is broken down in muscle tissue into lactic acid and then resynthesized in the body and stored as a source of energy (known as the Cori cycle).
Check out the full list here

How many of you picked a scientist as your favorite heroine?

This past women’s history month the Smithsonian put together a list of 5 pioneering female scientists (that you’ve probably never heard of). 

This list includes Dr. Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology, in 1947, which she shared with her husband Dr. Carl F. Cori, and Dr. B.A. Houssay of Argentina. They were recognized for the discovery of the mechanism by which glycogen—a derivative of glucose—is broken down in muscle tissue into lactic acid and then resynthesized in the body and stored as a source of energy (known as the Cori cycle).

Check out the full list here


Next on our heroine line-up: State Senator Wendy Davis. 
This powerhouse for women’s rights did something most people couldn’t: filibuster for 11 hours straight. In case you’re unfamiliar with US filibuster rules, representatives keep the floor as long as they hold the floor. They may not sit, lean on anything, eat anything, drink anything, excuse themselves to use the restroom, and they must remain on-topic for the duration of their filibuster. 
We’ll admit, watching her take such a powerful stand got us a tad emotional. 
Also, pink sneakers are highly encouraged, but optional, for any badass feminist political action. 

Next on our heroine line-up: State Senator Wendy Davis. 

This powerhouse for women’s rights did something most people couldn’t: filibuster for 11 hours straight. In case you’re unfamiliar with US filibuster rules, representatives keep the floor as long as they hold the floor. They may not sit, lean on anything, eat anything, drink anything, excuse themselves to use the restroom, and they must remain on-topic for the duration of their filibuster. 

We’ll admit, watching her take such a powerful stand got us a tad emotional. 

Also, pink sneakers are highly encouraged, but optional, for any badass feminist political action. 


Today is all about our Favorite Heroines!
Angelina Jolie: A heroine for refugees and survivors worldwide~
This clip of her speech at the UN Security Council vote on resolution 2026, ending impunity for sexual violence in war (it passed unanimously!), says it all. 
http://www.upworthy.com/here-s-one-minute-of-powerful-realtalk-that-everyone-confused-about-human-rights-should-watch

Today is all about our Favorite Heroines!

Angelina Jolie: A heroine for refugees and survivors worldwide~

This clip of her speech at the UN Security Council vote on resolution 2026, ending impunity for sexual violence in war (it passed unanimously!), says it all. 

http://www.upworthy.com/here-s-one-minute-of-powerful-realtalk-that-everyone-confused-about-human-rights-should-watch


Today at #GIRLWITHABOOK we’re featuring our Favorite Heroines! (Real and Fictional!) 
Tell us about your favorite female superheros, politicians, scientists, teachers, characters, whomever! Today is all about celebrating strong women role models around the world!

Today at #GIRLWITHABOOK we’re featuring our Favorite Heroines! (Real and Fictional!) 

Tell us about your favorite female superheros, politicians, scientists, teachers, characters, whomever! Today is all about celebrating strong women role models around the world!


Keep sending in those happy birthday pics and pledge to stand with Malala as she takes the floor at the UN general assembly this Friday, on her 16th birthday!
From Washington, DC, USA
Email photos to girlwithabookmovement@gmail.com

Keep sending in those happy birthday pics and pledge to stand with Malala as she takes the floor at the UN general assembly this Friday, on her 16th birthday!

From Washington, DC, USA

Email photos to girlwithabookmovement@gmail.com


halftheskymovement:

"Educated mothers raise educated daughters, and this can only be good for society. In the long run our daughters will get more equality and play bigger roles in society," says Hanadi al-Khatib, a recent graduate from Bethlehem University.
As part of a wider trend in the Arab world, more Palestinian women are  attending universities and earning degrees in higher education. Now, women are graduating from universities at a higher rate than men and are outperforming their male peers at the high-school level. 
Read the full article here.

halftheskymovement:

"Educated mothers raise educated daughters, and this can only be good for society. In the long run our daughters will get more equality and play bigger roles in society," says Hanadi al-Khatib, a recent graduate from Bethlehem University.

As part of a wider trend in the Arab world, more Palestinian women are  attending universities and earning degrees in higher education. Now, women are graduating from universities at a higher rate than men and are outperforming their male peers at the high-school level. 

Read the full article here.