Ever heard of the feminine mystique? It was a book written by Betty Friedan, about the idea of the “happy housewife.” She talks about the importance of women in the domestic sphere and how they should be allowed to break out of this traditional role of housewife and mother, and be able to really enjoy their lives and be able to be sexual and happy and not confined to the domestic sphere. She took a survey of women and the results were that many of them were unhappy with their lives as housewives. She wanted to write an article about it, but no magazine would publish something so controversial. She did not let that stop her though. She wrote an entire book and made sure it was published, so that way people would begin to notice the atrocities in our societal norms.
This is Marie Curie, for those unaware she is one of the coolest women in history. She is known for her work on radioactivity. She was also the first woman in history to win the Nobel Prize, the only woman in history to win in two fields, and the only person in history to win in multiple sciences. That’s pretty incredible! And as if that’s not cool enough she also was the first female professor at the University of Paris. So she’s all around pretty amazing, and believe it or not she was also friends with the Einstein’s and went on vacation with them. She was definitely one inspiring woman, not only for women during that era, but even women today.
This is Albert Einstein’s wife, who was just as smart as he was! They worked together at various colleges and even when they got married she continued to work, which was unlike women in her time. Normally, when a woman would get married she would no longer work so she and her husband could start their family. But in the case of the Einstein’s she continued work, and even though they had a child they made sure to raise him together. Albert Einstein was not only smart, but more progressive than most. She actually helped Einstein out with his most famous papers, but she was not given real credit until recently. She was a phenomenal woman, who was one of the very first to obtain a degree in physics.
Chime for Change is a new campaign, founded by Gucci, whose focus is to “raise awareness and funds for girls and women’s empowerment globally.” Gucci has been committed to girls’ and women’s issues for years now and is currently in a seven-year relationship with UNICEF, which I talked about in a previous post. Chime for Change has three powerful and influential women who happen to be its co-founders. These women are Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Salma Hayek Pinault, and Frida Giannini, who is Gucci’s Creative Director. Together these women have raised awareness for girls and women’s issues all over the world by launching commercials and using different social media outlets and they have helped fund many new projects to females all across the globe.
Earlier this June, Beyoncé dedicated an entire concert to Chime for Change to raise awareness, where she was able to raise $4.3 million in ticket sales. This money will fund 200 projects in 70 different counand the impact will be remarkable.
I was able to find the concert on YouTube and it was spectacular. While performing, Beyoncé referred to Rosa Parks and other famous women who have fought for equal rights for women for decades. When asked about empowering girls and women across the globe, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter said, “I have always felt strongly about equal opportunity for women. Girls have to be taught from early on that they are strong and capable of being anything they want to be. It is up to us to change the statistics for women around the world. I’m honored to be in the company of women who live fearlessly and set an example for the next generation of young ladies.” Beyoncé has made a huge impact and I admire her for her dedication to girls’ and women’s empowerment.
Chime for Change is based on three pillars: Education, Health, and Justice. The campaign has been inspired from a range of international stories that range from Malala’s personal fight for education in Pakistan and other issues concerning women’s violence in India, Ireland, South Africa, and the United States.
Change would not be possible without its partner Catapult, who is the first “crowd-funding platform.” Chime for Change is “powered” Catapult and they allow Chime for Change to connect to community members directly to different organization and projects on issues that they are concerned with. Currently, they represent over 50 organizations in 38 countries.
What’s interesting about Catapult is that it allows others to support girls and women’s projects in a “personalized and individual way.” Something I love about the way Chime for Change website is designed is that people can chose one of the three pillars that is most important to them, find a project they are interested in and learn more about it. After they read and learn how much money is needed to fund this certain project, they are able to make a donation of as much and as little as fits their own budget. Frida Giannini said, “when you consider that a $50 donation provides vocational training for a girl in India, or that less than $200 can train a mentor who will help refugees adjust to life in America, or that $8,000 is enough to build a water system in Ethiopia that will make it so that girls and women no longer have to walk two hours round trip to collect unsafe water from a river — you realize how much positive impact each of us can have.” This quote confirms that no matter how much people donate, every little bit helps. I just recently donated money to the Kenyan village of Enoosaen, where the first primary school was just built in order to educate girls. The story behind this school is amazing and I came across it in the Chime for Change website and couldn’t resist sharing it in this blog.
While looking at the pillar of Education, I came across the name of Kakenya Ntaiya, who has been named by CNN as Hero of the Year for the powerful impact she created in her Kenyan village of Enoosaen. Katenya was the first girl to leave her Maasai village in Kenya and attend college in the US. She was able to receive her doctorate in education and then returned to Kenya to give back to her community so that these girls have a chance to be educated. She launched the first primary school that serves 160 girls who are the most underprivileged in her village. The school is named the Kakenya Center for Excellence and this video captures Kakenya’s vision and the impact she has made for girls empowerment and education in Kenya. This video is remarkable and I urge you to watch it, because it is so inspirational.
I did not know about Chime for Change before I had to do this blog, but I am so glad that I do now because I can read about new projects that are helping girls and women worldwide. The impact Chime for Change has made has been incredible and I have made it my personal goal to donate once a month to girls education.
All of the above information came from http://www.chimeforchange.org/about. Visit this site if you would like more information and to learn about new projects being launched this year!
Other information I received from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frida-giannini/let-every-womans-voice-ri_b_2768477.html
This article, written in 1909, was written by a woman! Believe it or not, every woman did not necessarily agree that women belonged in the sciences. The question if women should receive education began to form into the question of what women should be learning about. During this time, women were also fighting for the right to vote, so needless to say there was a lot going on for them. “Household sciences” started becoming more prevalent because they wanted to keep women aiming towards the domestic sphere, while also agreeing that they should receive education. These reasons listed in the picture posted about why household arts should be taught all end up relating back to the child or student who will inevitably be prosperous if women were educated in this field. The reality was, it was not really about the women at all, instead it was about what the women could do for the rest of the population.
This is M. Carey Thomas who was the second President of Bryn Mawr College. She was an incredibly influential women. She was a founder of the John’s Hopkins School of Medicine and was large proponent of women’s suffrage. She went through a lot of hardship in order to gain the status she did. When she originally applied to be the president of the college, she was denied but she persevered. Later on in her career she went on to become the first president of the National College Women’s Equal Suffrage League. She was an inspiration to women of that time and still to women today. It was through her determination and commitment that she became such an important leader in women’s education.