#1. The BBC Released It’s List Of 100 Most Inspiring Women Around The Globe
In response to the question “what would the future look like if it were driven by women”, the BBC has revealed a list of 100 women who are inspiring change across the globe.
The list includes disability activist, Sinéad Burke, who actively challenges the intersection of design, empowerment and disability. Also featured is 16-year-old climate change activist, Greta Thunberg and U.S Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is the youngest woman to ever serve in the U.S Congress. Reading about all of these incredible women was the highlight of my day. If your digital space is in need of a little more hope and empowerment, take a few minutes to look through their diverse, well-rounded and inspiring list.
2. Taylor Swift Will Receive Artist Of The Decade Award!
Whether or not you’re a Swift fan, you’ve got to admit that the 29-year-old artist has made huge waves in the music industry, time and time again. Taylor is consistently trending in news and social media, and has managed to stay relevant in a fast-paced industry for over 13 years. She has won a total of 23 American Music Awards and holds the title for female artist with the most AMA wins... more than even Whitney Houston! She’ll receive her award for Artist Of The Decade on November 24th at the 47th annual American Music Awards, where she’ll also be performing live. Read the full story here.
3. Beyoncé Is Filming Her New Music Film On London Estates And Is Calling For ‘Normal, Everyday’ POC
Beyoncé is working hard to release her new single, Brown Skin Girl, and has put out a call for black and brown people from all different backgrounds to step forward and take part in the project. Her casting call says they wish to feature ‘normal’ (non-celebrity), everyday people from London to share their stories. Nothing says empowerment like sharing and creating space for diversity and inclusion! If that isn’t enough to garner your interest or curiosity, her 7-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, also sings on the track, which may just be the sweetest thing you’ll hear all day. Read the full story here.
#4. Meghan Markle Shows Us It’s More Important To Be Vocal Than To Be Liked
She might be a part of the royal family, but that’s hardly stopping Meghan Markle from rocking the boat and being vocal about change. It’s clear that the Duchess is working to break the mould and expectation to abide by the social code of being well-loved. In fact, she says she doesn’t want people to love her- she wants people to hear her. In a society in which we value being well-liked so heavily, this refreshing perspective is the permission slip and empowerment some of us need to put our values above our social status. Read the full story here.
#5. Central Park Is Getting It’s First Statue Honouring Historic Women- Finally!
Iconic Central Park features a whopping 23 statues that celebrate men throughout history, but not a single one honouring a woman. That’s about to change, after a vote to erect a monument featuring three women who encapsulate empowerment through their fight for women’s rights: Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth C. Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The proposal was not without criticism, as it didn’t initially include Truth, who was a former slave who escaped and became an outspoken advocate in the women’s rights movement. The statue is projected to be finished around August 2020. It's sure to inspire women's empowerment far beyond Central Park. Read the full story here.
Aly Dort is a freelance illustrator and stationery designer living in Halifax, N.S. She is passionate about mental health, social sustainability and empowering those around her.