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Everyone has been talking about 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai and her outspoken advocacy of women and education (we certainly have been). Tuesday night, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee went on television to speak on one of America’s greatest and prestigious stages—that’s right, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. And so commenced the first time I’ve wept while watching Comedy Central (aside from whenever I watch 50 First Dates). Read More
Last Tuesday afternoon, school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy spent an hour on the phone with the Atlanta police as she faced gunman Michael Brandon Hill. With the police on the line, she calmly convinced Hill to surrender his weapon. Hill expressed to Tuff that he was off his medication, and in exchange, Tuff attempted to calm Hill with personal stories, counseling the man not to end his own life. AND IT WORKED. Tuff courageously put her life in danger to save an entire children’s school. Read More
Hardcore punk idol Brody Dalle has changed a lot since we first met her - the tough, in-your-face musician is now a mom and a wife - and of course, still kicking ass. She gets personal and shares it all on this Saturday's Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet. Dalle was destined to be a feminist role model, accompanying her mother to anti-Bush protests, discovering Courtney Love at age 12, and joining a feminist collective before finishing high school. She started her first band, Sourpuss, when she was thirteen and went on to front the epic punk band the Distillers. Read More
Joan Ahimbisibwe and Teddy Namuyiga share separate but similarly inspiring stories. Both women rose from extreme poverty in Uganda and became prosperous beadmakers and entrepreneurs. Teddy's husband left her after she birthed a deaf baby, forcing her to work tirelessly for an insignificant amount of money. Joan also worked at an unsustainable wage, and things only got worse when her husband passed away from the AIDs virus. She learned that this devastating loss meant that she would be "inherited" by her husband's brother, so she fled to Uganda's capital, Kampala. Read More
When was the last time you found yourself inspired by a public restroom? Well, one girl was. A university student came across this handwritten note taped to the door of the stall she was using at her school. A good samaritan had responded to some of the graffiti left by other girls who wrote about "some of their most horrifying life experiences". At a time where we hear so many stories about girls teasing and bullying and just being all around mean to each other, it is good to know someone out there is trying to do some good. Read More
I'm a pretty big list maker. Post-its have become a part of my room decor and scribbled on notes are forever falling out of my backpack pockets. I'm also always on the lookout for some new inspiration, so an inspiring inventory is pretty much the cream of the crop in my book. These four are particularly special--each collection of words provides inspirational thoughts and ideas that are applicable to living a creative, inquisitive, and fulfilling life in general. You don't have to be an artist, musician, or writer to appreciate these mini-manifestos. Read More
I often hear artists and musicians respond in interviews that they do what they do because of an intense and mysterious compulsion. This strong drive is difficult to understand unless personally experienced, but to Iceland’s Sigríður Níelsdóttirit, the feeling was all too familiar. So much, in fact, that she recorded a catalog of over 700 songs within seven years at the tender age of 70. Lovingly known as ‘Grandma Lo-Fi,’ Sigríður is the epitome of DIY music. Read More
  I just love Gloria Steinem!  I was given more reasons to love her last night, after watching the new HBO documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words.  Gloria is the prime example of “the personal is political.”  Throughout the film she offers very personal anecdotes from her life.  Through her intimate accounts with the viewer, it’s almost like having a conversation, as well as a history lesson, with her in your living room. At one point she describes realizing that personal struggles should not have to be a secret. Read More