NEON MOON'S WOMEN WEDNESDAY
We love how women are changing the world and making an impact to their home countries that we're talking all things awesome and new every Wednesday!
(Keenan Macwilliam / Broadly)
Born and raised in London, Delilah, Ursula, and Amelia began taking music seriously at a young age. The sisters started playing music together seven years ago under the name Typical Girls. When Amelia joined, they decided to "amp it up a little bit more." The origin story of their unique band name starts with the day that Delilah was surfing the internet and stumbled upon the "Skinny Girl Diet," an actual diet promoting fast weight loss by The Real Housewives' Bethenny Frankel. "It really scared me that that's allowed to exist in the world," Delilah tells Broadly. "I just thought we have to change something about that: how women are viewing their bodies and how society's telling them to look at themselves in the mirror. That's why we called the band that—as kind of a message of self-care and self-love." "We wanted to take over the internet so when you search 'Skinny Girl Diet,' you find three punk girls, instead of the diet," Ursula adds.
Over the past year, Russian tattoo artist Yevgeniya Zakhar has transformed the scars of more than 1,000 survivors of domestic violence into empowering artwork -- all free of charge. Zakhar was inspired to offer this service as a way to help women recovering from abusive relationships after learning of a similar initiative by Brazilian tattoo artist Flavia Carvalho. She was shocked by the response, however, after she posted an ad on social media offering the free service to survivors: "I didn't expect to be inundated with visits... It's really scary, scary to look at this problem and hear what people are saying." Zakhar, who works in the small city of Ufa, has now had to limit the sessions to one woman per week because her clients' horrific stories were so overwhelming. “Girls are willing to talk," she observes, "often because it will be the last time they speak about the scars. They don't talk about it later because they will be talking about their beautiful tattoo, not a scar.” Zakhar says that most of her clients usually pick butterflies or floral designs to cover their scars. The process of transforming the scars into something of their own choosing empowers the women, Zakhar observes, and gives many a needed self-esteem boost during their recovery.
(Carbon County Commission)
Meet 10-year-old October Hamilton of East Carbon, Utah. This Summer, October heard that funding had been cut for her local Bookmobile (it’s basically a mobile library). She loves to read and without a local library, the Bookmobile was the only source for books. October went around her town and local area to gather signatures in support of the Bookmobile. She gathered about 1,000 signatures and presented them at the Carbon County Commission meeting. The audience and board all broke into applause when she announced how many signatures she collected. Carbon County Commission chair Jake Mellor praised October’s involvement and said she’s made a real change in her community through her actions: “What she’s done in the community with her petition has done more to raise attention for literacy than anything any local politician could have done.” Ultimately, county leaders decided to fund the Bookmobile on a reduced schedule while asking schools and businesses to help pay for long-term funding. Thanks to October using her voice to stand up for the Bookmobile, she was able to make a difference — which is an inspiration to us all.
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