Constanza Ceruti is an anthropologist and mountaineer who lives in Salta, Argentina. She is a pioneer in the field of high-altitude archaeology, and the only woman, for over 20 years, to study Inca ceremonial centers on the summits of Andean peaks over 6000 meters. Oh yeah, and did we mention? She’s climbed over 100 mountains above 5000 meters within the context of systematic archaeological research. In addition to South American summits in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru, she’s also explored mountains in Mexico and Nepal. Most of her field research has included mountains that had never been explored before-at least not by archaeologists. In 2000, she became the first woman to be awarded the Gold Condor mountaineering award, the most important award of the National Army of Argentina. In 2001, she received her PhD from the University of Cuyo in Mendoza, making her the first archaeologist to specialize in high-altitude archaeology. Adding to her list of esteemed awards, Ceruti became an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society in 2005 and was honoured at the Prince of Asturias Award Ceremony in 2006. In 2007, she received the Courage Award from the WINGS WorldQuest, an association that celebrates the accomplishments of women explorers, and in 2013 she was selected to be a Member of the Society of Woman Geographers.
Australia’s female rugby sevens team are the reigning Olympics champions. Until now, they weren’t paid the same as their male counterparts. Rugby Australia, the sport’s governing body in the country, and the Rugby Union Players’ Association struck a deal in January that would pay both the men’s and women’s seven-a-side teams the same. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, women and men sevens players will now receive an annual entry-level salary of $44,500. The deal also includes a pregnancy policy for female athletes, which ensures financial security for players who become pregnant. “We’re in such a different sport to most female athletes in terms of the physicality of the game, but to make sure you’re not prevented from wanting to have children and a family is vital,” women’s sevens captain Shannon Parry said. The Australian women’s 15-a-side rugby team, the Wallaroos, will also receive payments for test matches, or international matches, for the first time as compensation for taking time out from their day jobs and family responsibilities. About. Fucking. Time.
When she was 8-years-old, MariCopeny wrote a letter to President Obama, asking him to meet with her and a group of people coming to Washington D.C. to watch congressional hearings on the Flint water crisis. He responded with a letter announcing that instead, he was coming to Flint to ensure the people there receive “the help [they] need and deserve.” At that point, she was already known around town as “Little Miss Flint” because of her activism and work to represent the children of Flint, Michigan, where there hasn’t been clean water since April 2014. Now ten, Mari is still working hard for the people of Flint — most recently raising over $10,000 in two weeks online to provide backpacks for over 1,000 students in Flint as they head back to school this fall. Mari partnered with an organization called Pack Your Back, which is “working for the benefit of the underprivileged in the public education system through distribution events and community get-togethers, helping to give students opportunities to interact and grow.” There is so much you can do as a kid to really help change your community and the world. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t change the world because you can.
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Love Neon Moon x
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