Women Wednesday #70
Posted on 02 May 2018
There’s a better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than simply buying Hillary Clinton’s new book. Some amazing volunteers spent hours at the fifth annual Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, where they created, edited and added to Wikipedia pages on women in the arts on 17 March. “It’s for the promotion and establishment of art history,” said Sarah Osborne Bender, the museum’s library director. “We encourage gender equality in the arts and this is one way of doing it.” Since the Wikipedia edit-a-thons started as informal gatherings in 2011, they have grown to 500 events worldwide where more than 7,000 volunteers have helped edit over 11,000 Wikipedia articles. It’s all part of an initiative to improve the gender imbalance on Wikipedia, where reports have suggested less than 20% of contributors are women. This Wikipedia edit-a-thon works similarly to the Black Lunch Table, which focuses on editing articles for black artists, as well as Wikiproject Women in Red, which adds articles about notable women who are missing from Wikipedia. The edit-a-thon and its spin-offs have helped raise the proportion of biographies about women on the English language edition of Wikipedia from 15% to 17%. Amazing work ladies!
Marvia Malik broke all the stereotypes and became Pakistan's first transgender person to present a news show. Ms Malik told the BBC she had to stop herself from screaming with joy when she learned she had got the job. "The dream that I saw for myself, I was able to climb on the first stair to achieving it," she said. She said she hoped her work would help improve the lives of Pakistan's transgender community. The 21-year-old news anchor made the first appearance on a local channel,Kohenoor, and quickly went viral on the social media. "I want to show the country that we are more than objects of ridicule ... that we are also human," Malik told CNN. Malik also revealed that she was overwhelmed by the positive response she received after her show went live. "Our community should be treated equally and there must not be any gender discrimination. We should be given equal rights and be considered ordinary citizens, instead of third-gender." Keep breaking barriers Marvia, we can’t wait to see the progress you’re heading come to fruition!
Just eight months after undergoing brain surgery, Kiko Matthews, a 36-year-old former science teacher from Herefordshire, England, has become the fastest woman to ever row solo across the Atlantic. Matthews, who was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease in 2009, beat the previous record by nearly a week despite never having rowed before deciding to train for the 2,800-mile challenge. Leaving from the Canary Islands, she rowed solo for 50 days before arriving in Barbados. “The thought that eight months ago I was lying in hospital having my brain operated on, and now I am here having rowed the Atlantic, I guess I am a bit proud,” said Matthews following her safe arrival in the Caribbean. “I have shown that anyone can attempt anything given the right attitude, belief and support. I want to use my story to inspire women to challenge themselves.” In addition to achieving a personal goal, Matthews was also able to raise nearly $100,000 to help build an intensive care unit at King’s College Hospital in London. Matthews, who has endured symptoms such as memory loss, insomnia, and osteoporosis as a result of her illness, has credited the hospital with helping save her life. What an incredible story of strength and perseverance!
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Love Neon Moon x
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