Carol Kidu (b. 1948) is a politician from Papua New Guinea.
She was the only female Member of Parliament for two mandates, between 2002 and
the position of Leader of the Opposition, the first woman to do so. Among her
recognitions and awards were the Order of the British Empire, the French Légion
d’honneur (the first citizen of Papua New Guinea to receive this honour) and
the PNG International Woman of Courage Award.
Naziha al-Dulaimi (1923-2007) was a pioneering Iraqi feminist. She was
the first female minister in the modern history of Iraq, and the first female
cabinet minister in the Arab world.
at the Royal College of Medicine in Baghdad as one of very few female students.
She founded the Iraqi Women’s League and became its first president in 1952,
fighting not only for the rights of women in the country, but for national
liberation and world peace.
Benjamin (b. 1952) is a politician and activist, seen as one of the leaders of the
peace movement in the United States. She is the co-founder of the international
NGO Code Pink: Women for Peace.
In 1988, she founded Global Exchange, an organisation which advocates
fair trade instead of corporate globalization. As a member of the Green Party,
she ran for US Senate in California, and obtained the highest vote total of any
candidate from the party in the country’s history.
Carter (b. 1927) served as the First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981.
She was active in the Carter administration as the President’s closest advisor,
and advocated a number of causes.
She became the First Lady of the state of
Georgia in 1970, and worked to provide better mental health facilities. She
also served as an envoy to Latin America, and led a delegation which investigated
the situation of refugees in Southeast Asia.
Moseley Braun (b. 1947) represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to
1999. She became the first female senator from her state, as well as the first
African-American female senator.
She studied at the University of Chicago
Law School, and later won the Attorney General’s Special Achievement Award for
her work in housing and environmental law. She was one of only two African
Americans to serve in the US Senate in the 20th century. She helped
change the law that women were not allowed to wear pants on the Senate floor by
openly defying it.
Khaleda Zia (b. 1945) served as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for two terms,
1991-1996 and again 2001-2006. She was the first female head of a democratic
government in her country, and the second in a Muslim-majority country.
During her time as Prime Minister, the GDP
of Bangladesh increased considerably, and the country opened to international
investment. Her government also worked to alleviate poverty and support female
Jacinda Ardern (b. 1980) is
currently the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Assuming the position in 2017, at
the age of 37, she became the youngest female head of government in the world.
She is also a Member of Parliament
and the Leader of the Labour Party. Progressive on issues such as women’s rights
and LGBT rights, she was the first Prime Minister of the country to march in a
gay pride parade.
Okay so after like a 2 year absence I am back on this blog!
Not really sure what direction I’m gonna go in so please message/comment with what type is posts you want to see more of, here are my usual post categories:
– straight up feminism
– men’s rights (but nice positive ones that talk about rights in a feminism context)
– posts about lbgtq rights (and all variants of the term)
– political posts about gender equality
Also keep an eye out for an exciting re-vamp of the whole blog 🙌
Christine Quinn (b. 1966) is a Democratic politician who served as Speaker of the New York City Council. She was the first woman and first openly gay person in this position.
As part of the New York City Council, she sponsored the Equal Benefits Bill and the Health Care Security Act. All throughout her political career, she championed LGBT rights and urged the state Senate to legalise same-sex marriage. She became the president and CEO of Women in Need in 2015.