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2 Jan 2013

womenwhokickass:

Sojourner Truth (Isabella Baumfree): Why she kicks ass
She is an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist, born into slavery in New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. 
Her best-known extemporaneous speech on gender inequalities, Ain’t I a Woman?, was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. During the Civil War, Truth helped recruit black troops for the Union Army; after the war, Truth tried unsuccessfully to secure land grants from the federal government for former slaves.
Late in 1826, Truth escaped to freedom with her infant daughter, Sophia. She had to leave her other children behind because they were not legally freed in the emancipation order until they had served as bound servants into their twenties. When Truth learned that her son Peter, then five years old, had been sold illegally by her previous enslaver to an owner in Alabama, she took the issue to court and, after months of legal proceedings, got back her son, who had been abused by his new enslaver.
On June 1, 1843, Truth changed her name to Sojourner Truth and told her friends, “The Spirit calls me, and I must go.” She became a Methodist, and left to make her way traveling and preaching about the abolition of slavery. 
In 1844, she joined the Northampton Association of Education and Industry in Northampton, Massachusetts. Founded by abolitionists, the organization supported women’s rights and religious tolerance as well as pacifism. There were 210 members and they lived on 500 acres (2.0 km2), raising livestock, running a sawmill, a gristmill, and a silk factory.
Truth started dictating her memoirs to her friend Olive Gilbert, and in 1850 William Lloyd Garrison privately published her book, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave. That same year, she purchased a home in Northampton for $300, and spoke at the first National Women’s Rights Convention in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Over the next decade, Truth spoke before dozens, perhaps hundreds, of audiences. From 1851 to 1853, she worked with Marius Robinson, the editor of the Ohio Anti-Slavery Bugle, and traveled around that state speaking. 
In 1856, she traveled to Battle Creek, Michigan, to speak to a group called the Friends of Human Progress. In 1858, someone interrupted a speech and accused her of being a man; Truth opened her blouse and revealed her breasts.

womenwhokickass:

Sojourner Truth (Isabella Baumfree): Why she kicks ass

  • She is an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist, born into slavery in New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. 
  • Her best-known extemporaneous speech on gender inequalities, Ain’t I a Woman?, was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. During the Civil War, Truth helped recruit black troops for the Union Army; after the war, Truth tried unsuccessfully to secure land grants from the federal government for former slaves.
  • Late in 1826, Truth escaped to freedom with her infant daughter, Sophia. She had to leave her other children behind because they were not legally freed in the emancipation order until they had served as bound servants into their twenties. When Truth learned that her son Peter, then five years old, had been sold illegally by her previous enslaver to an owner in Alabama, she took the issue to court and, after months of legal proceedings, got back her son, who had been abused by his new enslaver.
  • On June 1, 1843, Truth changed her name to Sojourner Truth and told her friends, “The Spirit calls me, and I must go.” She became a Methodist, and left to make her way traveling and preaching about the abolition of slavery. 
  • In 1844, she joined the Northampton Association of Education and Industry in Northampton, Massachusetts. Founded by abolitionists, the organization supported women’s rights and religious tolerance as well as pacifism. There were 210 members and they lived on 500 acres (2.0 km2), raising livestock, running a sawmill, a gristmill, and a silk factory.
  • Truth started dictating her memoirs to her friend Olive Gilbert, and in 1850 William Lloyd Garrison privately published her book, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave. That same year, she purchased a home in Northampton for $300, and spoke at the first National Women’s Rights Convention in Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • Over the next decade, Truth spoke before dozens, perhaps hundreds, of audiences. From 1851 to 1853, she worked with Marius Robinson, the editor of the Ohio Anti-Slavery Bugle, and traveled around that state speaking. 
  • In 1856, she traveled to Battle Creek, Michigan, to speak to a group called the Friends of Human Progress. In 1858, someone interrupted a speech and accused her of being a man; Truth opened her blouse and revealed her breasts.

31 Dec 2012

womenwhokickass:

Asma Jilani Jahangir: Why she kicks ass
She is a leading Pakistani lawyer, advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, President Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and human rights activist, who works both in Pakistan and internationally to prevent the persecution of religious minorities, women, and exploitation of children.
She was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief from August 2004 to July 2010 (first attached to the former Commission on Human Rights, now to the Human Rights Council). Previously, she served as the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. 
She is a founding member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and has served as Secretary-General and later Chairperson of the organization.
Jahangir and her sister, joined with fellow activists and lawyers to form the first law firm established by women in Pakistan. 
In the same year they also helped form the Women’s Action Forum (WAF); a pressure group campaigning against Pakistan’s discriminatory legislation, most notably against the Proposed Law of Evidence, where the value of a woman’s testimony was reduced to half that of a man’s testimony, and the Hadood Ordinances, where victims of rape had to prove their innocence or else face punishment themselves. 
On February 12, 1983, the Punjab Women Lawyers Association in Lahore organised a public protest (one of its leaders was Jahangir) against the Proposed Law of Evidence, during which Jahangir and other participating WAF members were beaten, teargassed, and arrested by police.
In 1982 Jahangir earned the nickname “little heroine” after leading a protest march in Islamabad against a decision by then-presidentZia ul Haq to enforce religious laws and stated: “Family laws [which are religious laws] give women few rights” and that “They have to be reformed because Pakistan cannot live in isolation. We cannot remain shackled while other women progress.”
In 1986 Jahangir and Hina set up AGHS Legal Aid, the first free legal aid centre in Pakistan. The AGHS Legal Aid Cell in Lahore also runs a shelter for women, called ‘Dastak’.
She won the Supreme Court Bar Association election by defeating her competitor Ahmed Awais and securing 834 of total votes and became the first ever women President of SCBA in the history of Pakistan. 

She has recived; the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders as well as the Ramon Magsaysay Award for “greatness of spirit shown in service of the people”, the Millennium prize, by UNIFEM (the United Nations Development Fund for Women) in collaboration with the non-governmental organisation International Alert, the Freedom of Worship Medal for her human rights and religious freedom activism in a ceremony held in the Nieuwe Kerk in Holland, the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award of Pakistan and the 2010 UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights, recognizing her efforts as a human rights defender.

womenwhokickass:

Asma Jilani Jahangir: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a leading Pakistani lawyer, advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, President Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and human rights activist, who works both in Pakistan and internationally to prevent the persecution of religious minorities, women, and exploitation of children.
  • She was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief from August 2004 to July 2010 (first attached to the former Commission on Human Rights, now to the Human Rights Council). Previously, she served as the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. 
  • She is a founding member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and has served as Secretary-General and later Chairperson of the organization.
  • Jahangir and her sister, joined with fellow activists and lawyers to form the first law firm established by women in Pakistan. 
  • In the same year they also helped form the Women’s Action Forum (WAF); a pressure group campaigning against Pakistan’s discriminatory legislation, most notably against the Proposed Law of Evidence, where the value of a woman’s testimony was reduced to half that of a man’s testimony, and the Hadood Ordinances, where victims of rape had to prove their innocence or else face punishment themselves. 
  • On February 12, 1983, the Punjab Women Lawyers Association in Lahore organised a public protest (one of its leaders was Jahangir) against the Proposed Law of Evidence, during which Jahangir and other participating WAF members were beaten, teargassed, and arrested by police.
  • In 1982 Jahangir earned the nickname “little heroine” after leading a protest march in Islamabad against a decision by then-presidentZia ul Haq to enforce religious laws and stated: “Family laws [which are religious laws] give women few rights” and that “They have to be reformed because Pakistan cannot live in isolation. We cannot remain shackled while other women progress.
  • In 1986 Jahangir and Hina set up AGHS Legal Aid, the first free legal aid centre in Pakistan. The AGHS Legal Aid Cell in Lahore also runs a shelter for women, called ‘Dastak’.
  • She won the Supreme Court Bar Association election by defeating her competitor Ahmed Awais and securing 834 of total votes and became the first ever women President of SCBA in the history of Pakistan. 
  • She has recived; the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders as well as the Ramon Magsaysay Award for “greatness of spirit shown in service of the people, the Millennium prize, by UNIFEM (the United Nations Development Fund for Women) in collaboration with the non-governmental organisation International Alert, the Freedom of Worship Medal for her human rights and religious freedom activism in a ceremony held in the Nieuwe Kerk in Holland, the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award of Pakistan and the 2010 UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights, recognizing her efforts as a human rights defender.

31 Dec 2012

womenwhokickass:

Kamora Herrington: Why she kicks ass
She is the Mentoring Program Coordinator for True Colors, Inc.; a support and advocacy organization that works to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed.   She has over 20 years of experience in the human services field and has become a vocal advocate for LGBT youth.
In 2010, Herrington was featured on the CNN special report titled “Gay Teens Talk Their Truth.” She is a 2010 Faith Works Fellow with the Conference of Churches based in Hartford and is committed to bringing understanding to the intersectionalities of identity.
In 2010 and 2011, Herrington participated as an activist leader at the National Black Justice Coalition’s (NBJC) ”OUT on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit” in Washington, D.C. to organize with other thought leaders, faith leaders, philanthropists and activists who are organizing to empower their communities while educating Congressional leaders, the Obama Administration and federal agencies about Black LGBT public policy concerns. 

womenwhokickass:

Kamora Herrington: Why she kicks ass

  • She is the Mentoring Program Coordinator for True Colors, Inc.; a support and advocacy organization that works to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed.   She has over 20 years of experience in the human services field and has become a vocal advocate for LGBT youth.
  • In 2010, Herrington was featured on the CNN special report titled “Gay Teens Talk Their Truth.” She is a 2010 Faith Works Fellow with the Conference of Churches based in Hartford and is committed to bringing understanding to the intersectionalities of identity.
  • In 2010 and 2011, Herrington participated as an activist leader at the National Black Justice Coalition’s (NBJC) ”OUT on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit” in Washington, D.C. to organize with other thought leaders, faith leaders, philanthropists and activists who are organizing to empower their communities while educating Congressional leaders, the Obama Administration and federal agencies about Black LGBT public policy concerns. 

23 Dec 2012

womenwhokickass:

Rupy Kaur: Why she kicks ass
She is a Sikh disability activist and an officer for NUS Disabled Students’ Campaign; which is the largest single organisation in the UK run by disabled students, for disabled students.
At the University of Manchester, she was founder and chairwoman of the ABLED society, which was set up to enhance disabled students’ experiences at university. 
She was also elected as the Open Place Representative on the Disabled Students’ Committee for the National Union of Students. Her role involves raising disability issues, including accessible transport. 
Rupy is also a member of SKILL, the National Bureau of Students with Disabilities. She was appointed member of the Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee in July.
In 2009, she completed a tandem skydive at Grange over Sands to raise funds for the anti racism organisation Searchlightand its Hope Not Hate campaign.

womenwhokickass:

Rupy Kaur: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a Sikh disability activist and an officer for NUS Disabled Students’ Campaign; which is the largest single organisation in the UK run by disabled students, for disabled students.
  • At the University of Manchester, she was founder and chairwoman of the ABLED society, which was set up to enhance disabled students’ experiences at university. 
  • She was also elected as the Open Place Representative on the Disabled Students’ Committee for the National Union of Students. Her role involves raising disability issues, including accessible transport. 
  • Rupy is also a member of SKILL, the National Bureau of Students with Disabilities. She was appointed member of the Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee in July.
  • In 2009, she completed a tandem skydive at Grange over Sands to raise funds for the anti racism organisation Searchlightand its Hope Not Hate campaign.

21 Dec 2012

womenwhokickass:

Aurora Guerrero: Why she kicks ass
She is a  filmmaker, LGBT director, and screenwriter from California, who describes as activist first and filmmaker second. She focuses on collaborative work with her communities creating art forms that offer opportunities for dialogue and education.
In 2005 her short film “Pura Lengua” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Her second short film, “Viernes Girl” won the 2005 HBO/New York International Latino Film Festival short film competition.
In 2012, Guerrero made her feature film debut at the Sundance Film Festival with Mosquita y Mari becoming the first Chicana filmmaker to debut a feature-length film who was also previously a Sundance Institute and Ford Foundation Fellow.
The film tells the coming-of-age story of two teen Chicanas in Huntington Park, California who form a relationship ignited by sexual attraction. Guerrero describes an attraction to speaking about “actual violence within silence,” taboo subjects that are not easily spoken about between parents and children.
Guerrero’s achievements led to a slot in Filmmaker Magazine’s 2006 “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”

womenwhokickass:

Aurora Guerrero: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a  filmmakerLGBT director, and screenwriter from California, who describes as activist first and filmmaker second. She focuses on collaborative work with her communities creating art forms that offer opportunities for dialogue and education.
  • In 2005 her short film “Pura Lengua” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Her second short film, “Viernes Girl” won the 2005 HBO/New York International Latino Film Festival short film competition.
  • In 2012, Guerrero made her feature film debut at the Sundance Film Festival with Mosquita y Mari becoming the first Chicana filmmaker to debut a feature-length film who was also previously a Sundance Institute and Ford Foundation Fellow.
  • The film tells the coming-of-age story of two teen Chicanas in Huntington Park, California who form a relationship ignited by sexual attraction. Guerrero describes an attraction to speaking about “actual violence within silence,” taboo subjects that are not easily spoken about between parents and children.
  • Guerrero’s achievements led to a slot in Filmmaker Magazine’s 2006 “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”