This International Women’s Day, we are dedicating our channels to celebrating women’s achievements and providing a platform to magnify women’s voices; raising awareness for women who have challenged and continue to challenge gender bias as well as transformed the face of their industries.
In line with this year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme, “Choose to Challenge”, here are some further avenues to explore.
Create your own #choosetochallenge card and share to social media to show solidarity with the official IWD platform:
Listen to the aforementioned Nina Simone song, Old Jim Crow. A haunting example of Simone’s activism, this protest song against Jim Crow laws is especially poignant in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter movement. Although recorded almost sixty years ago, Simone could be talking about the state of affairs today:
Director Ava DuVernay is a force to be reckoned with. Any of her work is worth a watch, but for a thought-provoking experience, give her critically acclaimed documentary 13th a watch. With insights from leading female activists such as Angela Davis and Michelle Alexander, 13th explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States.
For those curious to explore feminist writings deeper, Simone de Beauvoir’s classic “The Second Sex” is a must-read. Widely lauded as the text that sparked second wave feminism, Beauvoir asks "What is woman?" She argues that man is considered the default, while woman is considered the "Other": "Thus humanity is male and man defines woman not herself but as relative to him."