Category Archives: Women of Change

Women who are actively changing the world.

Woman of Change – Dr Janet Yellen – US Senate as chair of the US Federal Reserve

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Dr Janet Yellon, photo Reuters

Dr Janet Yellon, photo Reuters

Dr Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve, is sworn in to testify at her U.S. Senate Banking Committee confirmation hearing in Washington. Photo: Reuters

Last week, Dr Janet Yellen, 67, was confirmed by the US Senate as chair of the US Federal Reserve, a position she will take up when the term of current chair, Ben Bernanke, expires on January 31.
Read more of this story: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/meet-the-most-powerful-woman-in-the-world-20140116-30×18.html#ixzz2qjGBkT9J

Read more about Dr Yellen here

Irena Sendler, a remarkable story of courage…

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Please share this remarkable story of courage…

Irena

Irena Sendler

During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.

Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.

Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, In a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.
She was not selected.
Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Please share this to honor the sacrifice and courage of this fine human being who gave so much and saved so many.
http://www.irenasendler.org/

— with Eolia Katherine, Bert Welkom, Nancy Duong, Jefferson Alexander Alcivar Mera, Yulius Yahya, Rajiv Mohan, Ceespial Aaron and Serge Portal.

Claudia Paz y Paz – a Woman of Change

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Spotlighting Claudia Paz y Paz, Guatemala

April 8, 2013 Reblogged from the Nobel Women’s Initiative
Dr Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey

Dr Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey

Meet Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey – Guatemala’s first female Attorney General. She is a respected criminal law specialist and judge with over 18 years of experience and is also the founder of a human rights organization, the Institute for Comparative Criminal Studies of Guatemala (ICCPG).

Since being appointed to the Prosecutor’s office in December 2010, Paz y Paz has worked tirelessly to ensure perpetrators of mass human rights atrocities face accountability and justice for their crimes. Paz y Paz’s office built the case to order former President of Guatemala, Effrain Rios Montt, to trial for his crimes against humanity, including genocide and mass rapes from over 20 years ago. Her office has since put Rios Montt under house arrest.

Last year a court sentenced four soldiers to 6,060 years in prison for killing 201 people in the town of Dos Erres in 1982. It was the first-ever prosecution for a civil war era massacre. Since Paz y Paz has been the Attorney General, five of the 10 most wanted criminals in Guatemala have been caught. For her efforts to prosecute “criminals who previously thought themselves to be untouchable,” Paz y Paz faces threats to her safety.

Read more here.

– See more at: http://nobelwomensinitiative.org/2013/04/spotlighting-claudia-paz-y-paz-guatemala/?ref=176#sthash.OaNnqBeN.dpuf

 

A Woman of Change – Wendy Davis

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Who is Wendy Davis? REBLOGGED from the Washington Post

By Lydia DePillis, Published: June 26, 2013 at 12:26 amE-mail the writer

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This lady talked for eleven hours! (http://www.wendydavisforsenate.com/, Ralph Lauer)

You know, the Fort Worth Democrat who stood for eleven hours to filibuster a bill in the Texas State Senate that would place new restrictions on abortion clinics and ban the practice after 20 weeks of pregnancy? Here’s what you need to know. [UPDATE: She stood long enough to kill the bill, Texas‘ Lieutenant Governor ruled at 3:01 a.m.]

She knows about single motherhood, and poverty. The 50-year-old Davis had to care for her three siblings at the age of 14 for her single mother, and became a single mother herself at the age of 19.

She knows the law. Davis became the first person in her family to graduate from college, with a degree from Texas Christian University and then Harvard Law School. She clerked, litigated, and spent a few years in the title insurance business before starting her own practice for federal and local government affairs, real estate, and contract compliance.

She put in her political time. Davis spent nine years on the Fort Worth City Council, focusing on neighborhood economic development. When she was elected to the state senate in 2008, she became the 12th Democrat in the upper chamber–just enough to keep the Republicans from closing off debate on bills.

She’s got eclectic interests. Davis has sponsored bills on everything from cancer prevention to payday lending to protecting victims of sexual assault to government transparency.

She’s one of the more successful users of the filibuster. In 2011, she used the tactic against a budget that underfunded the state’s public schools by $5 billion, and two years later got most of the money replaced.

Republicans keep trying to shut her down. Her 2008 victory was a squeaker over the Republican incumbent, and she pulled out another in 2012 after federal courts threw out a Republican gerrymandering plan that would have put her in a much more conservative district. Again, she became the last vote needed to deny Republicans a filibuster-proof majority (The 2012 firebombing of her office appears to have been a random act by a mentally ill homeless person). After her 2011 filibuster, the Republican-led house stripped her of her position on the education committee.

She’s got her eye on higher office. Governor, anyone? The fundraising comes easy, anyway.

SEE THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE

 

Changing the world, one sanitary pad at a time

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Chantelle Baxter is the Cofounder of One Girl, a nonprofit that helps girls and women create change. She is working on LaunchPad, a project that sells affordable sanitary pads to girls and women in Sierra Leone via TEDX Sydney