Celebrating Women And Not Over Thinking It


So today is International Women’s day, and I’ve been thinking what I’m going to say about it. Whenever a date like this rolls around I find myself wondering about what GGG will post in line with it. This year I was sort of split, sure it’s amazing we have a day to celebrate all the amazing females making life worth living everyday, but like a lot of people, other things played on my mind. The waves of douche-bags calling for International Men’s Day is always a bummer. So is the fact we all make such a big deal of one day a year and then go back to forgetting about so many issues for the other 364. And especially in Australia where Indigenous women are practically invisible in the justice system, gay-marriage is a dream not a reality, domestic violence and wage inequality continue to be an uphill battle, and trans culture is only  just beginning to be spoken about in the mainstream, you could forgive us for not feeling like celebrating.

So when I sat down to write this I felt kind of overwhelmed, and I do what I always do when I feel that way. I think about my personal heroes, strong women who exist in and outside of the public sphere, and I wondered what they would do. Then I thought, what the fuck Wendy? Yes there are so many ongoing, insidious, and heartbreaking factors facing women today. But there are also countless, often unseen, beautiful, life affirming moments of brilliance carried out by your gender constantly. I thought about my mum, my sister, my friends, my idols, and I remembered how lucky I am to be part of a generation that gives a shit. So in celebration of that, I’m going to give myself permission to chill for a new minutes, and compile this largely random collection of women I love. Enjoy, and happy Us Day sisters!

Jenny SlateJenny Slate, actress and comedian

Dian FosseyDian Fossey, conservationist and anti-pouching activist

Betty FriedanBetty Friedan, Author of the Feminist Mystique

We Are The Rhoads Rolling Stone Carrie Brownstein
Carrie Brownstein, musician

Fadumo DayibFadumo Dayib, health & development practitioner

Germain Greer,Germain Greer, activist and author

Jane with Uruhara pant-hooting, 1996.Jane Goodall, animal rights activist

joan didionJoan Didion, writer

Dianne Keaton, actress

Lee MillerLee Miller, war photographer

Marie CurieMarie Curie, duel Nobel Prize winner in physics and chemistry

Marina AbramovicMarina Abramovic, artist

Dr. Maya Angelou Honored By The Michael Jackson Tribute PortraitMaya Angelou, writer and poet

Megan Amran
Megan Amram, writer and comedian

Patti Smith
Patti Smith, musician and writer

American Intellectual and Writer Susan SontagSusan Sontag, writer, filmmaker, photographer

30 Rock - Season 7
Tina Fey, writer and comedian

Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith, author



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