The 9th of August marks National Women’s Day in South Africa and we’d like to give a special shout out to all of those remarkable women doing it for themselves!
Entrepeneur.com‘s nifty infographic shows that the majority of active users on social media are women. Females are playing increasingly bigger roles on the majority of popular digital platforms which tells us that the woman of today is outspoken enough to let us know what she wants. For example:
Started by Iranian journalist and writer, Masih Alinejad, the #mystealthyfreedom (or #stealthfreedom) campaign shows Iranian women sharing selfies where they have freed their tresses from their Hijabs. In a country where Facebook is illegal and removing or not wearing a veil or scarf is punishable by law, Alinejad aimed to give Iranian women the opportunity to show themselves for who they really are, and speak out against the restrictions women face in Iran.
The latest in females doing it for themselves is the #direnkahkaha campaign. According to The Guardian, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Bülent Arinc, of the Justice and Development party openly stated that: “[A woman] should not laugh loudly in front of all the world and should preserve her decency at all times.” And in response to the sexist remark, women have taken to social media to quite literally laugh at him.
We love that women are showing us how powerful they can be and we’re proud of the amazing South African females doing it for themselves. The strength of the South African women became abundantly clear in the anti-pass law march which took place on 9 August in 1956 and the milestones achieved since then by women in all walks of life are absolutely inspirational.
Which iconic women have inspired you throughout your lives?