Badass women: 11 November 2016
We're lauding Jennifer Lawrence, America's three new female senators, Rachel Maddow, Reese Hebert and Mukhtar Mai for their bravery this week
Jennifer Lawrence has penned a powerful essay on Vice to remind the people of the United States of America that this is not the time for them to give up their efforts. She urged them to "think strongly and clearly about what to do next".
"We're all allowed to be sad that the present isn't what we thought it was," she wrote. "But we mustn't be defeated. We will keep educating ourselves and working twice as hard as the man next to us because we know now that it is not fair. It is not fair in the workplace, so you make it impossible to fail. And like Hillary, it might not work."
"But like Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done. Do not let this defeat you – let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn't have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of colour, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman – don't be afraid, be loud!"
This 16-year-old girl from Houston just made our day. Scratch that, she made our week. Reese was at home taking a shower when a boy from school texted her and *basically* asked her for a nude selfie. And because she isn't "the type to just send stuff like that," she sent him this instead.
i knew this would come in handy one day pic.twitter.com/r0tlFBnEK3— reese hebert (@reese_hebert) October 19, 2016
"He hasn't replied me to this day," she told Buzzfeed. He's the one who needs a shower now. You know, to soothe his burns.
America's three new female senators
While Donald Trump was elected as the President of the United States of America on Wednesday, three women of colour have been elected as state senators. They are Ilhan Omar, Minnesota's first Somali-American Muslim legislator, Pramila Jayapal, Washington's first Indian-American member of Congress, and Tammy Duckworth, Illinois's first female senator to have served in the military and the second Asian-American woman ever elected to the Senate.
American television host Rachel Maddow is outraged at citizens who cast their votes for someone they knew had no chance of winning the US presidential election.
"Well, it is what it is," she said during MSNBC's election night coverage. "People go into this eyes wide-open. If you vote for somebody who can't win for president, it means that you don't care who wins for president."
Pakistani women's rights advocate Mukhtar Mai was cruelly sentenced by a local council of tribal elders to be gang raped and paraded naked through her village in 2002, an unjust punishment she had to carry for her brother's perceived insult to a rival family.
Instead of staying quiet, Mai fought her case up to the Pakistan Supreme Court and managed to have the council elders and the alleged rapists put on trial (although all of them were eventually released on appeal).
Last week, her fight for women's rights was recognised by designer Rozina Munib, who asked Mai to walk the runway at Pakistan Fashion Week in Karachi to convey a message: "If you have a mishap, it’s not the end of life".
"I want to be the voice of those women who face circumstances similar to what I did," Mai told the Associated Press. "Whatever step I take, I do it for those women – because nothing can change what happened to me, but at least I can fight on behalf of future generations."