Feminism is a lifestyle to me. As far as I’ve been concerned since I was old enough to understand the concept, it really is a no-brainer. In my spare time, I often check out a lot of blogs and look for inspirational women that I can benefit from and you might be able to benefit from their actions too. So here’s a list of five inspirational women that I believe we should all know about
1) Jaha Dukureh
Jaha is a Gambian women’s rights activist that is popular for advocating against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). She is also a survivor of FGM and a victim of child marriage who used her personal experiences to make a huge global impact. Her activism led to the banning of FGM in The Gambia, which gave her a spot on the Time 100 list and honestly, she deserves a debt of gratitude for her consistent activism for what is definitely one of the most heinous issues across the developing world today.
2) Minna Salami
If you know me personally, you know that I’m obsessed with Minna’s Blog, Ms Afropolitan. Minna is a Pan-African Feminist who continues to advocate for African feminism through her award-winning blog. She is also a journalist on social issues and honestly, just a breath of fresh air.
3) Mona Eltahawy
I came across Mona about three years ago when I was watching her Al Jazeera Head to Head Debate focused on whether Arabic men hate women and I was so impressed with everything she had to say. As a Muslim woman who does not put up with the oppression that has come her way, she’s another breath of fresh air. She’s the author of Headscarves and Hymens, she’s extremely open about herself and she’s a proud feminist. She understands misogyny to the core and I’ve learnt a lot from following her on social media over the years.
4) Amina Doherty
Amina is an ARTivist who uses art to focus on feminist philanthropy and creative arts advocacy. She is extremely keen about women’s rights and youth development and continues to use art and culture to make a positive impact in several communities. Check her out and her art work too!
A bit cliché, but extremely too. You should know and see yourself as your greatest inspiration. Yes, I’m huge on self-love and self-confidence and therefore I strongly believe in the point I’m making right now. Descartes once said that the greatest knowledge comes from within and I have used this philosophy over the years to develop myself in to an inspiration to myself and others. By understanding yourself and empowering yourself, you are as capable of as much as every other woman that you see as an inspiration, honestly.
So that’s my list complete! There are a few other people such as Theo Sowa and Leymah Gbowee that you should definitely check out and also let me know of anyone that I should check out too! Two of my goals are to make it to the Forbes 30 under 30 list and the Time 100 list and I can only get there if I continue to find inspiration in myself and others! So I’d love to hear from you 🙂