Alsarah - I heard her on 99.5 FM in NJ the other day, it was beautiful. From her site: Women in Northern Sudan are the keepers of the popular aghani al-banat, or girl’s music, which plays as an interactive soundtrack to the many festive events in Sudan. Amongst the diverse music genres in Sudan, aghani al-banat with its tongu-in-cheek playful style has managed to flourish in midst of a repressive regime continuously evolving and adding to its unparalleled popularity.
Alfonsina Strada (16 March 1891 - 13 September 1959) Lady Cyclist: Alfonsina Strada was an Italian cyclist, the only woman to have ridden one of cycling’s three major stage races. She started in the Giro d’Italia in 1924 when the organisers mistook her for a man. Newspapers called her The Devil in a dress.
Her racing career included an Italian record which lasted 26 years. She died aged 69 as she propped up her motorcycle after riding to a bicycle race.
#radicalselflove Tara Lynn, in the “Curvy” issue of French Elle: “I feel good about myself today, but not just because of my job. I think it’s more because I took back the control over my own health, and I accepted the fact that my silhouette will never match up with the image of beauty with which we are constantly bombarded.”
Hidden World of GirlsTHE KITCHEN SISTERS are launching a new NPR multimedia series exploring the hidden world of girls. Stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secet identities—of women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, changed the tide. The series begins on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered March 22, 2010. Listen!
I caught this the other day, it was pretty awesome. They were talking about standards of beauty for women in Jamaica, and Carolyn Cooper was one of the people they interviewed. It made me really really happy.
Andrea Rothfuss of Germany celebrates winning the silver medal in the Women’s Slalom Standing event during day 4 of the Winter Paralympics at Whistler Creekside on March 15, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. [by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images]