The Atlas of Beauty- showing beautiful women from around the world

Women from PeruIn contrast to the constant barrage of women’s fashion magazines declaring what is attractive, photographer Mihaela Noroc set off on a journey around the world.
The Romanian traveled to 37 different countries, where she often met women simply walking the street and took their portraits, highlighting what is considered desirable in different cultures.
From the freezing, chaffing Tibetan Plateau near the Himalayas to the sultry tropics of South America, Noroc, 29, entitled her startling and revealing project, ‘The Atlas of Beauty.’Photographer Mihaela Noroc
At times spending only 30 seconds with each subject and traveling only with her camera and a backpack, Noroc tried to take pictures of young women all in their twenties.
She explained in a statement to Daily Mail Online ‘I’m a [29-year-old] female photographer from Romania that quit her boring job and started a new life. Two years ago I took my backpack, my camera and begun to travel around the globe, with savings made in years of working.
‘In this journey I photographed hundreds of natural women surrounded by their culture. My project is called ‘The Atlas Of Beauty’ and is about our planet’s diversity shown through portraits of women.’

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Pakistani Women’s right activist wins Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award

Women’s right activist, Nighat Dad, has become the second Pakistani ever to receive the prestigious Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award for 2016.

Nighat Dad

A Pakistani lawyer and internet activist, Nighat Dad is also the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. In a ceremony at the Global Forum in Wroclaw, Poland, on Friday, she was honored with the Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award for her efforts and dedication towards digital rights and ensuring a safer and more accessible Pakistan for women. The award recognizes extraordinary individuals and organizations that defend and advance the cause of freedom around the world.

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We’re Muslim Don’t Panic using Hip Hop to bring Faiths together

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Jennifer Lewis, Brandy, & Roz Ryan singing motivation

We love this video and its empowering energy! Shout out to Jennifer Lewis, Brandy, and Roz Ryan for being so gorgeously hilarious! They are true role models for strong women in the industry who are both talented and funny. Hoping for a movie to come soon with all three of them. That would be something we all would watch!

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Mana releases NEW video!

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All-girl vinyl DJ group, Chulita Vinyl Club, empowers women through music

Claudia Saenz is the proud founder of Chulita Vinyl Club in Austin, TX. It is an all-girl vinyl-spinning DJ collect that puts on shows across the state of Texas and in California.
Photo Credit: Mariana Gonzalez | Daily Texan Staff

BY ELIZABETH HLAVINKA

In Spanish, “chulita” means beautiful or sweet. But when girls refer to themselves as “chulitas,” the word becomes empowering and confident — like Beyoncé calling herself “flawless.”
The Chulita Vinyl Club, an all-girl, vinyl-spinning DJ collective, is full of confident women. The Austin-based group has 12 members who play shows in San Antonio, Austin, the Rio Grande Valley and California. Claudia Saenz, who founded the group in 2013, said their mission is to empower women through music, an art form typically dominated by men.

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Zaha Hadid: 5 Traits that Made her So Badass

Zaha Hadid: 5 Traits that Made her So Badass

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Dame Zaha Hadid, the Baghdad-born British designer has sadly passed away at the premature age of 65. The first female Pritzker Prize-winner architect was commissioned around the world to create masterpieces including the London Olympic aquatic centre, and Messner Mountain Museum Corones. Being a woman and Muslim she didn’t have it easy but it was her strength and lack of fucks to give that made her a true legend. We remember Hadid’s five traits that turned her into a star architect for all the right reasons.

IMAGINATIVE
In early projects the designer presented her ideas to clients through beautiful abstract paintings, this gained her notoriety, however, it left her with a reputation for astonishing but unbuildable designs. Her creative process lead people to closely associate her skills with that of a fashion designer. “I’m into fashion because it contains the mood of the day, of the moment – like music, literature, and art,” she once said. Hadid frequently collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld which amounted in the Mobile Art Pavilion designed for Chanel, launched in 2011 in Paris.

‘I’M INTO FASHION BECAUSE IT CONTAINS THE MOOD OF THE DAY, OF THE MOMENT – LIKE MUSIC, LITERATURE, AND ART’

INSPIRATIONAL
Hadid adapted technology to realise the buildings she did by hand. Her avant garde work and use of innovative technologies developed into a style of its own. Deservingly, Hadid was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize as well the first woman to be honoured the British RIBA Gold Medal, in 2016. In part of her acceptance speech she commented on the struggles women experience in the business world specifically within architecture: “We now see more established female architects all the time. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense.”

NOBILITY
“Education, housing and hospitals are the most important things for society,” Hadid said. She believed in having a back bone for society to build upon, a reputable quality she was widely admired for. Hadid strived to change our perceptions of space, not only in physically but socially and culturally as well.

‘EDUCATION, HOUSING AND HOSPITALS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FOR SOCIETY’

‘I’M A FEMINIST, BECAUSE I SEE ALL WOMEN AS SMART, GIFTED AND TOUGH’

RESILIENT
“People don’t talk to you properly. It’s the way they talk to you; they dismiss you,” Hadid said. “I think it’s a combination of me being a woman and a foreigner.” Although she faced discrimination for being a woman, a Muslim, and an Arab, Zaha never ceased to keep going strong. “Yes, I’m a feminist, because I see all women as smart, gifted and tough.”

OPTIMIST
“You have to really believe not only in yourself; you have to believe that the world is actually worth your sacrifices.” Zaha Hadid was known for consistently pushing the boundaries in her personal life, humanity and designs. “There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?” she famously asked.

Source: Sleek Mag

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Resurrecting Queenz Self Destruction Remix 2015

Watch 23 females come together in honor of their communities.
Shout out to Kenilworth Katrina for putting this project together!

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New Anthology Celebrates The Foremothers Of The Women’s Spirituality Movement

The book aims to “inspire the next generation of women,” says editor Miriam Robbins Dexter.

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Antonia Blumberg Associate Religion Editor, The Huffington Post
Posted: 11/10/2015 07:31 AM EST

From meditation circles to sacred retreats, women today have endless opportunities to congregate with one another and develop their spiritual lives.

This was not always the case.

In 1970s America, a generation of women raised primarily on male-dominated religious traditions began waking up to a different kind of spirituality centered on the divine feminine, or Goddess. They helped formulate a burgeoning theology – or thealogy, as some write — of women’s spirituality. Their efforts are celebrated in the new anthology Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries, which was released Monday and features essays from dozens of pioneers of the field.

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“One of my goals with this book is to inspire the next generation of women who are active in women’s spirituality to bring that vision of the divine into the world,” said Miriam Robbins Dexter, a research scholar at UCLA who co-edited the anthology with author and scholar Vicki Noble.

At the time Dexter began studying Indo-European goddesses in college in the ’70s, she thought the interest in women’s spirituality might be “a passing fad.” But that didn’t particularly matter to her.

“What I did know was that I was on my life path,” she said.

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White House to Host Summit Focusing on Women and Girls of Color

By: Maya Rhodan @m_rhodan 3:46 PM ET

After taking heat for not addressing issues affecting women and girls of color, the White House will host a summit Friday on expanding opportunity for them.

Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and the White House Council on Women and Girls will host women who are experts on a range of subjects such as violence, workers rights, hip hop and health as it releases an update to the 2014 report “Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunities.”

Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Valerie Jarrett onstage at Grounded in History, Soaring into the Future: Rev. Joseph E. Lowery’s 94th Birthday Celebration at Delta flight Museum on October 6, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The summit will focus on a range of issues including economic development, healthcare, criminal justice, vulnerability to violence, hip-hop, and images of women in media. Participants include Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Tina Tchen of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Cecilia Muñoz of the White House Domestic Policy Council, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and Teresa Younger of the Ms. Foundation.

The Administration has found itself in an interesting position in President Obama’s second term. Though Obama was praised for taking steps to address problems facing boys and young men of color through his My Brother’s Keeper Program, the gendered focus made many girls and women’s advocates wondering about their issues.

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