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International Woman of the Day – Lara Croft

Mar
08

And for the final article in our International Woman of the Day series, Catriona Reilly goes for Lara Croft.

Like many people from my generation, I wasted a large chunk of my formative years gripping a PlayStation controller. I spent so much of my childhood in the company of that noisy grey box that I often wonder what I could have achieved had I cultivated hobbies or pursued academic interests instead. Perhaps I could have been a neurosurgeon or a laureate, or maybe I would simply have a better grasp of basic grammar. But, I would have also probably developed crippling emotional issues and I would never have discovered my childhood hero – Lara Croft.

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International Woman of the Day – Dorothy Parker

Mar
08

For the next in the closing rounds of our International Woman of the Day series, Sophie Kromholz chooses Dorothy Parker.

I unabashedly love Dorothy Parker – her words, her wit, the flirtatious alteration between coy and cutting commentary. Parker was an American 20th century poet, critic and short story writer whose legacy has paved the way for today’s bright young things with big beautiful brains. The Irish have Oscar Wilde, and the Americans have Dorothy Parker, a linguistic heroine with the same sharp tact and elegant finesse – cunning, prosaic and above all quick as a fox in full chase.

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International Woman of the Day – Betty Davis

Mar
08

For the second IWD post of the day, Lucy Brouwer talks about Betty Davis.

The bare facts are: she was born Betty Mabry in North Carolina in 1945; She is definitely not to be confused with the movie star Bette Davis; She was briefly married to jazz superstar Miles Davis.

But the real truth is she is the funkiest women ever to put on a thigh-high boot.

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Celebrated as the woman who made Miles Davis cool again – responsible for introducing him to Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, resulting in the landmark album Bitches Brew – Betty was a young model in New York when she met the jazz musician. They married, but their union was tempestuous and short lived. She kept his name and moved to London. In the early 1970s she started to record herself.
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International Woman of the Day – Marion Gilchrist

Mar
08

Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! To celebrate, we’re wrapping up our month-long series of posts on amazing women with a final set of articles. To kick things off, Rachael Egan chooses Marion Gilchrist as her Woman of the Day.

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I find Marion Gilchrist an inspirational woman in the area of academia in particular.

Marion Gilchrist (1864-1952) is one of the University of Glasgow’s most famous female graduates and the first woman to gain a degree from the University. She graduated MB CM in June 1894 with a high commendation. In 1890 she was one of only nine women who enrolled in the newly-opened Medical School at Queen Margaret College. She would later become the first woman chairman of the Glasgow Division of the British Medical Association.
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International Woman of the Day – Kim Gordon

Mar
07

BBC Introducing’s Jen Long plumps for Kim Gordon as her International Woman of the Day.

I remember being 13 or 14 and babysitting for a family friend. My mum wouldn’t let us have telly you had to pay for, so being in a house that had MTV2 was already enough to make the evening memorable.

I think I put the channel on in the hope of some Limp Bizkit clips, but what I got instead was a documentary (ugh, boring) about some band called Sonic Youth. And that was when the video for Kool Thing flashed up, maybe even just 30 seconds of Kim Gordon, cool as fuck, starring down the camera with disdain. The next day I went out and bought Goo and Daydream Nation.


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International Woman of the Day – Lisa Simpson

Mar
06

Today’s International Woman of the Day is Lisa Simpson, as chosen by Maria Moore.

I may not have realised it back when 6pm meant Simpsons-time, but Lisa Simpson was a brilliant role model. A friend and I were talking about it the other day – how lucky we were to grow up with her. I don’t think we knew at the time what an important influence this particular vegetarian feminist activist would be in our lives. As someone who spent most of my childhood reading, I obviously identified with her bookish ways and loved her for it, but there is so much more to her than just books… It is her thirst for knowledge, determination, and her all-important conviction that there is more to being a girl than sitting quietly and looking pretty that make her such a significant figure.

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International Woman of the Day – Bell Hooks

Mar
03

Dara McClure chooses bell hooks (you bet that’s all lower case – TYCI Does Good Research) as her International Woman of the Day.

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As feminists, we try to see the bigger picture but often get bogged down by how people label us and fall into the trap of talking about how hard it is to be a woman, forgetting our original point about how hard it is to be disabled, homosexual, working class, black, gypsy traveller, too old, too young… the list goes on. Most feminists (male and female) that I know had a moment at which everything suddenly made sense: they read or heard something which eloquently expressed what they considered feminism, what they identified with. For me it was when I was 17 and got my hands on a copy of Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks. I was initially confused by the author’s lower case name. Was this a collective? An error? No, it was the pen name of Gloria Jean Watkins, an incredible, bolshy woman out to make her point that it’s not the author or speaker that’s important, it’s the message.
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International Woman of the Day – Malala Yousafzai

Mar
02

Lis Ferla chooses Malala Yousafzai as her International Woman of the Day.

I write this after a lie-in on a sneaky day off: like so many Western women I’ve been getting up relatively early most weekdays since I was old enough to go to school. I’ve taken a day’s holiday so that work doesn’t interfere with the TYCI radio show later on. Sleeping late is one of my favourite luxuries and the alarm in the morning (admittedly now replaced with the chorus of Jenny Owen Youngs’ fantastic “Wake Up”) one of my least favourite sounds. I was made redundant a few years back, as a direct result of the recession’s stranglehold over the legal profession as so many others, but it has never stopped me taking work and education for granted or posting tweets before red-eye flights moaning about how tired I am. It’s why every couple of weeks I try to take a minute to think about Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old girl who hit the news towards the end of last year after being gunned down by the Taliban for championing girls’ access to education in her native Pakistan.

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International Woman of the Day – Sarah Thornton

Mar
01

Rosie Roberts picks art critic and writer Sarah Thornton as her International Woman of the Day.

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International Woman of the Day – Robyn

Feb
28

Five video reasons why Robyn is Thursday’s International Woman of the Day.

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