“There’s a Glitch in our Online Communities” #TWT

In 2017, a brilliant organization named Glitch was created. Seyi Akiwowo, who is 28 years old, is the one behind the organization and designed it to end online abuse.

Did you know that women are 27 times more likely to be harassed online than men, and if you’re a women of color it is a lot worse?

Seyi Akiwowo experienced online abuse herself and felt that there wasn’t much guidance or anyone to help her. She decided to take matters into her own hands and started Glitch to support women and girls who are victims of online abuse as well as help them stand up for their rights. Through many online campaigns and media coverage, Glitch was finally able to get social media platforms to take action.

Aside from Glitch, Seyi was elected as the youngest black female councillor in east London in 2014 and last year, she was named Amnesty international’s Human Rights Defender.

It is so inspiring for Seyi to rise from her trauma and create a platform to help prevent girls from online harassment, especially because social media is prominent in our generation. I admire her strength and her ability to be an advocate for all women. Seyi Akiwowo is a girl with beauty and brains!

1921 Tulsa Race Riot Survivor #TWF

In 1921 from May 31 to June 1, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history occurred. It is known as the Tulsa Race Riot and it was 18 hours full of violence. More than one thousand homes and businesses were destroyed and over 300 people were killed. The whole black community there was burned down to the ground. One of the last survivors of the riot, Dr. Olivia J. Hooker, has recently passed away at age 103. She is our terrific woman this Friday.

Dr. Hooker was only six years old when the Tulsa riot occurred. She said she remembered being woken up by thudding noises outside her window. Her mother made her look out her window and there she saw a machine gun not too far from her house. Her mother said, “That is a machine gun in the hill, and there’s an American Flag on it. That means that your country is shooting at you.”

Dr. Hooker has accomplished an abundance of things during her time her on earth. She graduated at Ohio State University and went on to teach third graders for seven years. After, she was a U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and was the first African American to serve on active duty in the Guard.

She attended Columbia University’s Teacher College to receive her Masters in Psychological Services and then received her doctorate from the University of Rochester. Dr. Hooker served as Director of Psychology and Association Administrator at New York’s Kennedy Child Study Center. While working there, she also taught at Fordham University in the school of Arts and Sciences.

Despite the horrific events she went through and the hundreds of people her and her community lost, Dr. Hooker has definitely made a positive impact towards this country. She was a determined lady who exemplified how strong black women are, and what they are capable of. Rest In Peace Dr. Olivia J. Hooker.

She was a girl with beauty and brains!

You Can Sit With Us #TWF

This beauty is using technology to better her community. If you are sitting alone during lunch in school, you can now use the app, Sit With Us, to find a welcoming table you can sit at. The beauty behind this brilliant app is Natalie Hampton, who is our terrific woman this Friday.

In junior high, Natalie, unfortunately, experienced some bullying and name-calling and found herself sitting alone during Lunch. All she wanted was for someone to reach out. But instead of waiting, she reached out to other kids sitting alone and invited them to sit with her. Most of them became her really close friends. Her own personal experience was the inspiration behind, Sit With Us.

“Even though just about every school has bullies, I believe each school has a larger number of upstanders who want to make their schools more inclusive and kind” Natalie noted in an interview.

Natalie is changing kids lives and school environments with this app. Natalie is a girl with beauty and brains!

The ‘We Call B.S.,’Game-Changing Teenager #TWF

This beauty is a teen activist and advocate for gun control. She is a survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that happened earlier this year. Our terrific woman this Friday is Emma González.

After the shooting that happened at Emma’s school, she realized that it was important to take action so that nothing like that ever happens again. So in response to the situation, she co-founded the gun control advocacy group.

Emma has also helped organize the worldwide march, March for Our Lives . She has made many high profile media appearances and continues to speak for those who have lost their lives due to gun violence.

Emma is a beauty with a bright future ahead. Her actions are truly inspirational and she emphasizes how important it is for your voice to be heard. She is a girl with beauty and brains!

First Black Woman to Win an Olympic Gold Medal #TWT

This beauty made history at the 1948 Olympics in London when she leaped to a record-breaking height of 5 feet, 6 and 1/8 inches in the high jump finals to become the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Alice Coachman. Do you think you could beat her record in high jumps?

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Alice Coachman was one of 10 children and was raised in the segregated south. She was denied any form of training and participation in organized sports events. So like any determined teen would do, she trained on her own. She ran barefoot in fields and on dirt roads, using old equipment to improve her high jump.

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When Alice attended high school, she trained under the boys’ track coach, Harry E. Lash. At 16 years old she was already scouted and given a scholarship by the athletic department at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Before attending college she made her mark at Madison High School, leaving them with a new high jump record. But before even stepping foot into Tuskegee Institute, she managed to beat the college high jump record in the Amateur Athlete Union national championship’s track and field competition.

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In 1948, Alice went to London to compete in the Olympics and was finally able to show the world how talented she was. On that day she made history, becoming the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

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Later in life, Alice went back to Albany College to finish her degree. She also established the Alice Coachman Track and Field Foundation to help support younger athletes and provide assistance to retired Olympic veterans. We love a beauty who is also able to give back in any shape or form! Alice was a go-getter and made history. Her achievements will never be forgotten! Alice is a girl with beauty and brains.

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She is a role model to all in the modeling industry #TWT

This beauty was the first woman to compete for Miss Minnesota USA in a hijab and a burkini. But before that, she lived at a refugee camp in Kenya. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Halima Aden.

Halima moved to Missouri through a refugee Resettlement program when she was seven years old. With a serious work ethic and of course her beauty, she was handed a modeling contract with IMG.

But Halima didn’t become just an ordinary model, she also became a role model to others. She remained true to herself by not changing just to fit society’s definition of a “beautiful.” She continues to walk international runways in a hijab and has modeled for some of the most biggest names in the industry, including Fenty Beauty.

Besides modeling, Halima always takes time out of her busy schedule to assist the UNICEF in their work with refugees around the world. She also talks to colleges and universities about diversity in fashion and the power of representation. It is an important conversation that helps young adults understand that they don’t need to be like everyone else, they can be original and confident, and still succeed (probably even more).

Halima said she never felt beautiful when she was younger because she never saw someone that looked like her on TV or on billboards. Now she is making sure that no kid ever feels the way she felt by being that figure who is Muslim and black in the modeling industry, which is something you don’t see.

Thank you Halima for staying grounded in your culture, embracing who you are, and inspiring women to just be themselves. Halima Aden is a girls with beauty and brains.

Wangari Maathai #TWT

This beauty was a Kenyan political and environmental activist and her country’s assistant minister of environment, natural resources, and wildlife. This Tuesday’s terrific woman is Wangari Maathai.

Wangari is the first women in Central Africa to earn a doctorate. Education was important to her and in 2002 she was elected to Kenya’s National Assembly. Wangari has written several books and scholarly articles which led her to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She won it for her “holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights, and women’s rights.”

Wangari passed away in 2011 but her legacy still continues. She is the woman behind the Green Belt Movement, which helps to reforest Kenya’s land and provide women with more opportunities. With this movement, Wangari was able to plant more than 30 million trees in Kenya and supplied about 30,000 women with new skills.

“Women needed income and they needed resources because theirs were being depleted. So we decided to solve both problems together,” Wangari told people magazine once.

Thank you Wangari for making your mark on this world and showing how powerful women can be. Wangari is a girl with beauty and brains.

This Social Activist Saved Many Orphans’ Lives #TWT

Have you ever sacrificed your wants to help someone with their needs? Well, this beauty helped others no matter what her circumstances were. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Sindhutai Sapkal. She is known as the “mother of orphans” and is an Indian social worker and social activist.

Sapkal was born on November 14th, 1948. She always had the passion to learn and be educated about the world, but her mother forbidden it and pulled her out of school in the 4th grade. Back then, it was inappropriate for women to gain as much knowledge as men although, as we know, they were very much capable of it. At the age of ten years old, she was forced to marry a 30-year-old. During this marriage, Sapkal was beaten and abandoned. She was also hated by her community because she strongly opposed the exploitation of women.

The lack of support that her husband and the rest of the community gave her did not make her back down. Instead, it made her feel stronger about the situation. When she and her daughter were homeless, she encountered many orphans and women who were ignored by society. Ever since that moment, she adopted those orphans and even begged on the street to feed them. To this day, she has adopted and cared for over 1,200 orphaned children. Yes, you read that right!

Sapkal saved so many lives even though she didn’t have much to provide for her and her own kids. She has won over 270 awards from different organizations, and she has founded many organizations across Maharashtra which provide education and shelter to all orphans. Thank you Sindhutai Sapkal for nurturing and shaping the futures of many orphans. Sindhutai Sapkal is a girl with beauty and brains!

She is the president and co-founder of RewardStyle #TWT

This Tuesday’s terrific woman is Amber Venz. This young entrepreneur is the president and co-founder of RewardStyle, which is a monetization platform for top-tier beauty, fashion, and lifestyle publishers.

Before creating her platform, Amber worked in many areas of fashion. As a freshman in college, she launched her own jewelry line and she sold it to retailers across the U.S. Then she worked as a freelance stylist in LA. But after all of that, Amber realized that she wanted to help other entrepreneurs, bloggers, and retailers. RewardStyle has over 4,000 retailers and 14,000 publishers on their network. It allows them to promote their content and it has brought many shoppers to purchase more than $250 million in merchandise.  Amber is a girl with beauty and brains!

 

 

The First African American Woman to Win a Pulitzer Prize! #TWT

Poetry is a beautiful thing. Images, figurative language, and rhythm are just some of the rhetorical devices used in poetry. Poetry is usually structured and allows you to wonder, question, and imagine what the meaning of the texts is. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Gwendolyn Brooks. She was a postwar poet, and is the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for her book, “Annie Allen.”

Gwendolyn published her first poem in a magazine when she was 13, and by 16 she had about 75 poems published! She took any opportunity she could get just so her work could be seen. She submitted her work to the Chicago Defender, which is a leading African American newspaper, and that is how many of her poems received exposure. When attending high school, Gwendolyn encountered racial prejudice which gradually made her a stronger person and influenced her writing. She didn’t let the social injustices in the United States negatively affect who she was. Instead, she found a way to learn and grow from the situation.

Gwendolyn used her craft to help others. She arranged poetry workshops for African Americans, and she taught at many colleges/universities such as Chicago State University, Columbia University, and the University of Wisconsin, as a creative writing instructor. Gwendolyn is a great example of a hardworking and determined woman! She is a girl with beauty and brains!