I’m actually concerned for boys who complain about how different girls look without makeup. Like did you think eyeshadow permanently alters a girls eyelid? Are you frightened when people change clothes
Ella Fitzgerald tells of winning a lawsuit for being wrongfully taken off a plane because of her race. (1970)
This is Allie, the creator of Women’s Issues Are Society’s Issues. Today is my birthday, and I am doing something special to celebrate this year.
Instead of gifts, I am asking friends, family, and now you, beautiful Tumblr followers, to consider making a donation to the School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA) in a campaign I am calling Heart + SOLA. SOLA is an amazing nonprofit that creates education and leadership opportunities for Afghan girls and women.
It is difficult to truly understand that girls are risking their lives every single day that they go to school - it’s really made me reflect on the importance of education, and I am in awe of the courage and strength of these girls and their families.
You can learn about where your donation will go here: from school fees, to supporting the students’ safety and health. SOLA is a 501(c)(3) and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
If you make a contribution, please shoot me a quick message - I would love to hear about it. Thanks for your consideration, and thank you always for your support of womenaresociety. :)
Let us move beyond having women as mere listeners and passive participants in decision-making circles.
Let’s listen to them not for the sake of fulfilling quotas but because it is the right and smart thing to do.
— Shabana Basij-Rasikh, SOLA President & Co-Founder
“Dare to educate Afghan girls" - Shabana Basij-Rasikh
Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. 22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan, School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA). She celebrates the power of a family’s decision to believe in their daughters — and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats. (Filmed at TEDxWomen)