2 pages of posts tagged with real life girls fighting evil


I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

(at the Avis Frank Gallery, 1606 White Oak Dr., Houston, TX 77009)


Badass women of the future:

  1. Malavath Poorna, the youngest person ever to reach Mount Everest’s summit at the age of 13 years, 11 months
  2. Ann Makosinksi, Canadian inventor of a flashlight powered strictly by body heat at age 16

  3. Mo’Ne Davis, first girl to throw a Little League World Series shutout in history, with fastballs reaching speeds of up to 70mph, at age 13

  4. Alia Sabur, youngest university professor in the world, appointed to Konkuk University in South Korea at age 18

  5. Asia Newson, owning and operating a candle sales business alongside her father, is Detroit’s youngest entrepreneur at age 10


Meet The Generation Of Incredible Native American Women Fighting To Preserve Their Culture by Danielle Seewalker for Marie Claire UK

Native Americans represent just one per cent of the US population and some languages have only one speaker left. Now a new generation is fighting to preserve the culture.

Meet the women leading that fight: http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/547176/meet-the-generation-of-incredible-native-american-women-fighting-to-preserve-their-culture.html#y5UioxWL1hQHhom1.01


Teen scientist harnesses sun power to help Navajo community

New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition.

Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the needs of her community. Many of her impoverished neighbors lacked basics such as electricity, as well as stoves and ovens to cook food.

Though resources in the high desert are limited, Raquel realized one was inexhaustible: the sun. “That’s where I got the idea of building a solar oven,” the teen says.

She researched solar ovens and found that most incorporate mirrors or other expensive materials. Raquel wanted to create a design that anyone could easily afford and replicate, using readily available materials.

READ MORE HERE: http://lrinspire.com/2014/06/19/teen-scientist-harnesses-sun-power-to-help-navajo-community/


Air Quality & Asthma [St. Louis Metropolitan Region, MO]

On good days, St. Louis’s Air Quality Index sits on the high end of green—polluted, but not dangerously high. On these days, the city’s air is often just about to slip from the green “good,” to the yellow “moderate.” As summer intensifies though, the year-round pollution caused by the coal industry, tobacco use, and radon gas starts to take its toll. The index slips from green to yellow, orange, even red as the seasons change, ranging between “unhealthy for sensitive groups” and “unhealthy” for all St. Louis citizens. High levels of pollutants emitted from the combustion of fossil fuels, as well as the city’s lax environmental regulations, denote St. Louis as having the 12th unhealthiest air in the United States, according to American Lung Association’s 2013 report. 

Modern pollution has negative, but insidious, ramifications for health. Pollution is traditionally considered to have more immediate, tangible effects: drink polluted water, get sick the same day. The illness spread by air pollution, however, builds slowly. Effects often only appear after decades, and even then, there are so many pollutive forces that the origins of disease can be hard to track. What we do know: particulates from air pollution—from places prevalent as exhaust pipes of cars and coal power plants—build up in the lungs, causing inflammation, long-term lung problems, and, eventually, lethal heart problems. Ozone pollution shortens life span, and is associated with cardiovascular disease, strokes, and further respiratory problems. Cancer has also been linked to air pollution. Further, this relationship between air pollution and respiratory processes means that any source of air pollution also worsens asthma, particularly in children and senior citizens.

The effects of air pollution run rampant in the communities around St. Louis’s metropolitan area. 

Professor Krummenacher of Washington University explains, “We’re a city that has a lot of industrial pollution; we’re an old industrial city, we’re a river city. We’re also a city that has big traffic problems. Those things come together here in the region to give us a pretty nasty mess.”

That mess?

Asthma causes the highest frequencies of admissions to St. Louis Children’s Hospital. One quarter of the state’s childhood asthma deaths occur in St. Louis City. Lung-related health problems disproportionately plague the racial and ethnic communities that live near St. Louis highways and coal power plants. St. Louis Children’s Hospital reports that zip codes in East St. Louis have significantly higher admission than the rest of the city, showing direct correlation between health disparity and socioeconomic situation. 

More than that, East St. Louis has been determined to have the worst asthma rates in the nation. 

Further parallel is evident between health disparity and race: African-American children account for over 90% of childhood asthma emergency department visits in St. Louis City. 

Susannah Fuchs, director of the local branch of the American Lung Association, works to improve air quality. “In my community work, we’ve seen no matter how much public education you provide, no matter how many ads you buy, people still don’t immediately see how air pollution relates to health,” she says. She describes the education process as difficult, but entirely necessary, and entirely worth the good it can do. “If you look at the last couple of decades, the levels of air pollution have definitely gone down. However, it’s still being fought for—because as it’s reducing, we’re seeing studies coming out that show the health ramifications of air pollution are much worse than we thought they were.”

In St. Louis, these ramifications might surprise you. In a lawsuit recently filed, a local advocacy group, the Sierra Club, cites almost 8,000 violations of the Clean Air Act committed by Ameren. The Clean Air Task Force is a non-profit organization that studies the effects of air pollution. 

They have determined that Ameren’s Labadie coal plant, Meramec coal plant, and Rush Island coal plant (all located in proximity to St. Louis) contribute to 3,870 asthma attacks, 360 heart attacks, and 226 premature deaths every year.

Much of this illness and death relates to the violations cited by the Sierra Club, and could be mitigated if legal action were taken. 

More than this, a company called Peabody Energy threatens to worsen current air quality conditions in general. Although they do not have power plants around St. Louis, they are headquartered in Missouri and have a seat on the board at large institutions like Washington University and Barnes Jewish Hospital. In this case, air pollution enabled by a Missouri company has consequences all across the nation.

Due to the efforts of organizations like the American Lung Association, over the past fourteen years of air monitoring, air quality has improved. Legislation that limits the emissions of coal-fired power plants and restricts tobacco use in public areas was passed in the form of 1970’s EPA Clean Air Act and 2011’s Indoor Clean Air Code. St. Louisans now breathe cleaner air. However, there is still work to be done: despite the overall positive trend, last year, air quality worsened. Through groups like the Sierra Club, the fight continues to actually make industry powers adhere to these legislations. 

Fuchs says, “These health effects of air pollution have a huge community cost that everyone shoulders—including industry, who’s fighting the reductions. So even if people fight these changes, in the long run it turns out to benefit everybody.” And meanwhile, American Lung Association continues to educate the community through programs that teach students how to manage their health and understand environment-to-health relationships.

Despite all this, Fuchs offers hope through the future, saying, “Ideally we can continue to reduce air pollution, continue to push the edge of the envelope to make stronger restrictions and reduce pollution from all the different sources.” Through the efforts of community organizations and local attention, perhaps, indeed, this could be achieved.

In solidarity with Students Against Peabody.

Students Against Peabody [PETITION]


Environmental justice is social justice.

There’s some awesome stuff going down at Washington University in St. Louis right now. Namely, a coalition of student environmental & social justice groups have banded together to protest the human and environmental rights violations of Peabody…


Eva Mirabal wasn’t just the first female Native American cartoonist—she was one of the first Native American cartoonists period, and one of the first female creators to have her own strip. Born Eah-Ha-Wa (“Fast Growing Corn” in the Tiwa language), Mirabal grew up surrounded by art: her father served as an artists’ model, she spent years studying art at the Santa Fe Indian school under director Dorothy Dunn, who recognized her “ability to translate everyday events into scenes of warmth and seminaturalistic beauty” right off the bat, and at nineteen was featured as part of a gallery exhibition in Chicago. World War II brought her work to a wider audience when, after enlisting in the Woman’s Army Corps in 1943, she was commissioned to create a strip for the Corps newsletter. G.I. Gertie gave canny, irreverent voice to women in the military, and Mirabal was quickly commissioned for more work, most notably her posters advertising war bonds. After the war, she served as an Artist-in-Residence at Southern Illinois University, painted murals for schools, planetariums, and military facilities, and eventually returned to the Taos Pueblo. Her later works, signed not as Eva Mirabal but as Eah-Ha-Wah, depict everyday Pueblo life with uncommon passion and candor.

Today, Eva Mirabal is far from celebrated. You’re really only going to find the same G.I.Gertie strip over and over again if you search online, many of her murals have been demolished, and her tumblr tag is empty. But her work—intimate, warm, and keenly felt—stands strong, decades after her death. The comics and art world stand in sore need of women like Mirabal: G.I. Gertie was not the work of a male cartoonist, cracking jokes about those silly women and their silly woman concerns, nor are her paintings the product of a white observer, smearing his bias across a community he “discovered.” Mirabal was a woman writing for women, a member of the Taos Pueblo creating for the Taos Pueblo—an artist committed to her world and its validity.

(Third in a series on women in the comics industry.) 




"When Cynthia Koenig, a young social entrepreneur from New York, learned that millions of girls and women around the world spend hours each day collecting water from distant sources, she decided to create a new way to help people in poor communities transport water and it’s called the WaterWheel. Koenig’s WaterWheel allows people to roll water in a 50-liter container versus carrying it in 5 gallon (19 liter) jugs. Koenig estimates that the WaterWheel can save women 35 hours per week in water transport time, as well as prevent the physical strain that comes from balancing 40 pounds of water on top of their heads for hours each day. 

Every day around the world, over 200 million hours are spent each day fetching water, often from water sources miles from home, and this task usually falls to women and girls. By freeing up valuable time, the WaterWheel allows women to spend time on income-generating activities that can help pull her family out of poverty. The time savings also means that there is a greater likelihood that girls will be allowed to stay in school, further reducing the rate of intergenerational poverty. 

After receiving a $100,000 Grand Challenges Canada prize to develop the WaterWheel, Koenig founded a social enterprise company, Wello. The company is in an early stage of development and has been piloting the WaterWheel in rural communities in India. Koenig also plans on continuing to make the WaterWheel itself more useful by adding in filtration, drip irrigation kits, even a cell phone charger that uses the rotation of the wheel to charge the battery of the cell phone and give people more access to essentials like communication and education. 

To learn more about this invention and its potential to transform the lives of many girls and women around the world, check out Koenig’s TED talk and you can read a recent article in The Guardian about her venture. To learn more about how to support her work, visit Wello’s website.”

For a wonderful book about more female innovators and inventors throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women” for readers 8 to 13.

To help children and teens better understand the challenges many children around the world face in order to go to school, check out the blog post, “Honoring Malala: Mighty Girl Books on Children’s Fight for Education,” showcasing our top books for young readers on children’s educational access issues.

A Mighty Girl also has a section highlighting stories that feature poverty and hardship as a significant theme. Such stories provide opportunities for parents to discuss these topics with their children while also helping to foster children’s empathy for people living in difficult circumstances. Learn more here.”

In tales of badass women today…

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Hello! I am so excited to present this week’s girl fighting evil. Kailey runs one of my favorite blogs, a pink-filled positive wonderland called Mermaidens. Not only that, but she’s a lovely illustrator and has an amazing personal style. Let’s dive right in.

1) What about mermaids inspires you?
Always being drawn to fairytales and escapism as a child, I haven’t grown out of being in awe of the idea of women who dwell in underwater reefs and adorn themselves with shells and starfish.

2) What draws you to fashion?
For the longest time I felt like the clothes I wanted to wear were forever out of my reach and I ended up wearing t-shirts and jeans all the time. As great as I think t-shirts and jeans are, I felt very self-conscious about myself and body in them. Over time, I realized that this wasn’t the case at all - and realizing the greatness that is online shopping (like on etsy!), thrifting, and DIY, I realized dressing how I wanted wasn’t impossible at all! As I started experimenting with my personal style and learning what I felt the most comfortable in, my self-conscious and overall opinion on my outward appearance has improved so much. Knowing fashion can play such an important role in how we see ourselves makes it invaluable to me.
3) What makes you feel brave?
Remembering the beautiful people I have in my life supporting and rooting for me! Taking time to take care of myself, putting on lipstick, and wearing one of my favorite outfits gives me courage as well.

4) What advice do you have for other girls who are illustrators?
I know it’s difficult, but try your hardest to not compare yourself to others and get discouraged! Comparison is the thief of joy and I guarantee both you AND your work is good enough.

5) If you were stuck in a world fighting evil demons, what would your weapon be?
I would love Fionna’s crystal sword!

♥ Kailey’s blog Mermaidens
♥ Kailey’s illustration blog
♥ Kailey’s Tumblr  
See this post on the Girls Fighting Evil blog!

Interview with a Real-Life Girl Fighting Evil! 

Today’s girl fighting evil is someone I’ve admired for a long time! Kaley runs Honeypie on Etsy, a delightful shop that sells beautiful floral crowns and adorable hair bows. She’s incredibly nice and has a great blog! Her headbands are stunning, and guaranteed to make you feel like you live in a fairy tale.

1.  Your floral crowns are so pretty- I have one that I bought from you that I love. What about floral crowns drew you to them?
Well, firstly, thank you for supporting my shop! I started making floral hair pieces five years ago, I worked at a bank and the tellers had a pretty awful dress code. I’d always been a special snowflake, so I wanted something to show everyone I was more than an itchy sweater vest. I started out by simply gluing a few craft store flowers to a plastic headband. After receiving compliments at work, I posted more designs on Livejournal (RIP), and a friend suggested I try out this new website called Etsy. 

Ever since, I’ve been designing flower hair crowns, hair bows and clips with new and vintage supplies. I love it!
2. What makes you feel brave?
I feel brave when I’m a ‘friend to myself’ - when I take the time to comfort and console myself - just like I would for a friend. It always takes bravery to let down your walls, but being brave all starts with trusting yourself, knowing yourself, and loving yourself.

3. What are some of the challenges you face running an Etsy store?
Running an Etsy store on my own is tough, I’m responsible for everything from buying supplies and designing new pieces, to answering emails and running to the post office. I’m so grateful to have the customers that I do, they are so friendly and supportive. Every time I make a sale I can’t help but smile. Someone out there in the world wants something that I made with my own two hands! I think the most difficult part of running my shop would have to be finding a balance between work and play. It’s always hard to say no to plans with friends, or even just spending the afternoon on the couch, but most of the time you really need to commit to your work.

hair bows/rustic woodland flower crown
4. What advice do you have for other girls who are looking to start selling their creations, but don’t know how to start?
If you are interested in busting into the handmade world of Etsy, or are planning on opening your own online shop, I would start by contacting any successful sellers that inspire you. Most of them (like me!) would be more than happy to offer any advice or feedback. I would also announce your shop “grand opening” with a giveaway (through Tumblr, Instagram or Pinterest), link back to your shop in the post and you’re bound to get some exposure.
5. If you were in a world where demons were attacking, what would be your weapon of choice?
Demons, eh? That’s tough. In times like this, I always think of my Wood Elf character from Skyrim. I’ve maxed out her sneaking and archery skills and have found that’s the most effective way for me to take down bandits, steal gold and cause a general ruckus. Those demons won’t stand a chance against my light feet and sneaky bow!
Kaley’s Tumblr
Kaley’s Blog 
hair bow pin/daisy flower crown
See this interview on the Girls Fighting Evil Blog!