10/20 – This Week in Women: Let There be Light

10/20 – This Week in Women:

Let There be Light

Callista Gingrich. Photo courtesy of The Daily Beast

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This week shed light on a variety of issues that face not just women, but those we face as global citizens. From the #MeToo movement filling our Facebook feeds to the vulnerability that accompanies freedom of speech, with some ups and downs in between, these are the women you need to know about this week.

The bravery of Jenny Mollen

After just a few days post-C-section, actress Jenny Mollen shared an image of her bandaged stomach on Instagram. Now, a week later, and the actress has shared yet another image of her stomach post-op, writing, “One week post op. Staples out. Steri strips on. #babybiggs.” Since the beginning of her pregnancy with her second child, Mollen shared the process with her followers, to raise awareness around placenta previa and now that conversation has transferred to her recent c-section. Mollen said she wanted to “keep it real” during this pregnancy, drawing attention to the ups and downs for nine months. Although her various posts received feedback for being “too candid,” Mollen continued to share her journey and continues to share as she heals and starts life with her new baby Lazlo.

Jenny Mollen. Photo courtesy of Jenny Mollen
The woman behind the #MeToo campaign

Ten years ago Tarana Burke began a campaign to increase the conversation around sexual assault. The ‘me too’ campaign was a small “grassroots movement” that this week transitioned into a new direction as the rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein continue to be at the forefront of headlines–the #MeToo posts filled social media feeds from Facebook to Instagram.

Ebony quotes Burke saying, “It wasn’t built to be a viral campaign or a hashtag that is here today and forgotten tomorrow. It was a catchphrase to be used from survivor to survivor to let folks know that they were not alone and that a movement for radical healing was happening and possible.” Burke originally focused her campaign to aid sexual assault survivors in underprivileged communities with the motto, “empowerment through empathy.”

Tarana Burke. Photo courtesy of Glamour
Callista Gingrich is the next U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican

This week, Callista Gingrich won a 70-23 senate vote to confirm her new role as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. She was first nominated in May by President Trump and since gained senate backing from key Democrats. Although Gingrich is known as being the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, she is also the CEO of Gingrich Productions and has been a long-time member of the choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

The Catholic News Agency shared that it was because of Callista that Newt Gingrich converted to Catholicism in 2009, after being married to her for nine years, as she “brought him towards the faith.” The new U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican is also an author and filmmaker.

Meet New Zealand’s next Prime Minister: Jacinda Ardern

For the third time in history, New Zealand welcomes a female prime minister. Jacinda Ardern heads the Labour Party, and on Thursday received backing from Winston Peters’ New Zealand First party to confirm Arden’s incoming role as Prime Minister. The Labour party was able to form a coalition government with the support of the New Zealand First party and backing by the Greens party.

At 37 years old, Ardern becomes the youngest prime minister for the country in 150 years, promising “a fairer, better” New Zealand. Arden was first elected as a member of parliament in 2008 and has called herself a “social and progressive” democrat. She previously worked for the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark, as well as a policy advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Her most recent involvement in New Zealand’s politics was her election to the Mount Albert electorate earlier this year.

Jacinda Ardem. Photo courtesy of Newshub
Remembering Daphne Caruana Galizia

Daphne Caruana Galizia was an investigative journalist in Malta, listed by Politico as one of the 28 Europeans “shaping, shaking and stirring” Europe. On Monday, Caruana Galizia had gotten into her car just outside the capital of Malta when a bomb exploded and killed the journalist. The 53-year-old was predominately known for the work she did to expose Malta’s connection the the Panama Papers document leak, and for the exposure of high-level corruption cases throughout the country on her political blog. The investigation into her death is being prioritized by the Committee to Protect Journalists, with the Robert Mahoney as the deputy executive director of the CPJ commenting, “Daphne Caruana Galizia investigated wrongdoing in Malta’s political, business and criminal worlds. The investigation into her murder therefore must be thorough, credible and timely.” Her murder is being called “a dark day for democracy” as Caruana Galizia used every right to her freedom of speech as a journalist and truth-seeker, yet was ultimately punished. She leaves behind a husband and three sons.

Daphne Caruana Galizia. Photo courtesy of Independent
Jillian Dara

Jillian grew up an island girl but converted to city style after living in Boston, London, Santiago, and now, NYC. She is a writer, editor and content creator with a desire to share stories in the lifestyle genre. With a particular focus on travel and profiles, she prides herself on sharing the most authentic story for those who aren’t able to share their own.

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