9/1 – This Week in Women: Making History

9/1 – This Week in Women:

Making History

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From grand donations to emotional speeches and the longest tennis match of women’s U.S. Open history, this week brought headlines capturing women’s pursuits to lead the next generation, highlighting that no act is too small in making history to reshape our future.

Pink highlights androgynous rock stars and childhood bullying in VMA speech
Pink. Photo Courtesy of Boomsbeat

As the VMAs began the week with performances and awards to reminisce on for the week, Pink’s speech upon accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award was among one of the memories that stood out; producing conversation around androgynous stars and childhood bullying. As she accepted this year’s award, Pink dedicated it to her daughter, using the time to share the personal story when her six-year-old told her, “I’m the ugliest girl I know,” offering the explanation, “I look like a boy with long hair.” In response to this, Pink put together a PowerPoint presentation of “androgynous rock stars and artists that live their truth,” said Pink. “Who are probably made fun everyday of their life and carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us.” Pink continued, sharing how this personally struck her as “looking like a boy” is how people make fun of her, however, she doesn’t change. The artist wrapped up her speech reiterating the dedication to her daughter and the need to highlight beauty in its different forms, “We don’t change. We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl.”  

Shelby Rogers wins longest women’s match of U.S. Open history

After three hours and 33 minutes, the 24-year-old American won the match over her Australian component, Daria Gavrilova. Rogers beat out Gavrilova 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Thursday, ultimately winning the longest match in women’s U.S. Open history, yet, said, “I didn’t feel like it was the longest match ever.” Up until Thursday’s win, Johanna Konta held the previous title for longest match, at three hours, 23 minutes in 2015. The 62nd-ranked Rogers goes on to play No.4 seed, Elina Svitolina in her third round of the U.S. Open on Saturday, September 2.

Karlie Kloss leads her most recent three-day coding bootcamp
Karlie Kloss. Photo Courtesy of Fast Company

Karlie Kloss began the week by teaching 25 girls from the Atlanta Girls School to code, with the help of Spanx founder, Sara Blakely. Three years ago, the supermodel started her coding initiative, Kode with Klossy to offer scholarships to young women who wanted to attend a two-week summer camp of coding at New York’s Flatiron School–where Kloss originally took her first coding class. Inspired by her work with more than 400 girls since 2014, Kloss decided to expand the program to reach more young women, by condensing the two-week summer programs into a free, three-day, “back-to-school” coding bootcamp. Her most recent workshop in Atlanta, rounds out Kloss’ work thus far with previous partners being Electric Girls in New Orleans, Girls Inc. of Omaha, and CodeGals in Miami.

Sandra Bullock, Miley Cyrus and Beyonce among stars who donated to Houston-relief efforts

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Hollywood has stepped in to contribute to donation efforts. Among the donations rolling in, these women captured headlines with their efforts, with Bullock being one of the first to pledge $1 million to the American Red Cross, commenting, “I’m just grateful I can do it. We all have to do our part.” Miley Cyrus pledged $500,000 during her tearful appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, and Beyonce pledged an undisclosed amount, encouraging the nation to contribute what they can too.

Princess Diana remembered after 20 years since her death
Princess Diana. Photo Courtesy of CNN

Thursday, August 31 marked 20 years since Princess Diana’s deadly car accident. As a result, this week was filled with tributes to her memory, and her legacy, with stars like Cindy Crawford remembering “classy” interactions with the late-Princess, as well as her sons visiting her Kensington Palace memorial garden; reminding the world of how they’re carrying on her legacy. During their visit to the memorial, Prince William and Prince Harry were accompanied by a handful of charity representatives that Princess Diana supported, which included the Great Ormond Street Hospital, the English National Ballet and the Leprosy Mission, Centrepoint. As part of an effort to reflect their mother’s charitable work, both Prince William and Prince Harry support organizations of their own, of which representatives from the Royal Marsden Hospital (Prince William) and the National Aids Trust (Prince Harry) were also in attendance.

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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