Women’s News Round-Up September 1

1. French Burkini Ban Lifted, Controversy Continues


2. The Mothers of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, and Mike Brown Attend the VMAs with Beyoncé


Complex shares that Beyoncé chose to attend the Video Music Awards (VMAs) with, among others, “Sybrina Fulton, Gwen Carr, Lesley McSpadden, and Wanda Johnson, who are the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and Oscar Grant, respectively.” Beyoncé has been a passionate advocate and creative spokeswoman for the Black Lives Matter movement and her epic LEMONADE video included images of these mothers holding pictures of their sons who were killed. “I appreciate her for being bold enough to confront things and being sensitive at the same time,” McFadden said of Beyonce in the above article. Beyoncé, with her 22 wins, has now broken Madonna’s record for the most VMAs.

3. Grandmother Razi Jan Runs a Girls’ School in Afghanistan


Razia Jan is the founder of the Zabuli Education Center, a girls’ school on the edges of the Kabul Province. She is a 72-year-old grandmother who wanted to give girls an opportunity to go to school, which they had previously not been offered in this area. Global Citizen shares that she is still trying to “win over” the village elders. Razia was born in Afghanistan and ended up spending much in her life in the U.S. after political conditions and instability in Afghanistan stalled her return home until 2001. She credits her father, who was imprisoned as a political prisoner and relied on poets such as Hafez to guide him while incarcerated, as a primary source of her passion for learning.

4. Khabar Lahariya, an Indian Women-Run Paper, Is Now Digital-First


Khabar Lahariya (News Waves) began over a decade ago as a hand delivered publication covering issues in the traditionally highly patriarchal areas of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar in India. It is run entirely by women and is now using a digital-first strategy with smartphones, videos, website news, WhatsApp, and Facebook. It is the only known local paper that uses local languages to report the non-main-stream news. The Guardian reports that “Khabar Lahariya was conceptualized by a Delhi-based NGO, Nirantar, a Centre for Gender and Education,” and now seeks to raise its own funding through advertising.

5. Shani Crowe’s NYC Photography Exhibit Shines Light on Hair Braiding for Black Women


Shani Crowe is an interdisciplinary artist who has focused her most recent photography exhibit on celebrating hair braiding in black female culture throughout time and around the world. Crowe said in The New York Times:

“Everything starts within you and how you feel about yourself. It’s just trying to glorify black women and make them imagine themselves beyond their wildest dreams.”

*Extra News Flash*

Nina McLemore’s Explains Her Powerful Clothing Designs on NPR


Nina McLemore, who has designed for Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, among others, shared some of her philosophies on the power of women’s professional clothing on NPR:

“…the research shows that the more diverse a company or a board or a government is, the better the outcomes. And so that’s celebrating women because we need to make sure that women are seen as successful, competent leaders. And the shielding is that if you look at a man’s suit, men are always shielded. You really don’t see much about their bodies. And so in the workforce, you don’t want people concentrating on what you look like.”

-Julia Travers is a writer and artist. Her writing portfolio is here and she runs the artist interview site Ask Artists.

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