Phenomenal Woman: Miss Major

Photo Credit: Still from MAJOR! the documentary about her life “That's how it started. Since no one was going to do it for us, we had to do it for ourselves.” Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, born October 25th, 1940, is a Trans Elder, and one of the participants of the Stonewall Riots. Like many of the…

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Phenomenal Woman: Malavath Purna

Photo Credit: BBC Born June 10th, 2000, in Telangana, India. Malavath is an Indigenous Indian mountaineer. While attending school at the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society, she was shortlisted for ‘Operation Everest’ a summit expedition to Mount Everest. On May 24, 2014 at the age of 13 years, 10 months and 15 days…

Phenomenal Woman: Whina Cooper

Hōhepine Te Wake, more commonly known as Dame Whina Cooper, was a Māori activist who championed women’s and Māori rights in New Zealand. She briefly worked as a teacher before leaving the role in 1914, out of frustration at being unable to give her community the attention it deserved. Her first foray into politics came…

Phenomenal Woman: Monifa Bandele

Born in Brooklyn, New York, it seems that Monifa Bandele was always going to be an activist for maternal justice and food equality. Growing up, Monifa had a mother (a social worker) who eventually worked her way up to the directorship of the largest WIC (Women Infant and Children) program in New York City and…