Today’s Dame of the Day is Irina Krush (December 24, 1983-). Born in Ukraine, Krush moved to Brooklyn, New York with her family when she was five. As a high school student, Krush participated on her school’s competitive chess team. In 1998, Krush won the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship, becoming the youngest champion ever at age 14. Since her initial victory, Krush went on to dominate the competition, winning the title in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Kaltouma Nadjina (November 16, 1976-). As a student, Nadjina showed promise as a sprinter; when she got older, a grant from the International Olympic Committee allowed her to leave her native Chad and move to Canada to train full-time. Nadjina holds the Chadian records for the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meters.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Anália de Victória Pereira (October 3, 1941-January 7, 2009). In 1983, Pereira and her colleagues formed Angola’s Liberal Democratic Party. Over the course of her political career, Pereira became the president of the party and led it until her death. To date, she was the most visible woman politician in the country’s history.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Danah Al-Nasrallah (March 7, 1988-). In 2004, Al-Nasrallah became the first Kuwaiti woman to compete in the Olympic games; she represented her country as a track and field competitor. Today, she continues her involvement in the running community as an assistant cross country coach in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Rawya Saud Al Busaidi. After earning a PhD in education from Oxford University, Al Busaidi worked her way up through Oman’s Department of Education. In 2004, she was appointed Minister of Higher Education and became the first Omani woman ever to be appointed to the country’s ministerial cabinet. In addition to her political position, Al Busaidi also chairs the council of Sultan Qaboos University.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Juliana Buhring (June 2, 1981-). After growing up in a cult in the English countryside, Buhring escaped and took up long distance cycling. In 2012, she set the record for the Fastest Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe by Bike; Buhring traveled 18,000 miles over the course of 152 days. Buhring is frequently the sole female competitor in races and she is widely considered one of the best long distance cyclists in the world.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Vigdís Finnbogadóttir (April 15, 1930-). Finnbogadóttir served as President of Iceland from 1980-1996, making her the first woman president of Iceland and all of Europe. Her sixteen year reign is the longest of any woman head of state. Following her divorce in 1963, she also became the first single woman to adopt a child.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Joênia Wapixana. As a staff attorney for Brazil’s Roraima Indigenous Council, she is the first indigenous woman to become a lawyer in the country. Through her position, Wapixana fights for indigenous land rights and against pervasive racism against indigenous peoples.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Naziha al-Dulaimi (1923-2007). As a student, al-Dulaimi was one of a few women who studied medicine at Baghdad’s Royal College of Medicine. When the government transferred her to Kurdistan, al-Dulaimi wrote about her patients’ living conditions in a pamphlet called The Iraqi Woman. Later in her career, she founded the League for Defending Iraqi Woman’s Rights and became a leader in the country’s women’s rights movement.
I’ll be honest, guys: I didn’t write a post today. A lot is changing really fast over here and, while I planned out the rest of the week, Wednesday fell through the cracks. I promise to reveal all in due time, but right now the best I can do is provide a roundup of what I’m reading today.
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Salon: The war on unlikeable women, Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, and the brazen misogyny we choose to ignore
Refinery29: Hey, remember those Disney movies about periods and STDs?
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