Political Powerhouses: Angela Merkel

As the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel is not only one of the most powerful people in Europe, but the entire world. Later on this year she faces into an election campaign in the most turbulent times in modern history. In the next few months the EU will have to deal with the fallout from Britain leaving the Union as well as the political situation in the United States. In her own country she is still dealing with the issue of mass immigration. Angela earned a doctorate in physics from the University of Leipzig in 1978. After completing her doctorate she worked at the Central Institute...

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No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Teen Vogue: Leading the Resistance

I think it’s pretty safe to say that the majority of the world seems to underestimate the power of teenage girls. The recent political renaissance of Teen Vogue proves that. The magazine’s editorial staff firmly believes that girls and young women can be interested in both fashion and politics. When Teen Vogue took a stand and began to educate its readership about political events, people seemed shocked. I think that shock and outrage is ridiculous. If people were taken aback by the new political and activist tone of Teen Vogue, then they obviously haven’t been paying attention to content in...

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Political Powerhouses: Samantha Power

The majority of posts in this series have been about politicians many people would have heard about. There are many women in politics that aren’t household names and yet have contributed much to the political world. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of diplomacy. Diplomats work the world over to maintain positive relations between counties. Samantha Power is one of these people. Samantha Power spent the first nine years old her life in Ireland before she moved to Pittsburgh with her mother and brother. She graduated from Yale in 1992, after which she began interning at...

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Political Powerhouses: Elizabeth Dole

The saying ‘behind every good man is a great woman’ is very appropriate for Elizabeth Dole. Her husband ran for President a number of times but she herself had a very long and successful career in politics. She studied political science at Duke University, where she served as student body president. She went on to study at Harvard where she earned a Master’s degree in education before moving onto Harvard law school. In her graduating class of 500 she was one of only 25 women to leave with degree. Following her graduation she moved to Washington D.C. She worked in a private law firm...

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No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Marley Dias’s activism guide

Pre-teen Marley Dias is publishing an activism guide for children and teenagers. The publisher, Scholastic, announced that the guide is set for release in Spring 2018. Dias is best known for her social activism movement, #1000BlackGirlBooks, which she launched in 2016. She was fed up with only reading about “white boys and dogs” in English class, and decided to start her own book drive. Dias’ goal for the book drive was to collect 1,000 books with black girls as the main characters. Her book drive soon went viral on social media and the drive collected more than 8,000 books thus far. In a...

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Political Powerhouses: Mary-Pat Hector

At just 19 years of age Mary-Pat Hector already has an impressive political CV. She has worked throughout her home city of Atlanta to try and reduce gun violence, she is a youth leader in the National Action Network, and now she is aiming to run for city council in Atlanta. Mary-Pat’s activism began at a young age; when she was just 13 years old she launched the Just Think Twice campaign. This was her attempt to work with young people to reduce gun violence. The campaign involved her having billboard installed around Atlanta as well as speaking to thousands of children around the United...

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Political Powerhouses: Shirley Chisholm

Becoming President of the United States of America has proven to be the ultimate glass ceiling. Hillary Clinton came close to shattering it last year, but Shirley Chisholm was one of the first women to put a crack in it. In 1972 she became the first African-American woman to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the Presidency. Shirley was born in Brooklyn, New York and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College. During her time in college she won a number of prizes for her debating skills. She earned a MA in elementary education and went on to become director of a...

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Political Powerhouses: Theresa May

2016 was a tumultuous year for politics internationally. In Great Britain they had to deal with the aftermath of the EU Referendum. One major issue they had to deal with was the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron. Theresa May was chosen as his replacement, becoming the second female Prime Minister of Great Britain. After studying geography at St. Hugh’s College she spent the next two decades working in the financial industry. She didn’t enter the political world until the 1990s, suffering defeats in the early part of the decade. In 1997 she was elected as a Conservative MP for...

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Political Powerhouses: Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren has had a successful career thus far in politics. The roles she has held include assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury. In 2012 she was elected to the U.S. senate for the state of Massachusetts. She was born in Oklahoma and won a scholarship to George Washington University as a result of her role in her high school debate team. She then moved to Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Science in speech pathology and audiology. Following the birth of her first child she began attending Rutgers School of Law. After her graduation she...

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No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Girls and the aftermath of female genital mutilation

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. The United Nations has sponsored this awareness day annually since 2003. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the removal of all or some of the external female genitalia, including the removal of the clitoris, labia and/or closure of the vulva. The procedure differs depending on the country and ethnic group. FGM is practiced worldwide, although it is most common in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In a September 2016 study, UNICEF estimated that 200 million girls and women alive today in 30 different countries have...

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