7 Badass Ladies Of Recent Women's History

7 Badass Ladies Of Recent Women's History

Taking down the patriarchy, one woman at a time.

Women's History Month just kicked off this past March 1st. And with women's issues recently taking the spotlight with the Women's March on Washington, here are a few badass ladies of this recent decade who have been paving the way for gender equality and representation.

1. Hillary Clinton

Regardless of whether or not you agree with her political views, you have to admit that Hillary Clinton has made a large difference for women in politics. For the first time in American history, Hillary Clinton was the first woman to ever be nominated for president by a major political party. However, before her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton also served as Secretary of State under the Obama administration, the first female Senator from New York, and as First Lady fought for gender equality and health care reform.

2. Viola Davis

Viola Davis recently made headlines after her moving acceptance speech after receiving Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Fences. And while many audiences feel that Davis' Oscar was well overdue, Viola Davis is the only African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award three times. And as of last week, Viola Davis is the only African American to receive the Triple Crown of Acting. And while her awards deem her to be very prestigious, Viola Davis recently shared what it was like growing up in poverty in her hometown of Central Falls, Rhode Island, "I was one of those kids who were poor and knew it."

3. Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose recently made her mark in Hollywood after joining the cast of Netflix's Orange is the New Black. Since her debut, Ruby Rose has challenged society's standards as to what defines feminity and gender fluidity. Ruby Rose has not conformed to any gender stereotypes, both personally and professionally, and has no plans to. Furthermore, Ruby Rose has also become an iconic name in LGBT actors and actresses.

4. Beyonce

You can't have an article talking about badass ladies without mentioning Beyonce. Not only is she currently one of the most recognizable Grammy Award winning singers and songwriters, Beyonce has also focused much of her effort towards empowering the Black Community. In her most recent visual album, Lemonade, Beyonce made countless references about Black Lives Matter and standing up against police brutality. In her music video for her latest single, Formation, Beyonce also focused on the residents of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. Beyonce has also fought for gender equality and empowering women through her music and performances.

5. Lavern Cox

Famous for her work in Netflix's Orange is the New Black, Lavern Cox has focused her career towards empowering the transgender community. Lavern Cox is the first transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, and the first transgender person to grace the cover of TIME magazine. Lavern Cox was also recently honored by GLAAD and received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award for her advocacy in the transgender community.

6. Gina Rodriguez

Star of and Emmy Award winner The CW's Jane the Virgin, Gina Rodriguez has become Hollywood's best breakout star and an advocate the Hispanic community. Daughter of two Puerto Rican immigrants, Gina Rodriguez has focused much of her career to accurately depicting Latinos in the media. Gina Rodriguez has also been an advocate for several anti-bullying campaigns and has started the #MovementMonday on Twitter to raise awareness for minorities all over the world.

7. Chrissy Teigen

Model and television personality Chrissy Teigen has never been afraid to express herself and speak her mind. Chrissy Teigen has been a huge advocate for the Free the Nipple Campaign and for gender equality. Chrissy Teigen has also never been afraid to stand up her critics, including President Donald Trump, on her social media.

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If We Have To Do Our Jobs, Why Doesn't Congress?

Many of us have to work while we grieve, why can't our legislators?

On February 14th one of my favorite holidays of the year I went to my social work practicum class. This is where the five senior social work majors sit around and talk about what we have been doing in our internships. Before we began the class one students raised their hand and began talking about the tragic school shooting that happened in Florida. Later we transitioned and started talking about what we have been doing in our various internships. One student is working in a rehabilitation center for alcoholics and drug addicts where recently a client had hit another client and broke part of their face. As my classmate was saying the story she had gone un-phased, no part of the interactions she had with the clients prevented her from doing her job. She treated them with dignity and continued to try to work to solve a problem. Another classmate of mine was saying how she had to enter a jail and be with a prisoner alone with her supervisor and the prisoner was expressing aggressive behavior, however, she stayed because she had a job to do. Finally another classmate of mine was saying how she works with high school students and everyday there is a new instance where the guidance counselors would be blatantly racist to the students and one student is undocumented and cannot find work to help provide for herself and her family. There are many instances where people in my major will be pushed passed their comfort level and there is no time to be sad. Social workers have to deal with students with aggressive behavioral issues, inmates who are convicted of murder. They may even have to do grief counseling for students who had to see their classmates be shot in a school shooting. As I was recalling all the instances where social work students have to be in very difficult situations, that does not even compare to what actual social workers and other members of the helping professions must face day to day. They are the people who put children into the “system”, because babies are being sexually abused. They are the ones who are there if there is a shooting, bombing, murder at a school to counsel students. They are seeing some of the worst of humanity, but they still get up at 6am and go to work because they realize that people need them.

Congress you must do your job, I urge you to put on the social work perspective and do work. The senseless killings this year is preventable and you do not have the privilege to grieve. You gave that up when you were sworn into the house and the senate. It is time to make legislation that will be proactive and work. As a social work student this my call to action, if members of congress are able to wake up, suit up, and head over to their offices and say that they are grieving then they are able to work for the American people. Write a bill, work with other members of the senate or the house, vote and pass legislation to prevent this from ever happening again. Social workers cannot afford to grieve and not do their job, neither can congress.

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What Do Rob Porter's Ex-Wives Have To Gain From Telling Their Stories?

"Never silence a woman's voice."

Trump and his administration are at a current crossroads involving accusations that Trump’s former aides are engaging in domestic violence. Of course, Trump stands behind these former aides, only willing to condemn them half-heartedly in public, yet still showing support for them behind closed doors. For more on what I’m talking about, watch this:

Former White House secretary, and drunk uncle at a Sweet 16, Rob Porter is in the spotlight for alleged domestic violence accusations levied against him by both of his ex-wives: one with a black-eye, the other with a horrifying story of force. The second ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, said he had broke into their house with his fist. The first ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, accuses him of punching her in the face. Porter claims this bruise came from her falling to the floor during a struggle they had during a vacation they had in Venice.

She says he straight up punched her in the face. You be the judge.

Unless that is a makeup job gone completely wrong, it looks like Porter used Holderness’ face like a punching bag.

As usual, this administration tip-toes and side-steps questions regarding Porter’s resignation. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered little assurance that the adminstration she speaks for takes domestic violence seriously.

“This president wants due process.”

This president WANTS DUE PROCESS?

This same president who’d vow to lock-up Hillary Clinton over an email scandal that she has been proven time and time again to be INNOCENT OF?

This same president who’d threatened to open up libel laws to sue journalists because said journalists were “mean to him?”

Seems that this president only wants due process if he and his people are being accused of crimes. It seems that he should be on his knees praising Mueller that due process is being done RIGHT NOW!

Of course, this president and this administration is on the wrong side, again, of a major scandal. In the era of the #MeToo movement, Trump is actively saying that these women should not be believed. He is passively saying that this is all, in his words, FAKE NEWS. The argument should be levied is: why would Porter’s ex-wives make their respective stories up? They don’t seem to be out to want to receive a huge payday. Holderness and Willoughby simply want to speak their piece during a time where women are becoming braver and less anxious to share their stories of violence against them.

As for Porter, all you can say is:

#TimesUp, dude.

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