(Eco-) Feminism in numbers
I once saw a woman wear a badge with a very catchy slogan: ‘Destroy the patriarchy, not the planet’. As radical as that may have sounded, she made a great point: there is definitely a connection between the exploitation of women and the exploitation of Mother Earth. To quote Ana Sandoval, a land defender and feminist activist from Guatemala: « In the end, all the struggles have the same objective: the defense of life. » This Women’s Day, let’s celebrate both feminism and the green movement for fighting hand in hand to protect and empower the voiceless. Here are some poignant statistics to inspire you. Happy Women’s Day!
1: The position of environment or energy portfolios amongst ministerial positions held by women (jumping from third place to top spot in one year).
10: The number of years needed to switch to 100% clean, renewable energy, according to feminist politician Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez’s Green New Deal.
40: BILLION − The number of hours a year women in sub–Saharan Africa spend collecting water. (In Malawi, women collect water for 9.1 hours per week compared to 1.1 hours for men).
60: The number of years Jane Goodall (now 88) has been studying and protecting wild chimpanzees.
70: The percentage of health, care and service workers during the pandemic that were women.
71: The percentage of UK women committed to ethical living, compared to just 59% of men.
80: The number of female scientists who met up during the Homeward Bound Antarctica expedition to make planet–saving plans.
80: The percentage of people displaced by climate change that are women.
Welcome to the garden of EARTHLY DELIGHTS
You may not think of Frida Kahlo as a typical gardener – can you imagine her in rubber boots? – but together with her beloved Diego she turned the garden of their ‘Casa Azul’ into a luscious paradise of locally sourced flora.
How to keep your heels and standards HIGH
Ruthie Davis is just like the amazing shoes she designs: daring, empowering and totally fabulous. After making Reebok hip again and completely revamping Uggs, she launched her own brand 10 years ago and quickly became the go-to designer for feminine feminists like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. I met up with the American style maven in New York where we discovered we have a lot in common. Ruthie: “Fashion can be a tough game! I’m proud to still be standing… in my six-inch heels!”
« Unlock Your Potential » book launch in Amsterdam
The second workshop and launch of Marlies’ new book ‘Unlock your potential’ is a fact!
Selfmade STAR maker
She grew up in a town with 3 traffic lights; now Lisa Benson represents some of the top names in the industry like Chanel Iman, Chrissy Teigen and Kelly Rohrbach. I met up with the IMG model manager to talk about the art of persistence and the importance of dreaming big. “I always trust my instinct.”