Real Black Grandmothers® grew out of Dr. LaShawnDa Pittman’s scholarly work on black grandmothers raising their grandchildren. While working on publications, Dr. Pittman observed a glaring omission in Sociology, African American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Carework literatures; Dr Pittman could not cite one book about black grandmothers caregiving from slavery to the present. Arguably, there isn’t a more iconic and archetypal figure, not to mention family and community role in American culture and the black community, respectively. Yet, the stories of these women are largely missing. Pittman coined the concept Real Black Grandmothers® to distinguish between real black grandmothers and black grandmothers as romanticized, pathologized, and caricaturized beings.
Women Speakers is a crowdsourced list of women speakers organised by Indian tech non-profit organisation, Red Dot Foundation. If you are fed up of all male panels or Manels, Women Speakers is your chance to nominate yourself (if you are a woman) or a woman you know to be a woman speaker. Red Dot also run SafeCity, an incredible initiative to make places safer for women and map predatory behaviour.
History, Heritage, Hilarity. After meeting at work in the Heritage Sector, Karen and Rachael’s friendship blossomed over a love of tea and old stuff. Both women have a huge amount of passion for the celebration and promotion of Scottish heritage, culture & history. On their blog, The History Girls Frae Scotland, you will find; interviews of interesting people, photographs of interesting things, and anything else they fancy, always with a focus on history.
Glasgow Women's Library is the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programmes of public events & learning opportunities. 'Our vision is of a world in which every woman is able to fulfill her potential and where women’s historical, cultural and political contributions to society are fully recognised, valued and celebrated.'
Based in Scotland, REEK’s mixed-gender team has a lot to say about equality and specifically about women’s place in history and in the world today. Reek has a non-retouching policy and celebrates models just as they are. They do this specifically because it is out of step with the beauty industry as a whole. Not because it’s trending, not because it’s edgy but because REEK bitches don’t need it.
Milk and Moon produces and sells beautiful pins with affirming messages and imagery centering women's rights and experiences. This cracking business is run by Katy Lockey, one of the organisers of Folkestone Women’s forum in the UK, a monthly event for women to come together to discuss interests, work, passions, and experiences.
The Dangerous Women Project was run by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. From International Women’s Day 2016 to IWD 2017, the project published a daily response to the question, ‘what does it mean to be a dangerous woman?’ Women of diverse backgrounds and identities, including poets, playwrights and other creative writers, academics, journalists, commentators, artists, performers and opinion formers all replied. The result is a phenomenal array of beautifully organised material ranging from science to memoir and everything between.
Liz Goodchild has been a certified coach since 2013, helping people from all walks of life to shake their lives up and feel more bolder, excited, confident and content. Liz gets frustrated that we seem to live in a world where asking for help, or admitting we haven’t got it all figured out, is seen as self-indulgent or f*cked up, when in fact, Liz knows the exact opposite to be true. It’s this belief that forms the foundation of Liz's writing and coaching approach. She's honest and says it as it is. With kindness and a dash of kick-up-the-ass. Liz is on Facebook here.
Changing People was established in 2003, by Jane C Woods, and is an internationally recognised authority for women’s development in business. Changing People specialises in helping businesses manage change with confidence while developing more women through the management pipeline, into senior posts, and ultimately the board.