8 Women Doing Awesome Jobs Around The World
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot got all excited...
Today is the UK release of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a film which, aside from being completely hilarious (duh, it’s Tina Fey), is based on an inspiring true story.
It’s all about Kim Baker, a journalist who covered the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the early 2000s. The film tackles the tragedy and danger of covering such a story but also focuses on the little things; from the outrageous and often controversial characters she had to deal with to the difficulties of dating in a war zone. Kim is an incredible woman with an incredible story to tell and that got us to think about all the other women out there with extraordinary jobs, smashing it around the world. Here are a few of our favourites:
Niloufar, affectionately known locally as ‘Lady Goal’, is captain of the Iranian women’s football team. Last year Niloufar was forced to miss the Asian Football Federation Women's Futsal Championship (basically a massive footy tournament) because her husband wouldn’t allow her to travel abroad to play and in Iran, law dictates that you need your husband’s permission to leave the country. After a massive outpouring of support from her squad (literally Squad Goals) and fans, Niloufar’s case has since been turned over by the authorities and she’s now free to travel to represent the team.
Until recently Xyza was a maid in Hong Kong for almost a decade. She began photographing the “modern slavery” and abuse of domestic workers that she says is rampant in Hong Kong, despite that fact that nobody acknowledges it. Her powerful photos of burned, beaten and overworked domestic workers caught the eye of New York University who offered her a human rights fellowship to help showcase her important work.
Ernestina Edem Appiah
Ernestina is a social entrepreneur working in Ghana where she founded the Ghana Code Club, a school which teaches children between 8 and 14 to code in order to give them better employment opportunities in the future. She plans to not only implement the Ghana Code Club in every school in Ghana but also to train up young women to become teachers themselves.
Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams is smashing it for women everywhere, in space. She holds the record for the longest space flight and longest spacewalk for a woman. Working her way up from a flight engineer, Sunita was in orbit for four months working in a laboratory, the sixth on the all-time U.S. space endurance list. Not bad…
Muna AbuSulayman is a big deal in Saudi Arabia. She was the first Saudi woman to appear on national television but despite this controversial position, she definitely didn’t play it safe. Her show Kalam Nawaem was famous for pushing social boundaries by discussing controversial topics like homosexuality, gender equality and sexual harassment. She’s since gone on be the first Saudi UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and founded her own company dedicated to getting women work. More than one awesome job for Muna, then.
Venezuelan nun Neyda Rojas has been working in understaffed, under-resourced and overcrowded jails for the last 17 years. She teaches history and maths predominantly but has been involved in everything from meditation and medical care to delivering actual babies. She’s known affectionately as ‘the white drop’ by prisoners due to her white nuns habit (clothing).
General Lori Robinson
Currently the Commander of the Pacific Air Forces (already a pretty impressive title), General Lori Robinson could soon become the first woman to be in charge of all military activity in North America, one of the most senior positions there is. She’s already been nominated for the position by President Obama and is just waiting for conformation from the senate before she’s ready to make history.
Ibtihaj Muhammad is one of the world’s best fencers, but she’s also a lot more. This summer in Rio, Ibtihaj will become the first woman who observes hijab (a headscarf often worn by those of Muslim faith) to compete for the U.S. in the Olympics. Her inclusion has been hailed as a victory for American Muslims across the nation and her style has even lead to her launching her own range of clothing.
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