Across the decades, women have been harbingers of radical political, social and economic changes as hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets, worldwide, to protest injustice and apathy. From the fight for women’s suffrage to a call to end violence against women, for social justice and equality, to the more recent #MeToo movement against sexual predators, women have spearheaded mass movements that have brought about revolutionary changes.This International Women’s Day, let’s take a look at some of the most significant women’s movements over the decades:
Bollywood’s affinity to lyrics which border on crass and insulting is what prompted Akshara Centre, a woman’s organization which works towards gender equality, to launch #Gaanarewrite, a social media campaign where participants were asked to rewrite certain Bollywood songs that reeked of misogyny, with new lyrics that take a dig at the stereotypes that many Bollywood songs are replete with. #Gaanarewrite and ‘What were you wearing’, are just two among the many hard hitting social campaigns that have been tackling issues plaguing women – from safety, gender equality, to sexual freedom to breaking stigmas surrounding aspects of life such as menstruation. The campaign, #Shareyourstory, released by Delhi based NGO Breakthrough, aimed at breaking the silence about sexual harassment, features many such stories.
Award shows or Oval office, Kerry Washington’s style never falters. With the help of stylist Erin Walsh, the Scandal actress has earned what might be an unmatched reputation for looking the best while taking fashion risks. She might rotate Prada and Balenciaga on the red carpet, but Washington swears she favors sweatpants at home. “I really admire and respect those woman who don’t go down that road,” she tells Yahoo Style contributor Amanda De Cadenet of the loungewear that’s largely taboo among women in Hollywood.