Women’s Month: Marion Cotillard

By: Gabriela Yareliz Women’s month is ending, and there are still so many women who inspire me that I want to showcase. Today, I am choosing a woman who has been such an icon for me. She fascinates me because she is so raw. She has that “stunning” factor. And she uses that power toContinue reading “Women’s Month: Marion Cotillard”

Women’s Month: Maryam Rostampour & Marziyeh Amirizadeh

[Image from World Mag] By: Gabriela Yareliz How many of us believe something so strongly that we’d die for it? How many of us have an integrity that allows us to stare death in the face and not flinch? Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh met in 2005, while studying theology in Turkey. After completing theirContinue reading “Women’s Month: Maryam Rostampour & Marziyeh Amirizadeh”

Women’s Month: Priyanka Chopra

[Image from People Magazine] By: Gabriela Yareliz Yes, Priyanka Chopra is one of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood (and one of the best, if you ask me). She is also a go-getter, singer, producer, and philanthropist; an inspiration to millions of Indian and non-Indian women, alike. Ms. Chopra is the recipient of the PadmaContinue reading “Women’s Month: Priyanka Chopra”

Women’s Month: Shirin Ebadi

[Photo from asiasociety.org] By: Gabriela Yareliz As we continue to celebrate women throughout the month of March, I felt the hall of fame would be entirely incomplete without Shirin Ebadi. Ms. Ebadi is a human rights defender and the first female judge of Iran. After the 1979 revolution, she was dismissed as judge and noContinue reading “Women’s Month: Shirin Ebadi”

Women’s Month: Berta Cáceres

By: Gabriela Yareliz Today, we mourn the assassination of a great indigenous rights and environmental rights champion and activist, Berta Cáceres. She is known for her tireless work to bring awareness to important issues. She was co-founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations in Honduras and the 2015 winner of the GoldmanContinue reading “Women’s Month: Berta Cáceres”

Women’s Month: Katharina von Bora

By: Gabriela Yareliz First day of March! March is Women’s Month, and throughout the month, I like to feature notable women who marked history, show boldness, take up action or causes, or minister to people in a special way. The first woman I want to feature is one my mother told me about, Katharina vonContinue reading “Women’s Month: Katharina von Bora”

Ségolène

By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s no secret that Nicolas Sarkozy holds a very special place on my “fascinating politicians” list. Okay, I admit it, he’s at the top of the list. Meeting him and speaking with him was pretty much mind-blowing. A fantastic birthday gift, God, very thoughtful. In 2007, Sarko was challenged in his raceContinue reading “Ségolène”

Celebrating Women: Eva Longoria

By: Gabriela Yareliz She is the producer of Latinos Living the American Dream, The Harvest (showing the truth of migrant farm-workers in the U.S.), Food Chains, among other notable film and TV projects. She has shown her commitment to activism for the Latino group in the U.S., and she was involved in campaigning for BarackContinue reading “Celebrating Women: Eva Longoria”

Celebrating Women: Radhika Coomaraswamy

By: Gabriela Yareliz Radhika Coomaraswamy is under the UN Secretary General as a Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. She fought an arranged marriage, and in 1994 served as U.N. Human Rights Commission Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (See: pg. 136, Marie Claire, March 2007). When asked who her role model was, sheContinue reading “Celebrating Women: Radhika Coomaraswamy”