July 25, 2018

Why skydiving is a feminist act

Our Data Management and Reporting Officer Andjela Tomic recently skydived to raise money for Mama Cash! Here's what she had to say about it: 

"One of the biggest sticking points in the fight for women’s rights, was and still is the patriarchal belief that women were born to be lesser than men. In all religions it was prohibited for women to study, go to the school, to be a writer, to be a creative, proactive, and especially to be a scientist and inventor. The situation is not bright, even today. 

At the same time, throughout history there were women who were fighting for their freedom, who were doing their scientific projects, but most of them are still unknown. 

That is why I would like to remind you of all those women who, from the shadows, were able to make light, bright light, to change to world. That echo is here, and that is why we all have to help that echo to go on, to continue and spread around.

Here are some names, but please, you have to know this is just a few, list is much, far longer. Ada Lovelace, Emilie du Chatelet, Mary Somerville, Lise Meitner, Doroty Hodgkin, Sofia Kovalevskaya, Hedy Lamarr, Margaret Hamilton, Nashwa Eassa, Nagwa Abdel Meguid, Hayat Sindi…

My jump from the air-plane was one small symbolic act to remind us all of those women who were constructing and making parachutes by themselves, and being brave enough to test them."

Do you want to help Andjela reach her fundraising goal?


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