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Your Friday Feminists: Who’re You Gonna Call?

"You're not just the masterpiece, you're a painter too"

Celebrating the women Padma Award winners, the all-female Ghostbusters and the young college kid who slams Mirchi Namkeen

Another week draws to a close amigos. And once you stop obsessing about Modi’s suit, there is good (ish) news from Hollywood, Deljiand elsewhere!

Women Can Be Funny! 
I am not “Blue Eyes Hyponotize”. Main chhoti dress mein bomb nahin lagti yaar! 

A big, LOUD hurray for Rene Sharanya Verma, a student at Delhi’s St. Stephens College, for dissing Honey Singh’s inane music at the Delhi Poetry Slam. Sharma not just slams Yo Yo misogynistic lyrics, she also calls out gender stereotypes (and “Ladke Rulatein Nahin” is as bad as “Boys Don’t Cry”) . She’s fun, she’s passionate, she packs her punches and she’s a fantastic rapper – none of which can be said for the sorry Mr. Singh. You go girl!

...And a girl can rap and a girl can joke and a girl can fight and A girl can smoke and a boy can cry and a boy can sigh when he’s sitting with a boy and he can wear a sari and he doesn’t need to be sorry

h/t  Scroll 

And Bust Those Pesky Ghosts! 

It’s finally happening!  Four women who are funny and nerdy in an all-female cast of the Ghostbusters reboot! We love you Paul Feig, and hope that Bollywood is paying attention (Hint: give us more real women, such as Meetu in Hassee to Phasee! )


 h/t  Mic

And Win Awards!!!

The amount of background finagling, grovelling and plain manoeuvring that went on behind the Padma Awards this year makes them about as exciting as the Oscars. And far be it from us to question why only 17 of the 104 recipients were women, we can’t help but celebrate with a few of these remarkable achievers.

The sportswomen Mithali Raj, Saba Anjum, P.V.Sindhu and Arunima Sinha continue to chip away at the establishment  in their own ways. Mithali made it to the Wisden list of 5 women cricketing greats, PV Sindhu created history by becoming the first Indian to win back to back medals at the World Badminton Champions, Saba Anjum continues to be a mainstay of the women’s hockey team, and Arunima Sinha -after becoming the first amputee to scale Mount Everest – is now dedicating her efforts towards building a sports academy for the disabled.

Sudha Raghunathan deserves to be heard by more people (even if you don’t speak Tamil) and her evocative Thaye Yashoda may be a good entry point.

Melinda Gates, along with her husband Bill Gates, continues to demonstrate how the rich, famous and super-successful can dedicate their lives to meaningful philanthropy. She has done more for the cause of eradicating diseases in India than all our industrialists put together.

But the awards that really excite us are those for Manjula Anagani, Jayakumari Chikkali, Alka Kripalani and Sarungbam Bimola Kumari Devi-  all doctors from across the country – and evidence that women can succeed in STEM fields, reaching its highest echelons if they are provided with a supportive environment.

Discover more Friday Feminists here and share your thoughts and suggestions by leaving a comment below or on Facebook & Twitter. Keep returning to MBRB as we delve into the world of women through the lens of books, travel, pop culture and more!

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