Women in the World

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” Carrie Fisher

Todays post I'm featuring some amazing women out in the world. I am in awe of these strong, confident beings that have faced fears which as led to empowerment. Thank you ladies for being so badass.

Edina Seleskovic

Edina Seleskovic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was an exchange student in the United States when the destructive Bosnian War displaced Edina from her home and family. Turning to her art for solace, her sculpted and painted 3-dimensional female figures provided a powerful emotional anchor, enabling her to artistically channel her torment and angst into her art.

Think Freedom is a multimedia interactive urban art spectacle that connects young people with creativity, new audience with the experience of contemporary art, cities and countries, while sending a powerful message to the world, message of peace and freedom. With your support we will continue our journey to over 30 cities globally on our way to NYC, our final destination. This is a unique opportunity to be Freedom's Ambassador by actively participating in a contemporary art mission.

Think Freedom: Global Art Mission


Ingrid Vanderveldt

Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 (EBW2020)

Ingrid Vanderveldt (iV) is a tech entrepreneur, media personality, investor and philanthropist. She is the Founder and Chairman of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 (EBW2020), MintHER™ (The Engine Powering a Billion Women by 2020) and Vanderveldt Global Investments. iV also heads the $100M IV Credit Fund and The IV Club (by invitation only for fast growth women led businesses on track to generate $100M plus with a global impact). Previously, she was the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence (“EIR”) for Dell Inc. where she oversaw entrepreneurial initiatives worldwide helping to build a $250 million business segment and founded the $125M Dell Innovators Credit Fund, Dell Founders Club, and the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs during her 3-year term.

iV sits on the 2nd United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, is founding organizer of the GLASS Forum (Global Leadership & Sustainable Success), and co-founder of The Billionaire Girls Club. She also created and hosted CNBC’s first original primetime series, “American Made,” reaching over 1M viewers around the globe and serves on the Advisory boards of Springboard Enterprises, Current Motor, and is a Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Member.

iV has been featured on outlets including NBC, CNBC, FOX, ABC, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNN Money, Fortune Magazine, Fast Company, Inc Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. She holds a Masters in Architecture at the Savannah College of Art & Design and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from UT at Austin.

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot is a Russian Femisinist protest punk rock group based in Moscow. Founded in August 2011, the group staged unauthorised provocative guerilla performances in public places, performances that were filmed as music videos and posted on the Internet. The collective's lyrical themes included feminism, LGBT Rights, and opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom the group considered to be a dictator. These themes also encompassed Putin's links to the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The group gained global notoriety when five members of the group staged a performance inside Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 2012. The group's actions were condemned as sacrilegious by the Orthodox clergy and eventually stopped by church security officials. The women said their protest was directed at the Orthodox Church leaders' support for Putin during his election campaign. On March 3, 2012, two of the group members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were arrested and charged with hooliganism.

Speaking as much to western European and North American audiences as to Russian audiences, in 2016 Pussy Riot anticipated a Trump victory and two weeks before the vote, released "Make America Great Again", depicting a dystopian world where a President Trump enforces his values through beatings, shaming, and branding by stormtroopers. In describing the video, Rolling Stone magazine noted that "jaunty, carefree music contrasts with the brutal events depicted on screen."(Wikipedia)

*Warning: This video is probably not suitable for you to watch at work and may be a little frightening but it's real. Please don't let that hold you back from watching it and sharing with others.

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