The incredible Urmi Basu, founder of New Light Kolkata, which is helping to break the cycle of forced prostitution in India, on a recent visit to Kentucky. Urmi has been working hard to get Dec. 16 recognized as Nirbhaya Diwas -- a day named after the young woman who died after being gang raped in Delhi. You can support her efforts here: http://www.nirbhayadiwas.org/
A new survey of more than 1500 people has given one of the clearest pictures yet of the harsh economic struggle facing refugees who have fled from Syria to Lebanon. The Lebanese people have shown incredible generosity in continuing to offer a safe refuge for people fleeing Syria, but with refugees now accounting for around 25% of the population, the pressures on the Lebanese job market in particular are showing. http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/survey-livelihoods-syrian-refugees-lebanon
Rebecca Latimer Felton - America's first female senator
Four male students from North Carolina State University have developed a nail polish that detects date rape drugs and changes color when it is exposed to them. “In the U.S., 18% of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime,” the company says on its Undercover Colors Facebook page. “That’s almost one out of every five women in our country. We may not know who they are, but these women are not faceless. They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends.”
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. First female physician in England, co-founder of the first hospital staffed by women, the first Dean of a British medical school, the first woman M.D. in France, the first woman in Britain to be elected to a school board and, as Mayor of Aldeburgh, the first female mayor and magistrate in Britain. Totally a reader, too.