International Women’s Day: We Hope to Play a Part of the Changing Narrative.

By, Elizabeth Jarrard

For our part in celebrating International Women’s Day, we wanted to highlight women who are game changers in the arts, media, entertainment industries. These are women who are vastly different in their backgrounds, some even with rags to riches stories, who are influencing these industries in impactful ways. They are not only making innovative strides, thriving wherever they are but are also role models who are evolving the consciousness of those they influence, shaping the way we view how women make contributions to the world. This is a fierce undertaking, and although there are many women making similarly important contributions all over the world, we had to choose from among them some of our favorites:

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Jameela Jamil:

Her American debut began on American media network NBC’s production of The Good Place where she played the vain heiress Tahani. But Jameela is now receiving international notoriety as an icon of body positivity. Her company I Weigh began its launch after being interviewed for a BBC Op-ed piece where she discussed harmful media influences which exacerbates our collective anxieties about body image. She tackles these difficult issues in very charming ways that disarm even the most tireless cynics.

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi

Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris presented a series of 16 oil portraits by the Johannesburg-based painter Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi. These portraits were all meaningful to Nkosi as she described the personal and political influences that inspired her work, including the portraits of her grandmother, a domestic worker, and the Mother of the Nation, Winnie Mandela. Nkosi is a formidable force for the work she is doing in her corner of the world.

Barbie:

Barbie may be a toy first produced by the toy manufacturer Mattel in 1969, but she has also been an iconic representation of how little girls relate to themselves, their bodies, and their culture or heritage. This year is Barbie’s 60 year anniversary and we are proud to say that Barbie now comes in an array of not only different ethinicities, height, and body types, but the newest versions of Barbie are finally complete with a wheelchair and prosthetic limbs.


Sohl Lee:

Sohl Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Art History and Criticism at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. Some of the most poignant topics Lee approaches is her research and teaching which focuses on modern and contemporary art in East Asia, postcolonial theories, histories of the avant-garde and globalization. Lee is currently in the process of writing a book that discusses the social and cultural movements that were a result of the democratization of South Korea during the 1980s. While its citizens were striving for the country’s democratization, those who were opposed to the democratization committed violent atrocities against peaceful protestors. Minjung Art was an artistic response to the violence waged against those who were proponents of democracy.


Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen is an American comedic icon and for the last two decades, she has also been iconic for normalizing the valid experiences of lesbian women. She rose to popularity in the eighties and nineties and by 1994, starred in her own sitcom. In an interview with Makers, Ellen describes how she “came out” as a lesbian woman both in her private life and as she portrayed her fictional character during the sitcom’s third season. Many lauded her bravery, but many others pushed back against her decision, and the sitcom’s ratings plummeted. For a time, this negatively impacted her career. In 2003, she began hosting her talk show which continues to be highly successful. Ellen has persevered in pushing back against stereotyping and uses her platform and positive sense of humor to discredit her opposition.

Pindify was developed as a platform to empower the world’s creators and we align ourselves with the message of International Women’s Day. These women are changing the narratives in our world. And we are grateful for their tireless work. We call our creatives Pindify Providers who are also our community builders. Whatever your purpose or your passion we are here to support our content providers. We co-create and we collaborate. We share our earnings and we honor fair distribution models. We hope to be a part of this changing narrative as well. We hope to continue the conversation and highlight the work of the world’s creatives who play an integral part of fashioning positive social and economic change for the world in which we all live.

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