Today’s blog post falls on International Women’s Day, and what could be a better way to celebrate this day than taking a moment to appreciate three amazing women doing awesome things in the world!
Whether they’re known for their activism or research, we hope these women inspire you to speak out for and pursue what you believe in, too.
Ms. Mothe, MD, PhD is a research scientist who is currently leading an AIDS vaccine project at Irsi Caixa, an institute for AIDS research in Spain. So far, it’s too soon to draw any conclusion from the research, but from a vaccine given to HIV+ subjects, five out of thirteen have been able to provide a “functional cure” for the virus. This means, that people infected could take the vaccine and no longer require daily medicine to keep their HIV levels under control. If anything, Beatriz’s work may help bolster confidence in the research community to continue studying the approach she is using so that meaningful conclusions can be drawn.
You can read more about this exciting discovery here.
Ms. Watson, primarily known as an actress, was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in July of 2014, and has played a large role in the UN’s HeForShe campaign, which works to promote gender equality in all aspects of life.
“Being asked to serve as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador is truly humbling,” said Watson in an interview for the website UNWomen.org. “The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting. I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience and awareness to this role.”
Take a look at a speech she gave to the UN assembly for the start of the HeForShe campaign, which encourages everyone to support not only women’s rights, but human rights.
Ms. Broadbent is an HIV/AIDS activist who speaks around the country about a very powerful story: her own. As an infant, she was abandoned at a hospital and was diagnosed as HIV positive at three years old. “People think because I was born with HIV my story does not apply to them,” she said in her biography on her website. “Well this same disease I am living with is the same disease you can get if you don’t practice safe sex and know your HIV status and the HIV status of your sexual partner. I ask people to use my testimony as a warning of what you don’t want to go through.”
Check out a clip from APB Speakers to hear from her yourself!
Ashley is a CCPE intern and junior at Indiana University studying Mathematics.