In this week’s Wednesday 5: the new BBC documentary Fabulous Fashionistas features women who DON’T dress their age; the organization GoldieBlox is telling girls to say no to pink and yes to futures as engineers; a new ad campaign tells young girls “You’re Not a Princess, But You Can Still Rule the World”; Mariam Behnam: 93 Years Fighting for Women’s Rights in the Middle East; and the latest issue of ELLE pays tribute to eight rebellious women in the art world.


Don’t Dress Your Age: Six Women Say No to Drab

While our Fashion Friday features often offer advice on how to be chic and age-appropriate, we still believe there’s always room for a little (or a lot of) rebellion. The folks at Senior Planet (love their tagline, “Aging with Attitude,” by the way) reported on the new TV documentary on Britain’s BBC4, Fabulous Fashionistas, which follows six women with an average age of 80 who are determined to look fabulous, have fun, and redefine old age. Watch the documentary below. Tell us your thoughts on these fabulous fashionistas.

Fabulous Fashionistas (2013)


Girls Can Engineer

The organization GoldieBlox, whose mission is to “disrupt the pink aisle” by “building games for girls to inspire future engineers,” has launched a hilarious and clever new video campaign to tackle a very serious issue:

Fewer than 3 in 10 graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are women. And barely 1 in 10 actual engineers are women. Early in a girl’s life, the toys marketed to her are usually things that don’t encourage her to enter those fields. [Upworthy]

“Girls Can Engineer That!” is what you’ll be singing when you watch this video! And by the way, we love the diversity represented among the girl-stars in the video!


You’re Not a Princess. But You Can Still Rule the World.


If you’re loving this week of rebellious girls and women, (we are!), here’s more: Kurt Wagner of Mashable shared the following news about another girls’ empowerment movement:

You’re not a princess, and that’s actually a good thing.

The Mercy Academy, an all-girls preparatory school in Louisville, Ky., is making waves nationally for its ad campaign telling young girls “You’re Not a Princess” and encouraging them to “Prepare for Real Life.” The campaign, which aims to empower young women, features other slogans such as, “Don’t Wait for a Prince” and “Life Is Not a Fairytale.” [Mashable]

Even more phenomenal, the ad campaign was created by an all female design team and its concept originated with Mercy students themselves. Wouldn’t we like to see these ads, including the Goldie Blox video above, in the SuperBowl commercials!



Mariam Behnam: 93 Years Fighting for Women’s Rights

Behnam, Maryam c Oliver Jackson Photography_0This week our Deborah Harkins interviewed Katherine Spillar, who has dedicated her life to being an activist for women’s rights. Across the globe, another woman, Mariam Behnam, has been fighting the good fight for 93 years! Born in Iran, she became, in the 1960s, the first woman to serve as cultural consul from the Iranian government and later the cultural attaché to the Iran Cultural Centre in Lahore, Pakistan. Her activism has been championing education for women in a culture that didn’t see the necessity to educate girls and women. But Behnam went on to obtain her master’s in English literature from Punjab University and  published poetry in Farsi, Urdu, and English.  In a recent interview with Abu Dhabi’s The National, she shared:

“I see these days that in some parts of the world history is starting to repeat itself. When I was young, there were no colleges for women; girls only studied to the sixth grade, but the boys went to university. Tell me, when they come back and marry, do the minds meet? Educate a man and you educate one person, but educate a woman and you educate a generation.”



Eight Women Changing the Art World Today


The latest issue of ELLE pays tribute to eight rebellious women in the art world—and we know the art world needs a lot of shaking up. Linda Yablonsky tells us:

Talk about giving back: Whether they make art, sell it, foster it, or fund it, these eight women are driven by passion and profession to give all of us new ways to see—and be seen.

Among the fabulous women making the list are Marilyn Minter, who “makes big ‘dirty’ paintings of body parts in extreme close-up” and Julie Mehretu, who says, “I consider everything political.I don’t see how you can live socially without participating politically.”

Read more: Women in Art 2013 – Women Artist Interviews – ELLE

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  • ellen sue spicer-jacobson November 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    What a fabulous documentary. These woman are more than fashionistas; they are pioneers for living life to the fullest. Thank you.

  • Judith A. Ross November 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I love this post and look forward to visiting every one of these links. Thanks for curating.