This week, Confabulous is awarding three golden Rebick awards (yes, I totally just made that up myself–like it?) to honour two different things we read about this week that made our jaws drop–in a good way.
The first golden Rebick is awarded to–and get ready for this–the duo of UNESCO and L’Oreal. I know, UNESCO and L’Oreal are about as likely a couple as J-Lo and Ben Affleck, right? But it turns out that together, they award 15 annual fellowships to young women researchers from all over the world who are working in the life sciences. The UNESCO website says:
It is hoped that in this manner impetus can be given to research in life sciences and to enhancing the involvement of deserving young women scientists in research that can contribute actively to the solution of challenging problems.
The awards are given to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, and each one has won up to $40,000 USD over two years. If you want to see each of the women’s names, her country of origin, and the title of her research, go here. And if you want to be cynical about this, go ahead, but in my digging around on the interwebs, I could find nothing suggesting that the money could not be used to research why multi-national cosemtic companies are evil.
The second golden Rebick goes to BlogHer, who, it turns out, has awarded an international activist BlogHer scholarship to five worthy bloggers from all over the world. Click the link to discover some women bloggers from Nigeria, Malawi, Bahrain, Bolivia and India. Coolness!
The other Feminist Friday golden Rebick award goes to Andrea Wachner and a woman named Cricket, who Suzanne Reisman writes at BlogHer this morning. Wachner, as the clip below explains, played a genius hand when she opted not to attend her 10-year high school reunion and send a stripper named Cricket in her stead. Wachner video-ed the results and produced a documentary about it. Watch the trailer and see how incredibly brave, hilarious and clever Cricket is. Guerilla filmmaking at its finest? Eat your heart out, Michael Moore.