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SheChange News is the weekly newsletter that shines a much needed light on older women and their experiences, amplifying their voices as they work be the change they want to see in the world, creating a "SheChange" wherever they go!

"Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength" - Betty Friedan
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Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and human rights activist

Profile of the Week

Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, writer, teacher, activist and the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner – the first Muslim woman and the first Iranian to ever receive the award.

Dr. Ebadi was the first woman to become a Presiding Judge in Iran, and she was head of the city court of Tehran for four years. But after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, she and other female judges were dismissed from their positions. She worked for a while as a clerk in the very court she used to preside over, until she resigned in protest.

She fought for many years to get her lawyer’s license – she was initially denied the right to even apply – but in 1992 she finally won the right to practice law, and because other law firms were reluctant to hire her, she opened a private practice and began to advocate fiercely for the rights of women and political dissidents. As a result, she was arrested and imprisoned many times. In 1999 she was arrested for ‘disturbing public opinion’ and spent 15 days in solitary confinement. More convictions followed, and she was threatened with a five-year ban on practicing law (although international outcry prevented this from happening).

But in 2009, the Islamic Republic of Iran cracked down even further on its citizens after huge crowds gathered to protest the election results. Dr. Ebadi was at a conference in Spain during the protests, but the government confiscated her property and filed a case against her with the revolutionary court. 

Since then she has lived in exile in London England, but she travels extensively all over the world, devoting her life to spreading the word about human rights injustices in Iran, and amplifying the voices of the defenseless, especially women.

As well as being recognized as a leader in human rights advocacy, Dr. Ebadi has established many NGOs, including the Million Signatures Campaign to end legal discrimation against women in Iranian law. She has published many articles and books on human rights, and wrote an intimate reflection on her own experiences in both Iran Awakening: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country and Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights.

Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and human rights activist

Maya Angelou

What She Said

“What I have learned so far about aging, despite the creakiness of one’s bones and cragginess of one’s once-silken skin, is this – do it! By all means, do it!” – Maya Angelou

Inkubator Crossword Puzzles

Check This Out

Founded in 2018, Inkubator publishes crossword puzzles developed by women and non-binary constructors. Their aim is threefold: to provide professionally constructed and challenging puzzles for their subscribers, to help women and non-binary creators new to the field to learn from each other and develop their skills, and to provide a platform for women and non-binary creators to get paid for content that does not always fit into mainstream outlets.

Find out more about the creators at Inkubator – and you can try their crosswords with a free trial now! 

They’ve also published a collection of over 100 of their witty feminist crosswords, Inkubator Crosswords: 100 Audacious Puzzles from Women and Non-Binary Creators, featuring the work of some of the best women and non-binary puzzle makers working today.

Inkubator Crossword Puzzles

Moms Demand Action

Strength Through Support

The Sandy Hook massacre prompted Shannon Watts, a mother of five, to start a Facebook group to urge Americans to do all they could to reduce gun violence. The online conversation it sparked became Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for stronger gun laws and public safety measures that protect people from gun violence.

They now have a volunteer chapter in every US state and in Washington DC, so you can join them to make the country a safer place for our children and our grandchildren. Find out how you can take action.

Moms Demand Action

Wendy Ida

Iconoclasts and Mavericks

A victim of domestic abuse in a marriage that lasted 13 years, Wendy Ida was finally able to escape the violence when she fled with her two small children to a place of safety on the opposite side of the country. She worked as a corporate accountant to support the family, and began exercising as a way to cope with her struggles, and to set a positive example for her children.

After losing 80 pounds doing cardio workouts at the gym and running at home, she turned her back on accounting and made fitness her new focus. She became a Pilates instructor, got into salsa and hip-hop dancing, and began a weight-training program.

Wendy entered her first bodybuilding competition when she was 57 years old and took home three trophies. Since then she has been a National Champion eight times, and currently holds two Guinness World Records in fitness. Showing no signs of slowing down, she is a best-selling author, a fitness instructor, a motivational speaker and a force to be reckoned with!

Wendy turned 70 on May 3 2022, and to celebrate she’s asking us to join her in a 20-day workout challenge  that celebrates the 70s – are you ready?

Wendy Ida

Home, Work, Play

Tech Trouble Tips

If you’ve ever seen an image popup on your screen, seemingly out of nowhere, you can be sure that it’s a scam! Hackers are getting more and more clever in the ways they are using to get you to click on things. They do it with email, they do it with popups that suggest you’ve got a security issue. Just know that if you ever get something that references a security issue with your computer or email, it’s most likely a scam. If you are asked to click on a button or link, DON’T DO IT! They are trying to trick you into giving them information that you don’t want them to have. As a rule, if you don’t recognize it, it’s probably a scam!

Caring For Yourself

Take Some Time For Yourself

Having trouble staying focused while meditating? Maybe a guided meditation is for you.

We know there are many benefits to a regular meditation practice - our focus is improved, we’re calmer and feel less stress, and our sleep improves - but it isn’t always easy to sit with our thoughts alone. When that happens, try these guided meditations, developed especially for seniors:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6rXVM8VIWc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3Uw0UscJyE

https://tinyurl.com/2p8ruwam

You Might Be Interested

Get More of the SheChange News That Is Happening Right Now!

We hope you enjoyed this issue of SheChange News, and you’ll come back for more in the coming weeks. We want to talk about the things you care about – so please let us know what you thought of this issue, and what you’d like to see in future issues. 

Keep in touch with us, so we can keep in touch with you! Send an email to arlene@shechangenews.com and let’s keep up this engaging and enlightening conversation that celebrates and shines a light on the lives of older women!

And, if you found this newsletter to be of value, please share it with a friend!

Get the latest SheChange News direct to your email inbox each week!

And, remember… “Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength”  – Betty Friedan

SheChange News is the weekly newsletter that shines a much needed light on older women and their experiences, amplifying their voices as they work be the change they want to see in the world, creating a "SheChange" wherever they go!

"Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength" - Betty Friedan
Get the latest SheChanges direct to your email inbox each week!
Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and human rights activist

Profile of the Week

Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, writer, teacher, activist and the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner – the first Muslim woman and the first Iranian to ever receive the award.

Dr. Ebadi was the first woman to become a Presiding Judge in Iran, and she was head of the city court of Tehran for four years. But after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, she and other female judges were dismissed from their positions. She worked for a while as a clerk in the very court she used to preside over, until she resigned in protest.

She fought for many years to get her lawyer’s license – she was initially denied the right to even apply – but in 1992 she finally won the right to practice law, and because other law firms were reluctant to hire her, she opened a private practice and began to advocate fiercely for the rights of women and political dissidents. As a result, she was arrested and imprisoned many times. In 1999 she was arrested for ‘disturbing public opinion’ and spent 15 days in solitary confinement. More convictions followed, and she was threatened with a five-year ban on practicing law (although international outcry prevented this from happening).

But in 2009, the Islamic Republic of Iran cracked down even further on its citizens after huge crowds gathered to protest the election results. Dr. Ebadi was at a conference in Spain during the protests, but the government confiscated her property and filed a case against her with the revolutionary court. 

Since then she has lived in exile in London England, but she travels extensively all over the world, devoting her life to spreading the word about human rights injustices in Iran, and amplifying the voices of the defenseless, especially women.

As well as being recognized as a leader in human rights advocacy, Dr. Ebadi has established many NGOs, including the Million Signatures Campaign to end legal discrimation against women in Iranian law. She has published many articles and books on human rights, and wrote an intimate reflection on her own experiences in both Iran Awakening: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country and Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights.

Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and human rights activist

Maya Angelou

What She Said

“What I have learned so far about aging, despite the creakiness of one’s bones and cragginess of one’s once-silken skin, is this – do it! By all means, do it!” – Maya Angelou

Inkubator Crossword Puzzles

Check This Out

Founded in 2018, Inkubator publishes crossword puzzles developed by women and non-binary constructors. Their aim is threefold: to provide professionally constructed and challenging puzzles for their subscribers, to help women and non-binary creators new to the field to learn from each other and develop their skills, and to provide a platform for women and non-binary creators to get paid for content that does not always fit into mainstream outlets.

Find out more about the creators at Inkubator – and you can try their crosswords with a free trial now! 

They’ve also published a collection of over 100 of their witty feminist crosswords, Inkubator Crosswords: 100 Audacious Puzzles from Women and Non-Binary Creators, featuring the work of some of the best women and non-binary puzzle makers working today.

Inkubator Crossword Puzzles

Moms Demand Action

Strength Through Support

The Sandy Hook massacre prompted Shannon Watts, a mother of five, to start a Facebook group to urge Americans to do all they could to reduce gun violence. The online conversation it sparked became Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for stronger gun laws and public safety measures that protect people from gun violence.

They now have a volunteer chapter in every US state and in Washington DC, so you can join them to make the country a safer place for our children and our grandchildren. Find out how you can take action.

Moms Demand Action

Wendy Ida

Iconoclasts and Mavericks

A victim of domestic abuse in a marriage that lasted 13 years, Wendy Ida was finally able to escape the violence when she fled with her two small children to a place of safety on the opposite side of the country. She worked as a corporate accountant to support the family, and began exercising as a way to cope with her struggles, and to set a positive example for her children.

After losing 80 pounds doing cardio workouts at the gym and running at home, she turned her back on accounting and made fitness her new focus. She became a Pilates instructor, got into salsa and hip-hop dancing, and began a weight-training program.

Wendy entered her first bodybuilding competition when she was 57 years old and took home three trophies. Since then she has been a National Champion eight times, and currently holds two Guinness World Records in fitness. Showing no signs of slowing down, she is a best-selling author, a fitness instructor, a motivational speaker and a force to be reckoned with!

Wendy turned 70 on May 3 2022, and to celebrate she’s asking us to join her in a 20-day workout challenge  that celebrates the 70s – are you ready?

Wendy Ida

Home, Work, Play

Tech Trouble Tips

If you’ve ever seen an image popup on your screen, seemingly out of nowhere, you can be sure that it’s a scam! Hackers are getting more and more clever in the ways they are using to get you to click on things. They do it with email, they do it with popups that suggest you’ve got a security issue. Just know that if you ever get something that references a security issue with your computer or email, it’s most likely a scam. If you are asked to click on a button or link, DON’T DO IT! They are trying to trick you into giving them information that you don’t want them to have. As a rule, if you don’t recognize it, it’s probably a scam!

Caring For Yourself

Take Some Time For Yourself

Having trouble staying focused while meditating? Maybe a guided meditation is for you.

We know there are many benefits to a regular meditation practice - our focus is improved, we’re calmer and feel less stress, and our sleep improves - but it isn’t always easy to sit with our thoughts alone. When that happens, try these guided meditations, developed especially for seniors:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6rXVM8VIWc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3Uw0UscJyE

https://tinyurl.com/2p8ruwam

You Might Be Interested

Get More of the SheChange News That Is Happening Right Now!

We hope you enjoyed this issue of SheChange News, and you’ll come back for more in the coming weeks. We want to talk about the things you care about – so please let us know what you thought of this issue, and what you’d like to see in future issues. 

Keep in touch with us, so we can keep in touch with you! Send an email to arlene@shechangenews.com and let’s keep up this engaging and enlightening conversation that celebrates and shines a light on the lives of older women!

And, if you found this newsletter to be of value, please share it with a friend!

Get the latest SheChange News direct to your email inbox each week!

And, remember… “Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength”  – Betty Friedan

SheChange News is the weekly newsletter that shines a much needed light on older women and their experiences, amplifying their voices as they work be the change they want to see in the world, creating a "SheChange" wherever they go!

"Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength" - Betty Friedan
Get the latest SheChanges direct to your email inbox each week!
Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and human rights activist

Profile of the Week

Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, writer, teacher, activist and the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner – the first Muslim woman and the first Iranian to ever receive the award.

Dr. Ebadi was the first woman to become a Presiding Judge in Iran, and she was head of the city court of Tehran for four years. But after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, she and other female judges were dismissed from their positions. She worked for a while as a clerk in the very court she used to preside over, until she resigned in protest.

She fought for many years to get her lawyer’s license – she was initially denied the right to even apply – but in 1992 she finally won the right to practice law, and because other law firms were reluctant to hire her, she opened a private practice and began to advocate fiercely for the rights of women and political dissidents. As a result, she was arrested and imprisoned many times. In 1999 she was arrested for ‘disturbing public opinion’ and spent 15 days in solitary confinement. More convictions followed, and she was threatened with a five-year ban on practicing law (although international outcry prevented this from happening).

But in 2009, the Islamic Republic of Iran cracked down even further on its citizens after huge crowds gathered to protest the election results. Dr. Ebadi was at a conference in Spain during the protests, but the government confiscated her property and filed a case against her with the revolutionary court. 

Since then she has lived in exile in London England, but she travels extensively all over the world, devoting her life to spreading the word about human rights injustices in Iran, and amplifying the voices of the defenseless, especially women.

As well as being recognized as a leader in human rights advocacy, Dr. Ebadi has established many NGOs, including the Million Signatures Campaign to end legal discrimation against women in Iranian law. She has published many articles and books on human rights, and wrote an intimate reflection on her own experiences in both Iran Awakening: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country and Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights.

Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and human rights activist

Maya Angelou

What She Said

“What I have learned so far about aging, despite the creakiness of one’s bones and cragginess of one’s once-silken skin, is this – do it! By all means, do it!” – Maya Angelou

Inkubator Crossword Puzzles

Check This Out

Founded in 2018, Inkubator publishes crossword puzzles developed by women and non-binary constructors. Their aim is threefold: to provide professionally constructed and challenging puzzles for their subscribers, to help women and non-binary creators new to the field to learn from each other and develop their skills, and to provide a platform for women and non-binary creators to get paid for content that does not always fit into mainstream outlets.

Find out more about the creators at Inkubator – and you can try their crosswords with a free trial now! 

They’ve also published a collection of over 100 of their witty feminist crosswords, Inkubator Crosswords: 100 Audacious Puzzles from Women and Non-Binary Creators, featuring the work of some of the best women and non-binary puzzle makers working today.

Inkubator Crossword Puzzles

Moms Demand Action

Strength Through Support

The Sandy Hook massacre prompted Shannon Watts, a mother of five, to start a Facebook group to urge Americans to do all they could to reduce gun violence. The online conversation it sparked became Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for stronger gun laws and public safety measures that protect people from gun violence.

They now have a volunteer chapter in every US state and in Washington DC, so you can join them to make the country a safer place for our children and our grandchildren. Find out how you can take action.

Moms Demand Action

Wendy Ida

Iconoclasts and Mavericks

A victim of domestic abuse in a marriage that lasted 13 years, Wendy Ida was finally able to escape the violence when she fled with her two small children to a place of safety on the opposite side of the country. She worked as a corporate accountant to support the family, and began exercising as a way to cope with her struggles, and to set a positive example for her children.

After losing 80 pounds doing cardio workouts at the gym and running at home, she turned her back on accounting and made fitness her new focus. She became a Pilates instructor, got into salsa and hip-hop dancing, and began a weight-training program.

Wendy entered her first bodybuilding competition when she was 57 years old and took home three trophies. Since then she has been a National Champion eight times, and currently holds two Guinness World Records in fitness. Showing no signs of slowing down, she is a best-selling author, a fitness instructor, a motivational speaker and a force to be reckoned with!

Wendy turned 70 on May 3 2022, and to celebrate she’s asking us to join her in a 20-day workout challenge  that celebrates the 70s – are you ready?

Wendy Ida

Home, Work, Play

Tech Trouble Tips

If you’ve ever seen an image popup on your screen, seemingly out of nowhere, you can be sure that it’s a scam! Hackers are getting more and more clever in the ways they are using to get you to click on things. They do it with email, they do it with popups that suggest you’ve got a security issue. Just know that if you ever get something that references a security issue with your computer or email, it’s most likely a scam. If you are asked to click on a button or link, DON’T DO IT! They are trying to trick you into giving them information that you don’t want them to have. As a rule, if you don’t recognize it, it’s probably a scam!

Caring For Yourself

Take Some Time For Yourself

Having trouble staying focused while meditating? Maybe a guided meditation is for you.

We know there are many benefits to a regular meditation practice - our focus is improved, we’re calmer and feel less stress, and our sleep improves - but it isn’t always easy to sit with our thoughts alone. When that happens, try these guided meditations, developed especially for seniors:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6rXVM8VIWc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3Uw0UscJyE

https://tinyurl.com/2p8ruwam

You Might Be Interested

Get More of the SheChange News That Is Happening Right Now!

We hope you enjoyed this issue of SheChange News, and you’ll come back for more in the coming weeks. We want to talk about the things you care about – so please let us know what you thought of this issue, and what you’d like to see in future issues. 

Keep in touch with us, so we can keep in touch with you! Send an email to arlene@shechangenews.com and let’s keep up this engaging and enlightening conversation that celebrates and shines a light on the lives of older women!

And, if you found this newsletter to be of value, please share it with a friend!

Get the latest SheChange News direct to your email inbox each week!

And, remember… “Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength”  – Betty Friedan