Last month was Women’s History Month, so I decided to collect some photographs of women being, excuse my french, badass. As an aspiring photojournalist and feminist, pictures of women defying the patriarchy and standing up against injustice are what I live for. Here are some really inspiring and badass photos of women being awesome.
Taken in 1981 during the South African rugby tour. Protesters tried to disrupt the July 22 tour-opener against Poverty Bay at Gisborne’s Rugby Park.
28-year-old Amanda Polchies drops to her knees, brandishing an eagle feather at the Mi’kmaq protest against potential fracking near Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada in 2013.
Sarah and Sophie Johnson, members of UK’s Independent party stand up to a hate mob of Loyalist in Glasgow’s George Square the night after the 2015 referendum.
A student protester stands on a barrier in Parliament Square on December 9, 2010 in London, England. Parliament was voting on whether to implement the coalition Government’s proposals to increase university tuition fees in England.
A young demonstrator stares down a riot policeman during a protest that marked Chile’s 1973 military coup. I wouldn’t want anyone looking at me like that girl is!
This woman calmly defies the Macedonian government by swiping on some lipstick and kissing the shield of a riot policeman. The Guardian found the woman and interviewed her here!
Most Americans have seen this photo before considering it went viral after it was posted online. During the turbulent times of the Ferguson protests and other Black Lives Matter rallies and marches, many photos captured the spirit of those fighting for civil rights and justice, but not as successfully as Bachman’s photo taken during a protest in Baton Rouge did. More information concerning the brave woman Ieshia Evans and the protest visit BBC.
This Ethiopian Israeli protestor stands up against an Israeli police officer during a demonstration against police brutality and racism.
During a rally hosted by the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan at the Lee County Courthouse in Tupelo, Mississippi, an African American woman confronts two of the members of the KKK. See more of Anthony S. Karen’s photos about the KKK in today’s society here.
A protestor raises her fist in opposition of a row of Swedish neo-nazis. Detailed more in an article from The Guardian, Tess Asplund joined a large counter protest in opposition of a Nordic Resistance Movement demonstration. Asplund isn’t scared of the men coming towards her, she stands in courageous defiance. This photo is truly inspiring.
Protester Saffiyah Khan smiles smugly as she stands against Britain’s far-right movement, English Defence League’s leader Ian Crossland after noticing he and other EDL members were verbally attacking a woman for wearing a hijab. Now that’s some badass flower power if you ask me.
To end on a peaceful note, reiki teacher Shameeka Smalling decided she needed to smudge all the evil out of one of the many protests in Baltimore, Maryland after the death of Freddie Gray, and be a “channel for healing energy to the space.” Elle magazine caught up to her and asked her about the reaction she had after seeing her photo go viral. Peace and love is always a good way to go.