Prepare to have your mind blown: Former competitive gymnast Kacy Catanzaro shattered records and expectations by becoming the first woman to complete the insanely difficult American Ninja Warrior final obstacle course.
“Instead of thinking, no woman’s ever done it, I want to be the one to do it, which is the attitude that I took,” Catanzaro told Vulture in an interview.
I think women get tired of the standards that hollywood continues to impose. On our beauty, on how we should look, on how we should behave, on what is sexually desirable, on what it is that men want. Finally, this is a series about us, and people dig it. - Kate Mulgrew
Art Focus:Adam Lupton
For this edition of our Art Focus feature, we present to you the work of Canadian artist Adam Lupton. Painted in oils, his portraiture oftentimes features multiple visages blurred together in a fragmented reality that seems to reflect the different struggles his subjects have with identity. Examples of this include different glimpses of a man dressing in drag and snapshots of another person putting on different masks
Danae Mines became one of the few female firefighters in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) 11 years ago, despite her family telling her that only men joined the department. This year, she broke down another barrier by becoming the first woman to be featured in the FDNY’s 2015 Calendar of Heroes. She had been told that the honor was reserved for men, but when she saw the open call for firefighters, she went, despite feeling a little intimidated standing in line with more than 100 men.
There are currently only 41 women in the department, but perhaps the attention Danae is getting will increase that number. “I wanted my picture in the calendar so that young girls and young women can see me and know that they can do this job,” she told the New York Daily News.
“We Latinos know what its like to live under occupation therefore we must identify ourselves with the Palestinian people.”