Badass women: 10 November 2017
This week, we're taking our hats off to Mila Kunis, Juli Briskman, Joann Ward, Danica Roem and Sophie Turner
Earlier this week, actress Mila Kunis appeared on the Conan talk show, where she revealed the funny way she's "peacefully protesting" American vice president Mike Pence. Mila, who is pro-choice, has always been vocal about her disdain for Pence's anti-abortion policies. So, she decided to take action and "remind him of women out there in the world who may or may not agree with his platform" by making regular donations to Planned Parenthood in the VP's name.
"Every month to his office, he gets a little letter that says 'an anonymous donation has been made in your name," she shared with a cheeky smile. Of course, the audience erupted into cheers at her revelation and we can't help but cheer her on too.
Juli made headlines this week when she was photographed flipping the middle finger at Donald Trump's motorcade in Sterling, Virginia. Shortly after the photo went viral on the internet, Juli's employer, government contractor Akima LLC fired her, stating that the photograph had violated the "code of conduct policy". Despite that, she's been receiving an outpouring of support from netizens.
"I think the point is this resonates because millions of people feel the way that I do," she told The Guardian.
It's funny how Juli was fired from her job when a male senior director at the company had made an offensive public comment in a discussion about Black Lives Matter earlier this year and was only told to delete it without further consequence.
Joann Ward was a mother of four young kids and she died on Sunday protecting her family from a gunman inside a Texas church. She had pushed her 9-year-old daughter Rihanna to the ground when the terrorist opened fire inside the First Baptist Church and embraced her other three children.
Unfortunately, Joann and her two daughters, Brooke, 5, and Emily, 7, were killed in the shooting along with other 23 churchgoers. Her 5-year-old son Ryland survived multiple gunshot wounds and had to go through extensive surgery. Rest in peace, Joann and family.
Danica is an openly transgender former local news reporter who won the House of Delegates race in Virginia. When she's sworn in, in January, she'll be the first out transgender person elected and seated to a state legislature. She beat Bob Marshall, a social conservative who tried to tarnish her image by constantly criticising her gender identity throughout the campaign.
"What I hope people across the country are able to see in [our victories] is that transgender people can be really good at doing their jobs in elected office; we can make really good legislators," Danica told TIME magazine. "Just by being in office, our mere presence fundamentally changes the equation."
The Game of Thrones actress went on Twitter to remind everyone that Finn Wolfhard (Mike from Stranger Things) is a still kid who needs his space and have his privacy respected. Her outburst followed after a video of Finn ignoring his fans waiting for him outside his hotel went viral. In the clip, a fan called Finn "so rude".
"Damn... seeing fully grown adults wait outside the 'Stranger Things' kids hotels etc, and then abuse them when they don't stop for them is super weird," she wrote in a series of tweets. "A. What adult in their right mind waits for a CHILD outside their hotel and B is then offended when the CHILD doesn't stop."
"It doesn't matter if they are an actor... they are kids first. Give them the space they need in order to grow without feeling like they owe anyone anything for living their childhood dreams," she added.