Badass women: 19 May 2017

Leah Choy, Jennifer Lawrence, Barbara Rank, Pili Hussein and Feminista Jones are making us proud

By Lydia Chan | Published: 19 May 2017

Badass Women 19May17
Photo: Chef Leah with a Big Heart/Facebook

Leah Choy
Since she was just four years old, this little Malaysian girl has baked cupcakes to raise funds for her younger sister, Adele's brain injury treatments. Leah sells her baked treats on her Facebook page, Chef Leah with a Big Heart and her good deed caught the attention of Cake Boss star, Buddy Valastro. Buddy met up with Leah last year and recently, the 7-year-old baker flew to the US to be on his reality TV show. Little Leah worked with Buddy's team from his bakery, Carlo's Bake Shop to create a cake inspired by Adele's first poem book, Pebbles of My Life.

Photo: Chef Leah with a Big Heart/Facebook

Buddy also posted a sweet photo of Leah with her family, praising the little girl on her good-heartedness.

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is no stranger to speaking her mind and the actress sounded off once more after a video of her dancing wildly at a party in a strip club was leaked. Following backlash and criticism from the public, Jennifer took to her Facebook account to clear up the drama and shoot haters down.

"Look, nobody wants to be reminded that they tried to dance on a stripper pole by the internet. It was one of my best friend's birthdays and I dropped my paranoia guard for one second to have fun. I'm not going to apologise, I had a BLAST that night," she wrote.

That's right, Jen – don't apologise for having a good time. In true J. Law fashion, she ended her post with her signature wit.

"Ps that's not a bra it's an Alexander Wang top and I'm not gonna lie, I think my dancings pretty good. Even with no core strength," she quipped.

Photo: Jennifer Lawrence/Facebook

Barbara Rank
President Donald Trump has introduced Trumpcare or the American Health Care Act which allows insurance companies to not only deny but also increase the cost of one's healthcare if they have 'pre-existing' conditions. These conditions include maternity care, rape and even domestic violence. Aptly enough, many found these conditions to be nonsensical. Yet earlier this week, Rod Blum, a male member of the US House of Representatives spoke to a crowd in Dubuque, Iowa on his voting decision to repeal Obamacare, the former national health care act.

"Get rid of some of these crazy regulations that Obamacare puts in... Such as a 62-year-old male having to have pregnancy insurance," Rod had said.

Barbara Rank, who had been sitting in the audience, later wrote a letter to her local newpaper to voice her disdain and school the congressman on what's what.

Not surprisingly, the photo of Barbara's letter has gone viral on the Internet with many dubbing her a "hero" and some even urging her to "please run for office."

Pili Hussein
At 31 years old, Tanzanian Pili Hussein escaped an abusive marriage and due to lack of opportunity for women to work, chose to disguise herself as a man to work as a tanzanite gemstone miner.

"Women were not allowed in the mining area, so I entered bravely like a man, like a strong person. You take big trousers, you cut them into shorts and you appear like a man. That's what I did," Pili, now 60, told the BBC. She also changed her name to Uncle Hussein.

Pili would work 10 to 12 hours a day, digging for gemstones as deep as 600m below the earth – something even the other men would not do. Her plan worked as no one suspected she was a woman.

After about a year of tough labour, Pili uncovered two huge clusters of tanzanite stones and used her newfound fortune to take care of her family and employ miners to work for her. Even after striking it rich, Pili kept up her disguise until she was forced to reveal herself to avoid rape allegations (a local woman had reported that she had been raped by some of the miners).

Now, Pili owns her own mining company with 70 employees under her, and has paid for the education of her nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Feminista Jones
If you're tired of being catcalled or creepily hit on, author and activist Feminista Jones has the best comeback: just thank them or agree with the man's compliment of you. In a series of tweets, she explained her simple strategy.

Surprisingly (or maybe not so), men actually get offended by your polite response.

Other women also came forward to share their experiences after trying this easy trick. We always knew that self-love would conquer all.


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