Badass women: 3 March 2017

We're honouring women like Kaley Cuoco, model Poppy Dadd, Jessie Kaur Lehail, Saji Kaur Sahota, Jane Fonda and the cutest 4-year-old twins this week

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 3 Mar 2017

Badass women 3Mar17
'The Big Bang Theory' cast. (Photo: CBS)

Kaley Cuoco & Co.
The Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco is reportedly taking a pay cut of US$100,000 along with her male co-stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg – the original cast of the show, which began in 2007 – to push for their newer co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch to get a raise for the upcoming seasons 11 and 12.

According to Variety, both Mayim and Melissa earn US$200,000 per episode after being introduced to the series in season three. If the US$500,000 from their co-stars is split equally, they could earn about $450,000 per episode for the next two seasons. The deal is currently under negotiation and reps for Warner Bros. TV, CBS, Mayim and Melissa have declined to comment.

In an industry under heavy scrutiny for the gender pay gap, it's incredible that Mayim and Melissa's co-stars want to stand up for them, even more so that Kaley Cuoco, who is already earning as much as the guys (US$1,000,000 per episode!), is pushing for parity for her female colleagues too.

Poppy Dadd
English model Poppy Dadd first came out as lesbian on Facebook two years ago. She had posted a status that said, "First to comment is gay" only to be the first to comment and openly came out as a lesbian. "I thought it was funny and not too serious and that's how I wanted it to be," Poppy told The Huffington Post. "I didn't want it to be emotional or dramatic – just light-hearted because it's not a big deal."

Although she made her sexuality public years ago, the topic was brought up again when Poppy took a screenshot of the status when it popped up as a Memory on her Facebook newsfeed and shared it on Twitter.

"I reposted it because I know some of my followers would remember that day, especially the ones I was Skyping with when I did it. So I thought it'd be funny for them to see it," she explained. "I would say that you shouldn't do it until you're ready because it can be scary and you might get nasty comments so you need to prepare for that."


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Jessie Kaur Lehail and Saji Kaur Sahota
Writer Jessie and photographer Saji are two Sikh women who started The Kaur Project that aims to celebrate diversity and provide a safe space for Sikh women in America to tell their stories.

"We wanted a safe place for women to share the untold stories of power and resilience from women who have the name Kaur," Jessie told Buzzfeed. "We wanted to do something that was creative and really showcase the diversity of Kaur and Sikhism in general. The name Kaur is an equaliser, enabling Sikh women to identify themselves without their fathers or husbands." To read the stories of the Kaur women, click here.

Jessie and Saji. (Photo: The Kaur Project)

Cora and Ruby
These 4-year-old twin girls are the modern superheroes you need. Not all superheroes wear capes and don't they know it! The girls turned up at their pre-school's Superhero Day dressed as US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

It was their mother Candice Wilkins who taught the toddlers about how the women have made a difference in the world.

"I explained to them that it was 'Superhero Day' at school and these women were heroes because they changed the world with their brain, not by wearing a fictional cape and tights," Candice said. "They were then excited to wear the costumes after that! I've had a few negative comments that this wasn't 'fun' for them, but it was. They learned about someone new and when you're four and you get to wear anything but your 'normal' clothes to school, it's fun! They had a blast." Who know who else is badass? Candice.

Jane Fonda
It might have taken actress Jane Fonda a long time to speak out about the abuse she experienced as a child, but it doesn't diminish our admiration for how she now fights violence against women and empowers other women to do so.. She recently opened up about being sexually abused in an interview with Brie Larson for The Edit.

"To show you the extent to which a patriarchy takes a toll on females; I've been raped, I've been sexually abused as a child, and I've been fired because I wouldn't sleep with my boss," she said. "I always thought it was my fault; that I didn't do or say the right thing."

"I know young girls who've been raped and didn't even know it was rape," Jane added. "They think, 'It must have been because I said 'no' the wrong way'. One of the great things the women's movement has done is to make us realise that [rape and abuse is] not our fault. We were violated and it's not right."


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