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DAMSEL | Laverne Cox

If you do not know who Laverne Cox is, I regret to inform you that you have been living under a rock. This gorgeous trans woman of colour is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Sophia Burset on the Netflix show Orange is the New Black, but she is also an award-winning actress, producer […]

DAMSEL | Faith Bandler

Faith Bandler (1918 – 2015) was an Indigenous Australian activist of South Sea Islander and Scottish-Indian heritage. Born Ida Lessing Faith Mussing on 23 September 1918, Bandler was instrumental in the YES campaign for the 1967 referendum on Aboriginal Australians. Faith Bandler’s father, Wacvie Mussingkon, was blackbirded at the age of 13 from Ambrym Island, […]

DAMSEL | Susette La Flesche Tibbles

Susette La Flesche Tibbles (1854-1903) was a Native American writer, lecturer and activist for Indigenous rights. Born in Nebraska to an Omaha chief, her Omaha name Inshata Theumba means ‘Bright Eyes’. She was instrumental in campaigning for Native American rights. In 1983, La Flesche was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. One of five […]

DAMSEL | Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Rigoberta Menchú Tum, born 9 January 1959, is a Guatemalan political activist for Indigenous and women’s rights. A member of the K’iche’ people, Menchú has campaigned for the rights of Mayan peoples especially women during and after the Guatemalan Civil War (1960 – 1996). In 1992, Menchú won the Nobel Peace Prize “in recognition of […]

DAMSEL | Caster Semenya

Mokgadi Caster Semenya is a middle-distance runner from the Limpopo province of South Africa. She primarily runs 400m, 800m and 1500m and she has competed at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, and won gold at Rio. She is also an intersex woman, with higher levels of testosterone than most dyadic women caused by […]

DAMSEL | Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

Heralded as an original pioneer of transgender activism, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy has spent her entire life fighting for the rights of transgender women of colour. Throughout her life, Miss Major has fought for the rights of transgender women and the LGBT+ community, has done work for the AIDS crisis in San Francisco, and has worked […]

DAMSEL | Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (1822 – 1913) was an American abolitionist born into slavery that successfully escaped in 1849, subsequently saving over 700 slaves using the secret network of activists and safe houses that formed the Underground Railroad. She also worked as an armed scout, spy, and nurse for the United States Army during the American Civil […]

DAMSEL | Tu Youyou

Tu Youyou, born 30 December 1930, is a Chinese pharmaceutical chemist and educator best known for discovering the anti-malarial drugs artemisinin and dihydroartemisinin. Her work has provided an incredible breakthrough in tropical medicine and has saved millions of lives, resulting in public health improvements across South Asia, Africa and South America. Tu won the 2015 […]

DAMSEL | Evelyn Scott

“Our struggle for Indigenous rights and equality is bound up inextricable with the rights of all Australians. Our freedom is your freedom. Reconciliation is not an isolated event but part of the fabric of this nation. Will you take our hand? Will you share our dream?” – Evelyn Scott Evelyn Scott is an Indigenous Australian […]

DAMSEL | Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou had seven memoirs and with good reason. These memoirs focus on the varied and fascinating experiences of her early life, both the struggles and the triumphs. Even before publishing her first memoir which propelled her into the spotlight, Maya had already worked as the first black female streetcar conductor, a touring actor, a […]

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2019 Guild diaries are here 🙌🎉😃 Which will you choose: 🍋, 🦚 or 🌊? Pop into the Guild Student Centre to collect one. We’re open 8.30am to 5pm weekdays (closed from 12pm Fri 21 Dec...
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Drumroll please... the winners of the Guild Education Council Students' Choice Awards for semester 2, 2018 have been chosen! Find out if your fave teacher or staff member made the list -> www.uwastud...
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