Influential Women #19: My Mom

Today’s influential woman is my mother, because she sure as hell deserves a spot on this list. Yes, she’s a normal woman just like (you, maybe,) and me. But that doesn’t take away the fact that she’s been very influential – at the very least, for the past 20 years, to me. We always have been very close, and today I will share three things my mom has taught me.

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“Maybe We Should Just Shoot Them All”

There’s been a lot of wildlife-stuff going on where I live, and it is not something we are used to. For months now the local news has been talking about wolves roaming the country,  blaming them for every single herd-animal death that has occurred (while most proved to have been caused by another animal), talking about how we should control wildlife, either by capturing the wolves or just shooting them. Wednesday, however, they took it up a notch.

Influential Women #18: (Ana) Nzinga Mbande

This post is going to be a little different from the other ones in the series, because this woman is a little different from the other ones in the series, in the sense that she’s not at at all unknown. NZinga Mbande (16th/17th c.) was the queen of the region that is now known as Angola. I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of her before, but queen Nzinga Mbande is one of the biggest figures in Angolan history. When I was reading up on her, I encountered tons of very positive articles, depicting her as a warrior queen, fighting colonisation and slavery, who was always supported by her people. When digging deeper, though, I found something closer to the truth.