Models donned the ubiquitous feminist accessory for the finale of this week's Missoni F/W '17 presentation in Milan.

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3.3.2017

This Week in Women: Harvard, Bad Girl RiRi, & Missoni's Pussy Hat

Hello, Friday: as we sip our coffee and look forward to this evening’s Friday cocktail(s), there is much to discuss. Most importantly, make sure to mark your calendars for next Wednesday, March 8, for #DayWithoutAWoman—the follow-up to January’s historic Women’s March on Washington. March organizers suggest the top three ways to show your solidarity are wearing red, striking from paid or unpaid work, and shopping local (or simply not buying at all). It’s time for This Week in Women!

Rihanna Receives Humanitarian of the Year Award from Harvard

Break out the champagne: on Tuesday, one of our favorite artists and tastemakers, Rihanna, received The Harvard Foundation’s prestigious 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award.

“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” said S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director. “In 2012, she founded the nonprofit the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program [named for her grandparents] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which provides children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls, and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.”

Rihanna graciously accepted the accolade clad in a characteristically boss-style ensemble from the Monse Fall 2017 collection.

“All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return,” she said. “To me, that is a humanitarian. People make it seem way too hard, man. The truth is—and what the little girl watching those commercials didn’t know—is that you don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian, to help somebody. You don’t have to be famous. You don’t have to be college-educated.”

Solange’s Feminist Syllabus A Seat at the Table

Solange’s critically acclaimed A Seat at the Table album was released last September, and has, since then, picked up a Grammy for Best R&B Performance. This week, Wake Forest University students that are participating in the Elle.com scholarship program released a woke feminist syllabus based on A Seat at the Table that explores different women’s experiences through text, music, and visual art.

Young women between the ages of 16 and 30 were invited to submit different materials that best represented their stance on topics, such as “Resisting Racism,” “Understanding Gender and Sexuality,” and “Nurturing Ourselves.”

“Like all conversations these sometimes went to unexpected places,” said the Elle.com scholars in a statement within the syllabus. “Some of the submissions were books and articles we expected; but some submissions were original artwork, poetry, and stories.”

Missoni Closes Show with Pussy Hats Finale

Designer and Missoni progeny, Angela Missoni, sent pussy hats down the runway at this week’s Fall 2017 presentation in Milan. For the finale, models donned the ubiquitous feminist accessory as Angela and her mother, Rosita, appeared on the runway, with “Power to the People” playing overhead.

“In five minutes all of us will be in another place,” Angela said to the audience. “So I want to say something before we part. I feel the need to recognize that in a time of uncertainty there is a bond between us that can keep us strong and safe: the bond that unites those that respect the human rights of all. Please join me and my family on this catwalk. Let’s show the world that we are united and fearless.”

Lead graphic by Jordan Levinson

Stay tuned to Milk for more of This Week in Women and check out our previous installments here.

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