Team Tahiry you know I love a good book and some poetry! Just touches my soul! As you all know, I have a goal of covering over 31 women, past, present and future that are really making strides and moves in the world. I've talked about women of the past that paved the way for us like Madame C.J. Walker and women in the present like Sara Blakely, Kimora Lee Simmons and more. But now I want to shine a light on women of the future that are making strides and will be a huge impact on our future.
I became introduced to this woman by means of her book 'Freedom Fighter'. It was a perfect read for around International Women's Day. Her body of work was so amazing that I decided to reach out to her and ask her a few questions. Chani The Hippie is an author, poet, activist and blogger. Her topic of interest is women and she's a writer and activist that is leading the fight for women's rights. Check out my interview with her below
Who: Chani the Hippie
What: Author, Poet, Blogger and Activist
How Important is self-expression to you?
Chani The Hippie: It's one of the most imprint things to life in me. Self expression keeps people from going insane. It helps you sort things out. It keeps a history of your emotions and life. That's imperative.
What made you become such a strong advocate for women's rights?
Chani The Hippie: I've gone through things and realized it was just because I was a woman. Being sexually assaulted, paid less, told I can't do certain things. That's not fair. That's not right. I saw crazy things like sexual harassment, domestic violence, and women struggling just to receive respect. Instead of complaining and wondering why, I took charge and joined the fight for women's rights.
Out of all the women that inspire you, who inspires you the most and why?
Chani The Hippie: My mom. She's a survivor. She's had breast cancer, multiple strokes, a horrific car accident, and everyday she's standing tall and smiling. I've seen her come so far from the hell she's been through. She's a living example of strength, resilience, and love to me.
If you could offer all the women in the world one piece of advice what would it be?
Chani The Hippie: Don't let anyone shut you up. Your ideas, your dreams, your words, are the most powerful things you have.
What made you want to become a poet?
Chani The Hippie: I have a lot of emotions and honestly I talk too much. I started writing when I was in the first grade. I didn't even know what I was writing was poetry until my older cousin told me. Since then I've been one. It was natural for me.
If you could have tea with any women from the past, who would it be and why?
Chani The Hippie: Harriett Tubman. She saved thousands of people and never gave up. Can you imagine how strong and loving she had to be to constantly go back to different plantations all across the south and risk her life and freedom to help other slaves? To even be in her presence has to be life changing. Seldom do we hear about people who are not only that selfless, but that brave.
What words of encouragement would you give to women struggling to find their voice?
Chani The Hippie: Take your time. Everything you have to say is important, but so is how you say it. Developing your message is crucial and once you're comfortable, yell it from the mountain tops.
For more on Chani The Hippie, please visit her website ChaniTheHippie.com She currently has a book, "We: A Love Story" and it's available on her website.
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