Each week HCWC will spotlight a woman within the Harvard community or beyond whose work and actions we deem to be “crush worthy.” We encourage you to participate in our #WCW via your various social media platforms by sharing the women we honor each week to bring light to their important work.
Who she is: M.I.A. is a Sri-Lankan/British singer and performance artist who also writes music, paints, and directs. She is known for the political nature of her work.
Why she’s our #WCW: Sali, the HCWC intern who nominated her, had this to say: “M.I.A. just came out with a new music video (Borders) to raise awareness about the refugee crisis, and it’s awesome to see such a popular musician use her agency for activism. Her music has always been politically inspired, and her cd Arugular depicts experiences about identity politics, gender/sexual stereotypes, and working class conditions in London, along with poverty and revolution. She even was denied a travel visa to the US in 2005 because her music was so politically charged. In her album Kala, she wrote a lot about immigration politics, and then her album Maya talked about information politics. Another one of her intense music videos was Born Free- which depicted genocide and commented on Arizona’s immigration law.She has used her platform to advance refugee activism and she’s just amazing!”
To nominate another #WCW, please use our form! Happy #WCW from #HCWC!