Today, March 8, is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women, and focus attention on areas still needing action. In the run-up to the event, Reuters photographers in countries around the globe took a series of portraits
of women and their daughters. They asked each mother what her profession was, at what age she had finished education, and what she wanted her daughter to become when she grew up. They also asked each daughter at what age she would finish education and what she wanted to do in the future. (SLAtlantic)
Earlier this week, the captain of a Westjet
flight received a note from a passenger
regarding her place in the "cockpit". At the time Westjet declined to comment, feeling no need to "lend credibility to the author of the note." In honour of today being International Women's Day,
Westjet has provided a more subtle response.
Talking gender to Africa
International donors have sought to improve the social, political and economic position of women in Africa through an approach known as “gender”. This donor-driven strategy is failing. The jargon of gender programmes is ambiguous and easily misunderstood. It fosters inaction and lip service on the part of patriarchal African governments and civil servants. Gender has become the preserve of the educated elite. The voices of African women have been lost. [more inside]
"I will be honest," says Muruganantham. "I would not even use it to clean my scooter."
The incredible and funny story of a man who set out to change the way sanitary pads are viewed and made in India.
A tale of a young woman in Lebanon, related in a manner that should resonate with many Americans.
"This story is an analogy to what the Shia, most of whom belong to Hezbollah culture, are like in Lebanon. I tell it because it presents things in familiar terms to many Western readers. When people ask me what it was like, to grow up in the lands where Hezbollah structured the predominant culture, I hesitate to answer, because I want them to understand."
26 year-old Inuk woman Loretta Saunders was working on an Honours thesis studying the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women of Canada. Her supervisor called her proposal "the most beautifully written and cared-for assignment I had ever read in seven years of university teaching."
Two weeks ago, Loretta disappeared and fell out of contact with family and friends. Yesterday police confirmed that her body had been found in the median of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Her disappearance is now being treated as a homicide. [more inside]
is super passionate about girls fighting evil
, creating collages with short stories about various groups of girls fighting off demons - from radio DJs
and the interns at Night Vale
, to Dorothy Gale
, and of course Beyonce
. Sometimes the girls are helping the demons: evil counterparts to Cinderella
, and Snow White
, the underwater orchestra
, even the underlord's admin assistant
. Sometimes they fight each other
; sometimes they fight themselves
. Some of these fighters are real
. Sometimes they'll let you borrow their style
A Think-piece About Female Pioneerism in Electronic Music, Post-post Feminism and Some Sassy Statements On Sexism
’Woman’ is not a genre. Stop acting like we’re a passing fad. Delia Derbyshire (previously), Daphne Oram (previously), Wendy Carlos, Doris Norton, Suzanne Ciani, Cynthia Webster… even Goldfrapp and Add N To (X)’s Ann Shenton. These women weren’t on the periphery of electronic music…they pioneered it”, says Mollie Wells of dark pop band Funerals in an Electronic Beats feature on women in electronic music. And she is right. Females have, since the post-war inception of electronically produced music, played a crucial role in its development and presentation. [more inside]
When CeCe McDonald was incarcerated in a mens' prison after defending herself from a racist, transphobic attack
, she drew support
not only through her misfortune but also through her insightful, valuable commentary on subjects ranging from how men react to having their masculinity questioned by "outside speculators"
and violence against women
to pansexuality on Sex and The City
Now released from prison after 19 months,
, the 25 year old African American transgender activist isn't content just to finally listen to the new Beyonce album
. She appeared on Melissa-Harris Perry
discussing her experience with the prison-industrial complex, and will be the subject of a new documentary
by Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox (previously
). [more inside]
"....many a tragic episode in family life is superinduced by the baleful influence of a tortured stomach. Mighty is the hand that holds the ballot-box, but mightier is the hand that wields to advantage the pepper-box, the salt-spoon, and the sugar-shaker." read the entirely of Maud C. Cooke's, Breakfast, Dinner and Supper; or, What To Eat and How To Prepare It (1897)
online and enter a world of home remedies, large scale recipes, sound advice, leftover wizardry, squirrel stews, scientific digestion, and horrible things done to vegetables.
Each of Historian Barbara Wells Sarudy's six blogs contains a wealth of esoteric treasures:
"President John Adams declared, “History is not the Province of the Ladies.” Oh well, I'll give it a try." [more inside]
Birds of the West Indies.
Artist Taryn Simon (previously
) has a work of photographs of James Bond's gadgets, guns, cars, and women. The work is currently showing at this year's Carnegie International
, and has an accompanying book. Info at the main link, and a more thorough gallery here.
"Danger in the Ring." According to Karen, a doctor in the emergency room asked her over the phone: “Was your daughter using birth control?” Karen said, “Yes, NuvaRing.” He removed the device and said, “I thought so, because she’s having a pulmonary embolism.” [more inside]
On Friday, federal court judge Judge Clark Waddoups issued a ruling
stating that parts of Utah’s polygamy laws, including the statute that criminalizes cohabitation, is unconstitutional
. [more inside]
This is The Big Picture, an official television report of the United States Army, produced for the armed forces and the American people. Now to show you part of The Big Picture here is Master Sargent Stuart Queen
The series consists of ~822 documentaries produced by the United States Army Signal Corps Army Pictorial Service from 1951 to 1971 to educate both soldiers in uniform and the American public about military concerns as well as things like historical battles, world geography, famous soldiers, the latest weapons, space exploration, strategic objectives, peaceful initiatives, and the life of a soldier. Being a product of the Federal Government it belongs to the the American people, and is thus freely available to all to copy and distribute. Most can now be viewed on archive.org [more inside]
talk to Sarah Silverman about her HBO special 'We Are Miracles'
, and why women run comedy
. Though according to Variety she shouldn't be so dirty
... or maybe Variety should shut up
Growing Out My Bush
is a fascinating Tumblr where one woman explores the perception of the female body by first shaving and then photographing the re-growth of her pubic hair. Especially interesting are "The Reality of Nude Photos
" and "How Breasts Can Look
For the first time, three women
, identified as Pfc. Julia Carroll, Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro and Pfc. Katie Gorz will graduate from enlisted infantry training today,
having passed the two month course at the School of Infantry-East at Camp Geiger, a satellite of Lejeune. However, they still won’t be allowed to serve in an infantry unit, until the Marine Corps finishes its study of women in combat, in two more years' time. [more inside]
Last week, Time
magazine put out a feature on the Gods of Food
, a series of articles on 60-some-odd empire-building chefs who the magazine thinks are influencing and leading cuisine today. Beyond the statistical problems with the article ... some folks had the temerity to point out that this culinary Mount Olympus was basically a bunch of white dudes. Actually it was all dudes, not a single woman deified. Eater's interview
's food editor Howard Chua-Eoan about the story. Amanda Cohen's scathing takedown of the clusterfuck
. The New York Times
' Room for Debate
feature asking leading female chefs about underrepresented women in food media. Eater's latest piece
on the question of gender bias in food journalism. [via
Before the days of Roe v. Wade (and sometimes after) girls who got pregnant were sent away
. Now one of the places that housed them is closing
. [more inside]
"If you are poor, why do you spend money on useless status symbols
like handbags and belts and clothes and shoes and televisions and cars? One thing I’ve learned is that one person’s illogical belief is another person’s survival skill."
Bras in Space: The Incredible True Story Behind Upcoming Film "Spacesuit"
When we think of the Apollo 11 moon landing, what do we think of? President Kennedy’s bold vision. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s heroism (unfortunately we rarely think about Command Module Pilot Michael Collins). Perhaps we even think of the incredible engineers, rocket scientists, astrophysicists and all the other geniuses at NASA who made it possible. Now we want you to think about your grandma’s bra. [more inside]
Did Amelia Bassano Lanier write William Shakespeare? Her
single volume of poetry, Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum
was published in 1611, but Amelia Bassano Lanier
(1569–1645) may have left us even more. John Hudson
, a British Shakespeare scholar and director of the New York theatre ensemble the Dark Lady Players
that if Bassano did not write all of the plays, she was certainly a major collaborator. He is not alone
The GOP's new target for voter disenfranchisement: women.
As of November 5, Texans must show a photo ID with their up-to-date legal name
. Only 66% of voting age women have ready access to a photo ID of this nature, as many women have not updated their photo IDs with either their married names or their name after a divorce. This disenfranchises 34% of women voters, while 99% of men are home free. Similar laws now exist or are in the process of being passed
in numerous other states.
College student Lily Myers performs her poem, Shrinking Women,
at a poetry slam.
If you become a cultural icon, those who come after in your field will almost certainly be compared to you and your achievements. And if you were the late Julia Child
, ground-breaking television chef and champion of French cooking in the United States, you would find your name to be the first half of a lot of comparisons. The Julia Childs, as it were. [more inside]
was approached to write blog posts for Biology Online
, she quite reasonably asked about the terms of the agreement. When she turned them down, their response was...somewhat less than reasonable
. And when DNLee posted to her blog about it
, Scientific American
– who hosts her blog as part of their science blog network
– responded in perhaps the most tone-deaf manner possible
. [more inside]
Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. Presented with identical summaries of the accomplishments of two imaginary applicants, professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer the man a job. If they did hire the woman, they set her salary, on average, nearly $4,000 lower than the man’s. Surprisingly, female scientists were as biased as their male counterparts.
A wonderful long article by Eileen Pollack
where she talks to her former mentors, the study authors, and the other female science professors at her alma mater. NYTMagazine, worth reading especially for the absence of glib simple answers.
, of course.)
The words and phrases that distinguish men and women on Facebook.
A word cloud visualization taken from a new study
exploring personality, gender and age in language used on social media, published in PLOS ONE. [more inside]
The Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT (famous for once housing Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black) is converting from a women’s prison to a men’s prison
. Where will the inmates go? Aliceville, AL; a location more than 1,000 miles away, nowhere near a major airport, and 45 miles away from a train station
Eleven United States senators sent an open letter
to the director of the Bureau of Prisons
last month, and the transition remains in a state of delay. Piper Kerman wrote a NYT op-ed
with her perspective.
, a former model/actress, recently published a NYT op-ed
about her recurring role as Amarice
in Xena: Warrior Princess
, stating, "Gender was not relevant in the Xenaverse." Her perspective has been met with some contention
In 1999, officials in Vienna, Austria, asked residents of the city's ninth district how often and why they used public transportation. "Most of the men filled out the questionnaire in less than five minutes," says Ursula Bauer, one of the city administrators tasked with carrying out the survey. "But the women couldn't stop writing.
France's upper house of parliament, the Sénat has passed a women's equality bill
, which aims to redress
some of the persistent inequalities between men and women, in the sphere of pay, jobs and parental leave. [more inside]
On Tuesday, a court in India convicted four
men of "rape, unnatural sex, murder, conspiracy and destruction of evidence" after they brutally gang-raped a woman on a bus in Delhi last December. The woman died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. When news broke, it sparked protests (previously)
and raised awareness worldwide about the plight of many women in India. Now that the verdict is in, the Guardian analyzes the incident to see how "the nation's surge to superpower status has left millions behind struggling on the margins." (Links in this post contain descriptions of rape and assault which some may find disturbing.) [more inside]
To my daughter's high school programming teacher
: "I spent 16 years raising a daughter who had all the tools and encouragement she needed to explore computer programming as a career. In one short semester, you and her classmates undid all of my years of encouragement."