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Instability of Classical Gender Roles in Postwar America - YouTube
Soon after the end of World War II, men returned home and eventually assumed their pre-war occupations that some women were occupying. This drove women out of the manufacturing and industrial trades they were holding and as the baby boomers boomed, women became full time homemakers. Women were now expected to stay at home and take care of the kids while the husband went to work to financially support the family.
As women were forced out of their wartime occupations and into the domesticity of the new American nuclear family, many women felt disenfranchised. Furthermore, the 1950s are often identified as the pinnacle of gender inequality as women were denigrated and portrayed as “stupid, submissive, purely domestic creatures.”
women  post  WWII  work 
6 weeks ago by Quercki
America's Forgotten Mass Imprisonment of Women Believed to Be Sexually Immoral - HISTORY
So, beginning in 1918, federal officials began pushing every state in the nation to pass a “model law,” which enabled officials to forcibly examine any person “reasonably suspected” of having an STI. Under this statute, those who tested positive for an STI could be held in detention for as long as it took to render him or her noninfectious. (On paper, the law was gender-neutral; in practice, it almost exclusively focused on regulating women and their bodies.)

READ MORE: How Ireland Turned 'Fallen Women' into Slaves

The Plan enjoyed complicity, if not outright support, in high places. New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia gave speeches lauding the Plan; then-California Governor Earl Warren personally spearheaded its enforcement in his state. In 1918, the attorney general personally sent a letter to every U.S. attorney in the country, assuring them this law was constitutional; he also sent a letter to every U.S. district judge, urging them not to interfere with its enforcement. During World War II, the American Civil Liberties Union not only failed to oppose the Plan; its founder, Roger Baldwin, sent a memorandum encouraging its local branches to cooperate with officials enforcing it.
STI  women  prison 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
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mathematics  biography  history  women  Black  African 
june 2019 by Quercki
The ENIAC Programmers: how women invented modern programming and were then written out of the history books / Boing Boing
Kathy Kleiman, founder of the ENIAC Programmers Project, writes about the buried history of the pivotal role played by women in the creation of modern computing, a history that is generally recounted as consisting of men making heroic technical and intellectual leaps while women did some mostly simple, mechanical work around the periphery.

Kleiman summarizes her twenty years of research into the programmers of the ENIAC -- the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, the first modern computer -- whose first programmers were six women: Kathleen McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, Jean Jennings Bartik, Betty Snyder Holberton, Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer, Ruth Lichterman Teitelbaum and Frances Bilas Spence.

The ENIAC programmers had to invent programming as we know it, working without programming codes (these were invented a few years later for UNIVAC by Betty Holberton): they "broke down the differential calculus ballistics trajectory program" into small steps the computer could handle, then literally wired together the program by affixing cables and flicking the machine's 3,000 switches in the correct sequences. To capture it all, they created meticulous flowcharts that described the program's workings.

The women stayed on the ENIAC project after the war because "no solider returning home from the battlefield could program ENIAC,"
women  science  computer  programming  history  hidden 
june 2019 by Quercki
10,000 steps? Association of Step Volume and Intensity With All-Cause Mortality in Older Women | Geriatrics | JAMA Internal Medicine | JAMA Network
Question Are increased numbers of steps per day associated with lower mortality rates among older women?

Findings In this cohort study of 16 741 women with a mean age of 72 years, steps per day were measured over 7 days. Women who averaged approximately 4400 steps/d had significantly lower mortality rates during a follow-up of 4.3 years compared with the least active women who took approximately 2700 steps/d; as more steps per day were accrued, mortality rates progressively decreased before leveling at approximately 7500 steps/d.

Meaning More steps taken per day are associated with lower mortality rates until approximately 7500 steps/d.
walking  health  women  longevity 
may 2019 by Quercki
Bernie Sanders Booed During She the People Presidential Forum
Bernie Sanders has a black woman problem.

During an appearance Wednesday at a presidential candidates’ forum sponsored by She the People, a group that looks to push more women of color to the polls, Sanders was booed, heckled and looked a lot like he’d just bought a white women into his pro-black mother’s house, The Washington Post reports.


Sanders gave canned answers and struggled to win over the crowd of informed women, who have not only proven to be the backbone of the Democratic Party but have also proven to continuously show up and show out.
Black Women Were the Only Ones Who Tried to Save the World Tuesday Night

With dust settling on the biggest political upset in U.S. history, the hazy day after is an…
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During one of the more polarizing moments, host Aimee Allison asked Sanders what he would do to fight white supremacist violence. Instead of approaching the question head on, Sanders decided to dive into his usual “I marched with Dr. King” speech, which is becoming Sanders’ standard “some of my best friends are black” response.
Bernie_Sanders  Black  women  2020  president 
may 2019 by Quercki
Reductress » How I Stopped Getting Unwanted Attention From Men by Running For President
Existing as a woman in the world can be frustrating. Men hit on us at bars, make passes at us on the train, even follow us on the streets. It’s so stressful to have to constantly monitor our what we’re wearing, how much we’re drinking, and who’s around us so that we aren’t faced with unwanted male attention. But recently, I’ve noticed that there’s an emerging group of women who barely have to deal with any attention from men at all. I wanted that for my life, so I decided to be one of those women. And that’s why I’m announcing that I’m running for president of the United States.
The entire media is taking a cue from all the men pretending we female candidates don’t exist by also pretending that we don’t exist. Living in the shadows is amazing!

Finally I feel like a nobody along with all these amazing women. Senator Elizabeth Warren has a legitimate and practical policy to erase student loan debt? Who? Kamala Harris wants to free those imprisoned for minor marijuana possession? Never heard of her. It’s so freeing to be able to do regular, everyday things, like drink at a bar or read at a park or compose a bill that penalizes medical facilities for offering substandard care to black women without the burden of men following our every move.
nobody  president  women  bias 
may 2019 by Quercki
Activist LaNada War Jack of the Bannock Nation Details Her Time Occupying Alcatraz - Teen Vogue
for Native Americans today, Alcatraz represents a crucial moment in history as the site of an occupation that captured mass attention at a time when their livelihoods and cultures were badly threatened by ongoing “termination” policies. From 1953 through 1964, the federal government terminated the status of more than 100 tribes, withdrawing aid and services and confiscating millions of acres of Native land.

The prison shut down in 1963, and six years later, Alcatraz was claimed by Lakota activists under an 1868 treaty allowing Natives to appropriate surplus federal land. In 1969, a group of Native students stormed the island by boat, launching a 19-month occupation that sparked a chain reaction of Indigenous activism throughout the country. Often, men like Richard Oakes and Adam Nordwall have been credited with taking Alcatraz, yet women were vital every step of the way. Teen Vogue sat down with LaNada War Jack of the Bannock Nation (formerly LaNada Means) — who one Alcatraz vet called “the real leader of the occupation” — to dig deeper on this story.
Alcatraz  Native_American  women  occupy  occupation 
march 2019 by Quercki
Sharron Davies: Former British swimmer says transgender athletes should not compete in women's sport - BBC Sport
Davies - a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist - says it is important sports' governing bodies debate the issue.

"We need to come up with something that works for everybody and everybody agrees with, rather than having all sorts of diverse rules," she added.

"We need to come up with a unified set of rules that is clear, concise and fair."
trans  women  sports  competition  rules 
march 2019 by Quercki
Naked in the Mountains 100 Years Ago, She Invented the Advanced Selfie
nne Brigman was turning up her selfie prowess about 100-years before the rest of us. For one, she was never the stoic, buttoned-up type, and felt more at home on a mountaintop than with a roof over her head. When Brigman stepped inside the lens of her camera, the result was a ‘selfie’ that looked like an Old Master’s painting come to life– and, might we add, with some serious ‘special effects’ long before Photoshop was available. She’d melt her body into the heart of a lightning-blasted pine tree, or twist like the limb of a cracked oak, all through the magic of photo manipulation before the digital age, when tricking the human eye was a feat of magic. Put yourself in the shoes of a human from 1907, and you can see why Brigman’s gauzy finishes, high contrast, and ethereal surroundings transformed her into a Pagan goddess amongst mortals…
photography  photos  art  women  nature  womenshistory 
march 2019 by Quercki
Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives | Season 33 Episode 4 | American Masters | PBS
American Masters
Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives

Season 33 Episode 4 | 53m 51s

Experience the power of song in the struggle for equality through the story of feminist singer and activist Holly Near, who for the last 40 years has worked on global social justice coalition-building in the women’s and lesbian movements. Directed by Jim Brown Directed by Jim Brown (American Masters — The Highwaymen: Friends Til The End; American Masters – Pete Seeger: The Power of Song).

Aired: 03/01/19

Expires: 03/29/19

Rating: NR
Holly_Near  anti-war  women  womenshistory  womens_movement  singing  video 
march 2019 by Quercki
The Real Ice Queens: Women Who Conquered the Cold Wearing Corsets
Josephine Diebitsch Peary, aka, the “First Lady of the Arctic”. This 19th century explorer traveled farther North over the ice fields than any woman recorded in history before. And I say « ‘recorded in history’ because, let’s not forget the countless Inuit women who would have also travelled into the Arctic unrecorded, saving the fate of numerous expeditions thanks to their expertise in tailoring and food preparation. Male explorers often failed to mention these women in their expedition diaries, their names obscured by the prejudices of the day. ...she fell in love with Robert Edwin Peary, an American Navy officer who had discovered a passion for exploring the mysteries of the Arctic and would become the first white man to do so. Within a few years of their marriage, Josephine found herself swapping white gloves and champagne glasses for seal gloves and a rifle. She accompanied her husband on six of his Arctic expeditions; on the second of which, she was eight months pregnant.
arctic  explore  women  antarctic 
march 2019 by Quercki
On Likability | Tin House
I think, perhaps, one reason — maybe the primary reason — that the world tries so hard to pressure us to be likable (and to punish us when we aren’t) is because they are afraid we will realize that if we don’t need anyone to like us we can be any way we want. We can tell any story. We can tell the truth.
women  likeable  power  rape  politics 
march 2019 by Quercki
East Oakland gunman Jesse Enjaian investigated for stalking during law school |
He went to Fremont's American High School where he was on the swim team and competed as a varsity shot-putter on the track team. A spokesperson for the school district says some of his instructors remember him as a good student who was a member of the computer club.

After high school, he spent two years at Ohlone Community College in Fremont. He went on to UCLA, where he did ROTC and graduated magna cum laude in 2008 with a degree in Economics. The then earned a law degree at the University of Michigan in 2013, but while there, he had some problems.

In 2012, campus police investigated him for stalking a fellow law student. The woman complained that he wouldn't stop emailing, texting and trying to contact her. Police served a search warrant and confiscated Enjaian's computers but he was never charged with a crime.
Oakland  shooter  stalking  women  Ohlone_College  ROTC  Fremont 
february 2019 by Quercki
A Space of Their Own, a New Online Database, Will Feature Works by 600+ Overlooked Female Artists from the 15th-19th Centuries | Open Culture
fall of 2019, when A Space of Their Own, an illustrated online database of over 600 female artists working in the US and Europe between the 15th and 19th centuries, launches.

In preparation for their reintroduction, many of the works appearing on A Space of Their Own have undergone extensive restoration, courtesy of Jane Fortune's nonprofit Advancing Women Artists.
women  art 
february 2019 by Quercki
2 Women Charged With Sexual Battery Of Trans Woman In North Carolina Bar : NPR
A transgender woman says she was sexually assaulted in a North Carolina bathroom last month, according to police records.

Jessica Fowler, 31, and Amber Harrell, 38, have both been charged with sexual battery and second-degree kidnapping in connection with the alleged incident on Dec. 9 at a bar in downtown Raleigh.

In a 911 call released by police Tuesday, the woman – who is not named, but identified herself to the dispatcher as transgender — described harassment and physical attacks that began in the bathroom of Milk Bar and continued out into the main part of the venue.
transgender  violence  bathroom  women 
january 2019 by Quercki
École Polytechnique, Montréal: Remember the 14
n Dec. 6, 1989, the country was forever changed. Fourteen women died at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, killed simply because they were women. They were brilliant students, creative thinkers, beloved sisters, cherished daughters.

Their lives, cut short, became the source of sorrow for a nation.

Their deaths sparked a movement that took direct aim at violence hidden in the shadows for too long. These are the stories of the 14 women, 13 students and one university employee, who lost their lives.

Select a photo below to read more about the victims.
Montreal  women  engineer  murder  massacre  1989 
december 2018 by Quercki
Female Nobel prize winner deemed not important enough for Wikipedia entry | Science | The Guardian
Photograph: Peter Power/Reuters

When the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm announced the Nobel prize for physics this week, anyone wanting to find out more about one of the three winners would have drawn a blank on Wikipedia.
Physics Nobel prize won by Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland
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Until around an hour and a half after the award was announced on Tuesday, the Canadian physicist Donna Strickland was not deemed significant enough to merit her own page on the user-edited encyclopedia.

The oversight has once again highlighted the marginalization of women in science and gender bias at Wikipedia.

Strickland is an associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Waterloo and former president of the Optical Society, but when a Wikipedia user attempted to create a profile for her in March, the page was denied by a moderator.

“This submission’s references do not show that the subject qualifies for a Wikipedia article,” said the moderator.

Soon after Tuesday’s announcement, however, the Wikipedia community scrambled to build up a profile, completing sections on her research, biography and – most critically – her awards.
wiki  bias  misogyny  women  Nobel  Wikipedia 
november 2018 by Quercki
I’m fine with women in power, just not this one specific woman currently in power - The Washington Post
But I have to say, I’m a little frustrated that we keep putting forward this specific woman who really grinds my gears. Not because she’s a woman. I would know if that were why. It is not that. It’s just — ugh, her, you know? She just doesn’t excite me, and I feel that she is too compromised. That’s not a woman thing, though. It’s just a her thing. I would have that issue with anyone who had her baggage, that same difficult-to-pin-down sense that something about her was fundamentally tainted.

But it is just this one woman in particular. And can I say how glad I am that we are at a point when we are able to judge women on their merits, as people, and find them inexplicably, inevitably wanting, as people? But definitely all women do not do this. There are plenty of women who do not make my teeth go on edge in the way this one lady does. My mother, for instance.
Nancy_Pelosi  Hillary  politics  women  feminism 
november 2018 by Quercki
The revolutionary strategy hidden in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram feed - The Washington Post
These social media posts aren’t just about female friendship; they’re also about the behind-the-scenes strategies women in mostly male workplaces have always employed to get stuff done.

Female White House staffers in the Obama administration, for example, popularized a meeting strategy they’d dubbed “amplification.” Tired of men ignoring their ideas — or worse, claiming them as their own — they decided to reiterate the good ideas voiced by other women in the room and made sure the female creator received proper credit.
women  congress  success  Alexandria_Ocasio-Cortez 
november 2018 by Quercki
The Nancy Pelosi Problem - The Atlantic
But “these leader attributes, though welcomed in a male, are inconsistent with prescriptive female stereotypes of warmth and communality.” In fact, “the mere indication that a female leader is successful in her position leads to increased ratings of her selfishness, deceitfulness, and coldness.”

The more successful Pelosi is—the more she outmaneuvers and dominates her male adversaries—the more threatening she becomes. And the easier it becomes to tar the male Democratic candidates who would serve under her as emasculated yes-men. Which makes it harder for Democrats to retake the House.

It would be comforting to think that Pelosi is alienating because she’s a rich liberal Democrat from San Francisco—not because she’s a woman. Yet despite attributes that should make her endearing to cultural conservatives—she is a Catholic Italian American grandmother of nine who entered politics only after staying home to raise her kids—many Americans greeted her rise with, in the words of the Yale researchers, “contempt, anger, and/or disgust.” It was the same for Hillary Clinton: Her deep religiosity, career-long focus on child welfare, and insistence on keeping her family together in the face of near-unimaginable humiliation didn’t spare her in the 2016 presidential election.
sexism  politics  Nancy_Pelosi  women 
november 2018 by Quercki
Fact Check: Is This an Image of Susan B. Anthony Being Beaten by Cops?
The image, however, is not of Susan B. Anthony or from the 1800s. Instead, it was the Daily Mirror’s front page photograph on November 19, 1910, the day after Black Friday when roughly 300 English women, protesting for voting rights, marched to the House of Commons in London.

Some have suggested that the image is of the women’s rights activist Ada Wright; however, the Daily Mirror does not identify the woman and TWS Fact Check could not find solid evidence that Wright is right.

While the image is of a suffragette being accosted by the police, the caption misidentifies the person and date.
women  vote  suffrage  police  violence  England 
october 2018 by Quercki
Dear Tumblr, This is NOT Susan B. Anthony. This... • Obit of the Day
Dear Tumblr,

This is NOT Susan B. Anthony. This is Ada Wright, a British suffragette who was beaten by police on “Black Friday” in 1910.

Ms. Anthony was arrested on November 5, 1872 for voting in the presidential election (straight GOP ticket) and fined $100. She never paid. She was also never beaten or photographed being beaten.

Great stories don’t need to be manufactured if they’re already great.

Thank you….and regardless the fight undertaken by women (1920), African Americans (1865 & 1964), Native Americans (1924), and other underrepresented groups for the right to vote is amazing and should be given recognition.
vote  suffrage  women  woman  beaten  police 
october 2018 by Quercki
Montreal, December '89
Susannes Folksong-Notizen

[1991:] In December 1989 there was probably the worst or one of the worst incidents of mass murder ever to take place, at the University of Montreal where a young man roamed through the buildings, calling out, 'Bring me the women! I want the women!' In each room he separated the men from the women, and he shot the women. In the end fourteen young women were dead, and he had killed himself.

A couple of days after, the parents of nine of these young women agreed to bring their daughters' coffins back to the university so that anybody who wanted to could come and do whatever they felt was necessary to deal with this horrible thing that had happened in their community. This song is taken from the T.V. news coverage of the vigil of 7,000 people who stood in the snow all day waiting to place flowers and poems and other things on the coffins. This is not a song against men - it's a song against violence. (Judy Small, intro Tønder Festival)

[1996:] Though we have interviewed women [...], our published prison study only involved men. While you find the occasional woman assassin type, you will note that every case of serial murder or lust killing I've mentioned involves a male offender. Our research has shown that virtually all serial killers come from dysfunctional backgrounds of sexual or physical abuse, drugs or alcoholism, or any of the related problems. Women come from these same backgrounds, and if anything, girls are even more subject to abuse and molestation than boys. So why do so few of them grow up to commit the same kinds of crimes as the men? A female serial killer suspect such as Aileen Wuornos, accused of killing men on interstates in Florida, is so rare as to be instantly noteworthy.

For this subject we're on shakier ground, because there simply haven't been the studies to answer this question definitively. As some have speculated, it may be related directly to testosterone levels and otherwise hormonally and chemically based. The only thing we can say with an experiential authority is that women seem to internalize their stressors. Rather than lashing out at others, they tend to punish themselves through such things as alcoholism, drugs, prostitution, and suicide. Some may repeat the psychological or physical abuse within their own families [...]. From a mental health viewpoint, this is very damaging. But the fact remains, women do not kill in the same way or in anywhere remotely near the numbers men do. (Douglas / Olshaker, Mindhunter 356f.)
Judy_Small  Montreal  lyrics  massacre  mass  killing  women  engineer 
july 2018 by Quercki
Equal Rights Amendment takes major step forward
  The Illinois Senate voted 43-12 to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Only two more states are needed and with Senate passage, Illinois is now halfway there.
ERA  amendment  women  rights 
april 2018 by Quercki
Turning The Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women (As Chosen By You) : NPR
The results are in for the first-ever NPR Turning the Tables readers' poll, and they send a strong message to anyone fancying themselves a cultural justice warrior in 2018. It is this: check your intervention. The original list of 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women, assembled by a committee of nearly 50 NPR-affiliated women, sought to correct a historic bias against putting women's stories, and their artistry, at the center of popular music history. Your votes and comments, which deeply modify and sometimes openly challenge that list, challenged us to recognize that no matter how justified the correction may be, in popular music — happily — no center ever holds.
women  music  150  NPR  list  albums  listen  female 
april 2018 by Quercki
Why Are Democrats Backing a Former NRA-Supporter Over a First-Time Black Woman Candidate?
When Youngblood first announced her bid for the District-2 seat, she reached out by to the Democratic committee chairs in all eight counties in the district—all of whom, she noted, are white and male—only to be met with silence or, in some cases, what she alleges is outright hostility.

The most egregious incident, according to Youngblood, took place at a victory party hosted by the Salem County New Jersey Democratic State Committee in November, celebrating the wins of the progressive candidates in the area. Youngblood said she approached committee chairman Steven Caltabiano at the party to introduce herself, and asked if he would go up to the microphone and announce that she was in attendance and running for office in the next election cycle. At this point, Van Drew was still weeks away from announcing his own candidacy.

As Youngblood tells it, Caltabiano responded by telling her that she had “no chance” of winning the primary and that he would make sure her name was “so far down the ballot” voters wouldn’t be able to find it.
democrats  Black  women  DNC 
march 2018 by Quercki
Men, women, and murder: gender-specific differences in rates of fatal violence and victimization. - PubMed - NCBI
J Trauma. 1992 Jul;33(1):1-5.
Men, women, and murder: gender-specific differences in rates of fatal violence and victimization.

Kellermann AL1, Mercy JA.
Author information

To study the potential differences that distinguish homicides involving women as victims or offenders from those involving men, we analyzed Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports data on homicides that occurred in the United States between 1976 and 1987. Only cases that involved victims aged 15 years or older were included. Persons killed during law enforcement activity and cases in which the victim's gender was not recorded were excluded. A total of 215,273 homicides were studied, 77% of which involved male victims and 23% female victims. Although the overall risk of homicide for women was substantially lower than that of men (rate ratio [RR] = 0.27), their risk of being killed by a spouse or intimate acquaintance was higher (RR = 1.23). In contrast to men, the killing of a woman by a stranger was rare (RR = 0.18). More than twice as many women were shot and killed by their husband or intimate acquaintance than were murdered by strangers using guns, knives, or any other means. Although women comprise more than half the U.S. population, they committed only 14.7% of the homicides noted during the study interval. In contrast to men, who killed nonintimate acquaintances, strangers, or victims of undetermined relationship in 80% of cases, women killed their spouse, an intimate acquaintance, or a family member in 60% of cases. When men killed with a gun, they most commonly shot a stranger or a non-family acquaintance.
murder  death  men  women  data  statistics 
march 2018 by Quercki
100 Easy Ways to Make Women's Lives More Bearable - Broadly
to ensure that men aren’t missing direction, a few years ago I started compiling a list of easy actions that men can take to meaningfully support gender equality. Every year, I would post it on social media. Slowly, other women started contributing suggestions. So the list grew. And grew. It will likely never stop growing.

The suggestions cover many realms of life—from home, to work, to the ways we interact with strangers, to the language we use—but it is in no way comprehensive. Below, I’ve included a mere 100 entries out of the several hundred I’ve crowdsourced and personally compiled.

To the men reading: You may already do some of these things, and others you may not be in the position to do. But a good place to start is by, at the very least, reading the list through—in its entirety. And remember: These apply all year, not just during the annual 24 hours dedicated to half of the planet’s population.
women  day  howto  men  equality  feminism 
march 2018 by Quercki
How Black Women Shaped the Law Banning Sex Discrimination in Education - Rewire.News
But today, it’s fitting to note the Title IX anniversary also falls on the last day of Black History Month. Title IX stemmed in part from the legacy of civil rights and the organizing spirit of Black women who highlighted the dual costs of racism and sexism they faced, including racialized sexual violence.

Activist and attorney Pauli Murray was one of Title IX’s foremothers. Herself a pioneer who challenged segregation in higher education, public transportation, and businesses, Murray predicted in 1965 that the Civil Rights Act would do nothing for women unless they organized. She was convinced that establishing a “NAACP for women” was necessary. Shortly after, Murray became one of the co-founders of the National Organization for Women (NOW), which built upon the civil rights movement to push for the Equal Rights Amendment and eventually Title IX. Rep. Edith Green (D-OR), along with Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) (the first Black U.S. congresswoman), stated that she drew Title IX language directly from the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act. Black women have been instrumental in the creation of civil rights laws including Title IX, extending protections to race, gender, and historically marginalized identities.

Press freedoms are under attack now, more than ever.
Black women also have achieved justice through civil disobedience, mutual support systems, public education, mass communication, coalition building, and storytelling. As race, gender, and class have combined to disenfranchise and disempower them, Black women have made advocacy for civil rights and women’s rights a natural convergence.
Title_IX  women  equality  Black  justice 
march 2018 by Quercki
WATCH: Dolores Huerta Talks #MeToo, DREAMers and the Women on the Front Lines - Ms. Magazine Blog
She would always say to me, “Don’t forget to speak. Always have the courage to speak out, even when you think you might say the wrong thing because you can always correct it. But you’ve got to be able to let people know what you think, especially let them know what your ideas are.” I think a lot of women, we just remain silent because we’re afraid we’re going to be criticized. We have to figure out how we implant that courage, and I think those seeds of courage need to be put into young women when they’re in school, and we [should] forget about this nonsense that Prince Charming’s going to come by and give you a kiss and wake you up and you’re going to live happily ever after, which we know is such a falsehood and such a myth.
feminism  #MeToo  DACA  women  history 
february 2018 by Quercki
Women Surround Crying Mom Whose Toddler Was Having A Meltdown At The Airport
The mother finally sat down on the floor and put her head in her hands, with her kid next to her still having a meltdown, and started crying.

Then, this gorgeous thing (I'm crying just writing this)... the women in the terminal, there must have been six or seven of us, not women who knew each other, approached and surrounded her and the little boy and we knelt down and formed a circle around them. I sang 'The Itsy Bitsy Spider' to the little boy... one woman had an orange that she peeled, one woman had a little toy in her bag that she let the toddler play with, another woman gave the mom a bottle of water. Someone else helped the mom get the kid's sippy cup out of her bag and give it to him.
women  solution 
february 2018 by Quercki
What a Little-Known Ursula K. Le Guin Essay Taught Me About Being a Woman
Le Guin’s essay “Introducing Myself.” “I am a man,” she begins, and goes on to spin a sardonic fable rich with wordplay, arguing, with dripping sarcasm, that “man” is what she must be — since to be a person, one must, it seems, be a man.
That first sentence shocked me with its daring. I read the whole thing through, my heart beating faster with each new paragraph, and when I got done I walked it straight over to the copy machine and ran off two copies and rushed back to my speech coach as fast as I could go.
“We have been told that there is only one kind of people and they are men,” Le Guin writes. “And I think it is very important that we all believe that. It certainly is important to the men.”
Le_Guin  man  women  writing  feminism 
february 2018 by Quercki
Why a Woman is Like a Bicycle • Up Front • Public Address
I have this theory that cycling is as close as a middle-class straight white guy can get to understanding Being Female. People have a reckless disregard for your safety, you have to treat everyone like they might hurt you, and if you do get hurt people will blame you for existing
women  bike  misogyny  sexism 
february 2018 by Quercki
Black Women Running for Office in the U.S.
Black Women Running for Office

List of All Candidates Browse Candidates by State Search for Candidates by Name Submit a Candidate who isn't already in the Database
DONATE, SUPPORT and VOTE for Black women!

Please note: This is purely a list of Black women running, and not an endorsement. Click on their names and websites to find out what their stances and beliefs are. Again: this is a database, not a vouching for. Think about it as a phone book. 
Black  women  politics  election 
january 2018 by Quercki
Jessica Chastain Helped Octavia Spencer Get Five Times Her Salary | IndieWire
Jessica Chastain is an outspoken proponent for pay equity in Hollywood, an indefatigable voice fighting sexism in story lines and bottom lines. When Octavia Spencer told her women of color need to be included in the conversation, Chastain listened. While developing a holiday comedy for the two actresses to star in, Chastain brokered a “favored nations” deal, bundling their salary and led to both women getting paid five times their original asking salary.
allies  racism  sexism  howto  solutions  women 
january 2018 by Quercki
Women's rights suffrage song-Standing on the Shoulders - YouTube
Women's rights suffrage song-Standing on the Shoulders




Earth Mama
Published on Mar 20, 2015
All rights reserved.
Official theme song of 75th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, in 1995.
music  song  women  womenshistory  feminism 
january 2018 by Quercki
Women's March 2018: Protesters Turn Politicians - Rolling Stone
In Las Vegas, ​Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, professor Melissa Harris-Perry, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alisha Garza, Cher​ ​and dozens of others​ delivered successive battle cries for reproductive rights,​ ​immigration​ rights and ​better​ representation for transgender women,​ ​women of color​ ​and sex workers. The issues were as varied as the sign-waving, pink-hat-wearing attendees, but the​ ​implication was clear: Women are poised to take power and they intend to.

This year, women are doing more than just voting – they're volunteering for campaigns and running for office themselves in record numbers. Women's March is doing its part to help the 600-plus women expected to compete in races this year by spearheading a nationwide voter registration drive targeting first-time voters in swing states like Nevada. They aim to register a million new voters in time for the midterm elections. 
women  march  voting  politicians 
january 2018 by Quercki
The Project of Pussyhat — PUSSYHAT PROJECT™
We chose the color pink because it is the color ascribed to girls and femininity. Commercial advertising’s concept of “shrink it and pink it” so women will buy runs rampant. We wanted to take ownership of this feminine color and project it en masse to create a powerful statement.

The name “pussyhat” alludes to the shape of the hat with cat ears and references the Access Hollywood recording of Donald Trump:

You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the pussy. You can do anything.

“Pussy” is a derogatory term not just about specific genitalia, but also about the feminine. We want to reclaim the term as a means of female empowerment. Pussyhat is about speaking up for body autonomy and fighting against abuses of power.
pussy  hat  Women  march 
january 2018 by Quercki
This Photo Of Me At The Women's March Went Viral And Changed My Activism Forever | HuffPost
Dana and I took a photo that would soon make the rounds among feminist and women-based social media accounts. In the picture, Dana and I are standing next to each other in front of the U.S. Capitol building, each of us holding with one hand a sign promoting the inclusion of marginalized groups in the feminist movement and lifting the other fist high in the air. The image was inspired by the iconic 1971 photo of feminists Dorothy Pitman Hughes and Gloria Steinem standing together with raised fists.

When major Instagram accounts like Refinery29 shared our photo, there was an overwhelmingly positive reaction from their predominantly white audiences. We got “Cheers” and “Amen” from women who were excited about the movement, the revolution and the fact that our signs advocated for the protection of disabled, fat, transgender, Muslim and poor women, among others. It was surreal to see support from so many women who connected with the passion I had that day.

More than a month after the Women’s March on Washington, Afropunk posted the photo on their Instagram account in honor of International Women’s Day. I went to take a peek, expecting to read comments that were similar to the support I had received before.

I was incredibly wrong.

The photo was now making its rounds among a predominantly black audience. There were still “Cheers” and “Amen,” but with this demographic, the photo began to get a lot of criticism from those who were angrily questioning where all of this outrage and demand for change was when the police were killing our people. Those questioning where all of this mass organizing and commitment to disrupting the system was during the centuries of injustice and oppression for people of color.
intersectionality  race  women  activism 
january 2018 by Quercki
What’s Missing from #MeToo and #TimesUp: One Indigenous Woman’s Perspective
it is happening at an alarming rate today. Both the land, water, and Indigenous women have been ‘othered’ and devalued in our society. Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault and rape than any other ethnic group and the unsolved cases of Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women (#MMIW) are staggering. Extractive industries play a major role in this violence and I encourage you to visit for a report and toolkit on how to support these resistance efforts. Another resource on MMIW community-led work is at It Starts With Us.
This patriarchal worldview of how we relate to Mother Earth and to the non-human is so toxic that academics are referring to it as a new epoch — the Anthropocene. Under a patriarchal, colonialist mindset we find ourselves consuming and polluting the natural resources of our Mother Earth at a rate that is exasperating climate change and threatening life on this planet. Yes, TIME. IS. UP. Time is up for unjust patriarchal systems. Period.
#TimesUp  #MeToo  colonialism  violence  women  climatechange 
january 2018 by Quercki
Sexual Harassment in Science Increases At Field Sites and Labs Around the World
Confronting offenders did not deter the perpetrators’ behavior. Quite the opposite: Women were only rewarded (i.e. given the best research assignments) if they consented to harassment or sexual advances. “It became clear that I was going to have to play along a little bit,” another respondent said of her harasser. “I had a professional connection with this person, but he expected me to become his next mistress.” Many female scientists said the behavior continued even after they left the field sites and that the psychological trauma compromised their ability to revisit, analyze, and publish their data. Several of the women were able to pinpoint exactly how their abuse led to their career stalling. Five of the women said they had to leave the sciences altogether.
science  women  sexual_harassment 
december 2017 by Quercki
How To Thank Black Women For Keeping Roy Moore Out of Office
as Kamala Harris said, we need to do more than congratulate them. “Let’s address issues that disproportionately affect Black women—like pay disparity, housing & under-representation in elected office,” she tweeted. ‘Tis the season, after all, and supporting black women should be at the top of your list. There are many organizations and causes that could use our support. Give because our power has been proven time and again — despite movements silencing us, funders forgetting us, and voter suppression restricting us. Give because Black women show up to save the country time and again. Here are a few ways you can help.
Black  women  howto  thank 
december 2017 by Quercki
Men have been pushing women out of tech since the beginning / Boing Boing
Sexism was so extreme in the UK that it played a significant part in the collapse of its first domestic computer industry in the 1960s, writes the WSJ's Christopher Mims:

Not only were the male recruits often less qualified, they frequently left the field because they viewed it as an unmanly profession. A shortage of programmers forced the U.K. government to consolidate its computers in a handful of centers with the remaining coders. It also meant the government demanded gigantic mainframes and ignored more distributed systems of midsize and mini computers, which had become more common by the 1960s

In 1984, 37% of computer science degrees were awarded to women, but it's been in decline ever since. Women are leaving the industry in increasing numbers, "despite" its "diversity and inclusion efforts."

If a firm has hired its first 10 employees and they are all the same gender or ethnicity, an eleventh who doesn’t look like the rest can face challenges.
women  computers  sexism 
december 2017 by Quercki
Black Educators Share Their Thoughts on What Happens When White Women Cry in Schools - Philly's 7th Ward
Let’s consider the ways in which this situation could have gone differently considering approaches in interpersonal relationships, team management, self-reflection, and systems management.

Interpersonal Relationships:What if Devin had addressed Nancy in the meeting and shared with her how her statement impacted him as a team member and as a Black man?  How might this conversation help the team to consider the perspective of Black males (students, staff, and parents) in their school differently?
Team Management: What if Michael held a meeting with both Nancy and Michael to discuss the tension and note how privilege can disrupt important conversations about students and families?
Team Management: What if Michael had addressed Nancy in the meeting to model the ways in which he, as a school leader, expected staff to engage?
Self-Reflection: What if Nancy asked herself if her tears were connected to the needs of students and parents or to her own needs?
Self-Reflection: What if Nancy decided to not share her comment unless she could do so in a respectful, productive way?
Systems Management:What if the human resources team and the principal’s manager saw this as an opportunity to coach school staff on how to talk about and proactively respond to privilege when it manifests in the workplace and distracts from focusing on students?
Systems Management: What if the school used this situation, and others like it, as a case study to support staff to engage in ongoing reflection about how privilege is to be a tool to focus more on students and families rather than to distract from it?
So, what can education organizations, school systems, schools, school leaders, and school leader managers do to ensure that we are not allowing White women’s tears to slow the advancement of equity with Black children?
race  White  women  tears  education  black  bias  solutions 
december 2017 by Quercki
Women's Suffrage Leaders Left Out Black Women | Teen Vogue
On November 8, 2016, when it seemed almost inevitable that Hillary Clinton would become America’s first female president, white women flocked to Rochester, New York, to plaster their “I Voted” stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s grave. Many of those women also wore all-white outfits to the voting booth as an homage to the suffrage movement, which secured white women’s right to vote on August 18, 1920. The singular focus on Anthony and her white women peers, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Carrie Chapman Catt, seemed to echo the historical maligning of black women activists, writers, and thinkers who were integral to the women's suffrage movement. While Anthony and Stanton are in history books — and will soon be on the $10 bill — their failure to check what many perceive as their racism worked against black women who were also denied access to the ballot box.
So I encouraged Twitter users to place “I Voted” stickers on the graves of some of those women, including Shirley Chisholm and Fannie Lou Hamer, who represent the fight to secure voting rights for black women, which continues today. Whether it was running for office, as Chisholm did when she became the first black woman to be elected to Congress, or encouraging black voter registration at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, as Hamer did, black women suffragists have put themselves in the line of fire over and over again. Voting rights can’t be divorced from civil rights, but unfortunately the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention — the first U.S.-held women's rights conference, organized by Lucretia Mott and Stanton — failed to address the racism and oppression faced by black women.
voting  Black  White  women  womenshistory 
november 2017 by Quercki
KatyKatiKate: interrupt me one more time
Walls don't know they're walls, is what I'm saying. They don't live inside themselves. 

Oppressive systems of power are largely invisible to the oppressors. They're supposed to be. 

So it doesn't matter if you're not personally trying to shut down women's voices on purpose. What you need to understand is that when you are in a conversation with a woman, you both carry on your shoulders the weight of history - personal history, cultural history, the history of women not getting their own damn credit cards until 1974. The history that tells you that women won the right to vote in 1920 and conveniently forgets to remind you both that suffragists met outrage, panic, and violence in the majority of their male contemporaries, and that it was ONLY WHITE women who got the vote in 1920. Asian women and Native Americans got to vote for the first time in 1952. Black women could vote in 1965.

History DOES try to shut down women's voices. On purpose. About everything. And you know what they say: the past is present.
women  men  sexism  conversation  talkativeness  **** 
october 2017 by Quercki
An artist replaced the men in these classic Westerns with women. The images are awesome.
Felice House says she quickly became infatuated with the Western genre: the outfits, the cowboy boots, the music.

"But when I actually got around to watching Western movies," she adds, "I was horrified by the roles for ... anybody except white men basically."

The stoic renegades played by John Wayne, James Dean, and Clint Eastwood stood in stark contrast to the helpless damsels they shared the screen with. The empowered and the powerless.

House had spent much of her career painting women in ways that clashed with media representations, so she decided to tackle the male-dominated Western genre.

She put out a call for models and was quickly overwhelmed with women who wanted to participate.
art  Western  women  heroes  *** 
october 2017 by Quercki
Women's Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017 | Prison Policy Initiative
Women are disproportionately stuck in jails

A staggering number of women who are incarcerated are not even convicted: more than a quarter of women who are behind bars have not yet had a trial. Moreover, 60% of women in jail have not been convicted of a crime and are awaiting trial.

Avoiding pre-trial incarceration is uniquely challenging for women. The number of unconvicted women stuck in jail is surely not because courts are considering women, who are generally the primary caregivers of children, to be a flight risk. The far more likely answer is that incarcerated women, who have lower incomes than incarcerated men, have an even harder time affording cash bail. A previous study found that women who could not make bail had an annual median income of just $11,071. And among those women, Black women had a median annual income of only $9,083 (just 20% that of a white non-incarcerated man). When the typical $10,000 bail amounts to a full year’s income, it’s no wonder that women are stuck in jail awaiting trial.
prison  jail  women  statistics  ACLU 
october 2017 by Quercki
Unintended Consequences of Sexual Harassment Scandals - The New York Times
elsewhere, men have begun avoiding solo interactions with women altogether. In Austin, Tex., a city official was formally reprimanded last month for refusing to meet with female employees, after he ended regular mentoring lunches with one.

Some tech investors have taken similar steps. “A big chill came across Silicon Valley in the wake of all these stories, and people are hyperaware and scared of behaving wrongly, so I think they’re drawing all kinds of parameters,” said a venture capitalist who spoke anonymously for the same reason.

Some are avoiding solo meetings with female entrepreneurs, potential recruits and those who ask for an informational or networking meeting.

“Before, you might have said, ‘Of course I would do that, and I will especially do it for minorities, including women in Silicon Valley,’ ” the investor said. “Now you cancel it because you have huge reputational risk all of a sudden.”
sexual_harassment  discrimination  women  bullshit 
october 2017 by Quercki
The Forgotten Hillary Clinton Voter: A Profile Of The Not-So-Silent Majority
A Trump Presidency Threatens Not Just The Future Of Democracy, But The People They Care About
Over and over again, Clinton voters used one word to describe living in Trump’s America: Frightened. And it’s not just the threat to democracy the authoritarian approach this administration has taken poses. It’s the legitimate risks friends and family face from racial profiling, loss of healthcare, and the increasingly violent, hateful rhetoric once confined to the fringes that has elbowed its way into the White House.
Some on the left feel Bernie Sanders is the future of the party but Clinton voters vehemently disagree. The only “Bern” Clinton voters have felt is the one that comes from being harassed online by an army of Bernie bros they say are infected with rabid conspiracy theories.
“Bernie helped start the narrative of “corrupt” Hillary that Trump seized on, and didn’t do nearly enough to unite the Democrats. That he gets to keep talking but she has to go away is insane.” — Chad M., New York
As the dust of the election settled, Hillary commanded 48.5% of the popular vote over Trump’s 46.4% but was criticized as an unpopular candidate. Every movement of her campaign was dissected and criticized, found wanting and pronounced a failure.
Hillary  women  Trump  Bernie_Sanders  media  first_person 
october 2017 by Quercki
Why Does Hillary Clinton Expressing Anger Make Everyone Mad?
And perhaps the reason the press, and some of Clinton’s critics on both right and left, react to her legitimate, if arguable, critiques by furiously wishing for her silence is the same reason women’s public airing of fury has long been discouraged and cast as irrational: because if we allowed women’s resentments the same bearing we afford men’s grudges, America would be forced to reckon with the fact that all those angry women might just have a point.
Hillary  anger  sexism  misogyny  women  power 
september 2017 by Quercki
Who Is Killing American Women? Their Husbands And Boyfriends, CDC Confirms. | HuffPost
It is already well-established that women in the U.S. are far more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than by any other group of people. As HuffPost previously reported: It’s not strangers, friends or acquaintances who pose the biggest threat to women’s lives. It’s the men they date and marry. 

Around three women a day are murdered by an intimate partner, and in many cases, children and others are also killed. The majority of mass shootings ― defined as four or more people fatally shot, not including the perpetrator ― involve domestic violence.

The CDC found that firearms were used in 54 percent of all female homicides. Limiting access to guns for those subject to a domestic violence protective order could serve as a preventative measure to help reduce deaths, it said.
women  violence  murder  domestic_violence 
september 2017 by Quercki
The Thing All Women Do That You Don't Know About | HuffPost
Guys, this is what it means to be a woman.

We are sexualized before we even understand what that means. We develop into women while our minds are still innocent. We get stares and comments before we can even drive. From adult men. We feel uncomfortable but don’t know what to do, so we go about our lives. We learn at an early age, that to confront every situation that makes us squirm is to possibly put ourselves in danger. We are aware that we are the smaller, physically weaker sex. That boys and men are capable of overpowering us if they choose to. So we minimize and we de-escalate.

So, the next time a woman talks about being cat-called and how it makes her uncomfortable, don’t dismiss her. Listen.

The next time your wife complains about being called “Sweetheart” at work, don’t shrug in apathy. Listen.

The next time you read about or hear a woman call out sexist language, don’t belittle her for doing so. Listen.

The next time your girlfriend tells you that the way a guy talked to her made her feel uncomfortable, don’t shrug it off. Listen.

Listen because your reality is not the same as hers.

Listen because her concerns are valid and not exaggerated or inflated.
safety  women  feminism 
september 2017 by Quercki
TIME Firsts Women Leaders: See the Full List |
Madeleine Albright
Mary Barra
Patricia Bath
Elizabeth Blackburn
Ursula Burns
Candis Cayne
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Eileen Collins
Kellyanne Conway
Mo'ne Davis
Ellen DeGeneres
Gabby Douglas
Rita Dove
Ann Dunwoody
Ava DuVernay
Sylvia Earle
Aretha Franklin
Melinda Gates
Selena Gomez
Nikki Haley
Carla Hayden
Mazie Hirono
Mae Jemison
Maya Lin
Loretta Lynch
Rachel Maddow
Rita Moreno
Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Ilhan Omar
Danica Patrick
Nancy Pelosi
Michelle Phan
Issa Rae
Shonda Rhimes
Lori Robinson
Sheryl Sandberg
Katharine Jefferts Schori
Cindy Sherman
Kathryn Smith
Kathryn Sullivan
Barbara Walters
Alice Waters
Serena Williams
Geisha Williams
Oprah Winfrey
Janet Yellen
women  leadership  news  history 
september 2017 by Quercki
Want to Raise a Trail-Blazing Daughter? Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says Do These 7 Things |
Female Artists in History shared their photo.
16 hrs ·
Do you have any idea how many albums Female Artists in History has? Find out yourself and discovery your favourite artists in a different way!
This is the link to the ALBUM OVERVIEW:
women  art  artists  female  *** 
july 2017 by Quercki
(28) Female Artists in History - Photos
Female Artists in History shared their photo.
16 hrs ·
Do you have any idea how many albums Female Artists in History has? Find out yourself and discovery your favourite artists in a different way!
This is the link to the ALBUM OVERVIEW:
women  art  artists  female 
july 2017 by Quercki
Science Says Period Brains Aren't A Thing: Women Are Not Surprised - Our Bodies Ourselves
According to researchers in Switzerland and Germany who collected data on 88 women, there is “no consistent association between women’s hormone levels, in particular, estrogen and progesterone, and attention, working memory, and cognitive bias.”

The study included both healthy women and women with endocrine conditions, primarily endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The women were given a series of neuropsychological tests so researchers could assess their visual memory, attention, and executive functions. Two things set this study apart from others on the topic: the sample size was larger than usual and the women were followed through two consecutive menstrual cycles. Researchers found no replicable data from the first cycle to the second; meaning, there were no universal changes to women’s thinking because of hormonal changes.
women  menstruation  brain 
july 2017 by Quercki
Here's a beautiful map that helped American women earn voting rights / Boing Boing
The Awakening by Henry Mayer is considered one of the finest pieces of political art of the 20th-century and is often mentioned as the most beautiful of the "suffrage maps." American women earned the vote from west to east before the right became federal law.
women  vote  politics  cartoon  map 
july 2017 by Quercki
FICTION: Women Making Bees In Public | Blue Author Is About To Write
“That’s an interesting point of view,” she says.

“But I asked you a question. I said, wouldn’t you agree?”

“You already know my thoughts on the subject,” she says. “If you would like to hear more of them, you’re welcome to listen.”

He shakes his head, grinning.

“Darling,” he says, “darling, that’s just not how a conversation works. There’s got to be some give and take.”

“I was not having a conversation with you,” she says.

“Well, it’s a free country, and I have free will,” he says. “And I have chosen, freely, to have a conversation with you. Are you going to respect my autonomy?”

He says this last bit triumphantly, with a gleam in his eye like he has us now. Neither of us has mentioned autonomy as a concept by name, but I have a feeling that in this moment he’s winning the last argument he created with women about how we used our time.
bees  fiction  women  **** 
june 2017 by Quercki
This Is What Happens When Women Get Elected | HuffPost
NEW YORK ― With a state legislature made up 40 percent of women, Nevada is second only to Vermont in terms of female representation. And that translated into a landmark session for women’s rights and health this year, even under a male Republican governor.

Nevada lawmakers just wrapped up a state legislative session that delivered a startling number of progressive victories for women: tax-free tampons, a new $500,000 family planning program, workplace accommodations for pregnant women, and mandatory insurance coverage of contraception and mammograms.

“We started with some pushback from Republicans, but by the end of the session we had broad bipartisan support on a lot of these measures,” said state Sen. Julia Ratti (D), a freshman from Sparks. 
Nevada  politics  women  politicians  feminism 
june 2017 by Quercki
women who believe women
And then they did what I've seen so many 60-something women do: they figured out a new vector for their energy, their curiosity, their simmering rage. 

That's what I wrote about in my short piece in The Keepers: how post-menopausal women, rendered invisible by popular culture, dismissed as un-useful or un-beautiful simply because they're neither nubile teens nor childbearing mothers, get shit done. They wield that dismissal, that under-estimation, like a weapon. They've been quietly negotiating the patriarchy for sixty years, managing the eternal flow of busywork that almost always falls to women — there's no way a government office's attempt to turn them away is going to actually do so. Keep waiting for a FOIA request? NO PROB, WE HAVE OUR ENTIRE RETIREMENT TO DO SO, WE'RE JUST HANGING OUT HERE WITH OUR DOGS AND SOLVING MURDERS. 

Men and women have different fates once they pass the age of, oh, 50.
women  menopausal  crones  murder  investigation  Catholic  sex  abuse 
june 2017 by Quercki
The Women Of "The Keepers" Aren't Afraid Of The Truth
As postmenopausal women, they’re not sex objects; they don’t have viable wombs. Within our still profoundly conservative calculus of a woman’s value, they have very little. But that dismissal, that near-invisibility when it comes to the media, is liberating: If no one’s watching you, you can do whatever you want.

Including: holding structures of power accountable. They do so, however, by wielding skill sets and tools often delegitimized or degraded as feminine. They strategize on a Facebook group. They file ceaseless requests. They spend a ton of time sorting through microfiche and old VHS video. They organize; they chat people up; they keep detailed spreadsheets — in part by using the very skills they learned at Keough. They investigate from the soft perches of their desktop computers, firmly ensconced in, but never enclosed by, the domestic sphere. Most importantly, they collaborate with other women — and believe one another. They are women who believe women.
women  menopause  crones  murder  investigation  truth  Catholic  sex  abuse 
june 2017 by Quercki
Will we ever have a woman as president?
But as the legal scholar Joan Williams once said, “Men are often judged on their potential, but women are judged on their achievements.” It’s far from clear that any woman could mimic Obama’s rocket trajectory, because women have to spend more time than men do proving themselves capable. Then once they’ve put in the time and paid their dues, they can easily be written off as too old. Hillary Clinton spent decades working to become overqualified for the presidency, culminating in 112 countries visited and nearly 1 million miles flown as secretary of state, and her efforts were rewarded with Trump and his supporters successfully questioning her “stamina” during the 2016 campaign.

Given the endless ranking of Clinton’s flaws as a candidate both during and after the election, it’s easy to forget that before entering the race, she was the most popular politician in the country; at one point, the Wall Street Journal reported her favorability rating as an “eye-popping” 69 percent. But people perceive women differently when they’re contending for executive office than when they’re running for a collaborative body, like the Senate, or serving below a powerful man. “All the ancient clichés about women—are they trustworthy, are they strong enough to be commander in chief—all those come into play,” says Madeleine Kunin, the former governor of Vermont. “If you’re too tough, you’re not feminine. If you’re too feminine, you’re not tough enough. There’s a very small space between those two that is safe territory.”
women  politics  Hillary  Kamala_Harris  Elizabeth_Warren 
june 2017 by Quercki
21 Printable Coloring Sheets That Celebrate Girl Power | HuffPost
If you’ve got access to a printer and some art supplies, printable coloring sheets are a great way to feel like one of those crafty Pinterest moms without having to actually know your way around a pair of safety scissors. 

A mom from Huffington Post Parents’ So You Want To Raise A Feminist Facebook group recently asked for “awesome printouts for little future intersectional feminists.” 

So we rounded up some of the best printables that depict famous women known for promoting girl power, from Rosie the Riveter to Michelle Obama. We won’t judge you if you decide to join your kids in coloring these feminist role models.
printables  art  women  history  feminist  children 
may 2017 by Quercki
Nature Is a Woman's Place: How the Myth That Bears Are a Danger to Menstruating Women Spread
Women Staying Wild and Free

Let’s review this chain of events: two women were killed by grizzly bears, one while menstruating, and so the NPS and USFS told women to avoid nature while menstruating. Cushing then conducted his study to validate the myth that menstruating women are not safe in bear country. All three incidents almost resulted in a policy forcing women to become unemployed for two months every year because of their menstruation cycle.

Surely the NPS and USFS felt they were protecting women when they tried to pass their policy. If you look at the science according to Cushing, it suggests that women are unsafe in nature and are a biological threat to themselves and those around them.

But beyond any accepted scientific standard, these men used one another to add credibility to their claims.
menstruation  bears  women  nature  safety 
may 2017 by Quercki
Open Letter to DNC Chair: ‘There’s Too Much at Stake to Ignore Black Women’ - NBC News
The Democratic Party has a real problem. The data reveals that Black women voters are the very foundation to a winning coalition, yet most Black voters feel like the Democrats take them for granted. The Party's foundation has a growing crack and if it is not addressed quickly, the Party will fall even further behind and ultimately fail in its quest to strengthen its political prospects.

Related: Black Women's Roundtable Releases Annual Report

Investing in Black women's political leadership is a solid return on investment, one that is rooted in facts and data. In recent years, Black women have proven to be the most active voting demographic in the nation. In 2008 and 2012, 70 percent of eligible Black women cast ballots, accounting for the highest voter turnout of any racial or gender group, proving that our voting power can and has determined elections. A closer look at the data shows that in 2012 Barack Obama won re-election by 4.9 million votes.

Since taking office, you have met with and listened to key constituencies. But you have yet to host a Black women leaders convening.
Black women cast a total of 11.4 million ballots, providing the margin he needed to win. This past November, even with a clear lack of voter mobilization investment and a decrease in overall Black voter turnout, 94 percent of Black women voted to keep this country moving forward by casting ballots for Hillary Clinton. In addition, on November 8th we saw important elected-office gains by Black women despite the otherwise dismal defeat of progressives during the general election.
Black  women  Democratic  vote  leadership 
may 2017 by Quercki
82 Chibok girls are free of kidnappers but still not home - World - CBC News
On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls, mostly aged between 16 and 18. Since then, 57 have escaped, three were found over the course of the last year, 21 released last October and 82 released on Saturday. That leaves 113 missing. 

For the latest group to be released, a transition back to normalcy will not be easy.

Many questions are being raised in Nigeria about the way in which the government is handling the released hostages. 

Those released in October have not been able to return to their homes and families. Instead, they have been kept in government-run facilities in the capital Abuja, where they have taken lessons and have received counselling.

The newly released 82 have also yet to be reunited with their families. The government says it is still verifying their identities.
Boko_Haram  girls  women  child  kidnapping  Nigeria 
may 2017 by Quercki
(2) Katie Orenstein - Time Shifts At the end of day three with women...
the many additional shifts that women (and others who are underrepresented in power) have to work each day, and how much time this takes from us.
There is the regular old day job, the first shift. Then there's what Arlie Hochschild called the Second Shift: the disproportionate amount of time that women work at home, compared to men
Then there is the Beauty Shift: the amount of time women must spend in order to look presentable for the jobs we work in, or the people we interact with--that our male friends can mostly decline without consequence. ...
A fourth shift is the Representation Shift – the things we are asked to do to represent our gender or race or both. The mentoring we do, the panels we speak on, the meetings and conferences we attend where we are invited to speak about the experience of women...
And finally, there is a fifth shift, the most disturbing one to me, which I call the Credibility Shift: all the time we must spend fighting for the very right to have an idea or opinion in the first place....
women  work  Rebecca_Solnit  sexism  beauty  representation  credibility 
april 2017 by Quercki
Shakesville: The Movement Against Smart Women
"Differences of Opinion" by Wendy Cope


He tells her that the earth is flat -
He knows the facts, and that is that.
In altercations fierce and long
She tries her best to prove him wrong.
But he has learned to argue well.
He calls her arguments unsound
And often asks her not to yell.
She cannot win. He stands his ground.

The planet goes on being round.
smart  women 
april 2017 by Quercki
Why Women Are So Angry with Sanders | Bitter Gertrude
Sanders has set himself up as the national face of progressivism, openly stating that his “movement” is the future of a party to which he does not belong, and withholding his endorsement from Democratic candidates he believes are not adequately progressive. Yet Sanders has, multiple times, endorsed anti-choice candidates because they otherwise support his agenda of economic justice.

Here’s why this is problematic:

Women cannot access economic justice without full reproductive rights. Economic justice is impossible for women without being able to decide when, or whether, to have children. Lack of access to reproductive health care can put women into poverty and keep them there. Someone claiming they are in favor of economic justice while actively voting against reproductive rights is saying that economic justice only matters for men. 
Bernie_Sanders  anti-abortion  candidates  reproductive_freedom  economics  justice  women 
april 2017 by Quercki
The Casualties of Women's War on Body Hair - The Atlantic
In the 1920s and ’30s, women used pumice stones or sandpaper to depilate, which caused irritation and scabbing. Some tried modified shoemaker’s waxes. Thousands were killed or permanently disabled by Koremlu, a cream made from the rat poison thallium acetate. It was successful in eliminating hair, and also in causing muscular atrophy, blindness, limb damage, and death. Around the same time, X-ray hair removal emerged as another treatment option. Women would sit for three or four minutes in front of the invisible rays of a boxed X-ray machine, and the radiation would do its work. So great was the appeal of each hair withering away in its sheath that for nearly two decades, women underwent dangerous radiation that led to scarring, ulceration, and cancer.
women  shaving  politics  gender  health 
april 2017 by Quercki
New Survey Says Women Are Leading the Resistance, Because Of Course They Are - Talk Poverty
Last week, the Internet gathered, in delight and shock, to discuss two apparently brand-new revelations: First, contrary to popular supposition, women do not magically evaporate from the public sphere upon entering their forties. Secondly, some of the poor old dears actually do activism.

In fact, as per a poll commissioned by progressive advocacy site Daily Action, middle-aged women are doing nearly all the activism these days. The company, which texts daily alerts reminding users to contact Congressional representatives, says that the members who responded to the poll were 86% female — and, significantly, over 60% were older than age 46. Most had attended a Women’s March, and the vast majority (77%) described themselves as “very likely” to publicly protest Donald Trump’s administration and policies in the near future.

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Much of the discussion around this report, particularly from male commentators, was politely baffled.
women  activism  politics  Trump 
april 2017 by Quercki
These are just 8 of the Native women you should have learned about in history class - Page 2 of 2
In 1945, Elizabeth (Wanamaker) Peratrovich (Tlingit) was instrumental in gaining passage of America’s first anti-discrimination law. Her husband Roy (also Tlingit) was mayor of their small Alaskan town for several years, but they moved to Juneau for greater opportunities for their children. There, they encountered “No Natives Allowed” signs, along with other discrimination. They worked for passage of the Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act until it finally came before the Senate.

If you studied the Great Depression in history class, you probably saw Dorothea Lange’s famous photograph, Migrant Mother, which depicts a dust-covered woman gazing to the side of the frame, with her two children cowering beside her. The mother is Florence Owen Thompson, a Cherokee woman who had come to California from Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) several years before the Depression. There, she was widowed and lived as an itinerant farmhand while raising her children.

Susan La Flesche Picotte (Omaha) was the first Native person to graduate from medical school, which she did in 1889 at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. She returned to her tribe in Nebraska and served them as a physician,

Mary Golda Ross (Cherokee) was the first Native engineer. Born in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) in 1908, she taught math and science until 1942, when she was hired as a mathematician and later trained as an engineer by Lockheed Corporation. She was the only Native and only woman among the forty engineers of the secret Lockheed Skunk Works think-tank, which was instrumental in space travel.
Native_American  women  history  womenshistory 
march 2017 by Quercki
These are just 8 of the Native women you should have learned about in history class
Anyone who follows the No DAPL movement realizes Native women make history. Anna Lee Rain Yellowhammer — a 13-year-old member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe — wrote the petition that began the movement and provided its slogan: “Mni wiconi” (Water is Life). Native women of all ages continue to keep the movement going.
Buffalo Calf Road Woman (Northern Cheyenne) saved her brother, Chief Comes in Sight, at the Battle of Rosebud, rallying the Cheyenne to defeat Gen. George Crook and his troops. In 2005, after a 100-year silence on the battle, Cheyenne storytellers revealed that she also struck the blow that knocked Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer off his horse just before his death at the Battle of Little Bighorn (aka “Custer’s Last Stand”) — the most successful battle waged by Native warriors against U.S. troops in the West.

Lyda Conley (Wyandot) was one of the first female Native attorneys. Along with her sisters Sarah, Helena, and Ida, she worked to protect and preserve the Huron Cemetery in Kansas City. She and her sisters set up a shack on the grounds of the cemetery, armed with muskets, to prevent the sale of the land.
Native_American  womenshistory  women  history 
march 2017 by Quercki
When Sipping Tea Was A Socially Ruinous Act | Atlas Obscura
there was a time when tea was seen as a threat to traditional Christian values—and the social hierarchy of the Western world.   

Tea was virtually unknown outside Asia until the mid-16th century.  As exploration opened up the channels between East and West, Chinese (and later Indian) tea became one of the many commodities traded among these new, wary global partners. From almost the beginning, Europeans regarded tea as tainted—tied to the thriving opium trade that was devastating the Chinese empire.
Over the ensuing decades, as tea filtered from the upper classes to the rest of society, the furor over tea grew even louder. Some considered it as “dangerous as opium,” and many [men] believed it was particularly bad for women, inducing in the “‘tender sex,’ a diminution of their prolifick energy, a proneness to miscarry, and an insufficiency to nourish the child.” In 1737, Gentleman’s Magazine railed against the drink:
tea  history  politics  women  suffrage  voting 
march 2017 by Quercki
Companies Could Make Simple Changes to Avoid Driving Away Their Female Engineers - All Together
Last year the Center for WorkLife Law released a report, in conjunction with the Society for Women Engineers, called “Climate Control: Gender and Racial Bias in Engineering.” Based on a nationwide survey of over 3,000 engineers, we found that the climate for engineers is tougher for women than it is for men. Listen to our podcast on the study.

Female engineers feel they have to constantly prove themselves, over and over again, something we call “prove-it-again” bias. 61% of women of all races but only 35% of white men reported having to prove themselves repeatedly in order to get the same levels of recognition as their colleagues. Said one woman, “Women have to look more professional and demonstrate technical prowess at all times to receive the same respect as a male engineer who is just an average engineer.” Part of this is due to our ingrained stereotypes — when we think of a brilliant engineer, who pops into our heads? For most of us, it’s a white guy. So women are left having to work twice as hard, proving themselves twice as much, in order to be seen as equally competent. Fowler was told by higher-ups that she didn’t have an “upward career trajectory,” even though, as she pointed out to them, she had published a best-selling book, spoken at tech conferences, and done everything that an engineer on an “upward career trajectory” was supposed to do — a classic description of prove-it-again bias.

Another type of bias is what we call tightrope bias, which describes how a narrower range of behavior is accepted from women than from men. This can affect everything from how colleagues perceive you personally to how assignments are handed out. Our report found that women report being less able to behave assertively than men (51% and 67%, respectively) and less able to show anger without pushback (49% and 59%).  Read more about the study here.
women  engineer  bias  SWE  solutions 
march 2017 by Quercki
Raising Horizons: women in science reframed : A view From the Bridge
Raising Horizons — created by photographer Leonora Saunders and science outreach group TrowelBlazers — celebrates 14 women scientists, from fossil-hunter Mary Anning (1799-1847) to underwater archaeologist Honor Frost (1917-2010). The twist is that the portraits are photographs in which present-day scientific counterparts enact these historical luminaries. Thus Lorna Steel, senior curator in earth sciences at London’s Natural History Museum, is dressed as Anning out collecting with her dog Tray, and maritime archaeologist Rachel Bynoe is shown as Frost emerging dripping after a ‘wreck dive’ in the Mediterranean.
women  science  archaeology  photos 
february 2017 by Quercki
Not just a girl….. » Jaime Moore photography
It started me thinking about all the REAL women for my daughter to know about and look up too, REAL women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better. My daughter wasn’t born into royalty, but she was born into a country where she can now vote, become a doctor, a pilot, an astronaut, or even President if she wants and that’s what REALLY matters. I wanted her to know the value of these amazing women who had gone against everything so she can now have everything.

We chose 5 women (five amazing and strong women), as it was her 5th birthday but there are thousands of unbelievable women (and girls) who have beat the odds and fought (and still fight) for their equal rights all over the world…… let’s set aside the Barbie Dolls and the Disney Princesses for just a moment, and let’s show our girls the REAL women they can be.
Halloween  costume  girls  women  womenshistory 
february 2017 by Quercki
Rebel Girls: 33 Badass Women Leading the Resistance (On Twitter) | Autostraddle
The resistance is calling. These women are leading it. Follow them, get woke, and stay shook. It’s the only way we’re gonna win this thing.

As always, I’m presenting our panel of experts in ABC order because I don’t believe in ranking women nor do I believe in falling in line.
to-do  twitter  leaders  women 
february 2017 by Quercki
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