HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!!
Artist Nickolay Lamm has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $95,000 to begin production on a doll that has a real woman’s proportions. The line is called Lammily and it goes by the tagline “Average is beautiful.”
Find out more via TIME.
Each year hundreds of thousands of young Indonesian women leave their homes to work as domestic helpers in cities across Asia and the Middle East. They are recruited by domestic-helper brokers who come to their village promising them a better life. Last month, 23-year-old maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih returned home to Indonesia with cuts and burns on her body and hardly able to walk. Her employer in Hong Kong allegedly beat her and locked her up for weeks. Erwina’s story is just one of many; although Hong Kong has better legal protections than Singapore and Malaysia, its laws still discriminate against foreign domestic workers and can foster abuse.
Read more via The New York Times.
African American flappers and Jazz Age women
HOLY SHIT I HAVE NEVER SEEN BLACK FLAPPERS BEFORE!
There were many fabulous African American flappers. No wonder - it was African American musicians who put the Jazz in “The Jazz Age”! The Charleston dance iteself, which so epitomizes the era, made its debut in the all-Black musical “Runnin’ Wild”, and no one danced that flapper number better than Josephine Baker…save possibly for fellow Black artist Florence Mills, who claimed credit for inventing it (she said she debuted it in her “Plantation Revue” in the early 20s, developing it from a dance popular among slaves). The Charleston song was written by Black composer James P Johnson. Without women and girls like those above, the 1920s would never have roared.
I think it’s so easy to forget that we, WOC, were there in history too.
The flapper movement was originally started by WOC, and that was part of the reason why it was so scandalous for white women to be flappers at first—because they were dressing and acting line WOC. But of course you’ll never see that in a high school textbook.
I will reblog again for commentary.
Also think about it like this. I am 36 years old. THIRTY SIX and beyond Josephine Baker prior to these images I had never seen Jazz Age WOC.
Let that sink in.
36 years old and it wasn’t necessarily for lack of effort.
Women are often discouraged from working in areas involving science, technology, engineering, and math (or STEM). You can find this gender gap almost anywhere, whether it’s a crazy boy to girl ratio in an advanced high school math class, a surprisingly small number of women engineers, or the fact that only 18 out of Cisco’s “100 CEO Leaders in STEM” in 2013 were women.
The idea that women shouldn’t work in STEM fields comes from a long outdated notion that women simply aren’t capable. Now, obviously that isn’t true. Research by Generation STEM tells us that girls are extremely interested in pursuing STEM careers. Additionally, females not only earn more science and math credits than males, but also have higher overall GPA’s in these areas.
So what’s holding women back?
Even though women’s rights in education have been expanded thanks to laws like Title IX, the belief that women aren’t adequate in STEM fields has lingered. Traditional gender roles place a lot of pressure on women, suggesting that they can’t perform as well as men. The resulting statistics are pretty shocking:
In 2006, 16.6% of network and computer systems administration jobs belonged to women
According to a 2011 study by the United States Commerce Department, only 1 in 7 engineers is a woman
Women make up about half of the workforce, however less than 25% of them hold STEM related jobs
Federal statistics show that women account for less than 20% of bachelor degrees in computer science, even though women hold about 60% of all bachelor’s degrees
According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 13% of women have jobs that are concentrated in engineering
According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology, in 2009, women earned 18% of all computer and information sciences undergraduate degrees
More than half of women working in technology companies leave their jobs at the “mid level point”
- In 2011, only 19% of the students who took the AP Computer Science test were female
The only way to make a change is to BE the change. Don’t be afraid to sign up for classes in STEM areas, even if they are primarily made up of boys!
Try joining some clubs at school that involve these STEM areas, such as math team, robotics, science bowl, etc. Find other girls who share your interests, and encourage them to participate with you. If you can’t seem to find a club that’s the right fit, try making your own!
Contact the administration at your school and see if they will assist you in encouraging girls to get involved in STEM.
Contact any local organizations supporting girls/women in STEM and see how you can work with them to make a change.
The Potter books in general are a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to bigotry, and I think it’s one of the reasons that some people don’t like the books, but I think that it’s a very healthy message to pass on to younger people that you should question authority and you should not assume that the establishment or the press tells you all of the truth.
This would be a lot more powerful if there had been some characters other than white cis straight able bodied teens in the main cast.
Rape Culture is so ingrained in society that even the laws that define rape promote it.
Flying Solo: This 92-Year-Old Transgender Widow Is Fighting To Be Treated Like Any Other Widow
After serving as a pilot during WWII, Robina Asti transitioned to living as a woman in the 1970s.
Now 92 years old, she fondly remembers spending time over the Pacific during World War II. She was only 21 at the time.
Getting her pilot’s license at just 18, Robina became a commercial pilot and flight instructor.
In 1976, she decided to begin living as a woman “in body, soul, and mind.” The prejudice against her at that time was extraordinary.
Working as a vice president of a mutual fund, she would go to work in men’s clothing and then change in the evenings.
“It was quite burdensome, and I knew it would never be accepted then. So I quit and decided I had to live and work as a woman.”
She legally changed the sex on her pilot’s license, her driver’s license, and obtained a U.S. passport as a woman. For Robina, it was a complete rebirth.
She soon met Norwood Patton, the man who would one day become her husband.
When things became serious, Robina knew she would have to tell Norwood about her transition.
Less than a week later, Norwood came back.
Every month, Norwood would ask for her hand in marriage. Every month, she would refuse.
Finally in 2004, Robina married her longtime sweetheart in a small ceremony in an airplane hangar in Orange County, N.Y.
“It was, without a doubt, the finest time in my life.”
Eight years later, Norwood passed away at the age of 97.
After his passing, Robina applied for survivor benefits with the SSA. She was denied after it was determined she was “legally male” at the time of their marriage — despite all the legal documents she had in her possession.
“I am so insulted that the Social Security Administration refused to recognize me as a woman and treated my marriage to Norwood in such a disrespectful way.”
In June 2013, Lambda Legal filed a request for reconsideration on Robina’s behalf. After more than six months, there is still no word from the Social Security Administration.
She hopes that her case is a success, not for the money, but for “the act of humanity which is necessary here.”