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Oct 21 '14

fortheloveofswirl:

bootsnblossoms:

femininefreak:

Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, 1972 and 2014

Both by Dan Bagan

Wanna see my cry like a baby? Ask me who these women were.

Hughes’ father was beaten nearly to death by the KKK when she was a kid, and what does she do? Become an activist to try and stop that from happening to other people. She raised money to bail civil rights protesters out of jail. She helped women get out of abusive situations by providing shelter for them until they got on their feet. She founded an agency that helped women get to work without having to leave their children alone, because childcare in the 1970s? Not really a thing. In fact, a famous feminist line in the 70s was “every housewife is one man away from welfare.”

Then she teamed up with Steinman to found the Women’s Action Alliance, which created the first battered women’s shelters in history. They attacked women’s rights issues through boots on the ground activism, problem solving, and communication. They stomped over barriers of race and class to meet women where they were: mostly mothers who wanted better for themselves and their children.

These are women are who I always wanted to be.

OMG this

Oct 14 '14

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!!!

eff-yeah-ada-lovelace:

As this blog is perennially devoted to Ada Lovelace, we like to use Ada Lovelace Day (which we blogged about a few days ago) as an opportunity to share the stories of other under-appreciated women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  You can read our post from last year about Ada’s tutor, Mary Somerville, here.  This year, we have chosen to honor inventor, actress, and technology pioneer Hedy Lamarr.  We hope you enjoy.

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In addition to being an actress who had staring roles opposite the likes of Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and James Stewart, Hedy Lamarr also helped invent a the precursor to Bluetooth [1].

Born on November 9th, 1914 (though the accuracy of this date is debated [2]), Hedy Lamarr received no formal science education, but from age four she had private lessons in language, ballet, and piano, and she also received education in sports, music, and arts [5].  On August 11th, 1942, Lamarr and her co-inventor George Antheil, a music composer, were awarded a patent to a “Secret communication system.” It was the middle of World War II, and Lamarr and Antheil were concerned that Allied torpedos were hard to control and thus had trouble reaching their destinations.  Lamarr thought that, if the torpedoes were controlled by radio signals, their navigation could be manipulated with much more accuracy  [3, 4].  But she knew that there was a problem: the enemy could easily jam a radio signal.  Her solution?  Frequency hopping.

If transmissions sent over one frequency were easy to jam, then she thought that transmissions that jumped from frequency to frequency would be hard to intercept, jam, and even detect in the first place [6].  She and Antheil developed and patented the technology, then gifted it to the U.S. Navy [1].  Society at the time, however, was not sufficiently advanced technologically to make such an invention practical.  It wasn’t until around 1962, three years after the patent had expired, that frequency-hopping began to be used; Lamarr and Antheil never received any monetary compensation [7].

Today, the principles of her inventions are used by the military and by technologies such as Bluetooth, cell phones, and Global Positioning Systems [4].  In 1997, Lamarr was given a Pioneer Award by the Electronic Frontier Foundation for her co-invention of what is now called “spread-spectrum” broadcasting (an honor which she reportedly acknowledged with the words “Well, it’s about time” [4, 5]), and in 2014 [8] she was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame.  She died on January 19th, 2000 [8].

References: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Oct 14 '14

themarysue:

Ada was born in 1815, the only legitimate child of poet/loveable whack-job Lord Byron (you know, the guy who hung out with Shelley and Keats? And wrote Don Juan and Childe Harold? And then went a bit nuts and tried to take over Greece? Yeah, that guy). Ada never met her father, since he was off being kind of nuts, and her mother was like “Ada, you are ONLY learning MATH and SCIENCE lest you become like your CRAZY FATHER by indulging in EVIL POETRY.”

But you just couldn’t hold Ada down because she did what she wanted to, you know? Ill a bunch as a child (and not like, “the illest” or whatever; like, ACTUALLY sick), Ada spent a lot of time reading (shout-out to frail, shy kids that read a lot of books) and developing her interest in the sciences. But fascinated by stories of her father, Ada wasn’t all about numbers – at 12, she decided that she wanted to fly, and used her wild imagination and scientific know-how to design a pair of mechanical wings, so basically she INVENTED Steampunk. By 18, she was having an affair with her tutor (YEAH SHE DID), but Ada’s mother covered it all up by sending her to court and marrying her off to a Baron, with whom she would have three kids but WHATEVER.

But do you think Ada let the married life slow her down HELL NAW SHE DIDN’T. She loved gambling and parties, and her chillness with dudes meant she was often followed by scandalous gossip (some things never change, amiright?). Obsessed with fairies and the “unseen worlds around us,” Ada would come to describe herself as an “Analyst (& Metaphysician),” studying “poetical science,” and publishing papers about how the brain creates thoughts and how music relates to math. Holy DAMN try to tell me that’s not kick-ass because I WON’T BELIEVE YOU.

- It’s Ada Lovelace Day, So Here’s A Brief History Of Her EXTREME RADNESS | The Mary Sue

Oct 13 '14
aquilastyle:

Crime-fighting London Jews claim model for Muslim cooperation
The unusual sight of crime-fighting Orthodox Jews pounding the streets of a tough London neighbourhood after dark has captured the attention of grateful locals, but their ongoing protection of local Muslims has seen their profile go global.
The work of the 25-strong “Shomrim” even caught the eye of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who praised the neighbourhood patrol group’s “remarkable courage”.

aquilastyle:

Crime-fighting London Jews claim model for Muslim cooperation

The unusual sight of crime-fighting Orthodox Jews pounding the streets of a tough London neighbourhood after dark has captured the attention of grateful locals, but their ongoing protection of local Muslims has seen their profile go global.

The work of the 25-strong “Shomrim” even caught the eye of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who praised the neighbourhood patrol group’s “remarkable courage”.

Oct 13 '14

hillarygayle:

morethanonepage:

veganasana:

amoying:

maplesuhtori:

j0shdngr:

chill it’s cos your rare

the entire female population of east asia is rare?

homie ur about to be cooked medium rare and sacrificed

Omg

It got better

(Source: impastabowl)

Oct 12 '14
ournameisfunfans:


On being asked if she is a feminist (in light of stars such as Shailene Woodley, Lady Gaga, and Kelly Clarkson rejecting the label): “I don’t think they really understood what feminism is. It’s a right. Feminism, to me, is standing up for everything that someone else has already done for you. My mom has overcome so much in her life. She makes me want to stand up for myself. Stand up to the studio heads who try to tell me that I can’t have blonde hair; they want brown hair. Or I need bigger boobs, or I need to work out. Or I’m too skinny, so, like, ‘Eat a cheeseburger.’ I stand up for myself every day of my life. I grew up in a family of four boys. I’m, like, a born feminist. I’ve been a feminist since I was four years old.” - Chloe Grace Moretz

Important

ournameisfunfans:

On being asked if she is a feminist (in light of stars such as Shailene Woodley, Lady Gaga, and Kelly Clarkson rejecting the label): “I don’t think they really understood what feminism is. It’s a right. Feminism, to me, is standing up for everything that someone else has already done for you. My mom has overcome so much in her life. She makes me want to stand up for myself. Stand up to the studio heads who try to tell me that I can’t have blonde hair; they want brown hair. Or I need bigger boobs, or I need to work out. Or I’m too skinny, so, like, ‘Eat a cheeseburger.’ I stand up for myself every day of my life. I grew up in a family of four boys. I’m, like, a born feminist. I’ve been a feminist since I was four years old.” - Chloe Grace Moretz

Important

(Source: ameliajeans)

Oct 12 '14
womenwhokickass:

BREAKING: Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Malala, now 17, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago in her home country of Pakistan after coming to prominence for her campaigning for education for girls.
She won for what the Nobel committee called her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to an education.
She is the youngest ever winner of the prize. (x)

womenwhokickass:

BREAKING: Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Malala, now 17, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago in her home country of Pakistan after coming to prominence for her campaigning for education for girls.

She won for what the Nobel committee called her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to an education.

She is the youngest ever winner of the prize. (x)

Oct 7 '14

oldfuckingsport:

wiseshots:

substantialityou:

the-last-enemy:

But the only exception actor-wise to my sort of “didn’t intrude” rule was Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna. I hear her voice when I write Luna. And I even put painted pictures on the ceiling of literally Luna’s room in tribute to Evanna, because she, the actress herself, is so creative. She’s so talented and I know her well. So she influenced the real Luna.

This makes me emotional.

this makes me cry

I’m gonna reblog this again to remind people that EVANNA WAS NOT PROMISED THE ROLE IF SHE OVERCAME ANOREXIA

SHE OVERCAME ANOREXIA AND LANDED THE ROLE ON HER OWN

THANK YOU STOP SPREADING THAT RUMOR

(Source: gallifreyfalls)

Oct 6 '14

theacademy:

Anna May Wong was a native Los Angeleno and the first Chinese-American movie star. She landed her first film at 17 years old in the silent The Toll of the Sea and later appeared opposite Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express

Though she was a talented actress, she struggled to avoid being typecast. What’s worse, she occasionally was passed over for Asian roles when producers hired Europeans instead of her. 

In 1951 Wong became the first Asian lead in a U.S. television show when she starred in “The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong”.

Oct 5 '14

vinkunwildflowerqueen:

reinedeboheme:

lexieloveyoulikeacupcake:

When Jack Warner was casting the movie My Fair Lady, Julie Andrews, who played the original Eliza Doolittle on Broadway, was overlook for the part, that was given to Audrey Hepburn.

That made her available to accept Mr. Disney’s invitation to play Mary Poppins.

At the 22nd Golden Globes, when she won the best actress award (she was up against Audrey for My Fair Lady), she had her sweet revenge.

how to shade, with class.

Julie Andrews is the queen of everything

(Source: lejazzhot)

Sep 23 '14
Sep 22 '14

Men, I would like to give this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. To date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society. I’ve seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either. We don’t want to talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive, women won’t be compelled to be submissive. If men don’t need to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are. We can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves - Emma Watson for HeForShe UN campaign

Men, I would like to give this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. To date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society. I’ve seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either. We don’t want to talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive, women won’t be compelled to be submissive. If men don’t need to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are. We can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves - Emma Watson for HeForShe UN campaign

(Source: emccwatson)

Sep 22 '14
Sep 18 '14

villainouslaughs:

damn this lady is awesome

Sep 11 '14

papershopprojects:

huffingtonpost:

HERE’S WHAT ‘YELLOW FEVER’ REALLY MEANS

"All my ex-girlfriends are Asian."

If you’ve ever come across this charming come-on, you’ve probably been exposed to yellow fever

For her full rant watch the video here.

YES, THERE IS NOW A MUCH NEEDED GIF SET FOR THIS!