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Mission: Our goal is to make and promote our own work, and spread information on other women's intellectual, artistic and, scientific work, as well as political and other social engagement done by women on Earth through the time - to serve for inspiration

02/19/2020
TED

The hymen breaking after first intercourse is a myth

Everything you think you know about the science of virginity is nonsense.

Watch the full TED talk here: http://t.ted.com/zrJma2N

02/01/2020
Laura Morelli

Laura Morelli

What do you know about the ancient Etruscans?

Maybe you’ve heard that the Etruscans inhabited Italy before the Romans, or that the Etruscans are somehow mysterious.

I’m Laura Morelli. I’m an art historian and author. I have always been curious about the ancient Etruscans and their art.

One of the things that fascinates me about Etruscan art is how lively and fun-loving the Etruscans seem in these images, and especially, how prominent and distinct the women appear.

I wondered what made Etruscan women special, so I went searching for answers... If you’d like to learn what I found out, then join me!

I’m offering a free online workshop about women in Etruscan art.

I’m so excited to take you on this virtual visit into the heart of ancient Italy with me!

The workshop is free and you can watch from anywhere in the world.

If you’re an art lover, traveler, or a fan of Italy and Italian culture, then you’ll want to be there.

It’s going to be awesome! Just click to grab your seat.

https://lauramorelli.com/etruscanwomen-register/

01/20/2020
The Daily Mash

Can we speak about abortion in front of an unborn baby?

We've heard everyone else's opinion on abortion. Now why not listen to someone who's actually pregnant? Please welcome Felicity Ward! 😂
(Via BBC Two)

01/20/2020
The Daily Mash

Stereotypes, stereotypes

Is Meghan Markle behaving like a "proper" princess? The Mash Report investigates... 👑😂
(via BBC Two)

A Mighty Girl
01/19/2020

A Mighty Girl

Ursula Le Guin, who was praised by the New York Times as bringing "literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy," was born on this day in 1929. Famous for such works as The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, and the Earthsea series, Le Guin, who died last year at the age of 88, was known for tackling complex and often challenging social issues in her work and frequently exploring themes of gender, race, and identity. She believed that writing that drew readers into the "inner lands" of the imagination could be a moral force, observing that "if you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly. Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.”

For readers who would like to delve into Ursula Le Guin's work, we highly recommend "The Dispossessed" (http://amzn.to/2Du0VRL), "The Left Hand of Darkness (http://amzn.to/2GaavLx), "The Lathe Of Heaven" (http://amzn.to/2GcdrqM), and The Earthsea series (http://amzn.to/2n7qOzZ)

Three volumes of her lesser-known work have also recently been released: "The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin" (http://amzn.to/2G7iMjg), "The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin" (http://amzn.to/2rzm4IQ); and "The Complete Orsinia", which collects her realistic fiction (http://amzn.to/2eplpRa)

For teen readers interested in exploring her work, in her novel "Voices", Le Guin creates a world where books are forbidden and a young woman must decide what her role will be in a rebellion fomenting against the oppressive occupiers of her city -- recommended for ages 12 and up at https://www.amightygirl.com/voices

And, for many girl-empowering fantasy stories for children and teens, visit our "Fantasy & Science Fiction" book section at http://amgrl.co/2wfKIOZ

01/16/2020
NowThis Politics

NowThis Politics

Watch Anne Hathaway beautifully explain the levels of privilege in American society, and how we can move toward equality for all

01/16/2020
Stylist

Step out of the line, ladies! 🏆

You may want to fetch a tissue - Here's our wrap-up of the best feminist moments that defined this year.

Tell us your favourite in the comments below and let's make 2020 the year we "step out of line" for equality.

Harvard now has four black women Faculty Deans!
01/15/2020
For The First Time In History, Harvard Has Four Black Women Faculty Deans

Harvard now has four black women Faculty Deans!

All photos via: The Harvard Crimson For the first time in Harvard University’s history, four of its schools are led by Black women, reports The Harvard Crimson. In August 2018, Professor Claudine Gay became the latest string of Black women to be appointed to dean positions at the university. Her r...

Never Apologize for Being a Strong Woman
12/20/2019
Never Apologize for Being a Strong Woman

Never Apologize for Being a Strong Woman

Two weeks ago, I posted an article to LinkedIn by Steve Wiens. It is titled, “An Ode to Women Who Are Too Much.

“I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant impr...
12/17/2019
Obama: Most of World's Problems Caused by 'Old Men,' Women Are Superior Leaders

“I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything… living standards and outcomes.”

“I’m absolutely confident… if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement,” the former president said

Beauty standards in Asian/Chinese history, especially regarding women, but also for men
12/08/2019
China’s White Skin Obsession Explained |外国人网| eChinacities.com

Beauty standards in Asian/Chinese history, especially regarding women, but also for men

China’s apparent white skin obsession is often difficult for foreigners to understand. This phenomenon, however, has a longer history than we may realise and is not restricted to the Chinese.

New Female Village Chief Annuls 850 Child Marriages And Puts Girls Back In School
11/27/2019
New Female Village Chief Annuls 850 Child Marriages And Puts Girls Back In School

New Female Village Chief Annuls 850 Child Marriages And Puts Girls Back In School

Most people have never heard of a hero quite like Theresa Kachindamoto. She was the youngest of 12 kids who were descendants of village chiefs who presided over Monkey Bay in Malawi, Africa. When she found out that it was her turn to serve as the new senior village chief, Kachindamoto had been worki

11/24/2019
Goalcast

Speak about what matters for you

It took Jennifer Lawrence years to feel comfortable in her own skin.
But what scandal left Jennifer broken?
And How did Emma Stone help pick up the pieces?

The Wall Street Journal
10/26/2019
The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal

Women with college degrees outnumber men by a significant margin. That means trouble for the future of love and relationships, writes Gerard Baker.

Full rehabilitation of Marie Antoinette opened on the day she was beheaded in the place she was beheaded
10/18/2019
MARIE-ANTOINETTE, METAMORPHOSES OF AN IMAGE

Full rehabilitation of Marie Antoinette opened on the day she was beheaded in the place she was beheaded

MARIE-ANTOINETTE, METAMORPHOSES OF AN IMAGE16 OCTOBER 2019 > 26 JANUARY 2020 EXHIBITIONDiscover the multiple imageries of Marie-Antoinette!

10/14/2019
KucingKepo

Ko bi rekao da mačku možeš ovako utrenirati

The real ninja warrior!

Born today - A very interesting woman, daughter of a very interesting and powerful woman, Elinor of Aquitaine, and mothe...
10/13/2019

Born today - A very interesting woman, daughter of a very interesting and powerful woman, Elinor of Aquitaine, and mother to a third, queen Blanche of France, paving the way for female social and political power almost 1000 years ago 🥂

October 13, 1162: Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile, was born at Domfront Castle in Normandy to King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Their second daughter, she married King Alfonso VIII of Castile in 1170. Just like her formidable mother, she wielded considerable influence and power, and her marriage contract stipulated that she had direct control of many lands, towns, and castles throughout the kingdom. She took particular interest in supporting religious institutions, creating and supporting the Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas, which served as a refuge and tomb for her family for generations, and its affiliated hospital.

https://www.thoughtco.com/eleanor-queen-of-castile-biography-4050568

#EleanorofEngland #Castile #Plantagenet #TodayInHistory

Plain explanation
09/26/2019

Plain explanation

Recently I’ve seen many rumors circulating about me and enormous amounts of hate. This is no surprise to me. I know that since most people are not aware of the full meaning of the climate crisis (which is understandable since it has never been treated as a crisis) a school strike for the climate would seem very strange to people in general.
So let me make some things clear about my school strike.

In may 2018 I was one of the winners in a writing competition about the environment held by Svenska Dagbladet, a Swedish newspaper. I got my article published and some people contacted me, among others was Bo Thorén from Fossil Free Dalsland. He had some kind of group with people, especially youth, who wanted to do something about the climate crisis.
I had a few phone meetings with other activists. The purpose was to come up with ideas of new projects that would bring attention to the climate crisis. Bo had a few ideas of things we could do. Everything from marches to a loose idea of some kind of a school strike (that school children would do something on the schoolyards or in the classrooms). That idea was inspired by the Parkland Students, who had refused to go to school after the school shootings.
I liked the idea of a school strike. So I developed that idea and tried to get the other young people to join me, but no one was really interested. They thought that a Swedish version of the Zero Hour march was going to have a bigger impact. So I went on planning the school strike all by myself and after that I didn’t participate in any more meetings.

When I told my parents about my plans they weren’t very fond of it. They did not support the idea of school striking and they said that if I were to do this I would have to do it completely by myself and with no support from them.
On the 20 of august I sat down outside the Swedish Parliament. I handed out fliers with a long list of facts about the climate crisis and explanations on why I was striking. The first thing I did was to post on Twitter and Instagram what I was doing and it soon went viral. Then journalists and newspapers started to come. A Swedish entrepreneur and business man active in the climate movement, Ingmar Rentzhog, was among the first to arrive. He spoke with me and took pictures that he posted on Facebook. That was the first time I had ever met or spoken with him. I had not communicated or encountered with him ever before.

Many people love to spread rumors saying that I have people ”behind me” or that I’m being ”paid” or ”used” to do what I’m doing. But there is no one ”behind” me except for myself. My parents were as far from climate activists as possible before I made them aware of the situation.
I am not part of any organization. I sometimes support and cooperate with several NGOs that work with the climate and environment. But I am absolutely independent and I only represent myself. And I do what I do completely for free, I have not received any money or any promise of future payments in any form at all. And nor has anyone linked to me or my family done so.
And of course it will stay this way. I have not met one single climate activist who is fighting for the climate for money. That idea is completely absurd.
Furthermore I only travel with permission from my school and my parents pay for tickets and accommodations.

My family has written a book together about our family and how me and my sister Beata have influenced my parents way of thinking and seeing the world, especially when it comes to the climate. And about our diagnoses.
That book was due to be released in May. But since there was a major disagreement with the book company, we ended up changing to a new publisher and so the book was released in august instead.
Before the book was released my parents made it clear that their possible profits from the book ”Scener ur hjärtat” will be going to 8 different charities working with environment, children with diagnoses and animal rights.

And yes, I write my own speeches. But since I know that what I say is going to reach many, many people I often ask for input. I also have a few scientists that I frequently ask for help on how to express certain complicated matters. I want everything to be absolutely correct so that I don’t spread incorrect facts, or things that can be misunderstood.

Some people mock me for my diagnosis. But Asperger is not a disease, it’s a gift. People also say that since I have Asperger I couldn’t possibly have put myself in this position. But that’s exactly why I did this. Because if I would have been ”normal” and social I would have organized myself in an organisation, or started an organisation by myself. But since I am not that good at socializing I did this instead. I was so frustrated that nothing was being done about the climate crisis and I felt like I had to do something, anything. And sometimes NOT doing things - like just sitting down outside the parliament - speaks much louder than doing things. Just like a whisper sometimes is louder than shouting.

Also there is one complaint that I ”sound and write like an adult”. And to that I can only say; don’t you think that a 16-year old can speak for herself? There’s also some people who say that I oversimplify things. For example when I say that "the climate crisis is a black and white issue”, ”we need to stop the emissions of greenhouse gases” and ”I want you to panic”. But that I only say because it’s true. Yes, the climate crisis is the most complex issue that we have ever faced and it’s going to take everything from our part to ”stop it”. But the solution is black and white; we need to stop the emissions of greenhouse gases.
Because either we limit the warming to 1,5 degrees C over pre industrial levels, or we don’t. Either we reach a tipping point where we start a chain reaction with events way beyond human control, or we don’t. Either we go on as a civilization, or we don’t. There are no gray areas when it comes to survival.
And when I say that I want you to panic I mean that we need to treat the crisis as a crisis. When your house is on fire you don’t sit down and talk about how nice you can rebuild it once you put out the fire. If your house is on fire you run outside and make sure that everyone is out while you call the fire department. That requires some level of panic.

There is one other argument that I can’t do anything about. And that is the fact that I’m ”just a child and we shouldn’t be listening to children.” But that is easily fixed - just start to listen to the rock solid science instead. Because if everyone listened to the scientists and the facts that I constantly refer to - then no one would have to listen to me or any of the other hundreds of thousands of school children on strike for the climate across the world. Then we could all go back to school.
I am just a messenger, and yet I get all this hate. I am not saying anything new, I am just saying what scientists have repeatedly said for decades. And I agree with you, I’m too young to do this. We children shouldn’t have to do this. But since almost no one is doing anything, and our very future is at risk, we feel like we have to continue.


And if you have any other concern or doubt about me, then you can listen to my TED talk ( https://www.ted.com/talks/greta_thunberg_the_disarming_case_to_act_right_now_on_climate/up-next ), in which I talk about how my interest for the climate and environment began.

And thank you everyone for you kind support! It brings me hope.
/Greta
Ps I was briefly a youth advisor for the board of the non profit foundation “We don’t have time”. It turns out they used my name as part of another branch of their organisation that is a start up business. They have admitted clearly that they did so without the knowledge of me or my family. I no longer have any connection to “We don’t have time”. Nor has anyone in my family. They have deeply apologised and I have accepted their apology.

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