Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Women in History

Been running into oddball "women are screwed over by history" stories this week.

XKCD on female mathematcians you've probably never heard of (I hadn't heard about one of them in the comic until a friend tweeted recently that she was his favorite and I checked her out on Wikipedia. Crazy.)

There's a paper where men can't handle the idea of powerful women, so they edited out Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the recent situation room photo. Seriously, this shit happened in 2011.

Lastly, if you think 72 female virgins are awaiting you in the afterlife, my mom asks that you question pretty hard their motivation for waiting for you to martyr yourself. Surely you're not their idea of heaven.


Up My Mind said...
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Up My Mind said...

(Oops. Sorry about the deleted comment!)

I came across a book a few months ago titled "How to Climb Mt. Blanc in a Skirt". http://amzn.com/0230106420"

All about early female explorers. Not as in depth as I usually like, but interesting. I'm waiting for my library to get a copy.

The blurb reads:
Mick Conefrey weaves together tips, how-tos, anecdotes, and eccentric lists to tell the amazing stories of history's great female explorers—women who were just as fascinating and inspiring as all the Shackletons, Mallorys, and Livingstones. Most were brave, some were reckless, and all were fascinating.

CrankyOtter said...

Let me know how it is.
I just finished "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and it was wonderful. Well written, easy to read and digest, human interest stories and science interwoven with great care. Pretty freaky to find out what doctors assume though.