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Uppity Women of Medieval Times by Vicki Leon | Amusing book that dispels any illusions that all women in the past did nothing but "stayed home and twiddled their thumbs in between pushing out babies, making soup and dying in childbirth.", to quote the article we've been discussing here about history, fantasy books and sexism. If medieval isn't your era, she has quite a number of similar books focusing on other times.
Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel peace prize, died on Sunday night of cancer. She was 71. Maathai was a pioneer from an early age and in many spheres. After winning a scholarship to study in the US, she returned to a newly independent Kenya, becoming the first woman in east and central Africa to obtain a PhD. Maathai was also the first woman professor the University of Nairobi, where she taught veterinary medicine.
Jovita Idar: She bucked the all-male rule at her father's newspapers in the early 1900s by writing about the horrid conditions under which Mexican-American children were being taught. During the Mexican Revolution, she exposed the Texas Rangers for lynching scores of children, women & men who were crossing the border to seek refuge. During this time, she also organized The White Cross to aid the wounded in both the US and Mexico. Later, she co-founded The League of Mexican Women.
Chrystal Macmilian was a Scottish barrister, feminist and pacifist, and the first female science graduate from the University of Edinburgh as well as that institution's first female honours graduate in Mathematics. She was an activist for women's right to vote, and for other women's causes. She was the first woman to plead a case before the House of Lords, and was one of the founders of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
"I’ve created these flyers for a school activist project where I bring more attention to the women in history that have been forgotten or ignored. (...) Too often women’s achievements have been pushed aside, either by others in their lives, or else by the historians who choose to ignore them. This tumblr is dedicated to celebrating them and bringing their achievements to light!"
You think a girl can't program circles around an all male professional developers in a hackathon? Meet shero Jennie Lamere, the 17-Year-Old high school senior, who was the only girl to enter the Boston Hackathon, and the only developer to work alone. She won the whole thing! She invented software that will allow Twitter users to filter out spoilers from their favorite shows.