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The Rise of the Valkyries In the alt-right, women are the future, and the problem

The Rise of the Valkyries In the alt-right, women are the future, and the problem

A month after Donald Trump took office, an activist named Lana Lokteff delivered a speech calling on women to join the political resistance. “Be loud,” Lokteff said in a crisp, assertive voice. “Our enemies have become so arrogant that they count on our silence.” Lokteff, who is in her late thirties, addressed an audience of a few hundred people seated in a room with beige walls, drab lighting, and dark-red curtains. The location, a building in the historic Södermalm neighborhood of Stockholm, Sweden, had been secured only the previous night, after several other venues had refused to host the event, billed as an “ideas” conference. Lokteff wore a white blouse and a crocheted black shawl over her trim figure, with a microphone headset fitted over her long blond hair. In addition to the attendees seated before her, she spoke to viewers watching a livestream. “When women get involved,” she declared, “a movement becomes a serious threat.”

Since Trump’s election in November, that same idea had inspired more than 4,000 women to contact EMILY’s List, an organization that backs female pro-choice candidates across the United States, about running for office. It had compelled women to organize a series of marches that brought millions of anti-Trump protesters into streets around the world.

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The alt-right is widely considered a movement of young white men, and Lokteff was trying to rally women to the cause. “It was women that got Trump elected,” she said. “And, I guess, to be really edgy, it was women that got Hitler elected.”1 The crowd applauded and cheered. (NOTE:1 Adolf Hitler lost a presidential race, but the Nazis earned enough votes in a parliamentary election in 1932 to become the dominant party in the Reichstag. Hitler was appointed Germany’s chancellor the following year.)

Lokteff was the conference’s only female speaker — perhaps because the alt-right has certain ideas about how women should behave. Another presenter, Matt Forney, a fleshy, goateed blogger in his twenties, once wrote a screed called “The Case Against Female Self-esteem.” In his Stockholm speech, Forney bemoaned social norms telling white men that “your natural masculine instincts, your natural desires to bed and wed women, make you an oppressive misogynist.” Paul Ramsey, who appeared at the event to decry a purported scourge of left-wing violence in America, is better known to his more than 38,000 Twitter followers as RAMZPAUL. Middle-aged with black, thick-rimmed glasses, he doesn’t embrace the alt-right label, but his views align with those of many in the movement: He thinks women shouldn’t vote, and has called gender equality “the mother of all delusions.” Other soldiers in the alt-right’s fractious army regularly insult women on digital platforms such as Twitter, 4chan, and Reddit. The man who claims to have coined the term “alt-right,” Richard Spencer, has said that women shouldn’t make foreign policy because their “vindictiveness knows no bounds.” Andrew Anglin, who runs a neo-Nazi website called the Daily Stormer, once criticized as a traitor any white woman who has mixed-race children. “It’s OUR WOMB,” he wrote. “It belongs to the males in her society.”

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a trumpian and me

The other day, I went into a favourite local boutique just to say hi. A woman was standing at the counter, berating the very young clerk behind the counter. Why? Because, in the window display, was a roll of toilet paper with the orange madman's image on it. The woman was furious. Tha't disrespectful, he's our president. I just came from a meeting learning all about how wonderful he is. He is the president of all of us. Get that thing out of the window. He deserves respect."

Well, we all know what a quiet, gentle, non-confrontational soul I am. . . .

I said, "did you say that every time someone disrespected President Obama? If not, you have no moral ground to stand on" She sputtered, and I repeated the question. She finally said, "I never said anything against him". I replied, "but did you stop, or criticize, those who did?" She did not answer, so I said, "you are answering my question by your silence. So, you are a blatant hypocrite, and, again, you have no moral standing. Now leave the clerk alone"

This very tall, very angry woman, stormed past me to leave. I HATE when people try to bully staff. And, incidentally, the owner of this shop is a very strong progressive.

I LOVE it when I am provided with human scratching posts!!

Handy Compilation of Trump's Russian Connections

Compilation of Trump's Russian Connections


We should view all the stories about Russia and Trump as part of a whole. To facilitate that, I made an outline of the (1) evidence and (2) people/businesses linking Trump to Russia. Almost all this information comes from mainstream media sites. Almost every sentence is cited.

Extensive Russian Business Connections: Even before the 2000’s, Trump rented posh apartments to Russians mobsters. [TAI]. But Trump’s Russian connections were limited until he became a bad credit risk. [FT]. From 2004 to 2009, two Trump businesses entered bankruptcy and he was unable to pay off a $40 million bank loan. [Newsweek]. As banks stopped lending to Trump, he was forced to seek capital from billionaire kleptocrats and oligarchs in the former Soviet Union and Russia. [TAI]. These billionaires were eager investors in the Trump Organization, and as Trump’s son asserted in 2008, “a lot of money [was] pouring in from Russia.” [CNN]. Recently, Reuters estimated that Russians have purchased, at the very least, $98 million worth of lots in Trump Towers in Florida alone. In addition, a one Russian oligarch bought a Trump mansion for $95 million in 2008. [FT]. Trump’s business with some of these oligarchs and kleptocrats continued until he ran for president. [see e.g. WaPo (2013 Moscow Beauty Pageant); NYT (Moscow Tower plan for 2015)].
During the Campaign: Putin directed Russian intelligence to help the Trump campaign by hacking Democrats’ emails, leaking these emails via WikiLeaks, and flooding social media with anti-Hillary propaganda. [NYT]. Such influence by a foreign power was unprecedented in a US presidential election. [Reuters]. Perhaps coincidentally, Trump’s campaign regularly communicated with Russian officials and, quite likely, senior Russian intelligence officials. [NYT; CNN]. Moreover, campaign members had suspicious connections with organizations tied to Russia. For example: (1) during the campaign, Roger Stone served as a “back-channel” to WikiLeaks and a Twitter account run likely run by Russian intelligence agencies, [Guardian(WikiLeaks); [WashTimes(Guccifer)]; (2) in 2015, Michael Flynn was paid at least $68,000 by Russian entities, including over $45,000 by RT and $11,250 by a Russian cybersecurity firm, [WaPo]; (3) in October 2016, Trump Jr. was paid at least $50,000 for attending private discussions hosted by a pro-Putin Syrian think tank, [WSJ]; and (4) years earlier, Manafort was paid 12 million dollars in off-the-books cash in exchange for working for a pro-Putin Ukrainian party, [NYT]. Also, during the campaign, a former British spy sent the FBI a dossier claiming Trump colluded with Russia, which allegedly had bribed and blackmailed him. [NYT; Buzzfeed (for dossier)].
Trump’s Transition and Presidency: After Trump won the election, he picked nominees with ties to Putin and Russian oligarchs, such as Rex Tillerson and Wilbur Ross. [CBS; MotherJones]. He also picked Flynn for National Security Advisor, who during the transitions, infamously discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador over five phone calls on the day they were announced by Obama. [Reuters]. Trump shares Flynn’s concern with sanctions, and has persistently advocated removing them and working with Putin. [see e.g. Reuters, Politico]. However, Trump has been preemptively thwarted by Congress. [USAToday (many Republicans have voiced support for sanctions)].
US Intel Agencies and Allies: Officials in US intelligence agencies strongly suspect collusion between Trump and Russia, [Haaretz; WSJ], as do our Western European and Baltic allies, [Newsweek]. They have investigated Trump’s associates and uncovered many suspicious contacts with Russian officials. [Newsweek; NYT; CNN].

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Facts still matter on US terror threat

Facts still matter on US terror threat

Reza Aslan

(CNN)It's been nearly a week since a self-described fan of Donald Trump walked into a mosque in Quebec City and opened fire, killing six worshipers. The President has, at the time of writing, yet to publicly acknowledge the massacre, let alone offer any public words of condolence.
Thus far, the only mention of the tragedy by the White House has been by Trump's Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, who, in a mind-boggling display of disinformation, called it "a terrible reminder of why we must remain vigilant and why the President is taking steps to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to our nation's safety and security." Spicer's statement left the press corps baffled. He seemed to be suggesting that a far-right, ultra-nationalist, white supremacist, radicalized by social media into murdering Muslims, somehow proved Trump's position on the need to focus on the threat of Islamic terrorism. As Philip Bump of the Washington Post put it: "The clear implication was that the incident in Quebec proved that his actions on terrorism and immigration were necessary, though it's not clear how that is the case."

Well, we now have some sense as to why the White House has not only been silent about the Quebec City massacre, but has used it to advance what the New York Times calls a "deeply suspicious view of Islam" indicative of a troubling "strain of anti-Islamic theorizing."
An exclusive report by Reuters suggests the White House is planning to "revamp and rename a US government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism." According to Reuters, the program, "Countering Violent Extremism" will be renamed "Countering Islamic Extremism" or "Countering Radical Islamic Extremism," and will reportedly "no longer target groups such as white supremacists" who have been responsible for the vast majority of terrorist attacks on American soil in the last 15 years. In Trump's world, it seems, the only extremism that matters is Islamic extremism.

But let's pretend, for a moment, that facts actually matter, especially when it comes to the safety of American citizens. Here are the facts about terrorism in the United States:
Americans are almost seven times as likely to be killed by a white extremist than by an Islamic one, according to one study.
Citing a 2013 study, the New York Times notes: "Right-wing extremists averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities." (https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/opinion/the-other-terror-threat.html?_r=0)
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there were 42 militia groups in 2008; today, there are 276. Meanwhile, anti-government groups grew to 998 in 2015 (https://www.splcenter.org/active-antigovernment-groups-united-states), while the number of right-wing hate groups grew from 784 in 2014 to 892 in 2015 (https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2016/year-hate-and-extremism).
According to the Anti-Defamation League, "domestic extremist killers" killed more people in 2015 than any other year since Oklahoma City in 1995 (In fact, here is a list of radical right wing terrorist plots, conspiracies and attacks since 1995 https://www.splcenter.org/20100126/terror-right#Terror).

These facts explain why, according to the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, "law enforcement agencies in the United States consider anti-government violent extremists, not radicalized Muslims, to be the most severe threat of political violence that they face." Indeed, in a survey the New York Times conducted in 2015, "74% of law enforcement agencies reported anti-government extremism as one of the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdiction." So, considering the facts, why might the White House choose to stop targeting what is almost unanimously considered to be the gravest domestic terrorist threat to Americans and to focus instead solely on Islamic terrorism? The answer is simple: Trump is playing to an influential part of his constituency. After all, these people form the radical core of his political support. They are the people who helped put him in the White House.

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Student demands female composers on A-level music syllabus

Student demands female composers on A-level music syllabus

Petition calls for Edexcel to change syllabus after student points out that it features 63 male composers and no female ones

clara schumann

fanny hensel mendelssohn

maria szymanowska

alexandra du bois

A student has launched an online campaign to ensure that women are represented on Edexcel’s A-level music syllabus, which currently features 63 male composers and no female ones. Seventeen-year-old Jessy McCabe noticed the lack of female representation on the exam board’s music syllabus after participating in a programme on gender inequality.
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In response to an email from McCabe, the head of music wrote: “Given that female composers were not prominent in the western classical tradition (or others for that matter), there would be very few female composers that could be included.”

McCabe wrote on a change.org petition page that such assertions were simply untrue. “Only three days earlier (8 March 2015), BBC Radio 3 managed to do a whole day of programming of female composers to honour International Women’s Day,” she wrote. “Surely, if BBC Radio 3 can play music composed by women for a whole day, Edexcel could select at least one to be part of the syllabus alongside the likes of Holborne, Haydn and Howlin’ Wolf?”

She added: “This has got to change. How can we expect girls to aspire to be composers and musicians if they don’t have the opportunity to learn of any role models? How can we accept that the UK’s largest awarding body doesn’t adequately acknowledge the work of female musicians? Why are we limiting diversity in a subject which thrives on astounding breadth?”
Women composers deserve much better

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below is a link to an article about that bbc3 programme and some of the composers that were highlighted:


some excellent resources on women composers:


list of women composers by birth year:

celebrating women composers:


march of the women: discovering classical music's forgotten voices:

Emmy Noether revolutionized mathematics — and still faced sexism all her life

(The hunt for the Higgs boson can be traced back to Noether's insight on symmetries. https://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/rmcM8i9waOXBFdweDzHgY9AHjDs=/800x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/3529274/147756618.0.jpg)

Emmy Noether revolutionized mathematics — and still faced sexism all her life

Painting of Emmy Noether by Jennifer Mondfrans from her series, "At Least I Have You, To Remember Me" (Maia Weinstock/Flickr)

Emmy Noether was one of the most brilliant and important mathematicians of the 20th century. She altered the course of modern physics. Einstein called her a genius. Yet today, almost nobody knows who she is. In 1915, Noether uncovered one of science's most extraordinary ideas, proving that every symmetry found in nature has a corresponding law of conservation. So, for example, the fact that physical laws work the same today as they did yesterday turns out to be related to the notion that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Noether's theorem is a deep insight that underpins much of modern-day physics and things like the search for the Higgs boson.

"Despite her brilliance, universities didn't want to hire a woman"

Even so, as one of the very few female mathematicians working in Germany in her day, Noether faced rampant sexism. As a young woman, she wasn't allowed to formally attend university. Even after she proved herself a first-rate mathematician, male faculties were reluctant to hire her. If that wasn't enough, in 1933, the Nazis ousted her for being Jewish. Even today, she remains all too obscure.

That should change. So it’s welcome news that Google is honoring Noether today with a Google Doodle on her 133rd birthday. To celebrate, here's an introduction to the life and work of a woman Albert Einstein once called "the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced."
Noether was brilliant — yet universities wouldn't hire her

(<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noether%27s_theorem#/media/File:Noether.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>

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Her work got noticed, and in 1915, the renowned mathematician David Hilbert lobbied for the University of Göttingen to hire her. But other male faculty members blocked the move, with one arguing: "What will our soldiers think when they return to the university and find that they are required to learn at the feet of a woman?" So Hilbert had to take Noether on as a guest lecturer for four years. She wasn't paid, and her lectures were often billed under Hilbert's name. She didn't get a full-time position until 1919.

That didn't stop Noether from doing trailblazing work in a number of areas, especially abstract algebra. Rather than focusing on real numbers and polynomials — the algebraic equations we learn in high school — Noether was interested in abstract structures, like rings or groups, that obey certain rules. Abstract algebra was one of the big mathematical innovations of the 20th century, and Noether was hugely influential in shaping it.
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The hunt for the Higgs boson can be traced back to Noether's insight on symmetries. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

To put it very simply, what Noether's theorems show is that anytime there’s a continuous symmetry in a physical system, there’s a related law of conservation.**

Here's an example: Let's say we conduct a scientific experiment today. If we then conduct the exact same experiment tomorrow, we'd expect the laws of physics to behave in exactly the same way. This is "time symmetry." Noether showed that if a system has time symmetry, then energy can't be created or destroyed in that system — we get the law of conservation of energy.

"Noether had linked together concepts as different as energy and time"

Likewise, if we do an experiment, and then do the exact same experiment again 20 miles to the east, that shouldn't make any difference — the laws of physics should work the exact same way in both places. This is known as "translation symmetry." Noether showed that translation symmetry leads to the law of conservation of momentum.

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Born: Erlangen, Germany, March 23, 1882
Died: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, April 14, 1935
Creative Mathematical Genius

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Noether worked at the Mathematical Institute of Erlangen, without pay or title, from 1908 to 1915. It was during this time that she collaborated with the algebraist Ernst Otto Fischer and started work on the more general, theoretical algebra for which she would later be recognized. She also worked with the prominent mathematicians Hermann Minkowski, Felix Klein, and David Hilbert, whom she had met at Göttingen. In 1915 she joined the Mathematical Institute in Göttingen and started working with Klein and Hilbert on Einstein's general relativity theory. In 1918 she proved two theorems that were basic for both general relativity and elementary particle physics. One is still known as "Noether's Theorem."

But she still could not join the faculty at Göttingen University because of her gender. Noether was only allowed to lecture under Hilbert's name, as his assistant. Hilbert and Albert Einstein interceded for her, and in 1919 she obtained her permission to lecture, although still without a salary. In 1922 she became an "associate professor without tenure" and began to receive a small salary. Her status did not change while she remained at Göttingen, owing not only to prejudices against women, but also because she was a Jew, a Social Democrat, and a pacifist.*

During the 1920s Noether did foundational work on abstract algebra, working in group theory, ring theory, group representations, and number theory. Her mathematics would be very useful for physicists and crystallographers, but it was controversial then. There was debate whether mathematics should be conceptual and abstract (intuitionist) or more physically based and applied (constructionist). Noether's conceptual approach to algebra led to a body of principles unifying algebra, geometry, linear algebra, topology, and logic.

In 1928-29 she was a visiting professor at the University of Moscow. In 1930, she taught at Frankfurt. The International Mathematical Congress in Zurich asked her to give a plenary lecture in 1932, and in the same year she was awarded the prestigious Ackermann-Teubner Memorial Prize in mathematics.

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The Mighty Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of
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In 1915 Einstein published his general theory of relativity. The Göttingen math department fell “head over ear” with it, in the words of one observer, and Noether began applying her invariance work to some of the complexities of the theory. That exercise eventually inspired her to formulate what is now called Noether’s theorem, an expression of the deep tie between the underlying geometry of the universe and the behavior of the mass and energy that call the universe home.

What the revolutionary theorem says, in cartoon essence, is the following: Wherever you find some sort of symmetry in nature, some predictability or homogeneity of parts, you’ll find lurking in the background a corresponding conservation — of momentum, electric charge, energy or the like. If a bicycle wheel is radially symmetric, if you can spin it on its axis and it still looks the same in all directions, well, then, that symmetric translation must yield a corresponding conservation. By applying the principles and calculations embodied in Noether’s theorem, you’ll see that it is angular momentum, the Newtonian impulse that keeps bicyclists upright and on the move.

Some of the relationships to pop out of the theorem are startling, the most profound one linking time and energy. Noether’s theorem shows that a symmetry of time — like the fact that whether you throw a ball in the air tomorrow or make the same toss next week will have no effect on the ball’s trajectory — is directly related to the conservation of energy, our old homily that energy can be neither created nor destroyed but merely changes form.

The connections that Noether forged are “critical” to modern physics, said Lisa Randall, a professor of theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard. “Energy, momentum and other quantities we take for granted gain meaning and even greater value when we understand how these quantities follow from symmetry in time and space.”

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today in women's herstory-12 april

April 12
This Day in Women's History

1229 - Queen Blanche of Castile & earl Raymond VII van Toulouse sign peace

1555 – Joanna of Castile (b. 1479)

1834: Harriet Burbank Rogers born (educator, pioneer in instruction for deaf)

1841: Jennie Maria Drinkwater born (author)

1844: Mollie Evelyn Moore Davis born (poet and editor)

1866 – Princess Viktoria of Prussia (d. 1929)

1868 – Ella Gaunt Smith, Innovative American doll manufacturer (d. 1932)

1883: Imogen Cunningham born (photographer)

1898: Eleanor Touroff Glueck born (social worker, criminologist, studied juvenile offenders)

1904: Lily Pons born (sopranio, actress)

1908 – Ida Pollock, British writer (d. 2013)

1912 – Clara Barton, American nurse and humanitarian, founded the American Red Cross (b. 1821)

1917 – Helen Forrest, American singer (d. 1999)

1923 – Ann Miller, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2004)

1929 – Elspet Gray, Scottish actress (d. 2013)

1933 – Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano

1935 – Wendy Savage, English gynaecologist and campaigner

1944 – Lisa Jardine, English historian

1948 – Lois Reeves, American singer (Martha and the Vandellas)

1961 – Lisa Gerrard, Australian singer-songwriter (Dead Can Dance)

1961 – Magda Szubanski, English-Australian actress

1963 – Lydia Cacho, Mexican journalist

1964 – Amy Ray, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Indigo Girls)

1967 – Sarah Cracknell, English singer-songwriter (Saint Etienne)

1968 – Alicia Coppola, American actress

1971 – Shannen Doherty, American actress, producer, and director

1973 – Claudia Jordan, American model and actress

1973 – Christina Moore, American actress

1974 – Belinda Emmett, Australian actress and singer (d. 2006)

1974 – Marley Shelton, American actress

1975 – Josephine Baker, American-French actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1906)

1977 – Sarah Jane Morris, American actress

1977 – Jordana Spiro, American actress

1979 – Claire Danes, American actress

1979 – Jennifer Morrison, American actress and producer

1979 – Elena Grosheva, Russian gymnast

1985 – Anna-Katharina Samsel, German actress

1985 – Olga Seryabkina, Russian singer-songwriter (Serebro)

1985 – Hitomi Yoshizawa, Japanese singer (Morning Musume, Dream Morning Musume, and Hangry & Angry)

1986 – Lorena, Spanish singer

1988 – Colette Deréal, French actress and singer (b. 1927)

1989 – Kaitlyn Weaver, Canadian-American ice dancer

1990 – Francesca Halsall, English swimmer

1993 – Katelyn Pippy, American actress

1994 – Isabelle Drummond, Brazilian actress

1994 – Saoirse Ronan, American-Irish actress

1994 – Airi Suzuki, Japanese actress and singer (Aa!, Cute, and Buono!)

1996 – Elizaveta Kulichkova, Russian tennis player

1997 – Katelyn Ohashi, American gymnast

2000 – Suzanna von Nathusius, Polish actress

2002 – A female suicide bomber blows herself up at the entrance to Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market, killing 7 and wounding 104.

2008 – Cecilia Colledge, English figure skater (b. 1920)




today in women's herstory-5 april

April 5
This Day in Women's History

1170 – Isabella of Hainault (d. 1190)

1472 – Bianca Maria Sforza, Italian wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1510)

1566 - 200 Brussels nobles offer Margaretha of Parma a petition

1614 – In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.

1692 – Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (d. 1730)

1693 – Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier (b. 1627)

1758: Mary Jemison ("White Woman of the Genesee" captured by French soldiers and Shawnee Indians, later sold to the Senecas who adopted her

1761: Sybil Ludington born, female "paul revere" (rode twice as far!) and revolutionary war

1825: Mary Jane Hawes Holmes born (author of 39 novels and numerous short stories)

1863 – Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (d. 1950)

1871 (or 75) - Jeanne Bougeois, [La Mistinguette], artist (French revue) (1956)

1873: Nellie Neilson born (medievalist)

1876: Mary Elizabeth Bass born (one of first female physicians on tulane medical school staff)

1885?: Fania (or Fannia or Fanny) Mary Cohn born (pioneer in worker education, labor movement)

1887 - Anne Sullivan teaches "water" to Helen Keller

1890 - Fie Carelsen, Dutch actress (Malle Gervallen)

1899 – Elsie Thompson, American super-centenarian (d. 2013)

1901: Hattie Elizabeth Alexander born (pediatrician, microbiologist, one of the first to study antibiotic resistance)

1908 - (Ruth Elizabeth) Bette Davis, Lowell Mass, US actress (Of Human Bondage, Jezebel) (d. 1989)

1908 – Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, American author (d. 2006)

1916 - Baroness Delacourt-Smith of Alteryn [Margaret Rosalind Delacourt-Smith], British Labour politician

1921 - Lady Fisher, founder (British Women Caring Trust)

1922 - Gale Storm, Bloomington Tx, actr (My Little Margie, Gale Storm Show) (d. 2009)

1922 – The American Birth Control League, forerunner of Planned Parenthood, is incorporated.

1933 – Barbara Holland, American author (d. 2010)

1938 – Nancy Holt, American sculptor and painter (d. 2014)

1940 - Aliza Kashi, Israel, actress/singer (Merv Griffin regular)

1944 - Ann [Elizabeth] Maxwell, US, sci-fi author (Jaws of Menx)

1946 - Jane Asher, actress (Deep End) and girlfriend of Paul McCartney

1946 - Jennifer Penney, ballerina

1947 – Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Filipino politician, 14th President of the Philippines

1949 – Judith Resnik, American engineer and astronaut (d. 1986 (challenger disaster)

1950 – Ann C. Crispin, American author (d. 2013)

1950 – Agnetha Fältskog, Swedish singer-songwriter and producer (ABBA)

1950 - Mildred Douglas, Surinames/Dutch singer (Mai Tai)

1951 – Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for spying for the Soviet Union.

1955 – Charlotte de Turckheim, French actress, producer, and screenwriter

1955 – Janice Long, English radio host

1955 - Charlotte de Turckheim, French actress

1956 – Dame Susan Catherine (Suzi) Leather, British public administrator

1958 - Cammie Lusko, Los Angeles California, Guinness' World Strongest Woman

1961 – Lisa Zane, American actress and singer

1962 – Lana Clarkson, American actress (d. 2003)

1964 – Princess Erika, French singer-songwriter and actress

1968 – Gianna Amore, American model and actress

1968 – Paula Cole, American singer-songwriter

1970 – Thea Gill, Canadian actress

1971 – Krista Allen, American actress

1971 - Fran Phipps is 1st woman to reach North Pole

1972 – Isabel Jewell, American actress (b. 1907)

1973 – Élodie Bouchez, French-American actress

1975 – Sarah Baldock, English organist and choral conductor.

1975 – Caitlin Moran, English broadcaster and newspaper columnist

1977 – Stella Creasy, English politician

1980 – Mary Katharine Ham, American journalist

1982 – Hayley Atwell, English actress

1984 – Shin Min-a, South Korean model and actress

1986 – Anna Sophia Berglund, American model and actress

1989 – María Cristina Gómez, Salvadoran educator (b. 1938)

1989: March for Women's Lives held in DC (over 600,000 in attendance)

1990 – Sophia Papamichalopoulou, Cypriot skier

1993 – Divya Bharti, Indian actress (b. 1974)

1999 – Sharlene San Pedro, Filipino actress

2007 – Maria Gripe, Swedish author (b. 1923)

2007 – Leela Majumdar, Indian author (b. 1908)

2013 – Regina Bianchi, Italian actress (b. 1921)




today in women's herstory-17 march

March 17
This Day in Women's History

659 - Gertrude of Nivelles, Belgian abbess, patron saint of travellers, dies at about 32

1665 – Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist and composer (d. 1729)

1798: Abigail Powers Fillmore born: First Lady, married to US President Millard Fillmore

1820 – Jean Ingelow, English poet, novelist (d. 1897)

1841: Emily Sartain born: painter, engraver, principal of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women

1846: Kate Greenaway born: illustrator and watercolorist

1847 (or 1846 or 1848): Clara Morris born: actress

1849: Cornelia Maria Clapp born: taught biology, natural history and gymnastics at Mount Holyoke College

1862: Martha Platt Falconer born: social reformer, especially working with delinquent girls

1863: Anna Wessels Williams born: bacteriologist, worked on antitoxin for diphtheria

1869: Corra Harris born: writer

1873 - Margaret Bondfield, Brit Labour leader/1st woman cabinet member

1878: Helen Gardner born: art historian

1886: Princess Patricia of Connaught (Lady Patricia Ramsay) born: granddaughter of Queen Victoria, gave up royal title on marrying commoner Alexander Ramsay

1898: Ella Winter born: journalist

1903: Radie Britain born: composer, teacher

1905: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt married Franklin Delano Roosevelt

1906 - Brigitte Helm [Gisele Eve von Kuenheim], Berlin, actr (Gloria, Gold) (d. 1996)

1906 - Tamara Geva, dancer

1911: Camp Fire Girls founded

1918 - Mercedes McCambridge, Joliet Ill, actress (All the King's Men)

1922 - Megan Bull, British head mistress (Holloway Jail)

1923 - Margaret Bondfield, 1st woman chairperson (Trades Union Congress)

1926 – Marjory Shedd, Canadian badminton player (d. 2008)

1930: Betty Allen born: singer; executive director, Harlem School of the Arts

1931 - Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)

1933: Myrlie Evers-William born: civil rights activist, journalist; widow of murdered civil rights activist Medgar Evers (1963); first woman and first layperson to deliver an invocation for a presidential inauguration, 2013

1933 – Penelope Lively, British author

1936 – Patty Maloney, American actress

1937 – Galina Samsova, Russian ballet dancer

1938 – Zola Taylor, American singer (The Platters) (d. 2007)

1941 - Marguerite Nichols, American actress (b. 1895)

1944 - Pattie Boyd, English photographer, model, and author (Mrs George Harrison/Mrs Eric Clapton)

1952 – Susie Allanson, American singer and actress

1954 - Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress and singer (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)

1954 - Rena Jones, rock vocalist

1955 – Cynthia McKinney, American educator and politician

1956 – Irène Joliot-Curie, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)

1960 – Rebeca Arthur, American actress

1960 – Vicki Lewis, American actress and singer

1961 – Dana Reeve, American actress, singer, and activist (d. 2006)

1961 - Susanna Salter, 1st US female mayor/temperance leader, dies at 101

1962 – Clare Grogan, Scottish singer and actress (Altered Images)

1962 - Janet Patricia Gardner, Juneau Alaska, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up)

1962 - Roxy Dora Petrucci, Rochester Minn, rock drummer (Vixen-Rev It Up)

1963 - Elizabeth Ann Seton of NY beatified (canonized in 1975)

1963 - Rebeca Arthur, actress (Mary Anne-Perf Strangers, Opposites Attract)

1969: Golda Meir becomes the first woman Prime Minister of Israel; served 1969 - 1974

1972: Mia Hamm born: professional soccer player, author

1972 – Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and bass player (Hole, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Tinker)

1973 – Caroline Corr, Irish singer and drummer (The Corrs)

1973 - Amelia Weatherly, actress (Stephanie Brewster-Loving/The City)

1973 – Amelia Heinle, American actress

1973 - Geertruida M W "Truus" Bakker, Dutch actress (2 Orphans), dies at 81

1974 - Carroll Nye, actress (Lawless Woman), dies at 72

1974 - Marisa Coughlan, American actress

1975 – Gina Holden, Canadian actress

1975 – Natalie Zea, American actress

1976 – Brittany Daniel, American actress

1976 – Cynthia Daniel, American actress and photographer

1977 – Tamar Braxton, American singer-songwriter and actress (The Braxtons)

1979 – Coco Austin, American model and actress

1979 – Stormy Daniels, American porn actress and director

1981 – Eva Fislová, Slovak tennis player

1989 - Dorothy Cudahy is 1st female grand marshal of St Patrick Day Parade

1990 - Capucine, French actress and fashion model (The Pink Panther), dies of suicide at 62

1991 - Irish Lesbians & Gays march in St Patrick Day parade

1992 – Eliza Bennett, English actress and singer

1992 - Grace Stafford Lantz, actress, cartoon voice (Woody Woodpecker), dies at 87

1993 – Helen Hayes, American actress (b. 1900)

1994 – Mai Zetterling, Swedish-English actress and director (b. 1925)

1997 - Gail Davis, actress (Annie Oakley), dies at 71

2002 – Rosetta LeNoire, American actress and producer (b. 1911)

2005 – Andre Alice Norton, American author (b. 1912)

2012 – Margaret Whitlam, Australian swimmer and author (b. 1919)

2013 – Rosine Delamare, French costume designer (b. 1911)




how many of these early black feminists do you know?

How Many of These Early Black Feminists Do You Know?

Though black feminists have wielded social media to make willful strides into public consciousness, black feminism is nothing new. The challenge of being doubly oppressed as a black woman has always colored feminist conversations, and minority women rarely have the luxury of fighting solely on behalf of their gender. The question of intersectionality predates hashtags and Twitter feminism and goes all the way back to impasses such as the one between black journalist Ida B. Wells and white suffragist Frances Willard. Wells implored Willard to acknowledge the evil of lynching, while Willard, blinded by her race and class privileges, believed black men to be deserving targets.

Though not always recognized, black women have always made forays into the feminist dialogue to ensure black women and girls don’t remain an afterthought. In celebration of Black History Month, here are 11 early black feminists, in no particular order—some you’ve learned about and some you probably haven’t.

Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964)

One of the most prominent black scholars in American history, Cooper was the fourth African American woman to earn a PhD when she graduated from University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1924. Having been born in slavery in Raleigh, N.C., Cooper used both her lived experience with racism and her scholastic ability to pen her first book in 1892, A Voice from the South: By a Woman from the South. The book, in which Cooper argued for the self-determination of black women, is considered the first volume of black feminist thought in the U.S.

Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)

An abolitionist and women’s rights activist, Truth was also born into slavery, but escaped with her young daughter. She later went to court to obtain freedom for her son, becoming the first black woman to win such a case. Her famous speech on gender inequity, “Ain’t I a Woman” was delivered in 1851 at a women’s rights convention in Akron, OH, and has endured as a raw and powerful utterance of the tribulations and burdens black women shoulder.
Amy Jacques Garvey

Amy Jacques Garvey (1895-1973)

Garvey, the second wife of black nationalist Marcus Garvey, was a daunting intellectual and social activist in her own right. A gifted journalist, she worked as a columnist for Negro World in Harlem and often discussed the intersectionality of race, gender and class as it pertained to black women. She wrote once in an essay, “The [black men] will more readily sing the praises of white women than their own; yet who is more deserving of admiration than the black woman, she who has borne the rigors of slavery, the deprivations consequent on a pauperized race, and the indignities heaped upon a weak and defenseless people? Yet she has suffered all with fortitude, and stands ever ready to help in the onward march to freedom and power.”

Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954)

An activist for civil rights and suffrage, Terrell was one of the first African American women to earn a college degree when she graduated from Oberlin College in 1884. A close of acquaintance of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, she campaigned for racial equality, becoming a well-known activist in Washington, D.C. A writer and the first president of of the National Association of Colored Women, many of her works, including “A Plea for the White South by a Colored Woman” and “A Colored Woman in a White World,” focused on the status of black women in society. Terrell was also a founding member of the NAACP and helped organize the black sorority Delta Sigma Theta.

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