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Spidra Webster
Fwd: Science has a sexual assault problem via @nytopinion (via
"My story is not unique. In July, Kathryn B. H. Clancy and her co-authors Robin G. Nelson, Julienne N. Rutherford and Katie Hinde published a survey of 666 field-based scientists in the journal PLoS One and reported that 26 percent of the female scientists surveyed had been sexually assaulted during fieldwork. Most of these women encountered this abuse very early in their careers, as trainees. The travel inherent to scientific fieldwork increases vulnerability as one struggles to work within unfamiliar and unpredictable conditions, but male respondents reported significantly less assault (6 percent)." - Spidra Webster
"I know several women with stories like mine, but more often it is the men of one’s own field team, one’s co-workers, who violate their female colleagues. The women surveyed by Dr. Clancy’s team stated that their “perpetrators were predominantly senior to them professionally within the research team.”" - Spidra Webster
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25 Famous Women on Childlessness -- The Cut -
25 Famous Women on Childlessness -- The Cut
"Despite the mounting pressures to have a baby already, a number of well-known, powerful women have said no, thanks, and spoken quite frankly about their decision not to parent. Here, a roundup of inspiring, funny, empowering takes from women including Gloria Steinem, Condoleezza Rice, and Stevie Nicks, on the upsides of taking the road less diapered. 1. "It was not my destiny, I kept thinking it would be, waiting for it to happen, but it never did, and I didn’t care what people thought … It was only boring old men [who would ask me]. And whenever they went, ‘What? No children? Well, you’d better get on with it, old girl,’ I’d say ‘No! F*** off!’” —Dame Helen Mirren, British Vogue, February 2013 2. "I'm completely happy not having children. I mean, everybody does not have to live in the same way. And as somebody said, 'Everybody with a womb doesn't have to have a child any more than everybody with vocal cords has to be an opera singer." —Gloria Steinem, Chelsea Lately, October 2011 3.... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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The Most Feminist Moments in Sci-fi History -- The Cut -
The Most Feminist Moments in Sci-fi History -- The Cut
"While mainstream science fiction excels at imagining far-out futures, exploring the far reaches of the imagination, and scaring the bejesus out of us, it’s generally accepted that historically, the genre has been pretty terrible at populating its brave new worlds with anyone other than straight, cisgender white dudes. (Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and many of the other "greats" wrote almost exclusively about their demographic, and onscreen science fiction, from Star Wars and Back to the Future to adaptations like War of the Worlds and Blade Runner, has long shared similar representation issues.) But sci-fi history actually has featured ahead-of-its-time, female-identifying authors and creators who have challenged conventional notions of race, gender, and sexuality head-on for centuries. Their contributions are so essential (some are by far the most out-there in the canon) that without them, the genre could not possibly have grown into the blockbuster behemoth it is today. Like many... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
In Response to the Top 50 Science List › From The Lab Bench -
In Response to the Top 50 Science List › From The Lab Bench
"This post is in response to the 'top 50 science stars of Twitter' list published on Science Magazine's website today. Regardless of the methods used to put together that list, and whether or not the methods were fair and not inherently biased against women in science (my impression is that they are extremely biased), I've complied my own list of some of the top science stars of Twitter - this time focusing on women. From the Science Mag top 50 science stars list article: "To identify Twitter science stars, we began with celebrity scientists such as Tyson and checked out which scientists they followed. We also referenced online lists of scientists to follow on Twitter, such as this one by The Huffington Post." Right, so they started with popular male celebrity scientists like Tyson, and compiled a list of mostly men by following the 'celebrity scientist' circles out from there. Shocking. My list is NOT exhaustive at all, and certainly is personally biased by the scientists I myself... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
The photo isn't a stock photo but a photo of the woman who wrote this blog entry. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Rape Culture in the Alaskan Wilderness -
Rape Culture in the Alaskan Wilderness
"One night a few years ago, when Geneva was 13, a man she’d grown up with stumbled into the room she shared with her two sisters in Tanana, Alaska, a tiny village northwest of Fairbanks, and climbed on top of her. He was stumbling drunk and aggressive. “He tried getting into my clothes,” she recalls. “He tried putting his hands under my shorts and inside my shirt.” She struggled and pushed, but he was years her senior and made of muscle; he pulled her on top of him. She kept pushing and yanking until she suddenly shot backwards and tumbled off the bed. “He was so blacked out, he was like still asleep; his eyes were closed,” she says. “I was watching his face, but his face didn’t move at all. His breathing was normal, but his hands…” She pauses, and the word hangs thickly in the air. “His hands felt like he was awake.” Afterward, she ran into the living room and burst into tears, stuffing her face into a pillow so her parents wouldn’t hear. She didn’t tell them, then; she was scared... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
What a terrible situation those girls and women are in! Geneva is very courageous to share her story and facilitate so many others to unburden themselves of their own experience with abuse. - Jenny H. from Android
Spidra Webster
The Cork scientists who were snubbed by sexism | Irish Examiner -
The Cork scientists who were snubbed by sexism | Irish Examiner
"The Ballylickey botanist; the Skibbereen astronomer; the Cloyne caterpillar collector, Madame Dragonfly. Robert Hume highlights the lives and achievements of three female scientists from Co Cork, and the obstacles they faced to achieve recognition of their work VISITORS to the galleries of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew often pause to admire the beautiful illustrations of ferns, lichens and seaweed etched by Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815) from Ardnagashel, Ballylickey, Co Cork, Ireland’s first woman botanist. Yet, Hutchins may never have developed an interest in botany at all if she had not become ill when a schoolgirl in Dublin. A family friend and medical doctor, Whitley Stokes, took her in, taught her to draw and paint, and enthused her with a passion for the subject. Besides, an outdoor hobby such as plant collecting was thought to be the best possible tonic to restore her health. In those days, a girl’s education did not include university; nevertheless, Hutchins succeeded in... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
A Feminist Sculptor’s Stunning Memorial to 9/11 -
A Feminist Sculptor’s Stunning Memorial to 9/11
A Feminist Sculptor’s Stunning Memorial to 9/11
"Why are her eyes closed? Why are her palms turned inward? The figure seems to possess superhuman power, stopping the jet-bombs with her hands. But this sculpture is not a cartoon fantasy; it is a memorial that invites contemplation and fills the viewer with comfort, remembrance and inspiration. Perhaps her eyes are closed in prayer, and her palms are turned inward to concentrate her inner strength. Meredith Bergmann is the New York City sculptor, poet and feminist who created this extremely moving and powerful memorial to the September 11th attacks. I caught up with her to talk about her work. Ms. Blog: Is this sculpture an expression of your feminism? If so, how? Meredith Bergmann: Yes, it is. Early in 2001, when the Taliban dynamited the two Bamiyan Buddha sculptures, I was appalled, but it seemed to be a distant atrocity. When I read about what they were doing to their women, the evil seemed to come closer. When New York was attacked I was shocked, horrified and very angry. I’d... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
United front: breasts without the airbrush | Life and style | The Guardian -
United front: breasts without the airbrush | Life and style | The Guardian
"The shocking thing about Laura Dodsworth's pictures of 100 women's breasts isn't the flesh on show, or the many shapes and sizes, but the realisation that images of unairbrushed, non-uniform breasts seem to be so rare. "We see images of breasts everywhere," says the 41-year-old photographer, "but they're unreal. They create an unflattering comparison but also an unobtainable ideal. I wanted to rehumanise women through honest photography." Dodsworth interviewed each woman at length, starting by asking them how they felt about their breasts. The interviews soon became more emotional than she anticipated. "I found that, while breasts are interesting in themselves, they are also catalysts for discussing relationships, body image and ageing. I realised that this had become an exploration of what it means to be a woman." She is fundraising, via Kickstarter, to make a book of the project. Her subjects range in age from 19 to 101, and include a priest, a lapdancer, cancer survivors and women... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Very moving, especially the interview with the 101-year-old. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Indeed. - MoTO: Team Marina
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Gender tenure gap ‘significant’ in some subjects, finds US study | News | Times Higher Education -
Gender tenure gap ‘significant’ in some subjects, finds US study | News | Times Higher Education
"In discussions about the gender gap among tenured professors at research universities, there is little dispute that there are far more men than women with tenure in most disciplines. But why? Many have speculated that men are outperforming women in research, which is particularly valued over teaching and service at research universities. With women (or those with children) shouldering a disproportionate share of child care, the theory goes, they may not be able to keep up with publishing and research to the same extent as their male counterparts. But a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association finds that those assumptions may be untrue in some disciplines. The study compared tenure rates at research universities in computer science, English and sociology – and then controlled for research productivity. Not only are men more likely than women to earn tenure, but in computer science and sociology, they are significantly more likely to earn tenure... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Warriors and women: the sex ratio of Norse migrants to eastern England up to 900 ad - MCLEOD - 2011 - Early Medieval Europe - Wiley Online Library -
Warriors and women: the sex ratio of Norse migrants to eastern England up to 900 ad - MCLEOD - 2011 - Early Medieval Europe - Wiley Online Library
"Various types of evidence have been used in the search for Norse migrants to eastern England in the latter ninth century. Most of the data gives the impression that Norse females were far outnumbered by males. But using burials that are most certainly Norse and that have also been sexed osteologically provides very different results for the ratio of male to female Norse migrants. Indeed, it suggests that female migration may have been as significant as male, and that Norse women were in England from the earliest stages of the migration, including during the campaigning period from 865." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Oxford University went co-ed 40 years ago. And look how far we've come | Catherine Bennett | Comment is free | The Observer -
Oxford University went co-ed 40 years ago. And look how far we've come | Catherine Bennett | Comment is free | The Observer
==As a co-ed pioneer, I'm happy to see parity between male and female students, but women are still denied top jobs== "By way of a free memento mori for everyone involved, the University of Oxford has decided to commemorate the 40th year since the arrival of mixed colleges. Before 1974, only 16% of Oxford's undergraduates were women, roughly the same proportion, by coincidence, that Cameron favours for his cabinet. Although one should not make too much of this, when there is every chance that a reshuffle might lead to a further reduction. In contrast, Oxford can now congratulate itself on an enlightened decision by the first five experimenters, however late in the day it was taken (co-ed halls were elsewhere a commonplace) and how vigorously it was resented by dissenting dons and sulkier undergraduates, who saw their territory contaminated. In fairness to Mr Cameron, he has never set off a fire extinguisher under Maria Miller's door or scrawled obscenities on Anna Soubry's. Nor would... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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BBC News - Nigeria Boko Haram crisis: '20 women abducted' in north -
BBC News - Nigeria Boko Haram crisis: '20 women abducted' in north
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"Suspected Boko Haram militants have abducted at least 20 women close to where 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in northern Nigeria, eyewitnesses say. The women were loaded onto vans at gunpoint and driven away to an unknown location in Borno state, they add. The army has not commented on the incident, which occurred on the nomadic Garkin Fulani settlement on Thursday. The Nigerian military has faced mounting criticism for failing to stop militant attacks in the north-east. Despite a state of emergency in place in the region, residents say the army is largely inactive or even absent, allowing the Boko Haram militants to continue their attacks. The group has waged an increasingly bloody insurgency since 2009 in an attempt to create an Islamic state in Nigeria - and thousands of people have died in their attacks and the subsequent security crackdown. 'Too late' The latest incident occurred close to where more than 200 schoolgirls were snatched from the remote Chibok village near the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Morgan Baskin fights sexism on election trail | NOW Magazine -
Morgan Baskin fights sexism on election trail | NOW Magazine
"If 18-year-old Morgan Baskin had known she would receive up to five unsolicited advances from men each day of her campaign, she might never have registered to run for mayor. Baskin, whose youth-focused platform has earned praise from media commentators and City Hall watchers, posted screenshots to her Tumblr page on Monday of correspondence she's received at her professional email and Facebook accounts since she joined the election. In one Facebook post, a man contacted her in April asking, "possible to call u [sic]?" When Baskin explained that she hadn’t set up a campaign phone yet, he wrote, “Not a campaign phone ur [sic] cell phone… Hoping to meet you end of May.” Other messages comment on her appearance and ask for her number. An email from a man Baskin met while canvassing says: "After I left to get on the subway it occurred to me how attractive you are … I was wondering if I could buy you dinner some time when you're not too busy?" Baskin posted these messages to Tumblr with... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"But Steph Guthrie, co-founder of Women in Toronto Politics (WiTOpoli), says that treatment like that which Baskin has received is a "standout reason" why women continue to be underrepresented in the political arena." - Heather
Um, yeah! - Heather
Labs Are Told to Start Including a Neglected Variable: Females - -
Labs Are Told to Start Including a Neglected Variable: Females -
"For decades, scientists have embarked on the long journey toward a medical breakthrough by first experimenting on laboratory animals. Mice or rats, pigs or dogs, they were usually male: Researchers avoided using female animals for fear that their reproductive cycles and hormone fluctuations would confound the results of delicately calibrated experiments. That laboratory tradition has had enormous consequences for women. Name a new drug or treatment, and odds are researchers know far more about its effect on men than on women. From sleeping pills to statins, women have been blindsided by side effects and dosage miscalculations that were not discovered until after the product hit the market. Now the National Institutes of Health says that this routine gender bias in basic research must end." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"In a commentary published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the N.I.H., and Dr. Janine A. Clayton, director of the institutes’ Office of Research on Women’s Health, warned scientists that they must begin testing their theories in female lab animals and in female tissues and cells. The N.I.H. has already taken researchers to task for their failure to... more... - Jessie
"Bias in mammalian test subjects was evident in eight of 10 scientific disciplines in an analysis of published research conducted by Irving Zucker, a professor of psychology and integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. The most lopsided was neuroscience, where single-sex studies of male animals outnumbered those of females by 5.5 to 1. Contrary to the conventional... more... - Jessie
"N.I.H. officials will start rolling out the new policies in October, and the details are still being ironed out. But they are likely to be met with resistance from scientists who fear increased costs and difficulty in performing their experiments. “There’s incredible inertia among people when it comes to change, and the vast majority of people doing biological research are going to... more... - Jessie
Spidra Webster
BBC Two - The Story of Women and Art -
BBC Two - The Story of Women and Art
A bit odd to show this languid photo of the presenter rather than many of the photos of the actual art. Anyway, so little is taught about female artists in art history that any contribution is good. - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
This series also takes on another sexist/classist aspect of art history: relegating certain genres and media of art to mere "decoration" rather than works of art. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Maria Sibylla Merian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Maria Sibylla Merian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Maria Sibylla Merian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Maria Sibylla Merian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Maria Sibylla Merian (2 April 1647 – 13 January 1717) was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, a descendent of the Frankfurt branch of the Swiss Merian family, founders of one of Europe's largest publishing houses in the 17th century. Merian received her artistic training from her stepfather, Jacob Marrel, a student of the still life painter Georg Flegel. She remained in Frankfurt until 1670, relocating subsequently to Nuremberg, Wieuwerd (1685), where she stayed in a Labadist community till 1691, and Amsterdam. Merian published her first book of natural illustrations, titled Neues Blumenbuch, in 1675 at age 28.[1] In 1699, following eight years of painting and studying, and on the encouragement of Cornelis van Aerssen van Sommelsdijck, the then-governor of the Dutch colony of Surinam, Merian was awarded a grant by the city of Amsterdam to travel to South America with her daughter Dorothea.[2] After two years there, she was forced return to Europe as result of... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"Maria Sibylla Merian was born on 2 April 1647 in Frankfurt, then a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire, into the family of the Swiss engraver and publisher Matthäus Merian the Elder. Her father died three years later, and in 1651 her mother married still life painter Jacob Marrel. Marrel encouraged Merian to draw and paint. While he lived mostly in Holland his pupil Abraham... more... - Spidra Webster
Mentioned in the BBC series "The Story of Women and Art". Remarkable woman. She picked up everything and took her children and mother with her, left her husband for the relative freedom of a religious settlement. Then in her 50s she took an exploratory trip to Suriname because she was so dissatisfied that specimens were usually shown with no context. - Spidra Webster
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Twitter / AFP: INFOGRAPHIC: Proportion of ... -
Twitter / AFP: INFOGRAPHIC: Proportion of ...
"INFOGRAPHIC: Proportion of women in senior science jobs and their progress through the education system @AFPgraphics" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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I Had An Affair With My Hero, A Philosopher Who’s Famous For Being ‘Moral’ | Thought Catalog -
I Had An Affair With My Hero, A Philosopher Who’s Famous For Being ‘Moral’ | Thought Catalog
"They say we should never meet our heroes, but I never really listened to what they say. My hero is a moral philosopher, who devotes his life to global justice. When I met him at a conference I didn’t think he’d remember me, so I was surprised when he sent me an email, prompting a regular exchange between us. He told me he’ll be coming to visit the city where I lived and invited me to his hotel. We talked for hours about philosophy and shared personal anecdotes. I remember worrying about the possibility that he must already have someone in his life, and my friends reassuring me that he wouldn’t be inviting me to his room if he did. He must be a good man, this moral philosopher. He has, after all, devoted his life to global justice. Towards the end of his visit, he gave me a rose, took me to a concert, and dinner. I took it as a sign, and, when we returned to his hotel, I declared I was staying. When I asked him if he had protection, he replied that he hasn’t had sex for many years,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Wow, that's quite a tale. I still want to meet EO Wilson, though. ;) - Jenny H. from Android
I remember reading about a philosopher who'd sexually harrassed students about a year or two ago. Can't remember his name or the institution, though. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Olive Bowers hits out at surfer sexism -
Olive Bowers hits out at surfer sexism
"Olive Bowers is not exactly a veteran of the ocean, but at 13 she has enough experience to know what she likes and what she doesn't when it comes to surfing. Best is catching a clean wave in the summer; worst is some of the sexism that still lingers in the sport. What she encountered when she picked up a copy of Tracks magazine, which bills itself as ''the surfers' bible'', prompted her to write a fierce letter to its editor, Luke Kennedy, objecting to the way it portrays women. As Bowers flicked through the pages, she was surprised to encounter only one picture of a woman: ''She was called 'Girl of the Month' and she wasn't even on a beach. She was just standing in a dark room.'' Then Bowers looked at the magazine's website. ''There was one video of Stephanie Gilmore surfing. That was pretty good. But even if there was a 1000 videos of girls surfing there was still that section that was called 'Girls' and you clicked on it and it was all girls that weren't even surfing. Just in... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Working Overtime Can Be Detrimental To Professional Success - Forbes -
"In a culture where long hours and incessant demands on time can be something of a badge of honor—people wouldn’t need you so much if you weren’t so indispensable—it’s common to hear complaints about being busy. Long hours are evidence of dedication and work ethic. They are evidence of importance. But for women, they may also be professionally damaging. This is especially relevant at a time when more women are working longer hours, increasingly in management positions in hard-driving, always-on-call industries like tech, finance, and law. A 2004 study found that the proportion of women who work 50 hours or more per week increased from 5 to 11 percent between 1979 and 2000, while a survey of 5,000 U.S. workers last year by career site theFit found that 54 percent of women report working nine or more hours a day, compared with 41 percent of men. In recent months, many accomplished women have rallied against overworking in favor of the much-discussed, if often-elusive, work-life balance.... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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The Pay Gap Is Because of Gender, Not Jobs - -
"Do women get paid less than men because they choose to, by gravitating to lower-paying jobs like teaching and social work? That is what some Republicans who voted down the equal pay bill this month would have you believe. “There’s a disparity not because female engineers are making less than male engineers at the same company with comparable experience,” the Republican National Committee said this month. “The disparity exists because a female social worker makes less than a male engineer.” But a majority of the pay gap between men and women actually comes from differences within occupations, not between them — and widens in the highest-paying ones like business, law and medicine, according to data from Claudia Goldin, a Harvard University labor economist and a leading scholar on women and the economy. “There is a belief, which is just not true, that women are just in bad occupations and if we just put them in better occupations, we would solve the gender gap problem,” Dr. Goldin... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Here Is The Male Version Of Power Girl's Boob Window (NSFW) -
Here Is The Male Version Of Power Girl's Boob Window (NSFW)
"Power Girl's costume is infamous for showing off her particular endowments, but what would be the equivalent for a similarly outfitted Power Lad? Artist Cory Walker came up with this male-bodied take on Power Girl, moving her boob window down to the groin. Now showing off the groin isn't exactly equivalent to showing off the breasts, but just like I fear that the breasts will pop out of so many female costumes, I'd be afraid that Power Lad would find his little lad flapping in the wind. This would be convenient if Power Lad needed to relieve himself on the fly, though, sort of like a wildly inappropriate boxer flap." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I wish the Hawkeye Project and that ilk had come out 20 years ago. I kept trying to get my then-bf to see what I was talking about and he always denied it saying "Superheroes have idealized physiques, too". I was rusty enough on my drafting skills that I didn't have the ability to illustrate the male equivalent (or as close to it as we can get) so that he could actually see what I was talking about. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Brazilians believe victims deserved sexual assault, study finds | Globalization | DW.DE | 03.04.2014 -
Brazilians believe victims deserved sexual assault, study finds | Globalization | DW.DE | 03.04.2014
"The results of a recent study in Brazil couldn't be clearer: "Women who wear tight-fitting clothes deserve it when they are attacked," and "If women knew how to behave, there would be fewer rapes." Those were comments a majority of Brazilians said they could identify with, according to a study published at the end of last month by the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA). The survey polled 3,810 people between the ages of 18 and 50 with 58.5 percent agreeing with the first statement and 65 percent with the second. The study's results came as a shock to the public as well as the polling agency. "The results are frightening because they are based on an old patriarchal mentality," said Rafael Osorio, director of socio-scientific studies at IPEA. First India, then Brazil The statements Brazilians agreed with largely mirror similar comments made in India after a number of gang rapes were reported in the media. A video created by the satire group "All India Bakchod"... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Gah. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yeah, it's really awful. I'm sure many people in the US believe the same, deep down, but at least there's social pressure about it. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Transits Of Venus: 8 Women-Only Subway & Train Cars | Urbanist -
Transits Of Venus: 8 Women-Only Subway & Train Cars | Urbanist
Transits Of Venus: 8 Women-Only Subway & Train Cars | Urbanist
"Subway sandwich: good if you’re hungry, bad if you’re a female commuter. These 8 women-only transit cars offer groups of gals a grope-free rail road trip. Japanese Rail & Subways Tokyo Metro women-only subway train car (image via: Wikipedia) Japan first introduced women-only subway cars in 1912, though their usage was sporadic and isolated. Modern usage of train and subways carriages specifically restricted to women dates from the year 2000 with the Tokyo Metro succumbing to popular demand for such cars in 2005. Japan subway women-only cars (images via: Apple Daily, The Japan Times and The Grid) They may have been late to the dance but the Tokyo Metro now serves as a model for other city’s and nation’s transit systems on how to do women-only transit right. Designated cars are consistently color-coded (pink, naturally) to avoid confusion by the visually-impaired, signage on the trains in in the stations is profuse, and transit police are on hand to enforce the rules. Rio de Janeiro... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Huh. I didn't see any of the women's only cars in Tokyo - and we rode the Metro system most of the time (there are several competing railways.) I wonder if it is just on some lines within the system. - Jennifer Dittrich
Lately I've been listening to a short program of news in "easy Swedish". Yesterday's ep had a report on that Brazilian poll and mentioned women-only cars in Brazil. I was trying to look up a report on it and found this. - Spidra Webster
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Twitter / saliltripathi: Royal Mail remembers an Indian ... -
Twitter / saliltripathi: Royal Mail remembers an Indian ...
"Royal Mail remembers an Indian heroine of World War II:" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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The rise of the female cyclist: From the medal-winning track-speedsters to school-run mums - Green Living - Environment - The Independent -
The rise of the female cyclist: From the medal-winning track-speedsters to school-run mums - Green Living - Environment - The Independent
"A year ago, Peter Sagan, a jockish Slovakian road racer, pinched the bottom of a young podium girl as she kissed the winner of the Tour of Flanders. As a scandal, it was minor by cycling standards, but it symbolised a major issue. The cyclist, who had finished second in the Belgian classic, apologised, but his actions and their fall-out had already said something more about a sport in which women have often been valued for their bearing in tight dresses. Because what few fans gleaned in the coverage of the pinch was that, on the same day, the brilliant Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos won the women's version of the race. Typically, it had not been televised." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Where women don’t belong: 2 strategies you and I both use to keep women out of science -
Where women don’t belong: 2 strategies you and I both use to keep women out of science
"f you’d stop believing the myth that women are too slow out of the gate when they are supposed to add numbers, and if you start believing the fact that men are too fast, we might be able to make a little progress on gender balance in technical careers. It won’t be enough to fix it, but it will at least help us trudge in the right direction. The myth to bust says that women are worse than men at math. The fact we need to acknowledge is that men overestimate their skills. Mythbusting in this case requires you to believe that you don’t always know what you believe. It works like this: You have some beliefs. If you think carefully, if you look in the mirror, if you engage in introspection, you can find out what your beliefs are. Except not always. There are some beliefs we hold that we can’t discover by ourselves. These ones are simply unavailable via introspection. It’s annoying to admit it, but the evidence is strong. It’s like a blindspot. We can’t see the effects on our vision where... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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"Scandinavian Men Say No, Thanks to All-male Panels Even in Scandinavia, well known for its large female political representation, public debate is dominated by men. Business conferences with a 100 percent male speaker lineup are not rare. Some of these men are tired of debating only men, and are taking action to change it. In Sweden and Norway, male speakers are now refusing to participate in conferences and panel discussions without female representation. The idea is that men, when they are invited to speak at a conference or participate in a debate panel, will ask whether women are represented on the programme. If not, they will turn the invitation down say no, thanks. In Sweden the campaign, with the hashtag #tackanej, was launched in November last year by three men, supported by the organization Equalisters. It has attracted more than 200 signatures, ranging from established media personalities to university professors and successful entrepreneurs. - It’s time for us men to stand... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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"This plaque to Emily Wilding Davison was put up in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft by Tony Benn MP. Tony Benn said in the House of Commons in 2001: 'I have put up several plaques—quite illegally, without permission; I screwed them up myself. One was in the broom cupboard to commemorate Emily Wilding Davison, and another celebrated the people who fought for democracy and those who run the House. If one walks around this place, one sees statues of people, not one of whom believed in democracy, votes for women or anything else. We have to be sure that we are a workshop and not a museum.'" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
There's a photo of the plaque and its inscription at the link. Bookmarklet wouldn't import it. - Spidra Webster
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