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Spidra Webster
BBC Sport - Kaillie Humphries & Elana Meyers Taylor to make history in Canada -
BBC Sport - Kaillie Humphries & Elana Meyers Taylor to make history in Canada
"Canadian Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries and USA's Elana Meyers Taylor will become the first women to compete in a four-man bobsleigh World Cup event in Calgary, Canada, this weekend. Women were approved to enter the competition for the first time just weeks before the start of the season. Humphries and Meyers Taylor qualified for the World Cup circuit by competing in three different second-tier events. "I'm excited about the opportunity," said Meyers Taylor, 30. The schedule means the pilots - pushed by three male athletes - will have just an hour's rest between the women's two-man event and the four-person bobsleigh competitions. "It's going to be a challenge with two races back to back - but maybe this will just show even more how resilient and tough women bobsledders are," Meyers Taylor said. She and 29-year-old Humphries made history in November by becoming the first women to win four-man international bobsleigh medals in the North America Cup. 2014-15 Bobsleigh World Cup... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
STEM Women: How Men Can Help, with Professor Jonathan Eisen | STEM Women -
STEM Women: How Men Can Help, with Professor Jonathan Eisen | STEM Women
STEM Women: How Men Can Help, with Professor Jonathan Eisen | STEM Women
"Last week, STEM Women launched our YouTube Channel. We’ll be hosting a fortnightly Hangout on Air series that is live streamed every second Sunday. Our show will cover four major themes: In the Spotlight: Highlights women’s careers in STEM; STEM Parents: Advice on how to encourage young girls interested in studying STEM subjects; Finding Solutions: Organisations & programs that actively target recruitment, retention & promotion of women; and How Men Can Help: Practical ways that men can support gender inclusion from junior to senior levels. Our first guest was Professor Jonathan Eisen who chatted about how male academics can help better recruit, retain, and include their women colleagues. Jonathan is a molecular biologist at University of California (UC) Davis. He’s also the Academic Editor-in-Chief for PLOS Biology. On his blog and social media, as well as through his professional activities, Jonathan is a passionate advocate of gender equality in STEM. Below is a summary of our... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Early Women in Science | Biodiversity Library Exhibitions -
Early Women in Science | Biodiversity Library Exhibitions
Early Women in Science | Biodiversity Library Exhibitions
"This exhibit highlights some extraordinary women in science, who began their work prior to 1922. These women were often self-taught, or achieved degrees from prestigious institutions. Not only did they excel at different types of science, but often they were talented illustrators for their scientific fields, as well, and some were even fiction novelists or engaged in other activities. In several instances, these women supported their equally, or more, famous husbands by contributing scientific research and/or illustrations--and were often not credited for their hard work and contributions. There are many examples of how forward-thinking these women often were, urging us to protect forests, pollinating insects, and other species of animals and plants, warning that deforestation, the heavy use of pesticides, and the killing of certain plants and animals would lead to dire circumstances--some of which we face today. These women are trailblazers in their own right, and many of them were... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week | ARTnews -
101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week | ARTnews
101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week | ARTnews
ast Saturday, about 600 volunteers in 31 venues around the globe engaged in a collective effort to change the world, one Wikipedia entry at a time. In the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, in nonprofits and art schools, in museums and universities, these people—mostly women—set out to write entries, uncredited and unpaid, for the fast-growing crowd-sourced online encyclopedia. Editors working around the resource table, Wikipedia Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon, at Eyebeam in New York City. They had answered a call for the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, a massive multinational effort to correct a persistent bias in Wikipedia, which is disproportionally written by and about men. The event, whose epicenter was the New York art and technology center Eyebeam, is part of a larger movement, only now reaching the art world, to upload content to Wikipedia in a proactive manner. At a time when Wikipedia is becoming increasingly influential, “it’s... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Story from Feb 2014 - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Take Action Now - Amnesty International USA -
Take Action Now - Amnesty International USA
"María Teresa is serving a 40-year prison sentence for having a miscarriage. Beatriz nearly died because the government refused to let her terminate the pregnancy that was going to kill her. Liliana, who became pregnant after being raped by gang members when she was 13 years old, was forced by her government to give birth. If you are a woman or girl in El Salvador, it doesn’t matter if you’re pregnant as a result of rape, whether you’re a child, or whether the pregnancy is a risk to your life: the government demands you give birth. El Salvador’s abortion law results from a systemic denial of the human rights of girls and women, and it is killing them. End the nightmare. Act today!" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Toys Are More Divided by Gender Now Than They Were 50 Years Ago - The Atlantic -
Toys Are More Divided by Gender Now Than They Were 50 Years Ago - The Atlantic
"When it comes to buying gifts for children, everything is color-coded: Rigid boundaries segregate brawny blue action figures from pretty pink princesses, and most assume that this is how it’s always been. But in fact, the princess role that’s ubiquitous in girls’ toys today was exceedingly rare prior to the 1990s—and the marketing of toys is more gendered now than even 50 years ago, when gender discrimination and sexism were the norm. In my research on toy advertisements, I found that even when gendered marketing was most pronounced in the 20th century, roughly half of toys were still being advertised in a gender-neutral manner. This is a stark difference from what we see today, as businesses categorize toys in a way that more narrowly forces kids into boxes. For example, a recent study by sociologists Carol Auster and Claire Mansbach found that all toys sold on the Disney Store’s website were explicitly categorized as being “for boys” or “for girls”—there was no “for boys and girls”... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"Such toys were clearly designed to prepare young girls to a life of homemaking, and domestic tasks were portrayed as innately enjoyable for women. Ads like this were still common, though less prevalent, into the 1960s—a budding housewife would have felt right at home with the toys to “delight the little homemaker” in the 1965 Sears Wishbook: An ad from the 1965 Sears Wishbook (Sears)... more... - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Sexism, shirts, Sutton and saying goodbye | Ice Doctor -
Sexism, shirts, Sutton and saying goodbye | Ice Doctor
"Sexism though is everywhere in science. It’s been a contentious issue for decades and sadly shows no signs of going away anytime soon, because we’re still a long way away from equality. The barriers are multi-faceted and complicated. Women in science face a suite of challenges to their career progression that range from the subtle and covert to the extreme and overt: such as unconscious bias, balancing parenting responsibilities, part-time status and workplace inflexibility, imposter syndrome, administrative pigeonholing, benevolent sexism (higher load of teaching and pastoral care), cognitive dissonance from women in senior positions, harassment, intimidation and bullying. Such discrimination starts even before being hired. However, as I said in my speech the solutions can be simple. That is not to say that they will not take an enormous amount of hard work and persistent head-banging to achieve. It’s quite clear too that the ethos of the last few decades of just waiting until... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
" Twitter has been a great connector in the push for less misogyny, sexism and more diversity and equality in STEM. It feels like there’s a groundswell of momentum, a true mood for change around the globe. This is encouraging. On the flip-side however, social media like Twitter has shown that the push-back can be strong and terrifying, for example, in the #shirtstorm saga. Much hatred... more... - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Sexism, shirts, Sutton and saying goodbye | Ice Doctor -
Sexism, shirts, Sutton and saying goodbye | Ice Doctor
"Last week I worked my last day as an academic at Lincoln University, the disestablishment of my position in the protracted restructuring process officially complete. It’s time for a new chapter in what has been a pretty ugly year. Now I start on an adventure into an unknown, which may or may not include academia, may or may not include science. To say the buildup to this day has been difficult is an understatement. To read more about the prelude to this post read Basking in the conference afterglow or swansong? and Impotency problems. At my farewell do, I gave a largely off the cuff speech. It went along these lines:" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"“Where-ever I work I try and instill positive change, and I aim to leave a legacy in each place that I’ve worked. Here, over the last six and a half years, I’ve worked hard on innovating and putting in place positive change in a number of areas, some of which others have referenced in their speeches today (for example, innovative teaching practice including students creating YouTube... more... - Spidra Webster
"It’s well known that women in academia and especially women in the sciences face enormous hurdles and challenges in their careers. This is not unique to Lincoln; rather, diversity and equality are a longstanding internationally observed widespread problem in the sciences. It’s been much written about, researched, and published in journal articles. It’s been yelled about and discussed... more... - Spidra Webster
"Much of this amplification effect is due to numbers. It’s my understanding that we have extremely low rates of women academics here, and the lowest percentages of women academics in our Faculty of Science in the country. When I and others leave, we’re left with approximately 12% women academics and more to go next year. In this department, just a single female academic (5%) close to retirement age remains. There are few of my female colleagues remaining." - Spidra Webster
"Perhaps, because I am standing here today and in this situation, I have failed in my mission, which is why I’m raising it. If I want a move towards equality to be my legacy, then I need your help in carrying on what I have started. Some other countries are doing so much better in their goal towards equality in the sciences. The UK and Australia* are particularly active in this regard... more... - Spidra Webster
"You may be angry with what I am saying, you may be frustrated, or you simply may not understand. Especially if it’s the latter, at some point down the track ask a colleague who you think may know more than you: “Hey, what was all that stuff about women in science about?”. That’s the starting point for change, the start of a conversation. That’s where it all begins. Ask the few... more... - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
"STEM: Women Are All Over It" - #ThatOtherShirt by Elly Zupko — Kickstarter -
"STEM: Women Are All Over It" - #ThatOtherShirt by Elly Zupko — Kickstarter
"STEM: Women Are All Over It" - #ThatOtherShirt by Elly Zupko — Kickstarter
"You might recognize this as Dr. Matt Taylor, the Project Scientist on the Rosetta mission to put the Philae lander on a comet. This is an astounding scientific achievement! But the celebration of this achievement was diminished by Dr. Taylor's unfortunate choice of wardrobe, which featured illustrations of scantily clad women holding weapons. For many, this was a tough reminder that STEM fields have historically not been welcoming environments for women who want to be judged solely on their abilities. Through my image, I wanted to make the point that you can celebrate women you admire through your apparel--but in the context of a great scientific achievement, how about celebrating women who have made great achievements of their own?  My image started out as simple commentary, but suddenly it gained international attention. It was retweeted thousands and thousands of times, and Twitter Analytics estimates it has been seen almost 300,000 times on Twitter alone.  The idea clearly struck a chord--but then people began asking for this "other" shirt to become a reality." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"People were really excited at the prospect of buying what would come to be known as #ThatOtherShirt, and it got ME excited! I started looking into what it would take to make it really happen. Who could print the shirt? Who should be on it? How would we pay for it? The more research I did, the more I was sure we could make this happen. " - Spidra Webster
"More than making it happen, I wanted to make it count. This is more than a shirt; it's a message. It's a cause. I decided very early that this would be a completely non-profit endeavor to make something positive come out of a contentious situation." - Spidra Webster
"With so many people jumping in, I wanted to get everyone involved throughout development. I created a blog to post updates and gather feedback, and through which I asked people to send me the names of notable women in STEM who should be included on the shirt. I ended up with a long list of well over 100 women. I narrowed this list down to a short list of about 50 women, based on... more... - Spidra Webster
"Ada Lovelace – Computer Science; Alice Ball – Chemistry; Annie Jump Cannon – Astronomy; Barbara McClintock – Genetics; Caroline Herschel – Astronomy; Chiaki Mukai – Aeronautics; Chien-Shiung Wu – Physics; Christiane Nusslein-Volhard – Genetics; Dorothy Hodgkin – Biochemistry; Elizebeth Friedman – Cryptography; Ellen Ochoa – Aeronautics; Émilie du Châtelet – Math, Physics; Emmy Noether... more... - Spidra Webster
I remember that tweet and thinking how cool a shirt like that would be but it also immediately occurred to me that if you were to do it right, not just do it, you'd need to clear the photos and likenesses. I doubt that's happening. - Spidra Webster
"With help from some enthusiastic volunteers, as well as a good deal of legwork on my own, I sourced Creative Commons or Public Domain images for as many women as I could find. We got in touch with organizations such as the American Institute of Physics and the Smithsonian to provide hard-to-find images. I also reached out to several women directly asking if they'd donate their... more... - Spidra Webster
"You'll see "blank faces" on these mockups, because one of the really cool rewards we're offering at the $500 donation level is that you can choose to add a notable woman in STEM who didn't make it onto the short list. The requirements for the person you choose are as follows: She must be a "notable" woman in STEM. Check out these notability guidelines as a starting point. A usable... more... - Spidra Webster
I encourage you to check out the link. This is pretty cool and I hope they pull it off. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Cracking the Code: Media Portrayals of Women in STEM | The Paley Center for Media -
Cracking the Code: Media Portrayals of Women in STEM | The Paley Center for Media
"Cracking the Code: Media Portrayals of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Monday, December 8, 2014 6:00 pm ET New York In Person Elizabeth Henstridge, "Jemma Simmons," Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Carrie Kemper, Writer, Silicon Valley Aisha Tyler, Actress, Archer, Whose Line Is It Anyway? David Bushman, Television Curator, The Paley Center for Media Moderator: Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code Watch this panel live streamed at 6:05 pm ET/3:05 pm PT. “It’s our lab, Fitz, not your lab” —Jemma Simmons, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “I work with computers!” —Chloe O’Brian, 24 What role can entertainment programming play in galvanizing girls and women to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields? Women hold under twenty-five percent of our country’s STEM jobs, and while education, recruitment, mentoring, and other support networks all have crucial roles to play in offsetting this imbalance, evidence suggests that... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Publisher changes titles after seven-year-old girl’s complaint | Books | The Guardian -
Publisher changes titles after seven-year-old girl’s complaint | Books | The Guardian
"A school girl in California has managed to convince a publisher that it isn’t only boys who are interested in insects. Parker Dains, seven, from Milpitas in California, wrote to Abdo Publishing after she discovered that the Biggest, Baddest Book of Bugs that she was reading was part of a series called the Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys. She told her local paper the Milpitas Post: “It made me very unhappy. I was like, ‘What the?’ I said, ‘Dad we have to do something quickly.’” So she wrote to Abdo, telling the publisher that “I really enjoyed the section on Glow in the Dark bugs and the quizzes at the end”, but that “when I saw the back cover title, it said ‘Biggest Baddest Books for Boys’ and it made me very unhappy. It made me very sad because there’s no such thing as a boy book. You should change from ‘Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys’ into ‘Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys and Girls’ because some girls would like to be entomologists too.” According to the local paper, the publisher... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Awesome. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Spidra Webster
Jane Colden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Jane Colden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jane Colden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Jane Colden (March 27, 1724 – March 10, 1766) was an American botanist,[2]:53-4 described as the "first botanist of her sex in her country" by Asa Gray in 1843. Although not acknowledged in botanical publications, she wrote a number of letters resulting in botanist John Ellis writing to Carl Linnaeus of her work applying the Linnaean system of plant identification to American flora, "she deserves to be celebrated".[2]:54 Contemporary scholarship maintains that she was the first female botanist working in America. She was regarded as a respected botanist by many prominent botanists such as: John Bartram, Peter Collinson, Alexander Garden, and Carolus Linnaeus. Colden is most famous for her manuscript which remains titleless, in which she describes the flora of the New York area, and draws ink drawings of 340 different species of them." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? - -
Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? -
"Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. Presented with identical summaries of the accomplishments of two imaginary applicants, professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer the man a job. If they did hire the woman, they set her salary, on average, nearly $4,000 lower than the man’s. Surprisingly, female scientists were as biased as their male counterparts." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"The new study goes a long way toward providing hard evidence of a continuing bias against women in the sciences. Only one-fifth of physics Ph.D.’s in this country are awarded to women, and only about half of those women are American; of all the physics professors in the United States, only 14 percent are women. The numbers of black and Hispanic scientists are even lower; in a typical... more... - Spidra Webster
"As one of the first two women to earn a bachelor of science degree in physics from Yale — I graduated in 1978 — this question concerns me deeply. I attended a rural public school whose few accelerated courses in physics and calculus I wasn’t allowed to take because, as my principal put it, “girls never go on in science and math.” Angry and bored, I began reading about space and time... more... - Spidra Webster
"In the end, I graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors in the major, having excelled in the department’s three-term sequence in quantum mechanics and a graduate course in gravitational physics, all while teaching myself to program Yale’s mainframe computer. But I didn’t go into physics as a career. At the end of four years, I was exhausted by all the lonely hours I spent... more... - Spidra Webster
" Mostly, though, I didn’t go on in physics because not a single professor — not even the adviser who supervised my senior thesis — encouraged me to go to graduate school. Certain this meant I wasn’t talented enough to succeed in physics, I left the rough draft of my senior thesis outside my adviser’s door and slunk away in shame. Pained by the dream I had failed to achieve, I locked my textbooks, lab reports and problem sets in my father’s army footlocker and turned my back on physics and math forever. " - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
"How adorable is this portrait of Jocelyn Bell Burnell, astrophysicist who discovered radio pulsars? Burnell's advisor, Antony Hewish, received the Nobel Prize for the discovery, even though she was the 1st to observe & analyse the pulsars." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Women in STEM campaign aims to bridge gender gap | News | Times Higher Education -
Women in STEM campaign aims to bridge gender gap | News | Times Higher Education
"The government has launched a campaign to attract more women into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Balanced scales The Your Life campaign, launched by Chancellor George Osborne at the Science Museum on May 7, aims to contribute to the government’s aspiration to double the number of female engineering and technology undergraduates by 2030. Participating organisations – which include many technology firms, as well as a handful of universities and funders, have all set out what they will do to further the campaign. For instance, the University of Sheffield has pledged to run a conference to educate teachers about engineering, review degree titles to make them more appealing to female students and address unconscious bias in the recruitment of female staff. The campaign also figures prominently in the government’s response to a report by the Commons Science and Technology Committee on women in science. That report, published in February, criticises “biases and... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Your chance to shape UK priorities on gender equality - News stories - GOV.UK -
Your chance to shape UK priorities on gender equality - News stories - GOV.UK
"New survey launched to collect views on improving the lives of women and girls in the UK. As we approach the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - a framework of commitments to advance women’s rights made in 1995 - the Government Equalities Office wants to hear from you on what progress you think is being made by business and the government to improve the lives of women and girls in the UK. In 1995, at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, 189 governments including the UK pledged their commitment to improve the lives of women and girls by signing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. In June 2014 the government published a progress report on the delivery of the declaration. Today (23 October 2014) the Government Equalities Office has launched a public survey to seek your views on: what progress has been made to improve the lives of women and girls in the UK since 2010 what future priorities for women and girls the government should... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
FIFA Denies Women’s World Cup Players an Equal Playing Field—Literally | The Nation -
FIFA Denies Women’s World Cup Players an Equal Playing Field—Literally | The Nation
"At some point in the near future, a Canadian tribunal will determine whether or not the 2015 Women's World Cup will be the setting not only of guts, goals and glory but torn ligaments, stretched hamstrings and a profound level of disrespect. A group of the top players in the world, including US stars Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, are suing soccer's international ruling body, FIFA as well as the Canadian Soccer Association, over their insistence that the Cup be played on artificial turf. German great Nadine Angerer, and Brazil's international icon Marta are also supporting the suit. This is nothing more than an issue of sexism and, in the words of US midfielder Megan Rapinhoe, a "frustrating" level of "gender discrimination." They have received support from across social media, including words of solidarity from US men's soccer goalie Tim Howard. I support protecting the players & the game. I stand with the #USWNT players in their quest for a #WWC played on grass #EqualPlayingField —... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
The Massive Feminist Protest the Western World Completely Ignored - Mic -
The Massive Feminist Protest the Western World Completely Ignored - Mic
"f the ongoing GamerGate saga and last week's disappointing reminder of Bill Cosby's rape legacy are disheartening America's feminists, they should cast across the Atlantic for a glimmer of hope. Last Wednesday, a massive feminist strike paralyzed the streets of Barcelona, with thousands of women and their allies shutting down traffic and the subways, spray-painting feminist slogans all over city walls and occupying the offices of powerful political and economic institutions. What massive feminist strike, you say? Maybe you didn't hear about the thousands of Spanish feminists taking over Barcelona because not a single major English-language news source reported on it. I'd like to draw people's attention to the feminist strike in Barcelona: via @AccioSocialCGT: #vagadetotes According to the website for Vaga De Totes, Spain has seen many labor-related general strikes in recent years, but rarely do those... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Watch This Woman Receive 100 Catcalls While Walking Around For A Day -
Watch This Woman Receive 100 Catcalls While Walking Around For A Day
"Ten hours of walking around New York City, 100 catcalls and one huge problem. Rob Bliss of Rob Bliss Creative makes viral videos for a living and decided to use his craft to shine a light on street harassment, a pervasive issue affecting females around the world. Partnering with actress Shoshana B. Roberts and Hollaback, a nonprofit movement launched by activists to end street harassment, Bliss packaged his production as a PSA and offers viewers a different perspective on the problem. "I felt like no one had ever really shown what it's like to experience street harassment, more or less," Bliss told The Huffington Post. "No one has -- from a third-party perspective, on the outside looking in -- been able to step back and look at it and watch it happen in front of them." His intent, he said, was to offer an "unbiased" look at what many women experience on a daily basis. "No messaging. No judgement. Let people view it as it is and talk about," he added. During filming, Bliss attached a... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
The guy that walks with her is sooooo creepy. I would be flipping out. - Heather
No lie, Heather. Bliss says they chose jeans and a crew neck tee so people wouldn't says she'd invited it by how she dressed but when you read the FB comments attached to the HuffPo post, several people STILL say it was how she dressed. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
"Those Terrible Weeks in their Camps": Boko Haram Violence against Women and Girls in Northeast Nigeria -
"Those Terrible Weeks in their Camps": Boko Haram Violence against Women and Girls in Northeast Nigeria
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"Boko Haram, Nigeria’s homegrown Islamist insurgency, whose name in Hausa roughly translates as “Western education is forbidden,” has abducted at least 500 women and girls from northern Nigerian since 2009 and has perpetrated numerous human rights abuses against them in captivity. The April 14, 2014 abduction of 276 girls from a secondary school in Chibok, a rural town in Borno State, focused a much-needed spotlight on this increasing scourge. “You are no longer in Nigeria. You are now in an Islamic kingdom. Here, women’s rights are respected, not like in Nigeria ... where you have all types of discrimination. This is the reason why we are rescuing Christian women like you.” A Boko Haram commander’s words to a 19-year-old mother who was held in Sambisa forest, northern Nigeria, for four days in April 2014. While much has been written about Boko Haram and the horrific threat it poses, very little is known about the abuses endured by women and girls in captivity. Such victims are... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Sweden reveals new 'feminist' cabinet - The Local -
Sweden reveals new 'feminist' cabinet - The Local
"UPDATED: Incoming Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has announced his top team. Half of them are women. The Local blogged live to bring you the latest details and analysis on the key appointments." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Haredim refuse to sit next to women on El Al flight, causing '11-hour nightmare' - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews -
Haredim refuse to sit next to women on El Al flight, causing '11-hour nightmare' - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews
"Passengers aboard an El Al flight from New York's JKF airport to Israel claim that hundreds of ultra-Orthodox passengers demanded that they trade places with them before takeoff, saying they cannot sit next to women. Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter "It was an 11-hour long nightmare," one of the passengers summed up her experience. Haredi crowd aisle after refusing to sit next to women on flight (Photo: Amit Ben Natan) On Wednesday morning, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Israeli and Jewish passengers landed in Israel, including scores of ultra-Orthodox Jews who decided to celebrate the Jewish New Year in the Holy Land. However, things didn't go so smoothly on one El Al flight carrying a large group of haredim, as well as secular Jews, that departed from New York's JFK and landed in Israel at 5 am Wednesday. According to the passengers who were on the plane, their fellow ultra-Orthodox travelers refused to sit next to women prior to the takeoff, which not only delayed... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Funnest flight ever! - Stephen Mack
Spidra Webster
Cop's Tip For Not Getting Raped By A Cop: 'Don't Get Pulled Over' -
Cop's Tip For Not Getting Raped By A Cop: 'Don't Get Pulled Over'
"In response to the arrests of three law enforcement officials in Oklahoma for sexually assaulting women while on the job, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper told women they can avoid getting raped by a cop if they simply follow traffic laws. Raw Story first pointed out on Tuesday that Capt. George Brown, a state trooper, shared a few tips for women in an interview with local NBC News affiliate KJRH. Brown told the KJRH anchor that women can keep their car doors locked and speak through a cracked window if a trooper approaches them. If the trooper asks a woman to get out of the car, Brown said, she can ask "in a polite way" why he wants her to do that.But the "best tip that he can give," the anchor said on air of his interview with Brown, "is to follow the law in the first place so you don’t get pulled over." In the past month, a Tulsa County Deputy, an OHP trooper and an Oklahoma City police officer have all been charged with repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting women while on... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Um. 1st. WFT! - Me
2nd.. Seriously? - Me
3rd... Jesus WTF have we become as a country???!!!! - Me
Even if he just phrased it badly, it's terrible to say that bad things are necessarily in store for you if you get pulled over by a cop. - Spidra Webster
#agreed2watSpidraSaid (should be a new Hashtag) - Me
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
Spidra Webster
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
Spidra Webster
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
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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
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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
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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
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