To all the women who quietly made history.
Finally, and this is important: even those women who weren’t inventors and intellectuals, even those women who really did spend all their lives doing stereotypical “women’s work”—they also built this world. The mundane labor of life is what makes everything else possible. Before you can have scientists and engineers and artists, you have to have a whole bunch of people (and it’s usually women) to hold down the basics: to grow and harvest and cook the food, to provide clothes and shelter, to fetch the firewood and the water, to nurture and nurse, to tend and teach. Every single scrap of civilized inventing and dreaming and thinking rides on top of that foundation. Never forget that. (x)
Joel Mathis of the Philly Post:
This has to stop. Women journalists shouldn’t have to be afraid to do their jobs because they’re women.
My reaction when feminists say they deserve equal rights.
You physically assault women who want equal rights?
Nice to know you’re a felon and a sexist.
I am tired of being called a shrieking harridan for pointing out inequalities so tangible and blatant that they are regularly codified into law. I am tired of being told to provide documentation of inequality in the comments sections of a website where a staff of smart women documents inequality as fast as our fingers can move. Like, you might as well write me a note on a banana peel demanding that I prove to you that bananas exist. I am tired of being asked to “cite sources” proving that sexism is real (that RAPE is real, even!), because there is no way to concisely cite decades and decades of rigorous academia. Allow me to point at the fucking library. We can’t cite “everything,” and our challengers know that. It’s an insulting diversionary tactic, it’s an attempt to drag us all backwards, and fuck it. Do your own research like the rest of the grown-ups.
What are you supposed to do when someone asks you to “prove” that feminism isn’t a massive conspiracy theory in a country where we’ve only had 39 female senators in the nation’s entire history, and 20 of them are serving right now? What kind of a stupid fucking question is that? What are you supposed to say when the 8,000th faux-incredulous jackass throws you the same argument about the wage gap or the draft or bumbling dads in Tide commercials—as though holding each of their hands individually through the empirical facts of the world around us is a worthwhile use of my time. As though feminist academics haven’t filled books (decades of books) with answers to that shit already. As though they believe that if they can keep you occupied refuting their flimsy trump cards over and over forever, they can stave off any changes to the culture that keeps them on top.
Adventures at Target #2
More wonderful discoveries at Target: Lady Pirate!Nutcracker, Lady Field Hockey Badass!Nutcracker, Liberace!Nutcracker
Oh, please continue dictating how women should present themselves and take away the control they have over their own appearance. Please continue pressurising women to fit into one category when they should be able to do whatever the heck they want to do.
GIRLS HAVE HAIR!?!??!?!?
I might or might not participate, depending on the degree of my laziness, but all this people are welcome to lick mah leg hair.
Oh my I guess I’d better go shave right now!!! Whatever will I do without dick for a whole month! I need it to live!
Time to whip out the razor. How will I survive without all the glorious dick thrown at my perfectly clean-shaven body?
Women constitute more than half of the population. In 2008, 60% of voters were women. It is estimated that 10 million more women than men will vote in this election. Despite this, women make up only 16% of Congress. Women earn only 70 cents to each dollar men make. Women of color and undocumented women make less than white citizens. Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are determined to overturn Roe V. Wade. Romney has not supported equal pay for women (The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act). Romney has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood. Romney has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Romney doesn’t want health care to cover birth control. Romney says same sex marriage should be banned with a Constitutional Amendment.
Women, let’s rise up. Our vote alone can win this election. A vote for Obama is a vote for your health and your right to choose. It is a vote for equal pay and equal rights. A vote for Obama is a vote for our families. It is a vote to marry who you choose. It’s a vote to start a family when you choose. A vote for Obama says that we won’t stand for violence against women and that rape is rape. Our vote ensures that our daughters will grow up with the same rights that we’ve had. A vote for Obama sends a message: This war on women must end. We will not go backwards.
Ladies, we need to make sure that our voice is heard. This is amazing and wonderful and you should watch it and pass it on.
Last year, I realized I had twelve or so people working for me in either permanent or contract roles and only two of them were men. One of which was the admin. Were I a male founder with nearly all male employees, someone might have cried foul, but the truth was that my staffing selections were not on purpose. I didn’t set out to find women to work for me and I didn’t seek out a female attorney or CFO consultant, but that’s just how things ended up. Why? Because while I have a strong network of both men and women, I just happen to have more women friends. And they happen to have more women friends. So when I ask around for recommendations, I end up largely with a pool of women candidates.
My very awesome, accomplished and inspiring friend Vanessa Fox of Nine by Blue.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week. i’ve had a lot of book things to deal with and it’s been incredibly stressful and overwhelming. and all the people that have gotten me through it are ladies. i have collected super awesome lady friends who have done so much and have all kinds of brilliant advice, AND they share it with me. they share it without making me feel like an idiot — which is a big thing, as i do some stupid-ass things.
i am so grateful and lucky because whenever i have a question or need support, it takes me only seconds to figure out who has gone through it or would have a perspective that i need. (even more so because they’ll respond to my queries at 11pm on a tuesday with brilliant emails and a reminder that i’m not alone.) and there’s something about the fact that it’s all ladies that reinforces what Vanessa said — that i have developed this wonderful network of accomplished ladies who support me and i do my best to support them and their creative endeavors as strongly as i can.
i think that’s why i reach out to ladies that create things that interest me, excited me. part of it is because we just don’t take the time to give compliments to others in general. the other is because when someone excites me, i want to support them and shine a big spotlight on them because they deserve it. (whether or not i have that pull is another question all together.)
i’ve always said that i wish i had a mentor, and it’s just now that i’m realizing that i have so many. i’ve just been blind to it this whole time.
i’ve said this here before and i do mean it. if there’s anything i can help support or advise you on, please let me know.