Consider, for instance, Trixie Perry and a woman who called herself ‘Texas Bill.’ Twenty-eight-year-old Trixie Perry was a realer in the Glanzstoff [rayon] plant. She had apparently become pregnant ten years before, had married briefly and then divorced… She never remarried but went on to have several more children by other men. Texas Bill’s background is more elusive. All we know is that she came from out of state, lived in a boardinghouse, and claimed to have been married twice before she arrived in town. These two friends were ringleaders on the picket line [at the American Glanzstoff plant protests]…
The main charge was that Perry and her friend had drawn a line across the road… and dared the soldiers to cross it. Above all they were accused of taunting the national guard. The defense attorney, a fiery local lawyer playing to a sympathetic crowd, did not deny the charges. Instead, he used the women to mock the government’s case… Had [Perry] blocked the road? ‘A little thing like me block a big road?…’
Texas Bill was an even bigger hit with the crowd. The defense attorney called her ‘The Wild Man from Borneo…’ A guard said she was ‘the wildest human being I’ve ever seen…’ Her nickname came from her habit of wearing cowboy clothes.
Trixie Perry and Texas Bill certainly donned the role of ‘disorderly women.’ Since, presumably, only extraordinary circumstances call forth feminine aggression, women’s assaults against persons and property constitute a powerful witness against injustice…
…In the heat of the trial, the question of whether or not women- as workers- had violated the injunction took second place to questions about their status as women… Had they cursed? Had they been on the road at odd hours of the day or night?…
There is nothing extraordinary about this association between sexual misbehavior and women’s labor militancy. Since strikers are often young single women who violate gender conventions by invading public spaces customarily reserved for men… and since female aggressiveness stirs up fears of women’s sexual power, opponents have often undercut union organizing drives by insinuations of prostitution or promiscuity…
Implicit to the conflict were two different sexual systems. One, subscribed to by… the local middle class, mandated chastity before marriage, men as breadwinners, and women as housewives in the home. The other, rooted in the rural past and adapted to working-class life… allowed legitimacy to be largely constructed. It circumscribed women’s roles without investing in abstract standards of femininity.
I am so deeply obsessed with this song.
It’s just a story
Though is it a story though?
I can’t tell if it happen ‘cause it felt impossible
Great women of science
Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) - British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie (1867-1934) - Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist, famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity.
Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) - Chinese American physicist with expertise in the techniques of experimental physics and radioactivity.
Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749) - French mathematician, physicist, and author during the Age of Enlightenment.
Mae Jemison (1956) - American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.
Vera Rubin (1928) - American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. She is famous for uncovering the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion, by studying galactic rotation curves.
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) - English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine. Because of this, she is often described as the world’s first computer programmer.
Dr. Krantz and Clyde mounted at the Smithsonian. Still my favourite thing ever.
Before Krantz died, he said to Smithsonian anthropologist David Hunt, “I’ve been a teacher all my life and I think I might as well be a teacher after I’m dead, so why don’t I just give you my body.” When Hunt agreed, Krantz added, “But there’s one catch: You have to keep my dogs with me.”
This is the happiest skeleton I’ve ever seen
The Hortus Deliciarum is a pictorial encyclopedia, possibly the first of that type book compiled by a lady. For more about the Abbess Herrad of Landsberg, click through the picture!
Alice in Wonderland from 1915 will hold you in a silent trance
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