30 days of women in history

Let’s take a minute to talk about

Septima Poinsette Clark (May 3, 1898—December 15, 1987)

Originally posted by roricomics

Septima Poinsette Clark was a civil rights and education activist. Originally barred from teaching in Charleston, SC schools because she was Black, Clark petitioned for that right in 1920. She won. And she did it while teaching children during the day and adults at night in a nearby town. MLK Jr. refers to her as “The Mother of the Movement”. 

Mae C. Jemison (October 17, 1956)

Originally posted by francavillarts

Mae C. Jemison was not only the first Black woman in space, she was the first Black female astronaut for NASA ever. She launched in the Endeavor in 1992, just 25 years ago. 

Maria Weems (1840—?)

Originally posted by smithsonianlibraries

Above is Anna Maria Weems, a woman who escaped slavery by posing as a male. With a $500 reward for her capture, Weems spent over two months on the road until she found freedom in Canada. This art comes courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries’ (@smithsonianlibraries) yearly celebration of BHM, which includes stories, art, personal histories, and lots more from their massive collection.

Follow these too:

  • Black Women Art (@fyblackwomenart​) has been around since 2012 (!), giving anyone who follows them a regular dose of art featuring Black women.
  • Badass Black Women History Month (@bbwhm​) is a brand new Tumblr celebrating badass Black women every day for Black History Month. Hell yeah.

There are more in the search results, of course. More Black women in STEM, in music, in sports, standing up for their rights, and have you read up on the Motorcycle Queen of Miami? One thing to note: some of these posts aren’t just highlighting women from 10, 20, 30, 100 years ago. They’re also highlighting Black women today, because Black women are still making history. 

Things to never say to a Hirsute girl:

Or in general, to anyone who is suffering from excess hair, whether that be trans/PCOS/or any other type of medical condition. (I understand some are more directed towards females.)

1. “Is that hair on your _________ ?”
2. “What is that rash on your _____/______ ?”
3. “Do you not get scared when it comes to being intimate with your partner?”
4. “Does your partner mind that you’re hairy?”
5. “You’re so brave, I would of killed myself if this was happening to me.”
6. “Even though you’re hairy, you still look like a girl.”
7. “You may think being hairy is the end of the world, but someone out there is worse off than you.”
8. “My Mother’s friend’s daughter has hirsutism and her’s is worse than yours.”
9. “Have you thought of lazer hair removal/ electrolysis/ shaving with a razor/ waxing/ threading/ plucking/ bleaching?
10. “So, can you get pregnant?”
11. “If you had a baby, would you be scared that it would also have abnormal hair growth, you should know better than anyone that it would be cruel to have a baby under those circumstances!”
12. “Why is your makeup so heavy - you would look so much better if it was natural!!”
13. “My friend takes _____ to control her hirsutism, why don’t you try that?”
14. “Ha ha ha, you could always join the circus as a bearded lady!!!”
15. “It’s just a little hair, it could be SO much worse, you are overreacting!”
16. “You wear such baggy clothes that cover up everything, it’s so depressing, stop being lazy, shave your body and wear something more revealing!
17. “Does your partner see you when you’re hairy?”
18. “Does it not scare you to wake up next to your partner every morning with a full face of stubble!?!?!?”
19. “Asking for laser hair removal on the NHS/Insurance would be selfish, it’s a cosmetic thing, not for actually bettering your life!”
20. “You’re such a spoil sport, you’re hairy, so what, stop making everything about you!”
21. “You know I can still see your hair through your makeup?”
22. “Maybe if you lost some weight like the doctors say, the hair would stop.”
23. “You always have to make everything about you, no one cares that you’re hairy, you’re being OTT.”
24. “Have you thought about buying a NoNo? I hear great things about them!”
25. “Maybe if you stopped buying yourself things, you could afford laser hair removal. 
26. “Ugh, I just felt your stubble brush up against my face!!!”
27. “You know, in old middle eastern history, hairy women were a sign of femininity and extreme beauty.”
28. “You should be greatful the hair is only on _____ and ______ it could be so much worse.”
29. “Did you see that bearded woman on the news the other day? That will be you in 5 years!!! Ha ha ha.”
30. “Aw no, don’t be upset, you know I’m only joking, my hairy friend!!”
31. “Your hair is getting kinda long…. Do you not thing it’s time to shave/wax/whatever it yet?”
32. “I can shave your hair for you if you want…”
33. “You would look so much better and prettier if you weren’t hairy.”
34. “Have you tried drinking _____ and eating ______ …. I read on Google it can stop excess hair growth!”
35. “It annoys me that you waste GP time going to see your doc about your hair, It is only hair.”
36. “You’re hairy because you have more male hormones, than female ones? Does that mean you are going to grow a penis lol?”
37. “Happy Birthday!!!! We bought you a gift voucher to the local spa for a full body wax! Hope you like it.”
38. “A lot of girls have this issue, you’re not the only one, relax.”
39. “I read that hirsutism means that you aren’t as developed as other humans, and are more like monkeys, is that right?”
40. “You’re a great friend, I love you and everything, but I find your hair so gross, I wish you would just control it better and take some pride in yourself!”

After having severe hirsutism for the best part of 10 years, these are just a handful of the extremely hurtful things that have been said/happened to me. Some of them were clearly meant in good taste, but a safe thing is that, unless the hirsute person brings up their hair, don’t bring it up yourself. 

- A Hirsutim sufferer

Marketing: #fillthebowl! #martawatch! 🐐🐐🐐🐐 make history for women’s soccer!!!!!!! This is so important!!!!!!

Reality: it’s 90 degrees outdoors in April at the same time kids are playing youth soccer, Marta won’t put in 30 minutes after one day of jet-lagged training, Orlando is still the team that placed 9th of 10 last season, and Washington won’t draw away fans

gion-lady’s .:Geiko and Maiko Video Documentary Masterpost!:.

Here are some great informational videos and mini-docs on Kyoto Maiko and Geiko! Enjoy!

  1. Seasoning the Seasons: The Enigmatic Entertainers of Gion (28 min)
  2. BBC Geisha Girl (Geiko Kikuyu’s Story)
  3. NHK Japanology+Plus: Geiko and Maiko
  4. Hello-Nippon: Maiko + Asobi games
  5. A Day in the Life of a Geisha ft. Geiko Miehina!
  6. Kyoto, Miyagawa-Cho Mini-Doc ft. Maiko Fukunae!
  7. Full 30 min. footage of a Maiko painting her face
  8. 2011 Gion Odori: Maple Dance footage
  9. Japanology+Plus: Through the Eyes of a Geisha (Tokyo Geisha)
  10. 2015 143rd Miyako Odori footage
  11. Real Geisha, Real Women Documentary ft. Geiko Miehina (53 min)
  12. Beautiful 1935 Footage of Geiko dressing and make-up!
  13. Geisha vs. Oiran: What’s the Difference?
  14. Maiko of Kamichishiken ft. Katsue and Katsuya
  15. Core Kyoto: History of Geisha mini-doc (28 min)
  16. Geisha Entertainment at the Hatanaka Restaurant in Kyoto (24 min)
  17. The Arts of Kyoto (more about traditional experiences in Kyoto)
  18. 2014 Maiko Korin and Geiko Miehina perform Hagikikyou
  19. Geisha, Flowers of Kyoto (beautiful footage of Maiko and Geiko throughout Kyoto!)
  20. Differences Between Geiko and Maiko ft. Geiko Miehina!
  21. Konpira, Fune Fune! Geisha Asobi Games ft. Geiko Miehina!
  22. Beautiful Kyoto: Being a Maiko ft. Maiko Fukunae!
  23. Gion Matsuri in HD
  24. Experience Japan with Yuka: How to Meet a Geiko!

Please take most of these videos with a grain of salt; many of them are translated from Japanese to English, and some of them no doubt mistranslate what the Geiko say. Use these videos as a springboard for learning more! There’s a lot of ins and outs in this subject, and it’s tricky to find authentic and accurate information about Geisha. Always think critically and have fun!

Follow @gion-lady for more Geiko and Maiko!

its just so sad & frustrating to kno theres kids who are just getting into star wars for the first time there’s girls idolizing rey like they’ve never idolized anyone else before & they go online and see this fucking sea of ppl who want a relationship between her the man who tortured her, usually sexualizing that torture

theres so many abusive & unequal aspects to reyIo that are widely made out to be hot or cute or sweet or the fuck ever. so very many. very widely. by ppl in their 20s, 30s, fucking adults who should fucking know better

i dont want those kids seeing this. i dont want girls who want to be just like rey seeing all these adults saying this stuff is sexy. esp if youre young its so easy to get persuaded if theres so many adults constantly saying this shit

fandom has such a history of being so, so shitty to women & i thought maybe we were starting to move beyond that but appalling reylo stuff is everywhere. and im just. rlly tired

Eloísa Díaz (1866-1950) was the first woman to attend medical school and become a doctor of medicine not only in her native country of Chile, but across the entire continent of South America. She graduated in 1886 and obtained her degree an year later, very shortly after women were first allowed to attend university in the country.

She worked not only as a physician, but also as a teacher in the capital, Santiago. In 1898 she became the School Medic Supervisor of Chile and held this position for 30 years. She founded several kindergartens and clinics for the poor, and also implemented campaigns to offer school breakfasts, mass vaccination of students, and to combat diseases such as rickets and tuberculosis at a national level.

Soviet sniper Roza Shanina (right) with her spotter.

3rd Belorussian Front, just inside East Prussia, January 1945.

She’s holding an 1891/30 Mosin–Nagant with the 3.5x scope.  Roza was killed in action 8 days after this photo was taken.


Women’s History Month might be drawing to a close, but women’s history itself is being written as we speak.

To link the last 30 days to the next 30 years, we’ve put together a series on some of the women who are making history today over on our @postitforward​ Tumblr. Six ceiling-shattering women from six different fields, six up-close-and-personal interviews, six motion-portrait GIFs from six of our finest female Creatrs.

From left to right, top to bottom: Geena Rocero, Founder of Gender Proud and host of ASPIREist on USA; Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California; Laura Weidman Powers, Co-founder and CEO of CODE2040; Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood; Rebecca Cokley, Executive Director of the National Council on Disability; Ellen Ochoa, Director of the Johnson Space Center.

This is ArtHerstory, Tumblr.

May Edward Chinn (1896-1980) was a physician who set a number of firsts in the medical domain, such as the first African-American woman to graduate from Bellevue Hospital Medical College, and the first to intern at Harlem Hospital. Coming from a poor family of freed and escaped slaves, she persevered in her career and passion despite the adversity.

Although her first love was music, she was mocked by her teachers on account of her race, so she changed her major to science. After her graduation, she was considered for a research fellowship by the Rockefeller Institute until they learned that she was black, at which point they retracted the offer. Harlem Hospital was the only one that accepted her until eventually she was recruited by the Strang Clinic, where she researched cancer for almost 30 years. Her private practice also offered medical attention to those who could not otherwise afford it.

November 10, 2012

R.A. Dickey receives the 21st annual Rotary Club of Denver’s Branch Rickey Award, an honor given to just one of the 30 nominees selected from each major league team for their humanitarian service off the field. Prior to the start of the season, the Mets’ 38-year-old knuckleballer climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, helping to raise more than $100,000 to help the Bombay Teen organization rescue young women from forced prostitution in India.

Louisa May Alcott died this day in 1888. More than 145 years after the publication of Little Women, Alcott’s eight novels for what is now called the “young adult” audience have never gone out of print. Alcott was the intellectual protégé of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. In the 1940s it was revealed that Alcott also wrote 30 pulp fiction thrillers (featuring murderers, revolutionaries, cross-dressers and opium addicts) under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard!

30 Days of Women in History II (no-Europeans)

Day 29. A female patron of the arts Empress Myeongseong of Korea (also known as Queen Min)

Empress Myeongseong had strong political influence at her husband’s court and worked against the Japanese gaining power in Korea.

Queen Min was also a patron of the arts and education. She advocated the introduction of new medical procedures and set up schools. Though she allowed Christian influences, she remained a Buddhist throughout her life.

In 1895, she was assassinated by Japanese agents, which caused outrage in Korea.



#100days100women Recap: Days 21-30

Stagecoach Mary
Benizir Bhutto
Sybil Ludington
Tammy Duckworth
Wilma Mankiller
Ida B. Wells
Olympe de Gouges
Dolores Huerta
Alice Guy-Blaché

Texas Will Officially Cut Funding of Planned Parenthood in 30 Days
This is devastating.
By Brittney McNamara

“Texas has a history of preventing women from accessing abortion, so its assault on clinics that provide the legally protected service is no surprise.”

Politicians want to hurt Planned Parenthood health centers, but they’re hurting low-income people who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for critical access to care.

Watch on ndnknowledgeispower.tumblr.com


Mankiller sounds like the kind of movie title you’d expect from the The Walking Dead’s executive producer—a filmmaker who, long before her post-apocalyptic smash hit, was already known as the “First Lady of Sci-Fi” for her writing and producing credits on Terminator and Aliens. But the arresting title of Gale Anne Hurd’s new documentary-in-progress is not a symbol of dystopia or even violence. Mankiller is the last name of a remarkable person—Wilma Mankiller, the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. But though Mankiller made tremendous social and economic strides for her people and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, today, only five years after her death, she risks being lost to history. Most people have never heard of her or know little about her accomplishments.

Hurd now hopes to cement Mankiller’s place as a 20th-century American heroine, though she’s taking an unlikely approach, especially for someone who has a record-breaking television show to her credit: she’s launched a Kickstarter. “Documentarians need to be able to tell the truth, without bias or pressure from corporate sponsors who might have a particular agenda,” says Hurd. “Kickstarter supporters want the real story to be told, not one that is manufactured.”

In addition to ensuring that the project maintains narrative autonomy, the Kickstarter campaign is also a way of publicizing the film before it’s even finished. Selling a documentary is always a struggle, even for the producer of The Walking Dead. “The documentary as a medium is one that very often misses out on mainstream attention,” says Hurd. “Even the documentary films nominated for Academy Awards are unknown to many people, so building up a community that cares about real stores, not just scripted ones, is so very important.”

The documentary has already received half of its funding from Vision Maker Media for PBS, but it does not have a distributor. Understandably, then, Hurd is drawing on The Walking Dead’s success to help fuel interest in the project. A number of Walking Dead actors appear in the doc’s promo video, including Scott Wilson (Hershel Greene), who has Native American heritage. Backers will receive a plethora of Walking Dead memorabilia from comic books to season box sets, signed by the show’s creators.

Hurd has long been interested in telling Native American stories. With director Valerie Red-Horse, she co-produced True Whispers and Choctaw Code Talkers, two films about Native Americans who were conscripted to help the U.S. military create coded messages during both world wars. “Native Americans, sadly, are perhaps the most overlooked and marginalized minority in America, and yet they were indeed the original Americans,” says Hurd. In the U.S., we tend to view the country’s indigenous peoples with fascination and discomfort. We glorify them in films like Dances With Wolves and Windtalkers. But as Hurd points out, “how many of those films have been about Native American women—and not just Native American women who helped white settlers or explorers to survive? Far too few.”

The Mankiller campaign runs for 30 days, starting March 9. The documentary will be co-produced by Gale Anne Hurd via Valhalla Entertainment, and Valerie Red-Horse, a director of Cherokee ancestry and founder of Red-Horse Native Productions, Inc.


30 Days of Women in History II (no-Europeans)

Day 30.  A historical woman you want to know more about Queen Suriyothai (Thailand)

A heroine of Thailand, Queen Suriyothai and her daughter fought by the side of her husband, when the Burmese invaded their country. She fought bravely on her elephant. When the enemy attacked her husband, she protected him by guiding her elephant between him and the enemy. Both the Queen and her daughter were killed. The Thai then prevailed and her family took their bodies back home.

Her husband raised a memorial in her name. There is also a memorial park to her in Thailand, with a statue of her on an elephant.


30 days of women in history (no Europeans) finished!

Now that was fun.

More fun even than the first time, when there were no restrictions. Last time, 23 of my ‘days’ were still about Europe.

This challenge forced me to dig deeper into the history of several countries. I found all kinds of interesting information and tidbits, not just about women in history, but society and the importance of history on culture now.

Of the two challenges combined, the posts were focused on the following countries:

9 times: UK

7 times: China

5 times: Egypt and Italy

4 times: France

3 times: India

2 times: Vietnam, Turkey, Korea, South Africa and Iraq (Once Babylon and once Akkadian empire)

1 time: Sudan, Japan, Germany, Ethiopia, Holland, Massagatae people, Russia, Ghana, Angola, Ethiopia, United States, Romania, Mongolia, Thailand.

Interesting enough, the ones in the second challenge generally got a lot more notes. Partly because I have more followers than before, but perhaps also because there is more interest in women we never hear about in the west than in another post about, let’s say, Anne Boleyn.

So what to do now?

Give myself a new challenge of course :P

For the next challenge I will choose a woman from each country in the world. Yes, that’s right. And with my speed, that might take a while. Am looking forward to it though, as it will also take me to South America and the Pacific. As well as teaching me about countries I know nothing about.

Here you can find all entries of the last two challenges:


“Shirin Neshat: Facing History” opens Monday, May 18.
Meet the Artist talk at 6:30 pm on opening day!

Pictured: “Untitled (Women of Allah),” 1996. © Shirin Neshat. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels