An Open Letter from and to Female Scientists
In the aftermath of the election results, a group of women in the sciences has banded together to speak out against anti-intellectualism, inequality, sexism and discrimination
By Kelly Ramirez

My name is now on this list!

As a woman in science, I have pledged to continue teaching.  I am quite good at it, having received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the many students I have lectured in biological and forensic anthropology.  Currently teaching at a university in Texas, it is my sincere hope that my explanations of human evolution, the realities of race (biological myth/cultural fact), and the importance of human rights will reach people well beyond my classrooms.

I also pledge that, as a white teacher, I will always, always be cognizant of my students’ names.  There’s always a few names I mispronounce, and I apologize profusely and get it right the second time.  My last name is ALWAYS mispronounced, but I am white (though I think it sounds Hispanic to some), so maybe that is why I never feel self-conscious about correcting people.  If you’re able, I encourage everyone to always make sure your name is pronounced correctly.  This also goes for people who go by different names, for whatever reason - gender transition, marriage - even in a large classroom, you and your identity matter.  Any teacher worth their salt will think so too.

Viv wants to try kissing girls in Champions #3.

I feel this is a strong improvement over previous two issues. Interactions feel more natural, Waid seems to be getting a hold on everyone’s characters and humor actually made me laugh. Especially the scene where Amadeus and Kamala argue over leadership and ten suddenly Sam decides to be a troll.

Most of the issue, however, is serious. It touches on a serious topic of violence, oppression and denial of education of women and girls by religious extremists (the name is not mentioned, but something tells me they’re supposed to be daesh), even if it uses a made-up country for it. However, as opposed to that fucking sex-trafficking Joker (for the eternal shame, Marvel) this time it does it with respect. While our heroes came to help and get to fight the fanatics, the book makes several things clear. One, this is not one of those “Muslims are evil” stories – it’s underlined several times that people doing this are fanatics and women standing up to them are of Muslim faith and consider their oppressors heretics. Two, these women are shown as real heroes here, with Champions merely providing support and some punching. Three, it’s not one of the cases of “western heroes solve a problem of a Middle East country” in that it’s clear this particular fight is far from over, something everyone acknowledges. Champions helped just in a single battle and citizens of this fictional country will have to keep opposing the fundamentalists. Of course, that last point also raises a question how do they plan to deal with fundamentalists when they return and superheroes aren’t around. However, this issue is still an overall improvement for this series. Hope it’s a sing of rising levels, not just a one-time thing.


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There was a lot of talk today about the media’s failed coverage [read: non-coverage] of the 234 Nigerian girls, thus came the #234WhiteGirls hashtag.

No, none of us wants any white girls to go missing. We just want these Nigerian girls to get the same amount of coverage that white girls get (or would get), because EVERY girl matters.



I’m so tired of stereotypes that come along every Black women. And the fact that they were created by the white media really pisses me off! I am very proud of all Black girls and I admire all their accomplishments despite the hate of the modern society. 

#BlackGirlMagic is not just a hashtag, it strengthens our self-respect and emphasizes our importance!



You can read all about it HERE, and it’s as awesome as it looks and sounds.

From the article:

Made With Code is a new Google initiative to motivate future female programmers. Only 18% of computer science degrees are earned by women, and Google is spending $50 million over the next three years to change those numbers.

More than 150 high school girls turned out for the event, including local chapters of the Girl Scouts of the USA, Black Girls Code and Girls Who Code. Kaling, a writer and actress, emceed the premiere, which brought in Google X Vice President Megan Smith, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, iLuminate creator Miral Kotb, Pixar Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg and UNICEF Innovation cofounder Erica Kochi.

Source: Mashable


Women in STEM of WWII - The real “Rosie Riveters”

In most countries women were not permitted to fight on the front lines of the war. Instead, they supported the war effort by learning, training and taking up jobs usually held by men.

These women did a lot more than rivet, they designed, built and tested thousands of aircraft in factories across Canada and the US.  Prior to the war, women would have been mostly banned from taking up such jobs.


Sources: Library of Congress
Female Chief Terminates 850 Child Marriages in Malawi and Sends Girls Back to School | Viral Women
A Malawian female chief has established a new law to prevent child marriage in Malawi and has terminated approximately 850 child marriages across the country to date.
By WRN Editor

According to a 2012 United Nations survey, more than half of Malawi’s girls are married before the age of 18. In addition, the country is ranked 8th out of 20 countries believed to have the highest child marriage rates in the world. Chief Kachindamoto is changing this one step at a time and has begun by annulling more than 850 child marriages, sending hundreds of young women back to school to continue their education, and by making astonishing strides to abolish cleansing rituals that require young girls to go to sexual initiation camps.

This is amazing. She’s like a real-life superhero.