Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African-American to win the Pulitzer prize for poetry following the release of her second book. She went on to publish over twenty texts and became well known in her home state of Illinois, and across the country for her outstanding contribution to American literature.
Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray, believed to be by Johann Zoffany.
Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (1761-1804) was the mixed-race daughter of a British aristocrat. While she was, under colonial law, born into slavery, she was given a unique position. She was educated and given lavish bedroom furnishings. Her work included multiple responsibilities, the most important being that of her uncle’s correspondence, and companion to her cousin. After her fathers death, she became an heiress as she was included into his will. While many of these facts are considered common decency today, Lindsay’s life was rather shocking to many during her time.
Faith Ringgold was born in New York City in 1930. While working as an art teacher in public schools, she began a series of paintings called American People, which portrayed the civil rights movement from a female perspective. In the 1970s, she created African-style masks, painted political posters and actively sought the racial integration of the New York art world. During the 1980s, she began a series of quilts that are among her best-known works, and she later embarked on a successful career as a children’s book author and illustrator.
In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating famous LGBTQ women in history and pop culture! From the ancient poet Sappho, to the genderfluid actress Ruby Rose, to the suffragist leader Jane Addams, these women have helped to shape history: http://logo.to/2m3jAer
Hypatia was a real person (here portrayed in a painting by Charles William Mitchell in 1885). She was a world-famous mathematician and teacher of astronomy and the last librarian of the Library of Alexandria. So why did the painter depict her naked? Because she was stripped by a mob before they murdered her during violent Christian-Jewish clashes in Alexandria in 415 CE
Sin Saimdang is a rarity in Korean history. Although she lived in the 16th century, she was an artist and a poet. Above is one of her famous paintings. Sin Saimdang, who was also the mother of a famous Confucian scholar, is honored in Korea with her image on the 50000 Won note.
Supercomputing reveals centuries of stories, experiences of Black women
Women’s History Month is perfect timing for this story—a story about a quest to reveal the lives and experiences of Black women in the U.S. during the last three centuries. Hear from the group of researchers collaborating and using NSF-funded XSEDE supercomputing to fulfill this quest. Their discussion is on Advancing Discovery, a featured podcast at Science360 Radio: Science360.gov/radio
Above: Ruby Mendenhall, an associate professor of sociology, African American studies and urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is leading a collaboration of social scientists, humanities scholars and digital researchers that hopes to harness the power of high-performance computing to find and understand the historical experiences of black women by searching two massive databases of written works from the 18th through 20th centuries. The team also is developing a common toolbox that can help other digital humanities projects.
Credit: Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Above: Nicole Brown is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and part of Ruby Mendenhall’s group. She is interpreting the computational results in light of black feminist theory. Credit: Nicole Brown
Above: Harriet Tubman is famous as an abolitionist, Underground Railroad leader and women’s suffrage pioneer. Credit: H. B. Lindsley – National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Public Domain (PD-1875)
Above: Sculptor Edmondia Lewis (1844-1907) was the first woman of African- and Native-American descent to achieve notoriety in the fine arts world. She spent most of her career in Rome. Credit: Henry Rocher – National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Public Domain
[Ethel Smyth, a dapper and butch-presenting woman, as a younger and an older woman.
Annie Kenney, shown as a young woman.
Edith Craig, posed with a thoughtful hand to her jaw and looking rather like a Byronic hero.
(From left) Edith Craig with her partners Clare “Tony” Atwood and Christabel Marshall St. John.
Rosa May Billinghurst, depicted at the center of two crowd scenes. In the first, she is wearing an overcoat and sitting in an old-fashioned wheelchair; in the second, she has a rather grand hat and is in her famous adaptive tricycle. ]
For @disabilityfest this year, I wanted to continue what I
started last year, making posts about historical figures who were disabled. It’s
been really important to me to know that my forebears existed, survived, and in
some cases thrived. In the historical record, disability erasure is a huge
issue: many historical figures’ disabilities aren’t talked about, or the
individuals are forgotten entirely.
As an autistic bisexual woman, I’m very aware that sexuality
is also subject to historical erasure, often in much the same way. So I’ve
decided to focus especially on disabled historical figures who were also gay or
bisexual. For me, finding out about and researching historical people who
represent those important intersections in my identity has been very powerful,
and I hope my information can also benefit some of you.
Today’s post is about disabled suffragettes! (trigger warning for brief mentions of police brutality).