Annie Jean Easley, NASA rocket scientist (1933-2011)

"If I can’t work with you, I will work around you.

Let’s start off Women’s History Month by talking about Annie Jean Easley. Annie was a mathematician, engineer, and NASA rocket scientist in the 60s. As you might imagine, that didn’t come easy.

Annie was born into deeply segregated Alabama prior to the Civil Rights movement. As an African-American, she was required to take literacy tests and pay money in order to vote – despite being a college graduate and valedictorian of her high school. Undeterred by this, not only did she cast her vote, but she spent much of her time helping others pass the literacy test so they could too.

After moving to Cleveland with her husband and finding that the nursing program she’d wanted to enter had shut down, she applied on a lark to NACA (the predecessor to NASA). She worked there for many years as a human computer, while simultaneously pursuing a degree in mathematics. She moved on to doing Symbolic Optimal Assembly Programming (SOAP) on punch card machines (IBM 650s and 740s), and then many years of FORTRAN programming.

She had to fight every step along the way. When she received her degree after many years of concurrently working at NASA, the management required she get more training before promoting her (a requirement not made of new hires). When NASA refused to help pay her tuition (although they did for others), she paid it herself. When they refused to give her paid leave to finish her degree, she took unpaid leave. And after a 34 year career without promotions, she didn’t look back on her time with bitterness - she was happy to have contributed to the advancement of humanity and the sciences. Of the endless series of microaggressions she suffered, she later said:

When people have their biases and prejudices, yes, I am aware. My head is not in the sand. But my thing is, if I can’t work with you, I will work around you. I was not about to be so discouraged that I’d walk away. That may be a solution for some people, but it’s not mine.

Her research on energy usage was used in the Centaur rockets, which laid the foundation for all rocket projects to come thereafter — as well as technologies like hybrid car batteries.

She continued pushing herself and trying new things even into her later years – learning to snowboard at age 68. When talking about her late-life achievements, she simply remarked:

You’re never too old, and if you want to, as my mother said, you can do anything you want to, but you have to work at it.

gugu9068 submitted:

When a woman says that she is anti-feminist and/or a male rights and equal rights fighter.

When Madonna said “I’m not a feminist, i’m a humanist.”

When a black person says that they also can be racist, when a black person says that afro-descendent is a very, very flawed term, when someone of other country or diferent ethnicity says that cultural appropriation is bullshit and they don’t give a fuck about fucking Hairstyles, clothes or acessories.

Also, I’m black, gay, and my family is very miscegenated by blacks and whites. SO. SHUT. THE. FUCK. UP.

I am a bisexual female.

As a female attracted to males,
I can wear pink and dresses and makeup,
Giggle a lot and kiss boys frequently
And spend my time on picking outfits to catch a male’s attention.

As a female attracted to females,
I can wear plaid and cut my hair short,
And fix lightbulbs and cars,
And be repulsed by male parts.

As a bisexual female,
I can be attention-seeking and shallow,
And flirt with many people.

As a female,
I can get angry when I’m on my period,
And like beautiful things,
And talk behind another woman’s back.

But as an intelligent female,
I can know that my labels do not define me.
I can recognize that as a small part of a demographic group,
I do not represent all people like me,
And that no single person defines a community.

As a powerful female,
I can be able to make things,
Or control a room.
I can see that strength is both physical and mental.

And as an independent female,
I can live separately from my labels.
And even if my actions happen to coincide with common stereotypes and ignorant false definitions,
I am still not defined by the perceptions and judgment of others,
And neither is my demographic group.

Because there is such a huge difference
Between what I am
And who I am.

—  I Am. — k.l.y.

just quick reminder to women that:

you can wax your legs and other parts of your body and still be a feminist
you don’t have to hate men to be a feminist, that’s not what it is about
you can wear mascara, high heels, whatever makes you feel good and still be a feminist

stop trying to make women feel bad for themselves because they don’t follow your “feminist” rules 

I am so pissed right now

You see this guy. This is Mr.Repzion, aka Daniel. I love his videos and I agree with him about 98% of the time.

He just put out this video

Ignoring the title and the overall message of the video, Daniel talks about this goregous woman:

Her name is Cytherea, she is an ex-porn star who was robbed, then gang raped at gun point, in her own goddam home, in front of her children, by five men. Three of which have been caught:

I am ashamed and disgusted that I have not heard a word about this until now. Even when I searched her name in the tags the most popular posts are gifs of her with a dick shoved down her throat or between her legs.

I don’t care if I’m not a popular feminism voice, I’ve got some shit to say about this.

First of all, I don’t care what you have to say about this situation. I don’t care that this woman was once a porn star. i don’t care that the men who raped her are black. Rape is fucking rape, and this woman did not deserve what happened to her. No one deserves this and it happens every goddamm day.

So, instead of raging about how but much all men suck and blogging about how much you love your armpit hair, you guys actually spread the word about this woman, Cytherea, and the atroscities commited onto her.

Here’s the article about her rape with a small bit about why the author thinks feminists have been silent about this. It includes a video of a news report and a video of her thanking everyone for the support.

Here’s a fundraiser in support of Cytherea to help her get back on her feet

I want this woman’s name across tumblr. I want everyone to remember how Cytherea was raped and no one said a word. I want her to be remembered, so people can see how bad the world actually is to women. Let’s focus on the big stuff guys, no one cares if you have armpit hair, this is what you should care about. This is what feminism should focus on.

#supportcytherea2015

When I was in college, a teacher once said that all women live by a ‘rape schedule.’ I was baffled by the term, but as she went on to explain, I got really freaked out. Because I realized that I knew exactly what she was talking about. And you do too. Because of their constant fear of rape (conscious or not), women do things throughout the day to protect themselves. Whether it’s carrying our keys in our hands as we walk home, locking our car doors as soon as we get in, or not walking down certain streets, we take precautions. While taking precautions is certainly not a bad idea, the fact that certain things women do are so ingrained into our daily routines is truly disturbing. It’s essentially like living in a prison – all the time. We can’t assume that we’re safe anywhere: not on the streets, not in our homes. And we’re so used to feeling unsafe that we don’t even see that there’s something seriously fucked up about it.
—  Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism

In the 1980s, Japanese female wrestlers, joshi puroresu (or joshi puro for short) were very popular. The most famous wrestler was Chigusa Nagayo, a wildly successful woman whose mainstream success still stands unmatched by any other professional female wrestler, before or since. Nagayo combined with Lioness Asuka to make the tag team “Crush Gals.” The Crush Gals had a long-running feud with Dump Matsumoto and her “Atrocious Alliance.” Matches between the teams regularly sold out arenas, and televised had some of the highest rated broadcasting in Japan.