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Why do women need a whole day about them?

Because Ada Lovelace wrote instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s and I had no idea.

Because, F. Scott Fitzgerald plagiarized his wife, Zelda’s writing and used it in The Great Gatsby and his other books.

Because, black women, let alone any women, were not aware of the great contributions Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson made towards NASA and the space program.

Because the current president of the United States is a self proclaimed ‘pussy grabber’.

Because doctors (both men and women) are only NOW seeming to realize that women patients cannot be treated based on male patient information.

Because basic products cost more for women than they do for men.

Because feminine hygiene products are taxed.

Because Renee Richards existed before Kaitlyn Jenner and she fought policy in the NY Supreme Court, but she doesn’t get talked about.

Because Marsha P Johnson was basically removed from a movie about the Stonewall riots.

Because there STILL aren’t decent pockets in most women’s clothes.

Because Maria TallChief founded the Chicago ballet, but I’m sure most young girls who dream of being a ballerina don’t know about her.

Because Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe were amazing artists and people, but they weren’t the only female painters in history.

Because Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist.

Because Crystal R. Emery’s documentary, “Black Women in Medicine,” was amazing and should be seen by more people.

Because men are still determining how and when my body should and can be used and function.

Should I go on?

Edited to add differently abled women who rock the world too.

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Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson

Film: Hidden Figures (2016)

Costumes by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus

- Mary…Mühendis kafasına sahip biri mühendis olmalıdır.Hayatının geri kalanında bilgisayar olamazsın.

+ Bay Zielinski.Ben siyahi bir kadınım.İmkansız olanla ilgilenmeyeceğim.

- O zaman ben de ailesi Nazi kampında ölmüş Polonyalı bir Yahudiyim.Şu an bir astronotu yıldızlara taşıyacak bir uzay gemisinin aşağısında duruyorum.İmkansızı yaşadığımızı bence söyleyebiliriz.



Gizli Sayılar / Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures: Katherine G. Johnson [INTJ]

OFFICIAL TYPING by Charity / the Mod

Introverted Intuition (Ni): Katherine excels in seeing what isn’t there; her extraordinary ability to fill in the blanks, even with information she doesn’t have access to, enables her as a child to skip entire grades and progress through high school ahead of her peers. Inside NASA, she determines what’s going on with the shuttle even though half the information she has access to is blacked out. Katharine comes up with complex mathematical algorithms in her head, and is good enough at it that the astronauts themselves request her presence on the safety board (if she came up with it, it’s brilliant).

Extroverted Thinking (Te): She works within whatever system exists, and can explain herself easily; she can write out math so that others can read and follow it, aimed at a clear objective, with the purpose of making space exploration easier and safer for the astronauts. Katherine doesn’t really buck the system much; she believes in staying within the “rules” of society, even to the point where she exhausts herself in finding a “colored woman’s bathroom” while working in a building without such felicities. She is straightforward in answering questions and makes logical observations; she understands the “hierarchy” she’s in even if she doesn’t like it.

Introverted Feeling (Fi): Her emotions are intense, but only reveal themselves under stress – after a particularly exhausting day, she lets loose on her coworkers about her having to run half a mile (one way) to relieve herself, while being expected to turn in her work within minutes. Katherine respects only those who earn her approval or respect, through being hard-working and sincere. She cares so much about her job, she excels in it.

Extroverted Sensing (Se): Unlike Mary, Katherine believes in being careful; she observes that next time, she’s going to take the bus rather than ride with her friend, who is literally riding a cop’s bumper. Katherine doesn’t think on her feet often, but is observant enough to improvise on the fly when it becomes necessary.

Note: Mary is an ESTP, and Dorothy is an ESTJ.

What do we learn from and about each other in these moments of heartbreak and love?  What do we pass on, what do we keep to ourselves, in order to practice black livingness in a world that refuses black life?  How do we tell each other this feeling might be or is forever? Do we tell each other heartbreak might be forever? Is pain forever? How do we share fugitivity and waywardness?
—  from 808s&Heartbreak by Katherine McKittrick&Alexander G. Weheliye

I teared up a few times watching Hidden Figures, but I absolutely lost it at the end when they included all their accomplishments and showed the real-life photographs of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson because these women 

deserve recognition, they deserve respect, and they deserve to be honored and given a name in U.S. history. They deserve all this, and so many WOC deserve to hear their story and be inspired knowing that they can become brilliant figures in the fields of science, mathematics, and anything they set their minds to.