Lady Hay Drummond-Hay (September 12, 1895—February 12, 1946) was a star journalist who became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, and she did it in a damned Zeppelin. She went on to report from war zones like Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) and Manchuria (now part of China), fell into a tumultuous romance with a fellow reporter, and was eventually captured by the Japanese during WWII.
…swim the English Channel.
Gertrude Ederle (October 23, 1905 – November 30, 2003) was a competitive swimmer, Olympic champion, and at one time held five world records. If there was a world record for coolest nickname she would’ve held six, because hers was “Queen of the Waves.” When Ederle set out to become the first woman to swim the English channel, she used motorcycle goggles and sealed the edges with wax to keep the salt water out of her eyes. Due to unfavorable and violent wind conditions twelve hours into her 14 hour and 34 minute journey, her trainer shouted at her to get out of the water and into his boat. She reportedly popped her head up from the water to simply ask “what for?”
…travel around the world in less than 80 days.
Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864—January 27, 1922) asked her editor at the New York World if she could take a stab at turning the story Around the World in 80 Days from fiction to fact. Using railways and steamships, Bly chuggah-chuggahed and toot-tooted the nearly 25,000 mile trip in just 72 days, meeting Jules Verne and buying a monkey along the way. If her name sounds familiar but these stories don’t, it’s probably because you’ve heard about how she once faked a mental illness so she could write an exposé on psychiatric asylums. Or maybe it’s because of her famed coverage of the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913. Or maybe it’s because you’re a big fan of farming and industrialist patents and heard she invented a novel milk can and a stacking garbage can. Nellie Bly did a lot in her short 57 years.
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Stuff You Missed in History Class (@missedinhistory) is not exclusively about women, but hoo boy, it turns out most history classes aren’t great at teaching us about women’s history. You’ll learn a lot here.
The New-York Historical Society (@nyhistory) has been pulling articles, artifacts, and documents deep from the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library this Women’s History Month.
I have to give it to the Lebanese, you people are chillest Arabs… During a live report today from south Lebanon after fire exchange between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, the correspondent was interrupted by a Lebanese man smoking Argeeleh unfazed by the sound of Israeli war planes above… The reporter couldn’t keep a straight face after that.
More than 100 gay men have been detained in concentration camp-style prisons in the Russian region of Chechnya, according to reports by local newspapers and human rights organisations.
Repressions against the LGBT community began after an application for a gay rights march in the Chechen capital of Grozny.
The press secretary for Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, described the report as “lies” and stated there were no gay people in Chechnya.
The prison camps are the first to be established for LGBT people since the Second World War.
The report was published on the 1 April, prompting the spokesperson for Chechnya’s Interior Ministry to dismiss the claims as an “April Fools’ joke”.
Janine di Giovanni gives us a tour de force of war reportage, all told through the perspective of ordinary people living in the brutality of of post-Arab Spring Syria. What emerges is an extraordinary picture of the devastating human consequences of armed conflict. Listen to our interview with her.
On this International Women’s Day, I am paying tribute to Martha Gellhorn, a fearless war reporter whose sagacious dispatches from conflicts spanning the Spanish Civil War to the Vietnam War paved the way for future generations of female journalists.
It is to growing up in a large family that she owes her liberal-mindedness and ability to deal with trauma while spending up to three quarters of the year on the road. “Being the youngest of seven kids teaches you how to be tolerant, independent and the importance of working as a team,” she says. “Three of my siblings died, which was devastating – especially for my mother – but loss makes you realise that life’s short and that you need to seize opportunity.”
Kenji Goto, a well-known freelance Japanese journalist and filmmaker, was beheaded on January 30th, 2015 by ISIS militants in a highly publicized series of executions.
Goto was known for his coverage of conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East. His last known work includes remarkable coverage of ISIS, while the majority of his well known work has revolved around poverty, and the plight of child soldiers. Goto entered Syria in what many say was an attempt to locate and rescue his colleague and friend, Haruna Yukawa, who had been abducted in the region the year before.
Today, on the second anniversary of his death, Kenji Goto’s fearless and selfless efforts to rescue Yukawa, his commitment to journalism, and dedication to delivering truth in his reporting of war zones, refugees and victims, will not be forgotten.
BREAKING NEWS: Reylo not actually dead in Miami. Fake news causes stir in Star Wars community.
Recent reports from Reading Comprehension Weekly indicate previous suggestion that a murder took place in Miami was false reporting.
“People are saying it’s the contempt Rey has for Kylo that did it - that it’s dead - murdered by contempt ,” a local law enforcement officer told us, “but that was misidentification at its worst - Reylo didn’t die here. This is a classic example of set up for Character Growth… and none of our reports indicate that Character Growth leads to death. It’s a false report.”
A long-time investigator in Miami, who wished to remain anonymous, stated, “I think these people need to take a moment and check out Reading Comprehension Weekly’s report. If anything, we already knew Rey had contempt. If they knew anything about storytelling, they’d realize that character dynamics won’t stay static like that - that the heroine is going to have to face her challenges head on and learn compassion. It’s a classic theme in Star Wars. This doesn’t kill anything - the theory is alive and well and right on track at this point.”
A long-time local, however, had this to say, “This ship is disgusting and anyone who thinks it shouldn’t be dead and buried should go to Hell. Rey hates Kylo. That’s all the evidence I need. Star Wars has nothing to do with redemption or forgiveness. Contempt is the bullet that took Reylo down, once and for all. Analysis is for nerds and squares. I rest my case.”
An interesting counterpoint, perhaps, but the experts have already called it in - Reylo is alive, and better than ever at this stage.
Although we tried to reach Reylo for official comment, PR has revealed that a major plot twist is preventing any official communication or confirmation at this time.
“We can neither confirm nor deny the state of Reylo’s well-being at this time. Just watch the movie in December and don’t be assholes to each other in the meantime,” a PR official, Getta Life, responded.
In the report from Reading Comprehension Weekly, Rian Johnson is recorded as saying, “Kylo and Rey are, ‘two halves of the dark and the light.’” and, “Ben Solo’s shift to darkness is symbolic of ‘the treacherous road through adolescence”’ that Star Wars often explores.”
Further investigation reveals that Reylo is actually two parts of one whole, and they are happily taking a vacation in the Bahamas in preparation for their big role in the next installment of the series.