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While the dudes of history were pretty awesome (or spectacularly horrible) in their own right, the ladies that were left out were badass.

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usurpthecity:

powerpussysays:

from the Jews News facebook page:
“Please share this remarkable story of courage…
During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, In a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected.”

An amazing lady - but I just wanted to correct some of this information:
"She was not a plumbing specialist - she was a social worker.Most of the children saved were not babies.She used a tool box several times at most.Her legs were fractured; her arms were not broken.The dog was only used a few times.The Nobel Peace Prize is given for achievement dying the past several years; Irena knew this and asked not to be nominated. The Nobel Committee encouraged her nomination to give her more recognition. She was a big fan of Al Gore. (He was the man who won the prize that year.)”
Source: www.irenasendler.org/thestory.asp

usurpthecity:

powerpussysays:

from the Jews News facebook page:

Please share this remarkable story of courage…


During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.

Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.

Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, In a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. 
She was not selected.”

An amazing lady - but I just wanted to correct some of this information:

"She was not a plumbing specialist - she was a social worker.
Most of the children saved were not babies.
She used a tool box several times at most.
Her legs were fractured; her arms were not broken.
The dog was only used a few times.
The Nobel Peace Prize is given for achievement dying the past several years; Irena knew this and asked not to be nominated. The Nobel Committee encouraged her nomination to give her more recognition.
She was a big fan of Al Gore. (He was the man who won the prize that year.)”

Source: www.irenasendler.org/thestory.asp


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powerpussysays:

from the Jews News facebook page:
“Please share this remarkable story of courage…
During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, In a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected.”

powerpussysays:

from the Jews News facebook page:

Please share this remarkable story of courage…


During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.

Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.

Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, In a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. 
She was not selected.”


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pag-asaharibon:

Pinay transgender model in NY ‘to come out again’ in May 3 event

For transgender model Geena Rocero, 30, coming out appeared to have occurred in stages, one exhilarating episode at a time.

The first time was at age 15 when she won a beauty pageant in the Philippines, then at 19 when she underwent a gender reassignment surgery in Thailand. That surgery would pave the way for her to acquire a San Francisco driver’s license identifying her as Female with the name Geena spelled “with a double E” as in Geena Davis of the cult hit “Thelma and Louise.”

“I remember looking at my California driver’s license,” Geena told a recent TED Talks conference. “That was a powerful moment.”

With that personal revelation last month, Geena came out yet again. For the first time, her New York friends and colleagues, including her agent came to learn about her true gender identity. A model under contract with Next Model Management, Geena said she came out because she’d like to lend her voice “to help others live their truths.”

The Philippine-born Geena came to New York in 2005 to fulfill her dream of becoming a top model. She would later became a model for companies like Hanes, Target, Macy’s and Rimmel Cosmetics.

Although she came to an early realization at age 5 that she may be more ‘girl’ than ‘boy,’ it would be at age 15 when she joined her first beauty pageant on the goading of a woman who promised to take care of her registration fee and gowns. Geena won Best in Swimsuit and Best in Long Gown in addition to placing 2nd runner-up among 40-plus candidates in a Philippine province.

She would join more beauty contests wherever they were held – in the back of a truck or at a pavement near the rice fields — and found herself enjoying all attention and to a certain extent the validation of a long-held dream.

It was when she achieved success as a model that she decided to open up about her true gender identity. The death of Islan Nettles, a transgender woman from Harlem who was beaten to death and whose alleged attacker did not face charges, moved Geena to advocate for transgender individuals who face constant threats of hate and violence.

“Our suicide rate is nine times higher than the general population,” she said. Hate, she declared, ended Nettles’s life.

On May 3, Geena will come out yet again before the Filipino American community. She is confirmed to speak at NextDayBetter’s Defining Breakthroughs series where she will introduce Gender Proud her advocacy group that is working toward a “more progressive” gender marker legislation. The series will be held at the Centre for Social Innovation at 601 W. 26th St #325.

CEO and co-founder Ryan Letada said NextDayBetter is a platform for exploring world-changing ideas that inspire and “move humanity forward.”

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earthtoobella:

Masami Orimo

An Incredible Story: ” My Artificial Leg Doubles as a Musical Instrument.”

Meet the amazing Masami Orimo, the phenomenal woman who lost a leg in a car crash, turned a “cyborg” prosthetic leg into an instrument , as lead in her punk band Shampoo. She simply added a violin string to her artificial  leg.


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bag-of-dirt:

Captain Nieves Fernandez, the only known Filipino female guerilla leader and formerly a school teacher, shows U.S. Army Pvt. Andrew Lupiba how she used her long knife to silently kill Japanese soldiers during the Japanese occupation of Leyte Island. Pvt. Lupiba was a bellhop at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California before entering service. Mabuhay Las Piñas, Leyte Island, Philippines. 7 November 1944. Image taken by Stanley Troutman.

bag-of-dirt:

Captain Nieves Fernandez, the only known Filipino female guerilla leader and formerly a school teacher, shows U.S. Army Pvt. Andrew Lupiba how she used her long knife to silently kill Japanese soldiers during the Japanese occupation of Leyte Island. Pvt. Lupiba was a bellhop at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California before entering service. Mabuhay Las Piñas, Leyte Island, Philippines. 7 November 1944. Image taken by Stanley Troutman.


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remembertheladies:

So, where to start? I suppose we’ll start with the blog’s portrait. If you’ve ever wondered, that woman in the portrait is Ida B. Wells.  

Real quick: 

  • NAME: Ida B. Wells
  • OCCUPATION: Civil Rights ActivistJournalist
  • BIRTH DATE: July 161862
  • DEATH DATE: March 25, 1931
  • DID YOU KNOW?: Ida B. Wells was one of the first American women to continue to keep her last name after her marriage.
  • EDUCATION: Rust University, Fisk University
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Chicago, Illinois
  • Via 

I love Ida B. Wells. This woman was a badass. I mean, look at that face! She is not taking any of your shit, ‘Murica! Before Rosa Parks on the bus, there was Ida B. Wells on a train. She was bold and unrelenting not backing down from anyone for any reason. Wells had the type of passion that had no limits. 

Wells was more than just a Civil Rights Activist and Journalist. She was a sister, a wife, a mother, a friend. She even had a falling out with Susan B. Anthony when she decided to get married and start a family. Unlike, Anthony and other strong-willed feminist, Wells didn’t believe that a husband and children would hinder her life. AT 16 years old, she was already taking care of her siblings and teaching as a job. Her fight and passion for education, anti-lynching, the women’s suffrage movement and race issues did not die out and she did not become complacent. While she couldn’t maintain the same active presence as before family, she was still very present and her voice still influential. I honestly believe that she was one of the few people fighting out of compassion and always with integrity. 

I am a woman, wife, mother, feminist, abolitionist for modern-day slavery, and I am so encouraged by this woman’s compassionate heart and radical passions.  

If you’re into documentaries, I strongly recommend checking out Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice


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danielmcbatman:

touchmeordont:

lunalove25:

everythingsbetterwithbisexuals:

lucymontero:

lexkixass:

mooglemisbehaving:

gogogadgetgoatkins:

Mary Bowser, former slave of the Van Lew family, infiltrated the Confederacy by working as a servant in the household of Jefferson Davis. Bowser was assumed to be illiterate, and as a black woman was below suspicion. Practically invisible, she was able to listen to conversations between Confederate officials and read sensitive documents, gathering information that she handed over to the Union.
(From National Woman’s History Museum Facebook Page)

This needs to be a movie. Like, now.

I’d watch this movie.

How is this not a movie?

*throws money at Hollywood*

 

This is fucking awesome.

Her last act as a spy was an attempt at burning down the fucking confederate white house and that is metal as fuck. I would see the hell out of a movie based on her life. 

danielmcbatman:

touchmeordont:

lunalove25:

everythingsbetterwithbisexuals:

lucymontero:

lexkixass:

mooglemisbehaving:

gogogadgetgoatkins:

Mary Bowser, former slave of the Van Lew family, infiltrated the Confederacy by working as a servant in the household of Jefferson Davis. Bowser was assumed to be illiterate, and as a black woman was below suspicion. Practically invisible, she was able to listen to conversations between Confederate officials and read sensitive documents, gathering information that she handed over to the Union.

(From National Woman’s History Museum Facebook Page)

This needs to be a movie. Like, now.

I’d watch this movie.

How is this not a movie?

*throws money at Hollywood*


 

This is fucking awesome.

Her last act as a spy was an attempt at burning down the fucking confederate white house and that is metal as fuck. I would see the hell out of a movie based on her life. 


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maghrabiyya:


From the “Fucking Tourists!” series by Jolipunk, who asked local people like this Peruvian woman to express their real feelings about having their photos taken by tourists.

THIS IS MY FAVOURITE THING EVER PLEASE CAN WE DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN MOROCCO

maghrabiyya:

From the “Fucking Tourists!” series by Jolipunk, who asked local people like this Peruvian woman to express their real feelings about having their photos taken by tourists.

THIS IS MY FAVOURITE THING EVER PLEASE CAN WE DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN MOROCCO


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spacetravelco:

Happy International Women’s Day!

Please take a look at this trailer for Sepideh, a documentary which follows the life of a young girl in Iran who dreams of becoming an astronaut.


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lizardsfromspace:

Here’s a hilarious Helen Keller joke!

Do you know what no one saw or heard coming?

Helen Keller’s radical socialist activism for the rights of the poor, women, the disabled. And so people ignored and belittled her politics. They argued a deaf, blind person could not know what she was talking about. And so they reduced her to the safe story of a young girl who overcame disability, and nothing else.

Wait I mean haha she was blind! How funny.


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xdopedupphoenix:

WOMEN IN HISTORY: Hattie Elizabeth Alexander (1901–1968)
Hattie Alexander developed the first effective remedies for Haemophilus influenzae, reducing the mortality rate from nearly 100 percent to less than 25 percent. Alexander was also among the first scientists to identify and study antibiotic resistance, which she correctly concluded was caused by random genetic mutations in DNA.  In 1964, she became the first woman elected president of the American Pediatric Society.

xdopedupphoenix:

WOMEN IN HISTORY: Hattie Elizabeth Alexander (1901–1968)

Hattie Alexander developed the first effective remedies for Haemophilus influenzae, reducing the mortality rate from nearly 100 percent to less than 25 percent. Alexander was also among the first scientists to identify and study antibiotic resistance, which she correctly concluded was caused by random genetic mutations in DNA.  In 1964, she became the first woman elected president of the American Pediatric Society.


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policymic:

Photos show side of Afghan women Americans don’t typically see

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jochiang:

Friends, let me tell you about Rebecca Gomperts.

Rebecca Gomperts is a sea captain, a certified physician, and the founder of Women on Waves, a Dutch pro-choice non-profit organization that brings reproductive health services to women in countries with restrictive abortion laws.

This is how it works:

  • Rebecca Gomperts and her team installed a specially constructed mobile clinic aboard a commissioned ship.
  • They sail to countries with restrictive abortion laws, answering phone calls and e-mails from women who need another way out.
  • Upon landing, they take the women who come to them aboard the ship, and then they take the ship out into international waters.
  • There the laws of the flag ship are in effect.
  • They then perform non-surgical medical abortions, while walking the women through the process.
  • They sail back to shore, and once they depart, they continue to follow up with their patients to ensure they remain healthy and safe.

In response, Rebecca Gomperts and her team have been:

  • hit by eggs thrown by physically violent pro-life activists
  • met with resistance by government officials of the countries they visit
  • been forced to disguise themselves and their patients to save the women who come to them any public shaming (which the media helps to perpetuate)
  • and once, harassed by two war ships sent out by the Portuguese military

And yet they continue to answer the calls and e-mails of women who want their help, providing reproductive counseling and teaching them how to circumvent the dangerous laws of their country when necessary.

Director Diana Whitten is telling their story in her documentary, VESSEL. It’s a beautiful doc, a necessary doc, and the film is premiering this week at SXSW. Please show your support for these women on social media. It’s so incredibly important.

Here's VESSEL's facebook page. Here's their twitter. Here's their instagram. Use #VesselLanding to tweet at them.

Women on Waves can be found on their official site, their facebook page, and their twitter.

If you’re in need of reproductive counseling or an abortion service, you can find Women on Wave’s international support and informational collective on Women on Web.

These people are heroes. Rebecca Gomperts is a hero. What they do has and will save countless lives. It’s so incredibly important that their story is told and the struggles of women living in countries governed by restrictive abortion laws (including the United States) are brought to light.


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To the world, she is the widow in yellow who toppled a dictatorship in a stirring show of People Power in 1986.  To her native Philippines, she is the courageous president who saw off a series of coups d’etat and single-mindedly restored the institutions of democracy.  But to herself, Corazon C. Aquino is a plain housewife who, in all conscience, could not refuse her country’s call to service when her husband, former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., was assassinated in 1983.  She continues to serve after her term of office ended in 1992 through her work with nongovernmental organizations.  “What is important is that we believe in the Almighty and that we try to do whatever we can to help ease some of the sufferings of our people,” she says.  “I always tell my children:  ‘I don’t know how many good years I still have left, but whatever I can do at this time, I really want to be able to continue not only for the cause of democracy, but also to help in bringing about a better Filipino.”  For the rest of my life, I will be doing whatever I can to improve things.”

To the world, she is the widow in yellow who toppled a dictatorship in a stirring show of People Power in 1986.  To her native Philippines, she is the courageous president who saw off a series of coups d’etat and single-mindedly restored the institutions of democracy.  But to herself, Corazon C. Aquino is a plain housewife who, in all conscience, could not refuse her country’s call to service when her husband, former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., was assassinated in 1983.  She continues to serve after her term of office ended in 1992 through her work with nongovernmental organizations.  “What is important is that we believe in the Almighty and that we try to do whatever we can to help ease some of the sufferings of our people,” she says.  “I always tell my children:  ‘I don’t know how many good years I still have left, but whatever I can do at this time, I really want to be able to continue not only for the cause of democracy, but also to help in bringing about a better Filipino.”  For the rest of my life, I will be doing whatever I can to improve things.”


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leupagus:

18mr:

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl is the first Asian American rabbi, and one of only a handful of women rabbis in the U.S. She was voted last week to succeed Rabbi Peter Rubenstein as the leader of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue. She takes over leadership of the congregation on July 1.[x]

SHOCKIN’ AWESOME

leupagus:

18mr:

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl is the first Asian American rabbi, and one of only a handful of women rabbis in the U.S. She was voted last week to succeed Rabbi Peter Rubenstein as the leader of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue. She takes over leadership of the congregation on July 1.

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SHOCKIN’ AWESOME


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