Readings on Turning Points

Happy Tuesday, all!

I’d like to kick this week’s readings off with one kick-a woman. 

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Meet Sarah Marquis, the woman who WALKED 10,000 miles over the past 3 years.

And here I am, patting myself on the back if I manage to walk for 5 mins. 

Marquis has trekked through, “…Siberia, the Gobi Desert, China, Laos, and Thailand…” then she hoped on a boat and walked across Australia. A self professed sufferer of wanderlust, she enjoys pushing herself to the limit. Like early pioneers and explorers Marquis has, “…starved, she has frozen, she has (wo)man hauled.” She even encountered Mongul horsemen who tried to raid her camp. Her tale is certainly one of survival and strength.  

In science news, this year’s Google Science Fair Award went to these lovely ladies.

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Sophie Healy-Thow, Emer Hickey, and Ciara Judge won the prize for their project, “…that examined the use of natural bacteria to increase crop output in an effort to combat world hunger, and to reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture by minimizing fertilizer use.” These young scientists are paving the way for women in STEM programs around the world. 

There are exciting developments in women’s history every week and I love sharing them. Always feel free to share any stories you come across during the week. 

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coolchicksfromhistory:

Petrona Rosende (1787-1862)
Art by Snitchhazel570 (tumblr)
Petrona is considered the first female journalist in Argentina.  Between November 1830 and January 1831 she published eighteen editions of a feminist newspaper called La Aljaba (The Quiver).

coolchicksfromhistory:

Petrona Rosende (1787-1862)

Art by Snitchhazel570 (tumblr)

Petrona is considered the first female journalist in Argentina.  Between November 1830 and January 1831 she published eighteen editions of a feminist newspaper called La Aljaba (The Quiver).

Aliya Mustafina

importantwomensbirthdays:

Aliya Mustafina was born on September 30, 1994 in Yegoryevsk, Russia. At the 2012 London Olympics, Mustafina won four medals in gymnastics, including a gold medal for the uneven bars. She has also won eight medals at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and nine medals at the European Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

Happy birthday, Aliya Mustafina!

coolchicksfromhistory:

Josefa Joaquina Sánchez (1765-1813)
Art by Taneisha (tumblr)
Josefa and her husband José María España were involved in La Conspiración de Gual y España, the first attempt to establish Venezuela as an independent country.  During this period, Joesfa sewed the first Venezuelan flag.  She also transcribed documents for the revolutionaries.
Josefa, José María, and the other conspirators were unsuccessful in their attempts to overthrow Spanish colonialism.  José María was killed and Josefa was imprisoned for eight years.  Josefa was released from prison in 1808 and banished to Cumaná with her nine children.  Despite Josefa’s pleading, her children were denied the right to attend university.  Josefa died before Venezuela achieved independence.   

coolchicksfromhistory:

Josefa Joaquina Sánchez (1765-1813)

Art by Taneisha (tumblr)

Josefa and her husband José María España were involved in La Conspiración de Gual y España, the first attempt to establish Venezuela as an independent country.  During this period, Joesfa sewed the first Venezuelan flag.  She also transcribed documents for the revolutionaries.

Josefa, José María, and the other conspirators were unsuccessful in their attempts to overthrow Spanish colonialism.  José María was killed and Josefa was imprisoned for eight years.  Josefa was released from prison in 1808 and banished to Cumaná with her nine children.  Despite Josefa’s pleading, her children were denied the right to attend university.  Josefa died before Venezuela achieved independence.   

Ann Bancroft

importantwomensbirthdays:

Author and explorer Ann Bancroft was born on September 29, 1955 in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. In 1986, she made a 56-day journey to the North Pole alongside Will Steger. Less than ten years later, Bancroft led the first all-female expedition to the South Pole. She is also the founder of the Ann Bancroft Foundation, an organization that has given over three thousand grants to girls from Minnesota to help them realize their dreams.

Happy birthday, Ann Bancroft!

Koko Tsurumi

importantwomensbirthdays:

Koko Tsurumi was born on September 28, 1992 in Tokyo, Japan. As an artistic gymnast, Tsurumi competed at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. She holds one silver medal and one bronze medal from the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and a bronze medal from the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup.

Happy birthday, Koko Tsurumi!

pbsthisdayinhistory:

September 28, 1948: Eleanor Speaks in Favor of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
On this day in 1948, United Nations delegate and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt delivered a speech in Paris entitled, “The Struggle for Human Rights.” Her goal was to create a sense of unity among nations through the common principles of the Declaration, a document that she helped draft and approve. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was approved by the UN General Assembly that December.
Learn more about all the Roosevelts with preview videos from Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts.
Photo: Eleanor Roosevelt with the English version of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Wikimedia Commons

pbsthisdayinhistory:

September 28, 1948: Eleanor Speaks in Favor of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On this day in 1948, United Nations delegate and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt delivered a speech in Paris entitled, “The Struggle for Human Rights.” Her goal was to create a sense of unity among nations through the common principles of the Declaration, a document that she helped draft and approve. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was approved by the UN General Assembly that December.

Learn more about all the Roosevelts with preview videos from Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts.

Photo: Eleanor Roosevelt with the English version of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Wikimedia Commons

feministsorgnow:

9/15-10/15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. In honor of that we are highlighting great Hispanic women who don’t get enough love the rest of the year.
Rosie Perez, is a actress, dancer, choreographer, director and community activist. She is an activist for Puerto Rican rights. She starred in and directed the Spanish AIDS PSA campaign “Join the Fight.” President Barack Obama appointed her to The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA.) She’s even been arrested protesting using Puerto Rican islands for air weapons trainings.  She means some serious business. Do not fuck with her.

feministsorgnow:

9/15-10/15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. In honor of that we are highlighting great Hispanic women who don’t get enough love the rest of the year.

Rosie Perez, is a actress, dancer, choreographer, director and community activist. She is an activist for Puerto Rican rights. She starred in and directed the Spanish AIDS PSA campaign “Join the Fight.” President Barack Obama appointed her to The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA.) She’s even been arrested protesting using Puerto Rican islands for air weapons trainings.  She means some serious business. Do not fuck with her.