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  1. Women Like Marvel’s Agent Carter Were a Very Real Part of History

    In my grandmother's assisted living home stands a very wonky statue which was recently decapitated by a nurse. Her head has been duct taped back together, and there she stands; a statue of a World War II WAC. After all, my grandmother held tightly to those memories of her time serving in the Women’s Army Corp.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Pumpkin Tyrannosaurs Will Eat You and Your Latte

    Yeah but when Starbucks breaks down, the baristas don't eat the tourists.

    Want a carved pumpkin that will only get scarier as it decomposes? Villafane Studios crafted this one for the Field Station: Dinosaurs park in New Jersey. (via That's Nerdalicious)

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  3. Rape Jokes in the Military? How About No?

    [Trigger Warning] Brian Adam Jones is the editor-in-chief of Task & Purpose. He also happens to be a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

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  4. The Navy Promoted a Woman to Its Highest Rank for the First Time

    The times, they are a changin'. Good.

    Women have long had a tough time in the military, and that's putting it extremely lightly. That' hasn't stopped the U.S. Navy's Michelle Howard, who was the first African-American woman to earn the rank of admiral, and now she's been promoted to four-star admiral—the Navy's highest rank.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: A Ring Befitting Any Starfleet Officer

    Things We Saw Today

    One of silversmith Austin Moore's many geeky rings. BioShock, Doctor Who, and The Legend of Zelda are all well represented in his online shop. (via Neatorama)

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  6. Things We Saw Today: A K-9 Poodle Skirt for Hip Whovians

    Things We Saw Today

    Poodle? Pah. Robot dog. Created by Redditor Trammel for their daughter’s sock hop. (io9)

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  7. Women Airforce Service Pilots Got Their Rose Parade Float Yesterday

    For A More Civilized Age

    If we talk about the Women Airforce Service Pilots a lot, it's only because they were awesome. Classified as civilians working for the Air Force as they performed the same job as (and even trained) enlisted men, unceremoniously dismissed at the end of the war, with their actions unnecessarily classified for thirty years and subsequently omitted from history textbooks. It's been a struggle for the aging members of the WASP to find their proper due, but one such effort went off without a hitch this very week.

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  8. U.S. Navy Names First Female 4-Star Admiral, May Serve as Navy’s Second Ranking Officer


    This Friday President Obama nominated Vice Admiral Michelle Howard for her fourth star, meaning that, pending Senate approval, she will become the first female full admiral in US Navy history.

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  9. Christine Fox, Top Gun Inspiration, Appointed No. 2 at the Pentagon

    Good News Everyone!

    Christine Fox, mathematician, weapons specialist, and analyst, was just appointed acting Deputy Secretary of Defense, and while she's only set to fill the post until a permanent successor is named, it still makes her the highest ranking female Department of Defense employee in history.

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  10. Army Official Slams Use of “Pretty” Women In PR Materials

    what is this I don't even

    Yesterday we told you about the first four women to graduate from marine infantry training following the decision earlier this year that female members of the U.S. military should be able to serve in combat. Yay! Gender equality! Progress! Col. Lynette Arnhart is the leader of a team studying how to best integrate women into these combat positions. And she has a beef with the way women are portrayed in the army’s PR materials. Namely: The soldiers used aren’t “average-looking” enough.

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  11. We Have Our First Four Women in History to Graduate from US Marine Infantry Training

    Great Hera!

    This isn't a big shock, but it is a big achievement. Ten months after the US Secretary of Defense ordered our armed forces to prepare facilities and training so that women could be integrated into combat and infantry positions, four women will graduate from Camp Geiger, home to the eastern Marine Corps School of Infantry. They will be the first women in history to do so.

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  12. 40% of the CIA’s Field Operatives are Women, Can We Have a Black Widow Movie Now?

    i'll just leave this here

    How well do you know your female coworkers? Friends? Could some of them be spies? Well, no, that's not very likely. Unless you work in a different sort of business than most of us. And of course the CIA, like any intelligence agency, has a complicated history (and present), but it's still pretty cool that the CIA has recovered from being the sort of government agency with numerous workplace allegations levied at it to nearly gender equal in less than two decades.

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  13. Nonprofit Struggles to Raise Money for Female Pilots of WWII Rose Bowl Tribute

    To infinity and beyond!

    The Wingtip-to-Wingtip Association is a non-profit that's looking for a new way to bring attention to a group of pioneering women whose accomplishments were hidden from the public for thirty years after they were released from service. But their attempt to bring a parade float honoring World War II's WASPs to a nationally televised event is turning up short of funds a mere days before their deadline.

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  14. Things We Saw Today: A New Poster For Disney’s Frozen

    Things We Saw Today

    In the words of our own Rebecca, "Do we need to have an intervention about this snowman?" A new trailer for Frozen is supposed to premiere September 26th. Let's hope it's better than the last one.

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  15. Why Put Playable Female Characters in Call of Duty?

    i swear by my pretty floral bonnet i will end you

    Honestly, adding female soldiers to character customization wasn't about trying to lure more people into the game. It was actually just about acknowledging the people who already play our game. - Mark Rubin, executive producer of Infinity Ward. While Call of Duty initially made its name in World War II era combat, its Modern Warfare series and Black Ops II are set in the present or near future. One other good reason to add female characters to Ghosts is that by 2016 at the latest, women will serve as Army Rangers, Navy Seals, and Marine infantry. Although I have to admit, acknowledging the women who already play your game is good too. (Also it would be pretty sad if you put a mo-capped dog in your game before you added women to multiplayer.) Previously in Call of Duty

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  16. The U.S. Armed Forces Are Going To Use Video Games To Teach Sailors Sexual Assault Prevention

    The Future Is Now!

    The United States are about to start utilizing a technology already being used by the Australian government to train and educate soldiers. While the interactive video game may be used for a wide variety of training, the Navy is thinking of using it to teach sailors about preventing sexual assault. I wonder if this gives gamers in the military an unfair advantage in passing their training?

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  17. Statue Honoring Female Marines Dedicated by Highest Ranking Female Marine on Her Last Day in Service

    and let it be known

    Don't get confused: Molly Marine, depicted above in her usual spot in New Orleans, was never an actual marine. Instead she's something perhaps cooler: a monument representing all the women who have served in the United States Marines, the first of its kind, erected after World War II. But you don't have to look to hard real lady marines: take Angela Salinas, for example, who dedicated a replica of this statue this 4th of July weekend.

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  18. U.S. Armed Forces Officials Confirm: Women Will Serve as Army Rangers, SEALs, and Marine Infantry

    and let it be known

    When Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced the official repeal of the U.S. Armed Forces' ban on women in combat, it was clear that, though it would come at a measured pace and perhaps wouldn't have the most obvious differences, change would come for the 15% of the U.S. military who are women. Today, senior defense officials told the New York Times that women will be permitted to apply and earn a place among the Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and Marine infantry. Probably not all three at the same time. Though, should someone ever achieve this, I'd love to shake her hand.

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  19. Seventy Years Later, Pioneering Pilot Gets her Full Military Funeral Honors

    so long and thanks for all the fish

    The Women Airforce Service Pilots have fought an uphill battle for recognition ever since the program was decommissioned in 1944 and all its records classified for thirty-five years. But one small victory was achieved yesterday when Cheryl Marie Michell, niece of Marie Michell, succeeded in winning military funeral honors for her aunt, who died in 1944 while doing what she was best at: flying.

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  20. Facebook Finally Pulls Page of Sexist, Violent Jokes About Female Marines… Three Years Late

    Today in things that make us scream incoherently

    After three years a Facebook page dedicated to making violent jokes targeted at female marines has finally been taken down. All it took was a state Representative writing a letter to the Defense Secretary and top military brass to say "Hey, this is really messed up and contributes to the culture of sexual abuse in the military, and you've known about it for years, but it's still there. Maybe you should do something about it?"

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