DNA research on a warrior grave in Sweden seems to confirm what the stories in Viking sagas would suggest: women, too, could serve as high-status warriors in Viking society.Read More
You remember Malala Yousafzai, right? The young Pakistani woman who, when she was 14 years old was shot by a Taliban gunman because she dared be a girl who wanted an education? Well, one high school diploma, a documentary, a Nobel Prize, and an eponymous foundation later, Yousafzai is continuing her education at one of the most prestigious universities in the world!Read More
Disney Parks Are Changing a “Pirates of the Caribbean” Wench Into a Woman Pirate & Shocker, People Are Pissed
People are complaining about a perceived disrespect of Walt Disney's legacy. They also seem to think Disney made up the idea of women pirates.Read More
The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.
Labor union leader Rose Schneiderman (1882-1972) was a firebrand of organizing and advocacy within the women's movement. She originated the phrase "bread and roses" in a speech rallying women to fight for more than just the bare necessities. The phrase would go on to inspire a poem and one of the most famous songs in American history.Read More
Tumblr user "diamondideozu" just uploaded a huge photo-set of her stunning cosplay of Jane, Daria's best friend on the iconic 90s TV show Daria.Read More
Female Voters Pay Tribute to Susan B. Anthony With “I Voted” Stickers Ahead of Potentially Electing First Female President
It's an exciting time to be a woman in the U.S. With tomorrow's election, we have the possibility of electing the country's first female President. It's an indicator of how far we've come, and also a reminder that for women, the right to vote was not always something that we could take for granted. There was a point where it wasn't a given. When it was something that had to be fought for. Rather like the Presidency.Read More
Deal with it. Historically.
While it sometimes takes a bit more effort to uncover their stories, women have contributed to every civilization in the world, and history-inspired pop culture like the Civseries can have a huge role in making that clearer.Read More
League of Their Own Mini-Reunion
For the Bentonville Film Festival, actress Geena Davis formed a League of Their Own reunion, reuniting most of the cast of the 90s movie.Read More
Get your sh** together, history.
Why didn't we learn about this in school? WTF history, indeed.Read More
There's currently a petition going around asking the US Treasury to feature great American women on quarters. They've rallied around the hashtag #WomenOnQuarters. Check out the petition and sign today!Read More
Because the idea of “geek culture” is relatively new, and because women have to fight tooth and nail to get respect within that culture (cf. Feminist Frequency’s Anita Sarkeesian or Brianna Wu and Gamergate), we tend to forget that even in this brave new world we have predecessors, women who fought battles we can only imagine, women who blazed trails—or, in Margaret Cavendish’s case, blazed whole new worlds.Read More
"Thanks, Mary Anning." -Steven Spielberg 
Before Mary Anning and her contemporaries, it was still widely assumed that fossils were just remains from existing animals and not generally useful for science (nor put in the ground by Satan). Thought most of her work wound up being published by men because life in the early 19th century was awful, Anning made a ton of important discoveries—including what bezoar stones actually were, because she needed to see the dinosaurs' droppings.Read More
Mother of science fiction (well, one of them) Mary Shelley, writer of Frankenstein, is getting the Shakespeare In Love treatment courtesy of Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour. Calling it right now: Ben Affleck for Lord Byron.Read More
You didn't have any non-movie-watching plans this week, right?
Welcome to day three of our series on films by female directors. We've covered mainstream and American independent movies so far, and now we move on to foreign flicks.Read More
Especially the one with Hatshepsut.
Animated children's movies often draw from source material that isn't particularly kid-friendly, but there are some stories that just can't be sugarcoated. This is where artist Jason Porath (a former effects animator at DreamWorks) comes in. His "Rejected Princesses" series depicts women from history and legend who are either "way too awesome, way too awful, or way too weird" for a Hollywood greenlight.Read More