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A look at Russia's medieval sword makers | Russia & India Report

Magistra Hersend circa 1249 Art by Julian Lozos (tumblr, twitter, deviantart) Magistra Hersend was a French surgeon who accompanied King Lou...

Qiu Jin, Chinese feminist & revolutionary martyr - Amazing Women In History

"Mōdraniht is literally translated as Mothers Night, or Night of the Mothers. We don't know a lot about this celebration because it would have been suppressed after conversion to Christianity. We do know that it was a time to celebrate motherhood and probably other female ancestors. This celebration of the feminine may be related to the age old correlation between the fertility of women with fertility of crops, and with rebirth of new life."

Rory Gilmore book list. 250 books read or mentioned she read throughout the Gilmore Girls series. Amazing List!

uspsstamps: “If Martha Washington, Whistler’s Mother, Susan B. Anthony and Pocahontas, why not Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell?” That question was...

WW1 Womens Yeomanry nursing corps — some were mounted to get in faster to help the wounded… even though they had to wear skirts and ride side-saddle c,1917

Yevdokiya Nikolayevna Zavaliy was a seventeen year old nurse during WWII. When she was mistaken for a man on the field, she decided to go along with it, and fought in several battles. Her superiors appointed her as the leader of a reconnaissance squad, and she became a sergeant and was seriously wounded (over the course of the war, she’d be wounded four times). She retained command even after her gender was discovered, and her machine gun platoon continued to participate in heavy fighti...

I honestly have no idea how I feel about this, but I feel like it has to be shared.

Pack Horse Librarians...During the depression librarians carried books on horseback throughout the poor sections of Kentucky. Bringing outside news and learning to the nooks and hollows.

“A controversial homemade doll that’s often found in the South is the “topsy-turvy doll,” The topsy-turvies existed because the slave masters actually didn’t want the slave children to have dolls that looked like themselves, which would give them a sense of empowerment. “When the slave master was gone, the kids would have the black side, but when the slave master was around, they would have the white side

In the Swan's Shadow: Serenade to Miss Major Pauline Cushman, New York Times, June 3, 1864

The Most Influential Legal Cases of the Last Century

Meet the “Chinese Joan of Arc,” Qiu Jin (秋瑾) (1875-1907), a radical women’s rights activist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army. Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. She was the first woman to lead an armed uprising against the corrupt Qing Dynasty, for which she was arrested and executed. She became the first female martyr for China’s 1911 Revolution and is celebrated as a national heroine today.

There's nothing new about breastfeeding photos - Love these pix from Victorian era.

During the Battle of the Bulge (Dec 1944), allied soldiers decorated their helmets with lace curtains, after realizing it provided excellent camouflage in the snow.

Annette Kellerman: overcame childhood physical disabilities to become a professional swimmer, vaudeville and silent film star; first woman to wear a one-piece swimsuit (& consequently first to get arrested for it); first major actress to appear fully nude on camera; her water ballets are considered by many to have singlehandedly invented synchronized swimming; she dove into pools full of crocodiles and wrote aquatic fairy tales; a Harvard professor declared her “the perfect woman”

If you are reading this, thank this woman. Her name is Grace Hopper, and she is one of the most under appreciated computer scientists ever. You think Gates and Jobs were cool? THIS WOMEN WORKED ON COMPUTERS WHEN THEY TOOK UP ROOMS. She invented the first compiler, which is a program that translates a computer language like Java or C++ into machine code, called assembly, that can be read by a processor. Every single program you use, every OS and server, was made possible by her first compiler.