Matilda Wagner

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The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion ~every single day.
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Congratulation to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the successful launch of Mars Curiosity! Huge. You deserve to celebrate. And be celebrated. You’ve made Earth proud. 

I also celebrate NASA/JPL for how visible women were as part of this extraordinary event. Several times on the livestream last night people made reference to kids looking at the launch of the Mars Curiosity and seeing possibilities for themselves in STEM - and thanks to a number of prominent women on the team, little girls will see a path to space for themselves too. 

There were six members of the JPL team in the control room for the launch. In no particular order, they were:

  • Pauline Hwang, Deputy Integrated Planning & Execution Team Chief
  • Erisa Hines, Attitude Control System Engineer 
  • Ann Devereaux, EDL Flight System Engineer 
  • Kelly Clarke, Deputy Realtime Operations Team Chief/GDS Engineer 
  • Leslie Livesay, Director for the Engineering and Science Directorate 
  • Nagin Cox, Assistant Flight System System Engineering Manager 

…and present in rehearsal (unsure what role she had at launch; confirming)

  • Tracey Nielson, Fault Protection System Engineer  
NASA commentator/reporter Gay Hill tied it all together as the night wore on. 
Also, those delightful @MarsCuriosity tweets are voiced by a trio of ladies, led by NASA’s social media manager Veronica McGregor (who opened the press conference after the launch), with Courtney O’Connor and Stephanie Smith. Still giggling over “GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!

Anyhoo. Not that we’re indifferent to Bobak’s charms - please, we’re totally down - but we wanted to give shout-outs to the incredible ratio-changing people who were part of the MarsCuriosity’s terrific team. We’re sure there are more, but these were who we saw. See, visibility is important. Even from space. 


Five 2012 Olympic Ladies You Should Know About:

  •  Olympic Weightlifter Zoe Smith Shuts Down Sexist Tweets About Female Athletes’ ‘Manly’ Bodies [x]

We, as any women with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble.    


  • Afghani female sprinter, Tahmina Kohistani, resists country’s old ideals, vows to show women new future [x]

My feeling is different because I’m going to do something for my country. I like to change the society, to change the mind of people about [women] and they should accept this. We are not wrong. We are right.

  • After years of keeping her sport a secret from her parents, Sarah Menezes wins judo gold for Brazil. [x]

In the beginning, they used to say judo was not a girl’s sport. Then, they would complain that being an athlete was a not a proper career. I would go to my training sessions anyway, sometimes saying I had to stay longer at school, sometimes asking the neighbour to take me secretly.

  • When Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi makes her Olympic debut in the 10- metre air rifle event, she will be the first woman to represent Malaysia in Olympic shooting and eight months pregnant. [x]

Every morning I talk to her and I say: ‘Mummy is going for training. Please remain calm. Don’t kick.’ But if the baby kicks I have to breathe easy and let her calm down before shooting.

  • Less than a month away from the London Games, U.S. women’s soccer standout Megan Rapinoe says publicly for the first time that she is gay. [x]

To be honest I’ve been thinking about it for a while, trying to find a time that works, now leading up to the Olympics, people want to get personal stories. Our team in general is in a position where people look up to us and kids look up to us. I embrace that and I think I have a huge LGBT following. I think it’s pretty cool, the opportunity that I have, especially in sports. There’s really not that many out athletes. It’s important to be out and to live my life that way.


Erin (from A Dress A Day)

I wish someone would have told me this when I was younger.  

(via iamateenagefeminist)

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From left, Mangbetu woman, Congo, c. 1929-37; woman with child, Guinea, 1915; Tutsi woman, Rwanda, c. 1929-37. Photos courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

During Colonial times, it wasn’t unusual for photographers to feature ‘natives’ (as they referred to Africans) on postcards. 

 Over 8,000 different postcards were produced in colonial West Africa from 1901 to 1963. Often these postcards were intended to document racial “types,” as the French called them, or illustrate the progress of French development projects. The postcards were sent mainly by European merchants and members of the French military. These postcards circulated throughout Europe, received by friends and families back home.


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1. Women are winning at education. As educational achievement increases across the U.S., women’s achievement growth is exceeding that of men in every demographic group—most notably at the highest income levels. Women are reaching adulthood better-equipped with the knowledge and experience…


COLUMBUS – Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way.


- Charles Malik



For the dudebros who don’t concern themselves with access to birth control, abortion, daycare, etc.—I would love to see how you would manage a life or a career if your plans were constantly being interrupted by pregnancy. I really would. 

And before you interject with any “just close your legs! if you don’t want to get pregnant, don’t have sex!” business, please remember one thing: someone out there is getting women pregnant, and it isn’t the Holy Spirit. 

Fuckin A right!

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#Obama , an awesome #quote about: #choice #women


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