1. vintageanchorbooks:

“One Half of the World does not know how the other Half lives,” Franklin once wrote. His sister is his other Half.” ― Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians—a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister, Jane, whose obscurity and poverty were matched only by her brother’s fame and wealth but who, like him, was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator.Making use of an astonishing cache of little-studied material, including documents, objects, and portraits only just discovered, Jill Lepore brings Jane Franklin to life in a way that illuminates not only this one extraordinary woman but an entire world. 

One of my favorite reads of 2014 so far!

    vintageanchorbooks:

    “One Half of the World does not know how the other Half lives,” Franklin once wrote. His sister is his other Half.” 
    ― Jill LeporeBook of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

    From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians—a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister, Jane, whose obscurity and poverty were matched only by her brother’s fame and wealth but who, like him, was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator.

    Making use of an astonishing cache of little-studied material, including documents, objects, and portraits only just discovered, Jill Lepore brings Jane Franklin to life in a way that illuminates not only this one extraordinary woman but an entire world. 

    One of my favorite reads of 2014 so far!

    Reblogged from: vintageanchorbooks
  2. I got chills watching this trailer for Be Natural, a documentary in the works about Alice Guy-Blaché, the first female film director.  (I’d never heard of her before last night)

  3. explore-blog:


Women lived in germ-ridden camps, languished in appalling prisons, and died miserably, but honorably, for their country and their cause just as men did.

The untold stories of women who dressed and served as men in the Civil War

    explore-blog:

    Women lived in germ-ridden camps, languished in appalling prisons, and died miserably, but honorably, for their country and their cause just as men did.

    The untold stories of women who dressed and served as men in the Civil War

    Reblogged from: explore-blog
  4. jeannebrooks:

My heart.

    jeannebrooks:

    My heart.

    Reblogged from: jeannebrooks
  5. greatestgeneration:

In 1941, Elizabeth McIntosh was a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, she wrote an article chronicling her experience that day and the following week. Her editors chose not to publish it. Today the Washington Post published her article for the very first time.

    greatestgeneration:

    In 1941, Elizabeth McIntosh was a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, she wrote an article chronicling her experience that day and the following week. Her editors chose not to publish it. Today the Washington Post published her article for the very first time.

    Reblogged from: coolchicksfromhistory
  6. femfreq:

This excellent comic by Sydney Padua, is about the life of Ada Lovelace, widely considered to be the world’s first computer programmer. Be sure to read the whole comic over at The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.

    femfreq:

    This excellent comic by Sydney Padua, is about the life of Ada Lovelace, widely considered to be the world’s first computer programmer. Be sure to read the whole comic over at The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.

    Reblogged from: femfreq
  7. explore-blog:

Women fought long and hard for the right to vote a century ago, not without resistance. Honor their legacy by making sure your vote counts this season. 
Pictured here: Women at a booth implore passers-by to vote “yes” on women’s suffrage at a vote to be held on October 19, 1915, in New Jersey.

    explore-blog:

    Women fought long and hard for the right to vote a century ago, not without resistance. Honor their legacy by making sure your vote counts this season. 

    Pictured here: Women at a booth implore passers-by to vote “yes” on women’s suffrage at a vote to be held on October 19, 1915, in New Jersey.

    Reblogged from: explore-blog
  8. Ali Smith celebrates Lee Miller's literary talents | Books | The Guardian

    How to see Lee Miller? Much of her life would be a negotiation between the act of seeing and the act of being seen.

    This woman sounds like a firecracker.  She was a model, artist, photojournalist, writer, lover to Man Ray, artist’s muse, wife, mother, and more …Her life story is begging for a film treatment. 

  9. washingtonpoststyle:

Barbara Robbins was 21 when she moved to Saigon to work for the CIA.
She became the first female (and youngest ever) CIA staffer to be killed in the line of duty, in 1965, and the first woman to die in the Vietnam War.
Her name and service wouldn’t be honored for another 45 years.

    washingtonpoststyle:

    Barbara Robbins was 21 when she moved to Saigon to work for the CIA.

    She became the first female (and youngest ever) CIA staffer to be killed in the line of duty, in 1965, and the first woman to die in the Vietnam War.

    Her name and service wouldn’t be honored for another 45 years.

    Reblogged from: washingtonpoststyle
  10. fyeahafrica:

    Author, activist, visionary, and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

    RIP Wangari Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011).

    “Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own.”

    [Guardian: Farewell Wangari Maathai, you were a global inspiration – and my heroine]

    Reblogged from: remembertheladies
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