Sunday, March 30, 2014

Because of Them, We Can

Amazing idea by photographer Eunique Jones, who took pictures of kids modeling as Women's History icons.

Like this:

Go check out the full list here.

So good!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bead Soup Ingredients

So I have a new interest in cooking since my surgery.  I've been playing with new recipes.  So my bead soup that arrived today (!) goes right along with this new adventure. 

Soup is on! 
Isn't this delightful?
My partner, Marie Covert, was very very generous with the soup ingredients and beady delights.

Look at all these focals!  I love love love the face cabochon.  And the shell!  And the polymer = great colors.  The stone cabs are unakite, one of my favorites.  And the lampwork foil works perfectly with the abalone shell.  Not sure which one I'll use first...  but I do love a good face bead.  :)

Marie also sent LOTS of supporting beads - glass pearls, and stunning howlite rosettes, mother of pearl beads, and florite chunks, and even some crystals.  

I've got two clasps to choose from, too!  And really cool barrel beads, and stone beads with little happy faces.  And seed beads and touches of copper and silver rings.  Fun!

Aren't these cool?  Almost like flowers made from bottle glass.
Marie sent the above flowers, too.  They're from Venice, made by an apprentice lampworker.  So cool!  I can imagine these as chunky focals, with lots of mixed metals.  Hmmm.

How thoughtful!
I mentioned to Marie that I've become obsessed with felting and look what she included!  Roving and ribbon and a big ole spool of funky, chunky turquoise yarn.  Yay!  Even the butterfly is perfect, as I can use it in one of my Magpie bracelets.

Think there's a subliminal message here, to go NUTS!  I'll have to wait until this weekend to lay out some ideas, but that's the plan.

Thanks, Marie!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Thank you, Miss Moore.

Can I tell you a secret?  I used to skip school to go to the library. 

Yep.  'Cause at the library, I could read what I was interested in, not what was demanded of me.  (Most of which I'd already read.)  I'd spend hours in the library, hiding in the stacks of the children's room and in the adult sections.  If I got bored reading, I'd go upstairs to the museum, to see the creepy mummy.  (The thought of that thing wrapped in that ancient cloth still gives me the shivers.)  Going to the library saved my life as a child.  And gave me a lifelong love of reading and researching.

So, today's honor for women who make history goes to Miss Moore, a librarian from Maine.  (Those Maine women, nothing to fool around with.)

From A Might Girl blog
Today's Mighty Girl Hero is Anne Carroll Moore, the trailblazing librarian who fought to put books into the hands of children. Moore was called the “Grande Dame of Children’s Services" for her pioneering efforts in the fields of children's literature, publishing and librarianship, and is considered one of the most influential people in the 20th century for U.S. librarianship.

Born in Maine in 1871, Moore originally planned on pursuing a career as a lawyer. A series of family hardships prevented her from going that route, but she found a new vocational passion as a librarian. After her 1896 graduation from the Pratt Institute Library in Brooklyn, Moore began investigating the establishment of a children's room at the Pratt Library. Before this point, children were generally considered a nuisance in such an environment, and were certainly not part of the target clientele. Many times, children were not even permitted access to a library until the age of 14 years.
Moore planned to shift this exclusionary attitude, and as part of her preparation she toured local kindergartens, visited diverse neighborhoods, and even posed queries to children she met on the streets. She then worked to create a warm and welcoming space for a young readership, complete with child-sized furniture, cozy nooks, story times and more. The children, of course, were delighted, and showed up in droves.

After a ten year stretch at the Pratt Library, Moore moved on to the New York Public Library, and took on the management of children's programming at all of its branches. She worked hard to implement quality training for the staff, and establish widespread policies of inclusion relating to the children themselves. Moore also successfully campaigned for books to be loaned out directly to the children -- a practice that had not previously been in place.

Later in life, Moore began to write her own books, including a memoir and a children's book, "Nicholas, A Manhattan Christmas Story," which won the 1925 Newbery Medal. She also went on to become a highly-regarded children's book reviewer. Always, however, she was a champion for children and books.

Today's book image is from "Miss Moore Thought Otherwise" -- a beautifully illustrated, recent release about Moore's work at the New York Public Library for ages 5 to 9:
For other Mighty Girl books honoring librarians, visit our “Librarians & Teachers” section at

Sunday, March 23, 2014

From "Prostitute" to Respected Member of the UN

I read this yesterday and had to include it in the Women's History Month line-up.

By Sangwon Yoon:

Days of Being Called a Prostitute Pass as UN Women Rise to Power

March 19 (Bloomberg) -- Dame Margaret Anstee grew accustomed to accusations that she was a prostitute and to being mistaken for her male deputy’s secretary. She doesn’t hold it against anyone: There weren’t many women diplomats at the United Nations when she started work there in 1952.
“Diplomacy was a bastion of male chauvinism -- it had never been done any other way when I started my career,” said Anstee, now 88, in a phone interview. “Men were just getting accustomed to having us around as peers.”

There’s no longer any room for excuses about excluding women, said Anstee, one of the U.K.’s first female diplomats, who led 11 UN operations around the world and in 1992 became the first woman to head a UN peacekeeping mission, in Angola.

While women diplomats are still far from a majority at the UN, they have reached a critical mass. A record one-third of the members of the UN Security Council, the organization’s most powerful body, are represented by women. Thirty of the UN’s 193 members have female ambassadors -- also the most since the international body was created in 1945.

In the preamble to its charter that year, the UN asserted its determination “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women.” The world body has been slow to live up to that lofty mission, say some of the women diplomats who have served there. Instead, they say, they’ve been subject to the same slights and exclusions as their counterparts in other fields.

For more: go here.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Huzzah for the Suffragists!

Another gem from A Mighty Girl
The fight for women's suffrage in the US lasted 72 years from the first women's right conference in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848 to the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in 1920. The text of the amendment is simple, straightforward, and to modern Americans, absolutely obvious, but at the turn of the twentieth century, it was an unpopular point of view among many.

The pamphlet pictured here was created by an organization founded in 1911 to actively oppose state and national suffrage efforts, the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage. In it, they listed several reasons for opposing women's suffrage including: "Because it is unwise to risk the good we already have for the evil which may occur." The group disbanded in 1920 after the passage of the 19th Amendment.

This year will mark the 94th anniversary of women's right to vote and, for Women's History Month, we're celebrating a few of the original Mighty Girls -- the suffragists! The suffragists were activists who worked tirelessly to secure that right for themselves, their daughters, and future generations of American women. Women are still grateful for the work of their suffragist sisters; since the 1980s, women have been turning out to vote in significantly higher numbers than men.

To introduce children and teens to the amazing women of the US suffrage movement, check out our blog post on “How Women Won the Vote: Teaching Kids About the U.S. Suffrage Movement” for numerous reading recommendations:

A Mighty Girl also features special collections on two of the most famous early American suffragists: Susan B. Anthony ( and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (

For many stories for children and teens about the women's suffrage movement in the US, UK, and Canada, visit our Women's History section at

To learn more about the contributions of suffragists, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, and their important legacy in securing women's right to vote, the film "Iron Jawed Angels" is highly recommended for viewers 13 and up (

The excellent "One Woman, One Vote" documentary also tells Paul's story, along with that of the Suffrage Movement's other key leaders such as Anthony and Stanton -- for viewers 10 and up (  - Note: I use this film and my students love it!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Now this is a map I could follow.

Even in French.

From Miss Representation Facebook page.  Check them out!
French artist Silvia Radelli created an alternative version of the Paris Metro map that renames some 100 stations for historic women and events. It tells what she calls 'another history of the world,' where Victor Hugo is replaced by Georges Sand, and Alexandre Dumas by Jane Austen. - via Abby McIntyre at

Read more:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Mighty Girl

Thank to A Mighty Girl blog for posting this.  So worth spreading.  And a perfect example of women - of all ages - making history.  And taking action to make the world a better place.

When Keshia Thomas was 18 years old in 1996, the KKK held a rally in her home town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hundreds of protesters turned out to tell the white supremacist organization that they were not welcome in the progressive college town. At one point during the event, a man with a SS tattoo and wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with a Confederate flag ended up on the protesters' side of the fence and a small group began to chase him. He was quickly knocked to the ground and kicked and hit with placard sticks.

As people began to shout, "Kill the Nazi," the high school student, fearing that mob mentality had taken over, decided to act. Thomas threw herself on top of one of the men she had come to protest, protecting him from the blows. In discussing her motivation after the event, she stated, "Someone had to step out of the pack and say, 'this isn't right'... I knew what it was like to be hurt. The many times that that happened, I wish someone would have stood up for me... violence is violence - nobody deserves to be hurt, especially not for an idea."

Thomas never heard from the man after that day but months later, a young man came up to her to say thanks, telling her that the man she had protected was his father. For Thomas, learning that he had a son brought even greater significance to her heroic act. As she observed, "For the most part, people who hurt... they come from hurt. It is a cycle. Let's say they had killed him or hurt him really bad. How does the son feel? Does he carry on the violence?"

Mark Brunner, the student photographer who took this now famous photograph, added that what was so remarkable was who Thomas saved: "She put herself at physical risk to protect someone who, in my opinion, would not have done the same for her. Who does that in this world?"

And, in response to those who argued that the man deserved a beating or more, Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator Leonard Pitts Jr. offered this short reflection in The Miami Herald: "That some in Ann Arbor have been heard grumbling that she should have left the man to his fate, only speaks of how far they have drifted from their own humanity. And of the crying need to get it back.
Keshia's choice was to affirm what they have lost.
Keshia's choice was human.
Keshia's choice was hope."

To view more pictures of this Mighty Girl's remarkable act of courage and read more about the event, visit the BBC at

For stories for children and teens about real-life girls and women who took a stand for what they believed in, visit A Mighty Girl's "Role Model" section at

For both fictional and biographical books for children and teens that star courageous girls and women, visit our "Courage / Bravery" section at

For Mighty Girl stories that explore racial discrimination and prejudice, visit

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Partner!

Meet Marie Covert, my Bead Soup Blog partner!

Here's a photo of Marie's booth, from her blog.
Marie lives in Odessa, Texas (where's it's warm and two feet of melty snow doesn't still cover the ground) and does lots of different art - beading, metalwork, painting, sculpting.  I peeked at her facebook page and admired some of the cloaks she makes and sells at Ren Faires.  Gorgeous!

From our email chats, it sounds like Marie and I have lots in common.  We're both teachers!  We both love beads.  That's enough right there, isn't it?  That's the best thing about the Bead Soup parties - meeting wonderful new people.

When I get my soup from Marie, I'll post some pictures.  If you're interested in learning more about the blog hop, go here.

Friday, March 14, 2014

We interrupt this blog for a little thing called "Gall Bladder Surgery."

A little over two weeks ago, I woke up in horrible pain.  Pain so bad that I overcame my cheapness and fear of doctor bills to be driven to the ER.

Turns out, I had gall stones. 

Can I just say OUCH!
diagram of innerds. 
So, on March 11th, I had surgery.  A quick in and out of the hospital, four small incisions.  Good pain meds.  I came home later that day.

Until today, I felt okay.  Now, I'm beginning to understand why there's a recovery period of 6-12 days.  The pain is manageable, but I did lose a body part.  So, reluctantly, I have to give my other body parts time to figure out how to compensate.

Would it surprise you to know that I am NOT a stay-in-the-bed kind of gal?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, as played by Lynda Carter, circa late 1970s.
I missed this TV series.  Darn it.  I'm guessing I was outnumbered by my brothers when it came to TV viewing time.  (You know, in that era before the dvr.)

But lately, I've become a fan.  Maybe it's the hope for a big-screen re-do of Wonder Woman.  More likely, it's the artwork.
Bookmark from TheEstrangedArtist
So graphic.  So strong.  So cool.  Like lots of the women I know.

Pretty sure I'll be ordering this collage sheet:
From VellaCollageSheets
And, maybe, this shirt.
From HumorApparel
Just saying.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

National Women's History Museum

Did you know that there is NOT a national museum honoring women's history?

Congress won't fund the purchase of land on the National Mall.  You know, that famous spot in the United States capital that features the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Smithsonian, and countless other museums and monuments.

Currently, the National Women's History Museum has only an online presence.  Check out the activism in progress, here.

Lobby your Congressperson.  Join the conversation.  Be part of history.  Get involved.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Women's History + Etsy

Good stuff here!

Really good stuff. 
Pottery bead from Captured Moments
Alice Paul bracelet from SarahWoodJewelry
Sassy Lady charm from LeAlteredMuse
Wall decal from Twistmo
Vintage photo from abcbrentwoodquilts
Friends Dancing pin from GinaDesignsMetalArt
Priestess cloth art doll by Arziehodge
Native American woman circa 1920 from RosiesVintagePrints
Cross stitch from Plastic Little Covers
Coloring Book from coloringoutside
I'm getting my crayons ready!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bessie Coleman

Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman
The first African American woman pilot
and the first African American to hold an
international pilot's license.

She died doing what she loved.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


Some (many) of the powerful women I know live by this philosophy:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Patsy Mink

Did you benefit from Title IX?

If you're a girl and you played sports in school, say "thank you" to Patsy Mink.

One of my favorite research finds (so far) is a joint letter from Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes and University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler to then President Gerald Ford, complaining about how Title IX was threatening their precious football money.

Woody and Bo were worried that girls would want to play football, and more worried that funding girls sports would take away resources for boys sports.  Ford told the coaches not to worry about it.

Thankfully, as a key congressional sponsor, Patsy Mink worried about more than girls sports when crafting Title IX.  While most of the attention paid to this important legislation focuses on sports, Title IX also protects girls and women in other, equally important ways.

This means employment protection, sexual harassment, STEM programs for girls, pregnancy protections, and education programs like Women's History were developed.  And, until Reagan became president, even funded.

Photo from

Friday, March 7, 2014

Agatha Tiegel Hanson

I was born with a cleft palate.  As a result, I was also hearing impaired, which affected my speech.  One of my favorite memories is of the day I came home from the hospital, after getting tubes put in my ears.

It was a pretty summer day.  Mom was fussing over me, while I recovered in my bedroom.  She opened a window above my head.  She made me toast and eggnog.  She even sat down on the bed next to me, a rarity for a busy mom with four kids under the age of nine.

That day was the first time I ever heard birds singing.  And learned that napkins crackled when placed under your chin.

I was amazed.  Mom cried.

Agatha Tiegel Hanson
Today, I say thank you to Agatha Tiegel Hanson (1873 – 1959)  

Educator, Author, and Advocate for Deaf Community
Agatha Tiegel Hanson was a teacher, poet, and advocate 
for the deaf community. 
Unable to hear and blind in one eye 
from a childhood illness, 
 she never allowed her disabilities to hold her back. 
She came of age at a time when most deaf people 
were denied access to education, 
and deaf women especially had few educational options.  
She was admitted to Gallaudet University, 
which is still the only college in America dedicated 
to the education of deaf and hard of hearing students.  
Graduating first in her class, 
her valedictorian speech argued for the recognition 
of the intellect of women, 
a cause she advocated throughout her life. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

No Limits

Ever get tired of the sexism that underscores so much of the media that's available for view?

I do.
     Although it makes for great conversations with my students.  Lots and lots of teachable moments.

Actor Geena Davis
The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is focused on developing programming that makes Hollywood less sexist.

Photo from

This is the exact reasoning that went into the development of Women's History Month, 40+ years ago.  If girls become familiar with all that they can do, they know no limits.

Imagine.  No limits.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Her Story Matters

Wanna source for some fabulous women's art?

In searching Etsy for "Women's History," I found this wonderful print by artist Soraya Nulliah!

Her Story Matters.
So lovely.  So right.  So perfect for my office.  :)
Please check out the rest of Soraya's work.  Support women's art and artists.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Roxcy O'Neal Bolton

Roxcy O’Neal Bolton (1926 – Present) 
20th Century Women’s Rights Pioneer
Roxcy O’Neal Bolton is a lifelong advocate for women’s rights. 
She is the founder of Florida’s first battered women's shelter 
 and the nation’s first hospital-based Rape Treatment Center.  
Her  extensive work also includes convincing National Airlines 
to offer maternity leave to (instead of firing) pregnant flight attendants; 
 lobbying for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA); 
and persuading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
to name hurricanes after both women and men.  
Bolton led the effort to create the Women’s Park in Miami, 
which opened in 1992 as the first outdoor space in the nation-- 
honoring past and present women leaders.

 As a rape survivor and a former rape counselor (at the first shelter in Sarasota),
I thank you, Roxcy.  I thank you.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Celebrating Character, Courage & Commitment

Do you know about the National Women's History Project?

Each year they pick a theme that celebrates the lives and experiences of women.  For 2014, the theme is "Celebrating Character, Courage & Commitment." 

Here's a few of their honorees.  (The full list can be found here.)

Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (1858 – 1964)
African American Educator and Author
Anna J. Cooper was an author, educator, speaker, and among the leading 
intellectuals of her time. Born into enslavement, she wrote "A Voice from 
the South," widely considered one of the first articulations of Black feminism. 
Throughout her long life, Anna worked for the betterment of 
African American women’s lives, which she saw as the foundation 
for a more just society for everyone. Cooper worked at Washington D.C.’s
M Street -- now Dunham High School for nearly 40 years, focusing 
the all black high school on preparing students for higher education, 
successfully sending many students to prestigious universities.

Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914 – Present)
Pharmacologist and
Public Health Activist  
Frances Oldham Kelsey as the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 
 pharmacologist refused to approve thalidomide, a drug that was 
later proved to cause severe birth defects.  Kelsey required scientific rigor for all her 
clinical trials as well as ongoing oversight of drug testing at the FDA.   
In addition, her research led Congress to pass the 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act greatly strengthening drug regulations by the FDA.  
Dr. Kelsey continued her work at the FDA until her retirement in 2005 
at age 91. In 2010 the FDA established the Frances Kelsey Award, 
an annual award given to a staff member for their 
commitment to scientific rigor.
Tammy Duckworth (1968 – Present)
Member of Congress and Iraq War Veteran
Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Representative from Illinois, is an
Iraq War veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
In 2014, she became the first disabled woman elected to serve in the
House of Representatives. 
Duckworth has a strong record advocating and implementing
improvements to veteran’s services.
In 2004, she was deployed to Iraq as a
Blackhawk helicopter pilot.  She was one of the first Army women
to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom
until her helicopter was hit by an RPG on November 12 2004.
She lost her legs and partial use of her right arm in the explosion
and was subsequently awarded a Purple Heart for her combat injuries.
What other women do you know that illustrate Character, courage, and Commitment?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Happy Women's History Month! (?)

I admit.  I'm conflicted about Women's History Month.

2010 National Women's History Project poster
Having a month dedicated to history that includes, even features women is marvelous.  It's also marginalizing.  Because women continue to be left out of history textbooks and large university survey courses and the History Channel and even general discussions of history.

As I'm in training as a historian, I am continually made aware that I must use caution in how I identify myself.  Am I a historian, first?  Or a scholar of "women," first?

2014 NWHP poster
I'm writing my dissertation on the U.S. National Women's History Month, looking at the activism that went into obtaining congressional recognition for the commemoration, as well as how Title IX's push for equity education affected the process.  It's an amazing story of resilience and dedication and good intentions!  
Gerda Lerner's students at Sarah Lawrence played a HUGE role in making WHM official.
A wonderful archive of women's stories and experiences has been developed, as a result of Women's History Month.  Stories that weren't common knowledge before.  Stories that weren't valued or included in history, as history.  

2005 NWHP poster
My question?  Does having a designated month for Women's History continue to separate women from History?  As agents of history?  Has what is considered important history expanded to include women?  (The same question goes for other commemorative months.)

When you think of history, who do you assume history is about?

This month, I am going to feature women from history.  I wrestled with doing it again this year, because I don't want to contribute to the marginalization of women.  But, I also realize that this blog features the wonder of women ALL YEAR round.  And, by including myself in the Women's History Month focus, maybe I can inspire others to expand their focus.

XX (fingers crossed)

Plus, there's just so many wonderful women to talk about!