1. "Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know."
    — 

    Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)

    OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.

    Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

    Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

    Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

    Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

    Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

    Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

    Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

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  2. Black women portrayed as damsels in distress is progressive and feminist

    thefighting-agathons:

    wavefour:

    sourcedumal:

    Fuck anyone who thinks otherwise

    Thoughts?

    There’s no thoughts, this is solid truth pls don’t reblog something from my sideblog with useless little comments and pester the op’s pls and thank

    Okay buddy.

     

  3. theinnkeeperlibrarian:

    leepacey:

    a restaurant in my hometown got a review that said the servers should “show some skin” so the owner added a potato skin special to the menu and all the proceeds from the special go to the west virginia foundation for rape information services (x)

    That’s exactly the appropriate response.

    (via trans-vegan)

     

  4. "Don’t ever compliment me by insulting other women. That’s not a compliment, it’s a competition none of us agreed to."
    — 

    "You’re not like other girls." Shut the fuck up. 

    I will reblog this until the end of fucking time. #womensupportingwomen2kforever

    (via housewifeswag)

    (Source: escapedgoat, via voxclara)

     
  5. hatey-mchaterson:

    angelclark:

    99-Year-Old Lady Sews A Dress A Day For Children In Need 

    Lillian Weber, a 99-year-old good Samaritan from Iowa, has spent the last few years sewing a dress a day for the Little Dresses For Africa charity, a Christian organization that distributes dresses to children in need in Africa and elsewhere.

    Weber’s goal is to make 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 on May 6th. So far, she’s made more than 840. Though she says she could make two a day, she only makes one – but each single dress she makes per day is personalized with careful stitchwork. She hopes that each little girl who receives her dress can take pride in her new garment.

    IDK if any of you have ever manufactured your own garments, but let me tell you, sewing a dress is hard work. It’s very hard on your back, your shoulders, and your hands, all parts that most old people have problems with simply due to their advanced age. Most of these dresses are simple designs, but each one takes this lady at least two hours of physical labor to produce.

    Much love for Lillian Weber.

    (via social-darwin-awards)

     

  6. Anonymous said: "When you dress like that and go out drinking and stay til late and walk home alone or accept drinks from a strangers you are asking for it." Okay. Maybe a little. But what are your thoughts on the men who do "it"?

    princessoffloral:

    sosungalittleclodofclay:

    it-goes-both-ways:

    the-porcelain-empress:

    There are degrees to rape. There are those that crack open a person’s skull and fuck them while they bleed out and there are those that see a horny drunk person and just go for it. 

    I feel sorry for those that commit those really gory rapes. They get thrown in prison where there mental issues only fester and when they do get out they will do it again but more carefully since they have learned from their mistakes. Those types of rapists belong in asylums, getting treatment for their aggressive behavior.

    As for those fuckwits that misinterpret the signals or just go for it because the victim is drunk or drugged, those entitled brats that feel a need to claim someone, a good prison shower rape should teach them better. They are the result of poor education and it’s a fixable habit. 

    You’re proposing corrective rape?

    feminism, everyone.

    ha ha hahahaa feminists amirite guys

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  7. Black women portrayed as damsels in distress is progressive and feminist

    sourcedumal:

    Fuck anyone who thinks otherwise

    Thoughts?

    (via fuckyeahmarthajones)

     
  8. nicotineintheafternoon:

    Always reblog

    (via monkriffe)

     
  9. communismkills:

    I need to add this to my masterpost of libertarian insanity.

    This is pretty disgusting on a million levels.

    As I commented on it earlier, “Funny how it changed from ‘no uterus, no opinion’ to ‘only men whose opinions I agree with.’”

    (via aboutwhitewomen)

     
  10. voxclara:

    tehbewilderness:

    iammyfather:

    bennycreampuff:

    They wouldn’t say “Father of two meets world leaders today”

    They’d say “President Obama meets world leaders today”.

    They wouldn’t say “Father of three founds one of the most successful modern computer businesses.”

    They’d say “Bill Gates founds one of the most successful modern computer businesses.”

    Get your shit right and use women’s names, not the number of kids they have.

    Gates has 3 kids?

    I hate the corporate media.

    fuck this

    (Source: brooklynmutt)