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science

Extinction

The current pace of global average temperature rise puts approximately 25 to 35 percent of plant and animal species at increased risk of extinction. (Source: National Wildlife Federation)

The First Lady is an unpaid public servant elected by one person — her husband.

–Lady Bird Johnson

 

A kiss can be a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point. That’s the basic spelling that every woman ought to know.

Mistinguette

 

books

Inchage

Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness, avoided reading reviews of his work and instead measured them with a ruler. The longer the review, the better he felt about it. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

Women’s virtue is man’s greatest invention.

–Cornelia Otis Skinner

 

writing

Whoops

Alexandre Dumas fought his first duel at age 23. During the course of the duel, his trousers fell down. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?

–Phyllis Diller

 

science

Vaxx your kids

By 1979 the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared smallpox to be the first infectious disease to have been eradicated from the face of the earth, through the use of…

Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.

–Philip K. Dick

 

America - land I love to mock

Nan’yehi

Upon her husband’s death, Cherokee leader Nancy Ward (Nan’yehi) took his place in a 1775 battle against the Creeks, and led the Cherokee to victory. After the victory, she became head of…

Whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.

–Mark Twain

 

books

Rum ‘n cuppa

On days when he gave public readings from his novels, Charles Dickens had two tablespoons of rum with fresh cream for breakfast, and a pint of champagne for tea. (Source:…

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

Virginia Woolf

 

consent

Contraception, people!

An estimated 225 million women in developing countries would like to delay or stop childbearing but are not using any method of contraception. (Source: WHO)

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

–Elbert Hubbard

 

funny

Robo-Dick

There is a life-size android version of the SF writer Philip K. Dick, built in 2005 by David Hanson. It has been christened ‘Robo-Dick’.
consent

VAWA 2

Some studies show that up to 1 in 5 women reports being sexually abused before the age of 15. (Source: WHO)
science

Glaciers melting

In 1910 Glacier National Park was home to more an estimated 150 glaciers. That number has now shrunk to 25 as of December 2016. (Source: National Park Service)

If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee — that will do them in.

Bradley’s Bromide

 

feminism

That’ll learn ’em

The first American woman to go to medical school was admitted as a joke. When Elizabeth Blackwell applied to Geneva Medical School in 1847, the students thought it was a…

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill- treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: ’The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that’s fair.’ In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.

–Bertrand Russell

 

books

Hop on Pop’s What Now?

Dr Seuss included the word ‘contraceptive’ in a draft of his children’s book Hop on Pop to make sure his publisher was paying attention.

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

–Marie Curie

 

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Merit Ptah

The earliest recorded female physician was Merit Ptah, a doctor in ancient Egypt who lived around 2700 B.C. Many historians believe she may be the first woman recorded by name in…

I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist.

–Sally Kempton

 

Rational

Once in every 2-3 years

By the end of this century, what have been once-in-20-year extreme heat days (one-day events) are projected to occur every two or three years over most of the nation.  (Source:…

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

–Virginia Woolf

 

feminism

Midwifery

After childbirth, midwives support mothers to breastfeed and to prevent mother-to-child-transmission of HIV. They check the health of the newborn and also counsel the mother on newborn care, birth spacing…