An Archive of Growth?

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Women are at last becoming persons first and wives second, and that is as it should be.

–May Sarton

 

When you are unhappy, is there anything more maddening than to be told that you should be contented with your lot?

–Kathleen Norris

 

books

Was he drunk?

F. Scott Fitzgerald once danced on the lawn of publishers Doubleday to attract Joseph Conrad; the caretaker noticed him and had him removed.

The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.

–William F. Buckley, Jr.

 

college

Earn your degree

Over 60 percent of college degrees awarded in the U.S. every year are earned by women. (Source: genderacrossborders.com)

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.

–Mark Russell

 

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.