An Archive of Growth?


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

–May Sarton


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

–Lady Bird Johnson


Women’s virtue is man’s greatest invention.

–Cornelia Otis Skinner


America - land I love to mock


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…

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

Virginia Woolf



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)


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

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 became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist.

–Sally Kempton




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…

antibodies for baby

Breast milk contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide. (Source: WHO)

Age of Gender Enlightenment

In 1921, American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She won the award for her novel The Age of Innocence, a story set…

Planned IUD

IUDs are more than 99% effective, and can work for up to 12 years (copper). (Source: Planned Parenthood)


Hatshepsut was one of the most powerful women in the ancient world and the one and only female pharaoh in recorded history. (Source:


Between 15% and 71% of women around the world have suffered physical or sexual violence committed by an intimate male partner at some point in their lives. (Source: WHO)
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Tale of Genji

The world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, was published in Japan around A.D. 1000 by female author Murasaki Shikibu. (Source:

Red Tide

NASA engineers once asked Sally Ride if 100 tampons was enough for 7 day mission. (Source:

TWO Nobels!

Marie Curie is the only woman to ever win two Nobel Prizes. Her first award was for physics for her work on spontaneous radiation with her husband, with her second being…


The HPV vaccine lessens the risk contracting HPV and developing cervical cancer. Vaccines are recommended for girl (and boys) as young as 9. (Source: WebMD)

I hate to hear you talking so like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures.

–Jane Austen



Maternity leave

Only four countries in the world fail to provide paid maternity leave to all workers: Lesotho, Swaziland, Papua, New Guinea and the United States. (Source:
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