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July 4th, 2014
thesmithian

'In 2013, of the 30,000 students that took U.S. high school Advanced Placement computer science exam, less than 20% were female, eight percent were Hispanic, and three percent were black. No female, black or Hispanic students took the exam in Mississippi or Montana. The poorest communities, often the most diverse, have the most limited access to technology. According to a Pew Internet study, just three percent of teachers of the poorest classrooms feel that their students have access to the digital tools they need at home.'

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June 14th, 2014
thesmithian

…there’s no one show that can really encompass all black people. There are so many diversities among us that there isn’t one show that can reflect them all. Marla Gibbs

Margaret Theresa Bradley aka Marla Gibbs was born on this day (in Chicago) in 1931.

June 13th, 2014
thesmithian

…humanizing of people who remain invisible in plain view was central to her work, evidence that audacity is sometimes its own best reward.

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art: Ruby Dee | November 1961 | by Carl Van Vechten

June 9th, 2014
thesmithian

So intense was the spotlight after Sally Ride’s visit to space (including threats from stalkers) that she had to undergo therapy to regain her equilibrium.

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So intense was the spotlight after Sally Ride’s visit to space (including threats from stalkers) that she had to undergo therapy to regain her equilibrium.

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June 4th, 2014
thesmithian

'…While they don't lack female vocalists…there are few female instrumentalists, and even fewer in headlining roles or mainstage performances…'

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May 29th, 2014
thesmithian

pattilahell:

I want these sunglasses

[look of the hour]

(Source: beyoncelovr)

Reblogged from resentment.
May 29th, 2014
thesmithian
…they beat the women, they used the chairs, broke the chairs, they broke bottles, they did all kinds of things over the heads of very, very civil women and men…

Obiageli Ezekwesili

leader of the protest, [who] said at least 30 buses had brought people from rural areas to disrupt the rally…calling on [Nigeria’s] leadership to do more to rescue more than 200 girls kidnapped by the armed group Boko Haram

May 18th, 2014
thesmithian

'…the belief that students were often blocked from living up to their potential by the presence of certain fears and anxieties and doubts…These feelings were especially virulent at moments of educational transition—like the freshman year of high school or the freshman year of college. And they seemed to be particularly debilitating among members of groups that felt themselves to be under some special threat or scrutiny: women in engineering programs, first-generation college students, African-Americans in the Ivy League.'

The negative thoughts took different forms in each individual…but they mostly gathered around two ideas. One set of thoughts was about belonging. Students in transition often experienced profound doubts about whether they really belonged—or could ever belong—in their new institution. The other was connected to ability. Many students believed in what Carol Dweck had named an entity theory of intelligence—that intelligence was a fixed quality that was impossible to improve through practice or study.

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May 18th, 2014
thesmithian
When the President of the Board of Directors of a start-up, non-profit, public health NGO calls the office line, I answer.
Him: Can we expect to see you at tonight’s event?
Me: Yes.
Him: I’m sure you’re going to get dressed up very nicely.
Before the conversation ends, he asks me to relabel 50 business cards, because he forgot to grab some before boarding the train. I not only *dressed up very nicely* for the event, but was the only staff member to work the event-in below-freezing temperatures to boot.
Here’s to being the only 20-something year old female in the work place.
[look of the day]
May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

zinge:

feministballerina:

malonetaylor:

Did you know? It’s your RIGHT to access reproductive healthcare without being intimidated or terrorized.

People need to see this. 

It is illegal to willingly harass and intimidate a person on purpose, even if you are doing it outside of an abortion clinic.  Remember this, pro-lifers.  You can and will be charged. <3

[look of the day]

(Source: misandry-malone)

Reblogged from Diaspora Dash
May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

Women are told to breastfeed for their children’s health, then told that breastfeeding effectively means they can’t go out in public.

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May 15th, 2014
thesmithian

'for many women, the confidence gap is not that they have less faith in their abilities than men. It’s that (unlike men) they’re expected to downplay their confidence in order to seem nonthreatening and likable—or face professional consequences. This emotional labor is the unwritten responsibility in every woman’s job description.'

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May 10th, 2014
thesmithian
The girls themselves also knew full well the dangers they might encounter. Their school had recently been closed due to terrorist threats…but these girls still insisted on returning to take their exams. They were so determined to move to the next level of their education…so determined to one day build careers of their own and make their families and communities proud. And what happened in Nigeria was not an isolated incident…it’s a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions.
April 19th, 2014
thesmithian

…based on the true story of Dido Belle, a mixed-race woman raised as an aristocrat in 18th-century England. It follows Belle, adopted into an aristocratic family, who faces class and color prejudices. As she blossoms into a young woman, she develops a relationship with a vicar’s son who is an advocate for slave emancipation.

more, plus two clips, here.

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