|March 8, 2014|
In 966, Nichelle Nichols was cast as the communications officer for a starship. Her role as Lieutenant Uhura placed her as one of the first black depicted as a maid or minor character on US television. In fact Gene and Majel Roddenberry fought with Star Trek's network host to keep the character on the air. Her role as an intelligent, highly capable officer allowed numerous other girls of color to see themselves cast in positive proactive terms.
Nichols also worked with NASA to help girls and minorities seek out education and work in science and technology. Her foundation, "Women in Motion" continues this work today.
More here: http://nypost.com/2011/02/
Saturday, March 8, 2014
|March 8, 2014|
On October 24, 2012, Nabeela and her brother were learning how to tend garden plants with their grandmother (who was also the local midwife) when a drone strike wounded the children and killed their grandmother. One year later, Nabeela spoke to the US Congress, telling her story and expressing her grief over the death of her care-giving grandmother because of the drone program.
More about Nabeela here: http://www.newyorker.com/
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
|March 6, 2014|
On June 25, 2013, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis was engaged in a one-woman filibuster that lasted 11 hours as she holds up legislation that would decimate access to safe, legal abortion in Texas.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
|March 5, 2014|
Hawa Abdi was once appropriately described once as "one part Mother Teresa, one part Rambo." She trained in the 1960 and 70s in the former Soviet Union to become a doctor and then to become a lawyer because as she states the women in Somalia had no justice and were dying from poor or no maternal care during pregnancy.
Using her family's lands and jewelry she founded a hospital, community farms and school in 1984. As stated on Bad-ass of the week: "Despite the destruction, war, and subsequent famine ravaging the land all around her, Hawa Abdi spent the next 29 years providing a safe haven for the displaced, turning her tiny one-room shack into a 400 bed hospital, and her 1,300-acre farm into a refugee camp where 90,000 displaced Somalis received free food, clean water, free health care, and a clean place for women to give birth. She built a school that educates 850 children between the ages of 7 and 18. She negotiated for fishing boats and farmland so her people could grow and fish for their food. She personally spent 12-hour days, 7 days a week, delivering babies, treating gunshot wounds, and setting up IV lines for malnourished children, and she's done it all through donations and her own personal funds, without hardly any international funding or aid."
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