It's so exciting to think about the five newest women of NASA! These graduates are joining the Artemis program, which has a goal to send a woman to the moon, among other objectives, by 2024. It's also meant to help us get to Mars.
The men who actually landed on the moon made some pretty irritating jokes about women in space, but women are who made it possible for them to land there in the first place. Many women were involved not only with the moon landing, but with all of NASA's projects since. Everyone from secretaries to MIT-trained scientist Margaret Hamilton deserve recognition, and don't even get us started on the women of color who were hidden from history for decades.
As much as many people make the argument that men are stronger than women, there are a few ways in which women can truly do men harm biologically. One of those ways is simply the way the vagina weeds out the weakest sperm in a sort of freaky, acidic death trap that helps our species survive. Another is apparently giving men our DNA after we've been pregnant.
"Let. Her. Speak. Please!"
Women in science are trolling Bill Nye the Science Guy, but they're doing it very politely. Men in science are doing it as well with the hashtag #BillMeetScienceTwitter, where scientists who believe that the engineer needs more actual scientists on his show are introducing themselves to him.
We’ve all heard that our generation will be the first to not be better off than the one before it, from jobs to economy to education and general standard of life. But now there’s even more sinister news afoot: women in the United States are not living as long as women a generation ago, either.
Dr. Jemison was born in Decatur, Alabama in 1954, at the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. (Just a few months before she was born, the Supreme Court ruled that segregation was unconstitutional in their decision in the landmark Brown V. Board of Education.) Jemison's mother was a math teacher, and when Jemison was three her family moved to Chicago's Southside so that she would have access to better schools. (Which should tell you all you need to know about the state of education for black kids in Alabama in the 1950s.) Undoubtedly her family's focus on education was critical to Jemison's success.
Her mother also encouraged Jemison's interest in science from an early age, and throughout the teen years when many other girls start to drift away from science classes. We have discussed this anti-female science bias before, so it's interesting to see a counter-point: a strong parental influence and direct encouragement. Jemison's mother was invested in science, and she was able to bolster her daughter's interest. (And look how that worked out!)
In an interview that was ostensibly to be about something sports-related, Icke announced to the world that "he was the son of God, and predicted that the world would soon be devastated by tidal waves and earthquakes. From this rapid turnabout, David Icke became one of the most prolific and disturbing futurists in the movement which he dubbed "New Age conspiracism."
(Sometimes I wonder what my parents were thinking, letting an eight year old girl read a book about spontaneous human combustion. Maybe they didn't notice, or maybe they were just happy that I read books at all. Certainly I doubt they realized that I was both compelled to read it, and suffering from nightmares where I woke up with half my body burnt and reduced to ash.)
I won’t profess to be a fan of gladiators, fighting, or violent, death-inducing sports of any kind; I certainly am not. But knowing that the strong, muscular body of a female gladiator has been found is somehow cool to me.
The woman, said to be “massive and muscular,” was discovered buried in Herefordshire, Britain, in a coffin made of wood, iron, and brass. This burial case is considered to be an elaborate one, reserved for someone important or who was honored. Researchers thought immediately that she was a man, since she was so big and strong—until they examined her head and pelvis, which prove that she was likely female.