Posts tagged women
Posts tagged women
Yesterday was “International Men’s Day”. Our columnist Ally Fogg looks at a day that has been, in recent years, following a peculiar trajectory, fom “bafflement through indifference, hostility and mockery to a grudging recognition and acceptance” (via guardiancomment)
Interesting… What do you think? Do we need an International Men’s Day?
On October 30, 1811, a thirty five year old clergyman’s daughter anonymously published her first novel, Sense and Sensibility. The publication cost over a third of the family’s yearly income, but it was a wise investment as the first printing sold out.
Pictured above are editions of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility from the US, Brazil, Korea, Finland, Lithuania, and Slovakia. The Lithuanian edition pictured is the first ever Lithuanian edition of Sense and Sensibility, new to library shelves in 2010.
Aethelflaed (d.918), also known as “Lady of the Mercians” in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, was the oldest daughter of King Alfred the Great of Wessex and ruled the kingdom of Mercia after her husband, Aethelred, died in 911.
Did you know that Hattie McDaniel was the first African American woman to ever be nominated for an Academy award?
She was not even allowed to attend her own movie’s premiere. The movie, in case you are unfamiliar, was 1939’s Gone with the Wind.
Her career began with radio in which she played a maid who went by “Hi-Hat Hattie.” The radio serial was called “The Optimistic Do-nut Hour.” She was paid so little for her role (especially in proportion to her white counterparts) that she had to work as a real maid off to the side in order to make enough money to live.
She also got criticism from different groups such as the NAACP, who felt she, like other black actors at the time, were only perpetuating stereotypes of African Americans. She decidedly kept working as she did saying, “I’d rather play a maid for $700 a week than be one for $7.”