In the week leading up to the election, hundreds of artists nationwide are coming together to create nonpartisan images that remind you to go vote on November 6. The project is open to all kinds of art, which makes for some interesting results. There’s what you’d expect — patriotic reminders on an American flag and fancy red, white, and blue lettering. And then there’s the really, wonderfully weird — Abe Lincoln in a bunny suit and “Go Vote” spelled ... Read More
Susan B. Anthony said that the bicycle “has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world,” but in the 1890s, bike-riding women weren’t exactly free to bike as they wished. Check out this list of 41 “don’ts” for female cyclists, published in 1895 by New York World: Don’t be a fright. Don’t faint on the road. Don’t wear a man’s cap. Don’t wear tight ... Read More
The always-controversial Lena Dunham strikes again with a new campaign ad for Barack Obama, in which she compares voting for the first time to losing your virginity. In the video, called “Your First Time,” Lena says, “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy.” She goes on to list reasons to vote for Obama: health insurance, access to birth control, bringing the troops home from Iraq, the Lilly Ledbetter Act, ... Read More
Sick of people assuming that successful women must have slept their way to the top? You’re not alone. Freelance writer Andrew Goldman, who writes the “Talk” Q&A column in The New York Times Magazine, recently asked The Birds star Tippi Hedren if she considered sleeping her way to the top. In any context, this is a pretty offensive question, but it may be especially so here. Goldman was interviewing Hedren about an upcoming biopic based on her ... Read More
D.C. ladies, now is your chance to celebrate women who rock! The National Museum of Women in the Arts is closing its 25th Anniversary year with an awesome exhibit called “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” opening September 7.     The exhibit covers women in popular music from the 1920s to today, including icons like Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Yoko Ono, and Madonna. Visitors will see handwritten lyrics, instruments, and clothing, including Joan ... Read More
You’ve been hearing plenty about Hurricane Isaac this summer, but did you ever wonder why Isaac is called Isaac, and not Isa or Ingrid?   Until 1979, hurricanes were always named after women. The system started during WWII, when U.S. Air Force and Navy meteorologists needed a way to identify hurricanes while analyzing weather maps. Many of those meteorologists – male, of course - began naming the hurricanes after their wives and girlfriends in ... Read More
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