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I am passionate about telling the stories of women and girls out in the world doing great things. But I need your help. It takes time and energy to research and write each post.

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Kickstart This!

Like many of you, I saw the film Hidden Figures and cheered and cried with the amazing women whose stories had been shamefully neglected for far too long. As someone with more than a passing interest in women's history, I was also more than a little frustrated and disappointed that the stories of these women and others weren't routinely taught in school when I was a kid. Heck, they haven't been taught in most schools in the nearly-30 years since I graduated.

Over the last couple of years, there has been a concerted effort to tell the stories of important women in history whose work has overlooked, if not completely dismissed, for decades or even centuries. Most of the women newly-celebrated worked in the fields of medicine or science, with only a few representing mathematics, and even fewer still were African American women.

Until now, that is. Dr. Shelly Jones is committed to sharing the stories of these math pioneers in her work with students and teachers around the country. As someone who works with a diverse population, she knows the importance of creating a more accurate and representative picture of influential mathematicians, which was more than just a bunch of white men with a smattering of white women.

Dr. Jones was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about her work in teaching mathematics as well as explaining the importance of the African American Women Mathematician Activity Book.

Read the interview:

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Princess Mononoke knows the right thing to do.

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How much do you know about the life of Sacajawea and her work with Lewis and Clark?

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OMG. This Navajo Rey cosplay by Dezbah Rose is so flippin' amazing!

Photographer: RM Young Photography

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Another great ad about kickass women!

This time from Nike, showing off several badass Arab female athletes.

What I love about many of the Nike Women ads is how they show the amazing strength of these athletes -- both physical and emotional -- as they push themselves to perform better. It's not a story we see very often when we look at the sports news. It's a sad fact that no matter where you live, women's sports are not valued anywhere near men's. And so it shouldn't be a surprise when girls' participation is low, despite the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of sports on improving self-esteem, school performance, and socialization in girls, as well as the improvements in physical and mental health.

Sure, we see more stories about women in sports during the Olympics, but every two years is a long time to wait for more inspiration. So, I kinda look forward to these advertisements, even though I am a little iffy on corporations co-opting the themes of women's empowerment.

More importantly, this ad addresses the cultural biases that may keep many Arab girls from engaging in sports by showing young women running or skateboarding in defiance of the disapproving looks from people they encounter on the street. Sometimes the hardest part of exercising is simply getting out the door. This ad asks, "What will they say about you?" And then answers with "they'll say you're strong. That you can't be stopped. That you always find a way." These are the messages I want every young woman athlete to hear and internalize.

Plus, the Nike ads use actual athletes! In this video you'll see:

Amal Murad, first female Emirati parkour coach
Arifa Bseiso, first Jordanian female boxer
Ines Boubakri, first female Tunisian fencing Olympic bronze medal winner
Zahra Lari, first female Emirati figure skater

To add more amazing women to mix, the narrator is Fatima Al-Banawi, a Saudi actor, and there's a cameo by Balqees Fathi, a Saudi singer.

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Oooo! Great list! Of course, I'm sure you all could add some other names to the list.

"This list began with a mistake. I’d started collecting the titles of intriguing 2017 books: to read them, of course, but also because I hoped to review more prose in 2017. I soon noticed, though, that the writers I’d assembled in my private most-anticipated roll call bore an alarming resemblance in one respect to lists everywhere, not just the book-related kind (cf. editorial slates, boards of directors, tables of contents): the men outnumbered the women.

"So, I tried to right the balance; before long, I did. Good! But then, looking again at the expanded list, I realized that most of the women writers I’d added were white. I love white women’s books, and I love books by men, but I wanted to read women of color, too. I consulted others’ lists. I trawled through publishers’ catalogs. What I discovered was that if I excluded books by friends, as well as titles my agent and/or novel editor had worked on, there wasn’t much else I could find. I didn’t have this problem with male writers of color, and I didn’t have this problem with white women. I wasn’t hunting for unicorns."

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Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president

Here in the US it's Presidents' Day. Some states recognize it as Washington's birthday, while other call it Washington and Lincoln's birthdays. And then there's California, which calls it the "Third Monday in February." LOL

It was originally set up to celebrate George Washington's birthday, but in 1971 it was changed to Presidents' Day and turned into a three day weekend. And instead of singling out one or two presidents, it's generally a day to celebrate all US presidents.

I see it as a day to honor the office itself. And a day to celebrate the many women who have set their sights on serving in the Oval Office.

Like Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president in the US, way back in 1872! That's 145 years ago! And it was 48 years before the 19th Amendment!

She was nominated for by the Equal Rights Party in 1872, the party formed by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other prominent suffrage leaders, and ran under a platform that all citizens of the United States were equal under the law and should be granted all the rights and responsibilities confirmed in the Constitution. Their intention was to make their point by voting in the election, despite the laws that prevented them. In fact, Susan B. Anthony was arrested after voting in this election, and fined $1000.

In the many years since her campaign, over 70 other women have run for president. I don't know how long until we actually have a female president, but until then, I will celebrate the women who tried.

Read more about 5 women who have run for US President:

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This is a good video telling the stories of three female explorers: Marianne North, Mary Kingsley and Alexandra David-Néel
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