Fruit Sellers in Ivory Coast
Photographer: Nana Kofi Acquah, 2011


Fruit Sellers in Ivory Coast

Photographer: Nana Kofi Acquah, 2011

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As the U.S. plods along the road to recovery, many predict that economic expansion will come from growth industries such as the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Yet, that avenue isn’€™t paved well for everyone. African American women earned only 0.34% of Ph.D.s in computer science and 0.58% in engineering, as of 2006, according to the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.

There are many reasons for this underrepresentation, including social and economic factors as well as gender bias. However, strides have been made and a select few have persevered: researching, innovating, mentoring, and paving the way for other African American women (and men) to follow in their footsteps.

In an effort to shake up our imaginations and break through more roadblocks, we present five women who don’t just work in some of the world’s most innovative fields—they excel in them.



In this last stage of the rebellion, Lakshmibai, now in open revolt, emerged as one of India’s most skilled military leaders……Portrayed as wearing trousers or a sari pulled up between her legs to allow her to ride effectively, she also (according to legend rather than fact) was reputed to ride into battle with the reins in her teeth so both hands were free to wield her sword. Skilled in military strategy as well as combat techniques, she devised plans that if followed by her male colleagues, might have led to victory rather than defeat of the rebellion - at least in that area of India. Women and War: A Historical Encyclopedia from Antiquity to the Present, Bernard A. Cook. 

Without doubt the most famous of India’s women rulers - the “best and the bravest of the rebel leaders” according to the British commander who fought her -  is Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi.  Often portrayed as a virangana, she was not more than 30 when she died in battle during the Rebellion of 1857.

In pic 1 the Rani as a young girl in the television serial on the Rani’s life and in pic 2, the Rani as a young widow in Bharat Ek Khoj. Both the crescent shape and the horizontal line were traditional “bindis” in Maharashtra. 

The accomplishments of India’s women rulers - Razia, Chand Bibi, Ahilyabai Holkar, the Kittur Rani, the Bhopal Begum, Lakshmibai to name a few - were many. And importantly almost all were able administrators. 

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More info on Gloria Richardson.





Rape of Iraqi Women by US Forces as Weapon of War: Photos and Data Emerge | Asian Tribune

By Daya Gamage, US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

October 3, 2009

In March 2006 four US soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division gang raped a 14 year old Iraqi girl and murdered her and her family —including a 5 year old child. An additional soldier was involved in the cover-up.

One of the killers, Steven Green, was found guilty on May 07, 2009 in the US District Court of Paducah and is now awaiting sentencing.

The leaked Public Affairs Guidance put the 101st media team into a “passive posture” — withholding information where possible. It conceals presence of both child victims, and describes the rape victim, who had just turned 14, as “a young woman”.

The US Army’s Criminal Investigation Division did not begin its investigation until three and a half months after the crime, news reports at that time commented.

This is not the only grim picture coming out of Iraq U.S. forces being accused of using rape as a war weapon.

The release, by CBS News, of the photographs showing the heinous sexual abuse and torture of Iraqi POW’s at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison opened a Pandora’s Box for the Bush regime wrote Ernesto Cienfuegos in La Voz de Aztlan on May 2, 2004.

Journalist Cienfuegos further states “Apparently, the suspended US commander of the prison where the worst abuses took place, Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, has refused to take the fall by herself and has implicated the CIA, Military Intelligence and private US government contractors in the torturing of POW’s and in the raping of Iraqi women detainees as well.”

Brigadier General Karpinski, who commanded the 800th Military Police Brigade, described a high-pressure Military Intelligence and CIA command that prized successful interrogations. A month before the alleged abuses and rapes occurred, she said, a team of CIA, Military Intelligence officers and private consultants under the employ of the US government came to Abu Ghraib. “Their main and specific mission was to give the interrogators new techniques to get more information from detainees,” she said.

At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee.

Further photographs are said to depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.

Another apparently shows a female prisoner having her clothing forcibly removed to expose her breasts.

Detail of the content emerged from Major General Antonio Taguba, the former army officer who conducted an inquiry into the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq.

Allegations of rape and abuse were included in his 2004 report but the fact there were photographs was never revealed. He later confirmed their existence in an interview with the Daily Telegraph in May 2009.

The London newspaper further noted “graphic nature of some of the images may explain the US President Obama’s attempts to block the release of an estimated 2,000 photographs from prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan despite an earlier promise to allow them to be published.”

Maj. Gen. Taguba, who retired in January 2007, said he supported the President’s decision, adding: “These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency.

“The mere description of these pictures is horrendous enough, take my word for it.”

In April, Mr. Obama’s administration said the photographs would be released and it would be “pointless to appeal” against a court judgment in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

But after lobbying from senior military figures, Mr. Obama changed his mind saying they could put the safety of troops at risk.

In May, he said: “The most direct consequence of releasing them, I believe, would be to inflame anti-American public opinion and to put our troops in greater danger.”

In April 2004, new photographs were sent to La Voz de Aztlan from confidential sources depicting the shocking rapes of two Iraqi women by what are purported to be US Military Intelligence personnel and private US mercenaries in military fatigues. It is now known, Cienfuegos wrote in May 2004, that hundreds of these photographs had been in circulation among the troops in Iraq. The graphic photos were being swapped between the soldiers like baseball cards.

Asian Tribune carries here three of the ‘Rape’ photographs which have brought criticism that the U.S. forces in Iraq have used rape as a weapon of war.

Copyright © 2009 Asian Tribune.

[Related articles:
- Women, Men and Children Are Routinely Tortured and Raped in Iraqi Prisons. The Perpetrators Walk Free | iraqispringmc, November 27, 2012
- Privileges of New Democratic Iraq: Rape & Torture of Innocent Women in Maliki’s Prisons |, February 6, 2013
- For Iraqi women, America’s promise of democracy is anything but liberation |, February 25, 2013
- Iraq, 2013: The Horrors Remain the Same — Rape, Executions and Torture Abound | Alternet, March 18, 2013
- Reports surface of rape and torture in Iraq | Women Under Siege Project, March 20, 2013]

this is what bush sent the troops to do? this is the injustice that american troops are still bring praised for? i cant even..

Unnoticed. Again.

I am absolutely disgusted right now. 

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"While the institution of informed consent policies has somewhat curbed the abuse of sterilization, it has reappeared in the form of dangerous contraceptives such as Norplant and Depo-Provera. These are both extremely risky forms of long-acting hormonal contraceptives that have been pushed on Indian
women. Depo-Provera, a known carcinogen which has been condemned as an inappropriate form of birth control by several national women’s health organizations, was routinely used on Indian women through Indian Health Services (IHS) before it was approved by the FDA in 1992. It was particularly used for
Indian women with disabilities. The reason given: hygienics. Depo- Provera prevents Native women with disabilities from having their periods, keeping them “cleaner” for their caretakers. Once again, Native women’s bodies are viewed as inherently dirty, in need of cleansing and purification. The Phoenix IHS policy in the 1980s, according to Raymond Jannet, was, “We use it to stop their periods. There is nothing else that will do it. To have to change a pad on someone developmentally disabled, you’ve got major problems. The fact they become infertile while on it is a side benefit.” Jannet argues that Depo Provera helps girls with emotions related to their periods. “Depo Provera turned them back into their sweet, poor handicapped selves. I take some pride in being a pioneer in that regard.” But, he said, while he has no problems using the drug on Indian women, “I will not be going out and using it on attractive 16–year-old girls who one day hope to be mothers” (Masterson and Guthrie 1986)."

— Not an Indian Tradition: The Sexual Colonization of Native Peoples ANDREA SMITH (via whitedenial-ontrial)

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Esther Gerston and Gloria Ruth Gordon, early programmers working on the ENIAC computer in 1946. Photo from the US Army, via NPR, in:
Laura Sydell, “Blazing the Trail for Female Programmers,” a story about Sarah Allen, leader of the team that created Flash animation.


Esther Gerston and Gloria Ruth Gordon, early programmers working on the ENIAC computer in 1946. Photo from the US Army, via NPR, in:

Laura Sydell, “Blazing the Trail for Female Programmers,” a story about Sarah Allen, leader of the team that created Flash animation.


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Rihanna - G4L

I lick the gun when I’m done coz’ I know that revenge is sweet, so sweet

I  love women’s solidarity and the idea of women with guns!!!!!

Guns, Girls
Come on
We ain’t done yet
Got a lot to handle
We ain’t takin over the world yet
We’re an army
Better yet, a navy
Better yet, crazy
Guns in the air
Guns in the air
Guns in the air
Can’t hurt us again
When you come around here
We got our guns
Got our guns
We got our guns
Got our guns
We got our guns
In the motherfucking air
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