motolady:

A pair of smokin’ dames on their motorbikes in Britain, 1930s. Photographs of women motorcyclists from this time period always fascinate me; society norms changing quickly through the early 1900s allowed women to exercise and enjoy some new freedoms. Can you imagine wearing a corset on a motorcycle? 
Original photo source unknown, though I suspect it’s from historial archives.
[ more from the 1930s ]

motolady:

A pair of smokin’ dames on their motorbikes in Britain, 1930s. Photographs of women motorcyclists from this time period always fascinate me; society norms changing quickly through the early 1900s allowed women to exercise and enjoy some new freedoms. Can you imagine wearing a corset on a motorcycle? 

Original photo source unknown, though I suspect it’s from historial archives.

[ more from the 1930s ]

samanthaswords:

Champion of Longsword- Harcourt Park Invitational Jousting Tournament, 2013
Photography by Rey Alabastro. Green Armour by Shari Finn.

samanthaswords:

Champion of Longsword- Harcourt Park Invitational Jousting Tournament, 2013

Photography by Rey Alabastro. Green Armour by Shari Finn.

priceofliberty:

A new children’s show called “Burka Avenger” premieres in Pakistan next month. It features a female superhero in a fictional northern Pakistani town, and two regular villains meant to reflect the reality in Pakistan; a corrupt government official and an evil magician styled to look and feel like a Taliban commander. The show was created by Pakistani pop star Haroon Rashid.
From AP:

Our protagonist is a mild-mannered teacher with secret martial arts skills who uses a flowing black burka to hide her identity as she fights local thugs seeking to shut down the girls’ school where she works.
Sadly, it’s a battle Pakistanis are all too familiar with in the real world.
The Taliban have blown up hundreds of schools and attacked activists in Pakistan’s northwest because they oppose girls’ education. The militants sparked worldwide condemnation last fall when they shot 15-year-old schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in the head in an unsuccessful attempt to kill her.
Action in the “Burka Avenger” cartoon series, which is scheduled to start running on Geo TV in early August, is much more lighthearted. The bungling bad guys evoke more laughter than fear and are no match for the Burka Avenger, undoubtedly the first South Asian ninja who wields books and pens as weapons.

priceofliberty:

A new children’s show called “Burka Avenger” premieres in Pakistan next month. It features a female superhero in a fictional northern Pakistani town, and two regular villains meant to reflect the reality in Pakistan; a corrupt government official and an evil magician styled to look and feel like a Taliban commander. The show was created by Pakistani pop star Haroon Rashid.

From AP:

Our protagonist is a mild-mannered teacher with secret martial arts skills who uses a flowing black burka to hide her identity as she fights local thugs seeking to shut down the girls’ school where she works.

Sadly, it’s a battle Pakistanis are all too familiar with in the real world.

The Taliban have blown up hundreds of schools and attacked activists in Pakistan’s northwest because they oppose girls’ education. The militants sparked worldwide condemnation last fall when they shot 15-year-old schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in the head in an unsuccessful attempt to kill her.

Action in the “Burka Avenger” cartoon series, which is scheduled to start running on Geo TV in early August, is much more lighthearted. The bungling bad guys evoke more laughter than fear and are no match for the Burka Avenger, undoubtedly the first South Asian ninja who wields books and pens as weapons.

adanvc:

Kyrgyzstan Horsewoman, 1936.
by Max Alpert

adanvc:

Kyrgyzstan Horsewoman, 1936.

by Max Alpert

penthesileas:

HISTORY MEME - six women: maria sibylla merian [1/6]

Maria Sibylla Merian was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, born in 1647. Her step-father encouraged her to draw and paint, and she painted her first images of insects and plants, based on specimens she had collected, at the age of thirteen. She continued drawing and painting after she had married, and increased her income and social status by giving drawing lessons to the unmarried daughters of wealthy families. In 1699, she and her daughter, sponsored by the city of Amsterdam, traveled to Suriname, where she worked there for two years. While in Suriname she sketched animals and plants, often collecting local names and uses for the plants she drew. She also criticized the treatment of natives and slaves by the Dutch planters in the colony. In 1705 she published the Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamesium, her major work describing the insects of Suriname. Her work observing insects disproved the then-popular theory that insects were born by spontaneous generation, and though her work was popular amongst high society, because it was written in the vernacular it received little attention from the scientific community. She died in 1717. (x)

icbt:

Afghan air force 2nd Lt. Niloofar Rhmani made history on May 14, 2013 when she became the first female to earn the status of pilot

icbt:

Afghan air force 2nd Lt. Niloofar Rhmani made history on May 14, 2013 when she became the first female to earn the status of pilot

drziggystardust:

blackfemalecoders:

“Without Women, Computing as We Know It Would Not Exist.”

Re-Blog Forever!

drziggystardust:

blackfemalecoders:

“Without Women, Computing as We Know It Would Not Exist.”

Re-Blog Forever!

asakiyume:

Students at the Lady Mechanic Initiative in Lagos, Nigeria, work on cars in their open-air workshop (photo by Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR)
The initiative was founded by Sandra Aguebor-Ekperuoh, after a visionary dream. Story here. 

asakiyume:

Students at the Lady Mechanic Initiative in Lagos, Nigeria, work on cars in their open-air workshop (photo by Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR)

The initiative was founded by Sandra Aguebor-Ekperuoh, after a visionary dream. Story here. 

byronegg:

Delaware Today

This is a piece for Delaware Today about young girls losing interest in science,technology, engineering and math related studies. The state’s schools and businesses are hoping to turn all this around. I love it when I come up with a few sketches that I still want to use for something and this was one of those times. A big thanks to AD Kelly Carter!