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Today is #AdaLovelaceDay, which celebrates the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. Follow our thread to uncover the stories of some of the most influential women in British science history...
Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) was the first woman to earn a living as an astronomer and the first to win a Gold Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society. #AdaLovelaceDay

You can learn more about her in our film from #InternationalWomensDay:
Mary Somerville's (1780-1872) first scientific investigations began in the summer of 1825, when she carried out experiments on magnetism. Her 1826 paper was the first to be read by a woman to the Royal Society. #AdaLovelaceDay
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Women are arrested and sentenced to 10yrs+ for posting pictures of themselves without hijab


In 2019, while most can post selfies every day, woman are imprisoned for it

This is an injustice that every human should be enraged about

Please share this hashtag and post the names and faces of these incredibly brave women. I will share videos below.

This is #YasamanAryani

She was sentenced to 16 yrs for this video

For peacefully protesting against being forced to wear hijab in Iran

Help us flood Twitter w her beautiful face and put international pressure

Let these women know we care!

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2. Holocaust in Yemen caused by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Senegal, Sudan, Somalia, Qatar, Morocco, US, France, UK, Canada, Australia,Germany
#Yemen #CrimesAgainstHumanity #WarCrime #Holocaust #YemenCantWait #YemenHolocaust #WorldHypocrisy
1. Holocaust in Yemen caused by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Senegal, Sudan, Somalia, Qatar, Morocco, US, France, UK, Canada, Australia,Germany🤨👇🏼
By @JaneFerguson5
1. Four year old Ikram was in a hospital in #Sanaa this month. One of the many, tiny casualties of the disastrous war in Yemen. Thanks to @NickKristof for helping with this!
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Out of the “50 greatest female roles” as voted on by 1800 Hollywood insiders for @THR in celebration of #InternationalWomensDay, a total of three were nonwhite—Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating & Mulan—and none were “international” unless you mean UK/Australia
Mostly the poll shows how white, recent, commercial and weirdly provincial Hollywood’s idea of the cinematic canon is.

Hermione Granger being at the top of the list of greatest roles for women is just...painful.
I mean this list is like a relief map of Hollywood’s diversity and inclusion problem. It makes you despair.
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Long Reads Sunday #37.

Some weeks, LRS is aaaaall news. This week, however, the crypto community came *hard* with research, analysis, and debate so thoughtful you’ll hope the bear market never ends. 🔥

Carve out some *serious* time for this. Thread👇
2/ On the topic of the bear market, one of the commonly held sensibilities of the past year is that while users might not be flocking to crypto, developers are. @cburniske argues here that it’s because “can’t be evil” matters more to them.
3/ Turns out, this sensibility about devs is correct. According to some amazing new research from @ElectricCapital, the number of devs working on public coins has doubled in 2 years - more than 4k devs contribute code to 2.8k projects.
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Dear Men, Should We Also Be Feminists ?
Is Feminism really for or against us ?
So yesterday, a friend after seeing my post celebrating IWD asked if I was a feminist and I answered in affirmation. Then he looked at me like being a feminist as a man equates weakness.
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I hope this short post helps women and men realize that in the fight for feminism, both men and women have a common enemy. The patriarchal and misogynistic system that has caused men institutional harm and left women oppressed for centuries.
These days, a lot of people are ashamed to be associated with feminism because the word has been misconstrued. So today being a feminist is quite unpopular even amongst females.
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Deborah Griscom Passmore (1840–1911) was a botanical illustrator for the U.S. Dept of Agriculture who specialized in paintings of fruit. She rose to lead the staff artists and contributed over one~fifth of 7500 paintings in the Pomological Watercolor Collection...
...At the time, major fruit-producing regions in the United States were beginning to emerge, as farmers worked with the USDA to establish orchards for expanding markets. Photography was not yet in widespread use, so the government relied...
...on artists like Passmore, Amanda Newton, Elsie Lower, Ellen Isham Schutt, and Royal Charles Steadman to produce technically accurate drawings for its publications. As logistics in the agricultural industry had not yet evolved to deal with the vagaries...
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why you shouldn't say "women and nonbinary people": a thread
1. It makes it sound like nonbinary people are some kind of subcategory or extension of women, which is not generally true.

There *are* nonbinary women and woman-aligned people! But it's not true for all nonbinary people/nonbinary people in general.
2. Grouping enbies with women perpetuates binary structures because you still end up with only two groups.
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1/ In honor of International Women’s Day, I want to tell you a story about a woman who changed a country, and also a story about how the People can take power back from a corrupt and dictatorial government. I’m writing, of course, about the …
2/ …People Power Revolution in the Republic of the Philippines in 1986, and Corazon (Cory) Aquino, who went from politician’s wife to President of the Philippines. Ferdinand Marcos was elected President of the Philippines in 1965, re-elected in 1969, and amidst growing…
3/ …civil strife due to his corrupt administration, declared martial law, jailed his political opponents, and shut down newspapers and radio stations critical of his administration.
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Me estresa un chingo la radicalización del tema del aborto. (Ej. @LillyTellez vs @Pat_MercadoC) La despenalización del aborto tiene que continuar con el establecimiento de un sistema de salud público y universal.
Uno en el que la educación sexual, la salud reproductiva y los servicios de salud mental y emocional sean una prioridad. Elegir ser madres o no es nuestro derecho. Si no quieres que el aborto sea común, impulsa un entorno que promueva un embarazo y crianza menos conflictivos.
Si no quieres que los conservadores echen atrás el poco avance en el tema, impulsa la prevención del embarazo no deseado, la sexualidad responsable en HOMBRES Y MUJERES. Impulsa la salud emocional en ambos para que sean jóvenes que tomen mejores decisiones.
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For #InternationalWomensDay, we remember that women have had an outsize impact on technology—and in many ways, are impacted more critically by it.
For the past 20 years, as we've honored leaders in our community with our annual EFF Pioneer Awards, we’ve also had the privilege of recognizing the talented and dedicated women who have pushed our community forward.…
We salute groups like our Electronic Frontier Alliance allies @futureada and @t4technyc, working to secure space for, and uplift issues that directly impact, women in tech.
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Happy #InternationalWomensDay! I’m all about celebrating all women (cis and trans) and femmes and the unique perspective we bring to the world, but today I have a special plea...
It can be public or personal, but please take something feminine-coded and embrace it without hedging or apology. It can be an action, an indulgence, a color, a practice, a style, a movie — anything that is labeled feminine in our culture.
#InternationalWomensDay and Women’s History Month are important opportunities to recognize the value and importance of women and femmes in our world. But this brief uplift ignores that the feminine is still reviled, rejected and repudiated as part of the human condition.
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In honor of #InternationalWomensDay (and inspired by @kathryncasteel), a short and woefully incomplete thread of women who’ve inspired me in journalism.
Starting with @ForsythJenn, the best editor I’ve ever had (and I’ve had some great ones!), who taught me more than she’ll ever know, and whose team @WSJ is generating huge story after huge story.
@andreaskaren & @HelenGiffordSN gave me my start in journalism (and forgave me when I made some big mistakes), and stood up for their reporters no matter what.
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Told “minorities could not learn how to use the cameras” (@nytimes, "When Women in Film and TV Were Looking for That Union Label"), Jessie Maple Patton took the union to court and became the first African-American woman to become a member of @IATSE Local 644 in 1975. (1/4)
In the union, Maple worked as an assistant and operator for several TV stations in New York including WABC, WCBS and WNBC. In 1974, Maple and her husband Leroy Patton started their own production company and began to produce short docs. (2/4) #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2019
In 1981, Maple produced “Will,” the first feature-length independent film produced by an African-American woman. She went on to direct the feature “Twice as Nice” and has been featured in such documentaries as “Sisters in Cinema” (2003) and “Women Behind the Camera” (2007). (3/4)
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today, on #InternationalWomensDay, my conlaw class and i discussed a woman's right to choose. these stats are important, mortifying, frustrating, shameful, and demand engagement, activism, and a new Democratic majority. #Thread
between 2010 and 2015, states enacted 290 new laws imposing restrictions on abortions. in 2016 alone, 19 states adopted 64 new laws. #electionsmatter
33 states and DC prohibit the use of state funds to help women exercise a constitutional right, except in certain narrow circumstances. this unfairly targets poor women and women of color.
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#BalanceForBetter THREAD: For too long, women in our province have faced barriers to work, unequal pay and high levels of violence.
On #IWD2019 I’m so proud of the concrete steps that @RachelNotley and our government have taken to make REAL, positive change for women.
Steps like:
Creating the first standalone Ministry for the Status of Women in the country.
Proclaiming May as Sexual Violence Awareness Month.
Increasing supports for survivors of sexual violence + increasing funding for women’s shelters. #IWD2019
We passed Safer Spaces legislation allowing Albertans experiencing domestic violence to break a lease and flee their homes. This helped over 400 people in the first year after it was passed.
We covered the cost of abortion pill so it is free to all women who need it. #IWD2019
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1. In 1917–19, a wave of rent strikes swept New York. Amid wartime shortages and skyrocketing prices, tenants across the city defied their landlords and refused to pay exorbitant rents. Most strikes were led by working-class immigrant women—many of whom were socialists.
2. From the Bronx to Brooklyn, women helped form the tenant leagues and neighborhood councils that led the strikes. “All of these successful organizations were marked by a supportive relationship with the Socialist party,” writes Joseph A. Spencer.
3. “The leagues flourished in areas of Socialist electoral strength and held meetings in Socialist halls. Socialist lawyers and officials played key leadership roles, while women of the consumers leagues allied with the party did much of the organizing.”
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In honor of #InternationalWomensDay here are some cool @vox_dev columns and videos that I went back to this morning...
First up, a great interview from #VoxDevTalks with #ChrisWoodruff on how women are becoming managers in #Bangladesh @timsvengali…
Second: the role of skill building and training for adolescent girls in #Uganda & #Libera by @markus_gold
"Gender-sensitive youth employment programmes combining income generation & life skills training can be effective in helping adolescent girls succeed"…
Third: the long term effects of #Mexico's Progressa cash transfer program by @susanwparker_mx and #TomVogl
"Conditional transfers in childhood improve education, labour, and economic outcomes in adulthood, especially for women"…
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#InternationalWomensDay was celebrated across #Rojava today - and all week.

We wanted to share some of the best reporting we've seen - short and in-depth, recent and older - that highlights the voices of Rojava's women and their leadership role in the society here.

Kurdish academic @DilarDirik is an excellent source for getting a broader understanding of the realities and (geo)politics of Rojava.

As she points out here, a lot of reporting on Rojava's women gets it wrong, relying on tired stereotypes.

Sonja Ahmed's photo-essay for @CNN is one positive example.

The women of #YPJ have long made the headlines, but by travelling repeatedly to Rojava and foregrounding these women's stories, her piece adds something new to the conversation.

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We have a wealth of findings about women. Here is a selection for #InternationalWomensDay
Many around the world say women’s equality is very important, according to our 2015 global survey. This sentiment was strongest in North America, Europe and Latin America. #InternationalWomensDay
A record number of women are now serving in the new U.S. #116thCongress. #InternationalWomensDay
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First wave feminists created proto-patriarchy theory, were white supremacists, terrorists, against black women's rights, against men's rights, tried to assassinate male politicians, jailed their own husbands, wanted female dictators, opposed female military service,…
shamed men and boys of age as low as 16 into joining WWI to be killed, destroyed children's relationship with fathers with the Tender Years Doctrine.
Second wave feminists were always against the family unit, motherhood, and wanted to destroy it; created Gender Studies, No Fault Divorce, a corrupt Family Court System, Affirmative Action, Title IX, The Duluth Model, Predominant Aggressor Laws, Mandatory Arrest laws,…
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1. Thinking about all the women in my family on #InternationalWomensDay. They have endured torture and imprisonment in hopes for a better life for Iranians whether it was under the Shah or now under the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
2. My grandmother was a deeply religious woman. She wanted to wear a hijab but the Shah's father, Reza Shah, banned women from wearing the hijab in 1936. Women who wore hijabs had them forcibly removed by authorities. My grandmother didn't leave the house for years..
3. When she did leave the house it was late at night and only in a rush to get to the next location. Women even took their own lives to avoid being forced to go out without wearing the hijab.
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Hey folks, happy #InternationalWomensDay !!

Quick thread. Today is a great day to take a look at who you're actually following here on Twitter. If you're a straight cis guy like me, chances are you're mostly following other men. Try taking the time to actually run the numbers!
If going through all your follows manually is too much of a chore (took me about half an hour), you might try using this automated tool a friend suggested. Permissions look OK and it seems reasonably close to the results I found:
Today I found that I'm probably following about 197 men, 110 women, and 6 nonbinary folks. That's honestly pretty disappointing. I'm not proud of that result. But now that I know, I can push myself to do better.
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