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Half of Viking warriors were female, and other stories of awesome women (plus an awesome first-grader to round things out) August 30, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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The present:

First-grade girl becomes “the youngest individual to create a full version of a mobile application video game”.

Eighteen-year-old girl becomes ” the youngest person OF ALL TIME to ever qualify as a lawyer”.

And some more teenage scientist-inventors.

And the historical:

The editor was so goddamn wooed by her razor-sharp tongue that he RAN AN AD asking her to identify herself. Elizabeth owned up, and was hired instantaneously, her badassery radiating from her pores and intoxicating all within a twenty mile radius.” The awesomeness of Nellie Bly.

“Alice Guy (after her marriage known as Madame Blaché and after her divorce as Alice Guy-Blaché) went on to make one of the first narrative films ever made. […] She made one of the first films ever with a close-up, created synchronized sound films as early as 1902, was in good part responsible for the birth and growth of the Gaumont film studio in Paris, France, which she ran for almost a decade (1897-1907), and in 1910, she founded, built, and ran her own studio. […] She wrote, directed, or produced more than a 1,000 films over her 20-year-long career.

During World War II: “Wireless operators in France had a life expectancy of six weeks. Noor [Inayat Khan] was actively transmitting for over three times as long.

“So, the study looked at 14 Viking burials from the era, definable by the Norse grave goods found with them and isotopes found in their bones that reveal their birthplace. The bones were sorted for telltale osteological signs of which gender they belonged to, rather than assuming that burial with a sword or knife denoted a male burial. Overall, McLeod reports that six of the 14 burials were of women, seven were men, and one was indeterminable.

More writing about how, yes, women have always been on the front lines and in the political action and doing things, no matter how much later historians end up overlooking or forgetting them.

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