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Girl Scout teenage war heroes, and other gender stuff April 11, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.

All the girls who worked for MI5 between 1914 and 1918 were aged from 14 to 16. Their main role was as 50p-a-week messengers distributing highly classified information. The teenagers were so trusted by MI5 that they were allowed to relay some of the messages verbally.” Girl Scout teenage war heroes FTW.

This is what a space wizard looks like.” Pioneering software engineer Margaret Hamilton.

And yet…

“…sociologist Kristen Schilt interviewed dozens of FTM (female to male) transgender individuals. One subject noted that when he expresses an opinion, everyone in a meeting now writes it down.

“In a study of children aged 2-5, parents interrupted their daughters more than their sons, and fathers were more likely to talk simultaneously with their children than mothers were.”

“…even when they don’t have an outside job to take up their time and energy, men still manage to do way less housework and child care than women.

That’s not why Disney bought us. They already have the girls’ market on lockdown.”

Men in female-dominated fields aren’t marginalized at all; they get special treatment and are fast-tracked to the top, getting more credit for their work, faster promotions, and greater pay and benefits than their female colleagues. Here’s one study. Here’s another. And another.”

“[B]y offending an ally and cheapening her contribution, you are actively hurting the mission. We need to send a clear message that anyone, male or female, who will stand up to ISIS and get the job done is worthy of our respect and gratitude.”


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