"I don’t consider myself a feminist, I prefer to call myself a humanist or an egalitarian."
Pseudo-intellectual white dude who prefers to imagine that he’s more enlightened than feminists and also is uncomfortable with the thought that he’s part of the problem and also has a incorrect conception of feminism. (via auto-rambler
He said, ‘These are books, and you can take one home.’ And I’m like, ‘What’s the catch?’
And he explained to me there was no catch …
The books made the difference. By the time I was 15, I knew there was a world outside the camps. I believed I could find a place in it. And I did.
Storycorps today is a must, must, must-listen. Storm Reyes grew up in migrant labor camps, where she learned how to handle herself in a knife fight before she learned how to ride a bike. There weren’t any books in her life — they were too heavy for families that were always on the move.
When she was 12, a bookmobile came by the camp, and the staffer convinced a hesitant Reyes that she — yes, she — could take books home. She learned about volcanoes and dinosaurs, and came back for more books when she was through.”That started it,” she tells her son in their Storycorps interview — that was the spark that motivated her to seek a life outside the camps.
And when she grew up? She became a librarian.
Give it a listen. There’s no better way to end the week.
Libraries change lives.
"Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know."
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.