The media present a woman’s fear of losing her career as the fear of losing herself. But the greatest fear of most mothers is not being able to provide for their children. Mothers with high-paying jobs go back to work to earn money for their kids. Married mothers with low-paying jobs quit to save money for their kids. Single mothers struggle to find work that pays enough to support their kids. Self-fulfillment is a low priority in an economy fuelled by worker insecurity.
The assumed divide between mothers who work inside and outside the home is presented as a war of priorities. But in an economy of high debt and sinking wages, nearly all mothers live on the edge. Choices made out of fear are not really choices. The illusion of choice is a way to blame mothers for an economic system rigged against them. There are no “mommy wars”, only money wars - and almost everyone is losing. — Mothers are not ‘opting out’ - they are out of options | Sarah Kendzior
Happy Birthday, Marie Curie!
In 1903, Curie earned a Nobel Prize for discovering the radioactive elements radium and polonium. During World War I, she devoted herself to using radioactivity to help people and in the 1920s, radium was considered a miracle cure used to treat cancer, lupus, acne, and even baldness. It was later discovered that radioactivity itself causes cancer—but radiation therapy can still be effective in targeting some cancerous tissues.
Learn more about Marie Curie and radium in The Power of Poison.
Quantum Suicide and Immortality
It attempts to distinguish between the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics and the Everett many-worlds interpretation by means of a variation of the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment, from the cat's point of view. Quantum immortality refers to the subjective experience of surviving quantum suicide regardless of the odds.
Quantum Suicide involves a life-terminating device and a device that measures the spin value of protons. Every 10 seconds, the spin value of a fresh proton is measured. Conditioned upon that quantum bit, the weapon is either deployed, killing the experimenter, or it makes an audible "click" and the experimenter survives. The theories are distinctive from the point of view of the experimenter only; their predictions are otherwise identical.
The probability of surviving the first iteration of the experiment is 50%, under both interpretations, as given by the squared norm of the wave function. At the start of the second iteration, if the Copenhagen interpretation is true, the wave function has already collapsed, so if the experimenter is already dead, there's a 0% chance of survival. However, if the many-worlds interpretation is true, a superposition of the live experimenter necessarily exists, regardless of how many iterations or how improbable the outcome. Barring life after death, it is not possible for the experimenter to experience having been killed, thus the only possible experience is one of having survived every iteration.
Image via HowStuffWorks. To learn more, read: How Quantum Suicide Works.
The first female motorbike messengers for the aircraft industry are these silken-clad misses who speed inter-organization communications from Los Angeles headquarters to the three Timm plants. All professional riders, left to right—Chief Messenger Phyllis Domich, Dora “Babe” Duncan, and Janet Spangenberg. They are posed outside the W. M. Garland Building.
Did you know that the word “scientist” was coined for reconstructionist Mary Somerville? That’s right, the first “scientist” was a woman.
Invisible Women: The Real History of Domestic Workers in America | Mother Jones
Since #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen trended, I have seen excellent pieces by women of color, many suggesting steps white women can take to be better allies. Their insights are leading us toward a more conscious feminism. White women, however, need to take responsibility for educating ourselves, too. So, here are five steps white feminists — myself included — can take to check ourselves, connect more genuinely with women of color and improve feminist outcomes for people of all races. As a test of the need for these actions, consider whether you’d want the men in your life to try each step in confronting their own sexism. — 5 Ways White Feminists Can Address Our Own Racism | Sarah Milstein
Most middle-class Americans, including policy makers and politicians seemed to agree that it was a “tragedy” when a middle-class woman could not have a baby. The president of a pharmaceutical company that manufactured fertility drugs spoke to a large constituency in the 1980s when he defined “fundamental rights to life” as including “access to infertility therapy.” Yet many people seemed to draw the line at applying these principles to the family-building urges of poor women. Most Americans agreed that motherhood was “a source of self- and community esteem” for middle-class women, “of family life, of community, and of loving relationships.” Most agreed “that the desire to raise a family is a fundamental human longing for most adults, and to be denied that experience is a denial of the right to choose.” Yet when women with few resources had the desire to have a child or to build a family, many Americans freely and quickly applied a financial test for motherhood and found such women inappropriate candidates for motherhood. As we have seen, many argued that for the poor, motherhood was a source not of self- and community esteem or loving relationships but of dependency and even depravity.
During the same season that some members of Congress were promoting middle-class family-building [adoption and infertility treatment] activities, federal and state politicians were engaged in plans and fantasies to give governmental authorities greater power than ever before to control how resourceless women made fertility-related decisions, and to control the arsenal of punishments leveled against a poor woman to made the “wrong choice.” In the late 1980s, in Michigan and other states, politicians were working to cancel Medicaid funds that had given poor women the choice of abortion, at roughly the same time that Pat Schroeder introduced the bill mandating insurance coverage for middle-class infertility cures. On the federal level, President Bush approved big cutbacks in the WIC program—covering nutrition and health care for infants and their low-income mothers—while Pat Schroeder and some of her colleagues spoke piously to the middle class about the basic human right to create a family and the joys of tending one’s children. — Rickie Solinger, Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the United States (via thecurvature)
"White Women and the Privelge of Solidarity" - Decolonial Islamic Feminism ( Speech & Video... -
"How to legitimize Islamic feminism? For me, it legitimizes itself. It doesn’t have to pass a feminist exam. The simple fact that Muslim women have taken it up to demand their rights and their dignity is enough for it to be fully recognized. I know, as result of my intimate knowledge of women from the Maghreb and in the diaspora, that “the-submissive-woman” does not exist. She was invented. I know women that are dominated. Submissive ones are rarer!"