magog_83: (Anne: determined to pwn you)
Check out this horrendous advert from an Australian news channel about ladies who dare not to want children. (thanks to [ profile] dingogrrl for the link. Wow. The sinister voice over really gives it that extra something. I sense some highly selective editing going on here in the quotes used...

LINK (because the embed won't work)
magog_83: (Anne: determined to pwn you)
I’ve recently become fascinated with a series of ‘Career Novels for Girls’ released in the 1950s and 1960s by Bodley Head Publishing and later by Knight Books. There are a whole host of different titles, with such fantastic names as Claire in Television, Air Hostess Ann, Margaret Becomes A Doctor and Jill Kennedy, Telephonist. I suppose they’re best described as the product of a transitional period – between women simply marrying and not having a career, and the expectation that women might have a career of their own – at least until they got married.

Unfortunately the books are quite expensive now, but I am managing to pick up a few in later paperback editions (and I will keep looking) and they are a brilliant bit of social and gender history in their own right, as well as being entertaining stories and unintentionally amusing :D I have always loved 1950s, 60s and 70s set books, since my reading material growing up was mostly sourced from the library and charity shops the world of shillings, buns for tea, and putting a call through via the telephone exchange seems weirdly normal to me.

Anyway, without further ado, I present the reviews of long out-of-date novels that NOBODY ASKED FOR (warning for snark).


I’ve just finished Diana Seton: Veterinary Student by Joan Llewelyn Owens (1960).

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magog_83: (Wearing Badges is not enough)
Another step forward for women today with the announcement that Frances O'Grady is to be the new General Secretary of the TUC (Trade Union Congress - the umbrella organisation for the Trade Union movement) here in the UK.


This is the first time that a woman has been head of the TUC since its creation in the 1860s. According to the press release, Ms. O'Grady's grandfather was a founder member of the Transport and General Worker's Union in Ireland, and her father was a shop steward for British Leyland - so it sounds like she has the trade union movement in her blood. After graduating from Manchester University (incidentally, Manchester was the site of the first ever TUC meeting), she was active in various unions before she started working for the TUC in the mid-1990s and was appointed Deputy General Secretary in 2003 (the first woman to be appointed to the role). Since Deputy General Secretaries are expected to move on to the top job in the TUC, it was widely assumed she would take over, but it still had to be put to discussion.

Here she is in 2009 talking about why she considers herself left-wing...

I want a more equal and democratic society. I believe that no one is "born to rule" and that everyone should pay fair taxes. It is not natural or inevitable that half the world goes hungry; that the freedom of markets trumps protection of the planet; or that citizens' rights come second to those of corporations. I think governments can and must intervene in the market, and that common ownership has a role to play. I cherish the creation of public space and services, especially health, housing and the comprehensive education system which dared to give so many of us ideas "above our station". And I know that, because the relationship between employers and workers is a fundamentally unequal one, strong trade unions are an essential force for fairness in any healthy democracy.

Congratulations to her! I look forward to seeing those on the Right try to use their usual trade union or shrill feminist stereotypes against someone who is, by the accounts of those who work with her, friendly, charming and yet extremely persistent and with a 'backbone of iron' (my dad's observation).
magog_83: (Anne: determined to pwn you)
I know I have some scientists on my flist, so I have to ask - what in the name of Dr Liz Shaw and women scientists everywhere were the European Commission THINKING when they made this 'ad' to promote women in science DDDDD:

Women scientists on twitter are already on the case. As is this blogger with a great article.

Also check out the This is What a Scientist Looks Like tumblr for more pictures of real life women who do science.

(links filched from i09)

Just for this, I am bringing out the Anne Icon of Awesome.
magog_83: (Anne: determined to pwn you)
I just had to share this, it's so good! This is a spoof (not sure if spoof is the right word, since its message is serious) of Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' music video, only to the theme of the fight for women's suffrage in America. I think I got chills when it got to the part, "not to be above, but equal to all men. We only ask to be part of this Union."

WARNING: Brief depiction of someone being force fed (not with tubes or anything, but she's being held down), just in case anyone would prefer to avoid that.

Sadly appropriate these days, what with all the attacks on women's rights and freedoms across the world.

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