Yesterday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day as well as the “Day without a Woman” protest arranged by the organizers of the Women’s March. March as a whole is also Women’s History Month. In honor of these events, I thought I would share with you lovely readers some of my favorite female activist authors. Some were authors first, some activists first, but all deserve to be celebrated. Continue reading Daily Geekette’s Favorite Activist Authors
If you are a feminist on the internet, there is a good chance you have already stumbled across Jason Porath’s website, Rejected Princesses, in which he pairs gorgeous illustrations with short descriptions including legends, history, and fun facts about women who don’t fit the classic princess archetype. One hundred of those entries have now been printed in physical book form, and it’s definitely worth getting, even if you have already seen the blog. Continue reading Rejected Princesses: The Book, and Why You Need It
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As the only book in my Sci-fi classics post that I hadn’t actually read, Dune by Frank Herbert was at the top of my reading pile as I embarked on Sci-fi summer. While I cannot deny that the world-building is excellent and that it helped establish many tropes of its genre, I remained highly conscious of the complex and problematic depiction of women throughout my reading.
St. Patrick’s Day is just a week from today! Want a way to celebrate that doesn’t involve loud parties, chugging Guinness, and pinching people who aren’t wearing green (or in addition to all that)? Why not check out some Irish American female authors? Some of the people on this list you’ve heard of but probably didn’t know were Irish. Others may be a lucky new find (just call me a leprechaun for showing you these treasures). Some of them frequently feature the Emerald Isle in their works and others don’t. In any case, what better way to show your Irish pride than by brandishing a nice shiny copy of one of their works and curling up in your room to read? Continue reading 5 Irish American Women Writers to Check out this St. Paddy’s Day
Ellen Page, who is currently working with former Juno co-star, Allison Janney, on the indie comedy drama, Tallulah, has just signed on to portray real-life US Marine Lance Corporal Leslie Martz in the war drama, Lioness.
A year ago, my coverage of E3 was, well, less than enthusiastic. It seemed as though the desire to design, develop, or generally direct attention at women and female characters was lacking. This, perhaps, was most clearly seen in Ubisoft’s excuse that it was “too hard” to animate female bodies, but exhibited also in the lack of women on stage to present the games they couldn’t see themselves in.
This latest season of ‘Game of Thrones’ can be summed up rather simply: bad things happen to good people. There are some exceptions to this rule, but this is largely the foundation upon which David and Dan’s Westeros is built. The problem with this is that the books cannot be summed up so – they can’t be summed up at all, really, and that’s a huge part of their appeal. No one is really bad or good in Martin’s Westeros; things happen, not always at the right time, to people who may or may not deserve it. Continue reading A Dance of Divergence: The Changing Landscape of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”
March might be known for coming in like a lion and out like a lamb, but it’s also National Women’s History Month, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. If you’d like to read-up on NWHM, you can view the website for the National Women’s History Project here— the site is chock-full of wonderful information and resources.
In keeping with the theme of women’s history, for this week’s Gal-lery, I asked some of our editors and contributors here at The Daily Geekette to share with us which woman from history they found intriguing, whom they perhaps most admired or found utterly inspirational. Keep reading to discover who Brianna, Kayla, Sarah and I would love the chance to meet!
With awards season upon us, the question on the tip of many red carpet hosts’ tongues is ‘Who are you wearing?’ Nowadays, thanks to an omnipresent media coverage and the breakneck speed at which information travels, we’re privy to the designers of the famous and rich members of the world, from Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton, to the starlets of the red carpet brigade and beyond.
Of course, over the years, well-known designers and dressmakers have been trying to make their brands as ubiquitous as possible, but, long before even the technology of radio was available to the masses, individual dressmakers made their livings, frequently in their immediate locale, and in the process becoming lost in or simply overlooked throughout the course of history. Thus, in the hopes of shedding some light on these artisans, for this week’s Gal-lery, I present to you Elizabeth Keckley (although it is sometimes alternately Keckly), personal seamstress to a First Lady with whom many are familiar.