...and Still Couldn’t Get Any Respect
In 1881, Edward Charles Pickering, director of the Harvard Observatory…fired his male assistant and replaced him with his maid, Williamina Fleming.
So began an era where women—more than 80 during Pickering’s tenure — worked for the Harvard Observatory. The majority are remembered only by the moniker Pickering’s Harem. Education for women was uncommon and work outside the home almost unheard of. Contemporary science actually warned against women and education, in the belief that women were too frail to handle the stress.
31-Day Blog Challenge, #27
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The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read
There are more good books than can be read by any mortal in a lifetime, Emily Temple notes in Flavorwire. It’s hard to choose, but choose she does. Here you will find a single must-read book from each of the last 50 years.
I don’t want books telling me how long it should take to read a book.
“I haven’t received a copy of Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s forthcoming book, Without Their Permission, just yet,” Michelle Dean says, “so I can’t tell you if it’s any good. What I can say is that …it bears a small mark, pictured here, which indicates that the book is a “5-hour read.”
Reading novels makes us better thinkers
New research says reading literary fiction helps people embrace ambiguous ideas and avoid snap judgments.
“There’s no antidote to black-or-white thinking like reading ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’.”