halftheskymovement:

Today is International Literacy Day! Literacy and education are fundamental rights, and are essential for sustainable development. This is crucial if we want to reduce poverty, improve maternal and child health, and achieve gender equality. UNESCO has been working to improve global literacy since 1946. Learn more about Literacy Day and their efforts here.

halftheskymovement:

Today is International Literacy Day! 

Literacy and education are fundamental rights, and are essential for sustainable development. This is crucial if we want to reduce poverty, improve maternal and child health, and achieve gender equality. 

UNESCO has been working to improve global literacy since 1946. Learn more about Literacy Day and their efforts here.

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Feminism is not about who opens the jar.

It is not about who pays for the date. It is not about who moves the couch. It is not about who kills the bugs. It is not about who cooks the dinner. It’s not even about who stays home with the kids, as long as the decision was made together, after thinking carefully about your situation and coming to an agreement that makes sense for your particular marriage and family.

It is about making sure that nobody ever has to do anything by “default” because of their gender. The stronger person should move the couch. The person who enjoys cooking more, has more time for it, and/or is better at it should do the cooking. Sometimes the stronger person is male, sometimes not. Sometimes the person who is best suited for cooking is female, sometimes not. You should do what works.

But it is also about letting people know that it is okay to change. If you’re a woman who wants to become stronger, that’s great. If you’re a man who wants to learn how to cook, that’s also great. You might start out with a relationship where the guy opens all the jars and the girl cooks all the meals, but you might find that you want to try something else. So try it.

4 ignorant delusions people have about feminism (via brutereason)

YES.

My mom cooks all the meals, my dad does the yard work. But that is because my mom loves to cook and is damn good at it, and my dad loves to be outside and is a self-employed landscaper.

I grew up knowing that what you do comes out of what you love and can do. So I cook, move furniture, and kill bugs because I love to cook, I am strong, and I will take care of my terrified friends.

halftheskymovement:

 Meet ten intriguing female revolutionaries that you didn’t learn about in history class! Take for instance Petra Herrera, who went by the name “Pedro Herrera” and fought alongside male soldiers during the Mexican Revolution. There was Lakshmi Sahgal, colloquially known as “Captain Lakshmi, who commanded an all-women regiment that aimed to overthrow British Raj in colonial India. 

Learn more via Whizzpast.

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mydarkenedeyes:

Spencer Finch - 366, Emily Dickinson’s Miraculous Year (2009)

This work is based on Emily Dickinson in 1862, when she wrote 366 poems in 365 days. It is a real-time memorial to that year, which burns for exactly one year. The sculpture is comprised of 366 individual candles arranged in a linear sequence, each of which burns for 24 hours. The colour of each candle matches a colour mentioned in the corresponding poem. For the poems in which no colour is mentioned, the candles are made out of natural paraffin.

AMAZING

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(hiatus)

I was moving all of my furniture out of my room so that the carpet cleaners my landlord hired can do their job. Part of my task involved shifting all of my books around in piles.

As I remembered the stories I own I also remembered how many I have not yet read, despite owning them for years. I remember reading how a person can presumably become an international expert in their field in seven years if they spend one hour a day reading literature related to their field. I remember my need to some mental space.

So I will not be on any social media for the month of August, and will generally try to avoid the internet in general.

I’ve got some books to read.

halftheskymovement:

Street harassment is a frightening and disempowering reality for many women and girls. From catcalls, to flashing, to inappropriate touching, many women are forced to navigate an “obstacle course of sexual menace” — as coined by The Daily Show — on a regular, if not daily, basis.

One woman, Lindsey from Minnesota, is determined to change that. She has created Cards Against Harassment, an online resource with printable PDFs of cards women can hand out to street harassers. The cards are brief and to the point, and provide a method for women to address the issue of verbal street harassment in a hopefully educational way.

"If you do not feel safe confronting street harassment, you should not put yourself at risk," Lindsey states on her FAQs page. “However, for many women, silence is frustrating and its own form of victimization.”

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