[Images: headlines from the early 1900s about a wealthy ten-year-old black girl]
Little Sarah Rector, a former slave, became one of the richest little girls in America in 1914. Rector had been born among the Creek Indians, as a descendant of slaves. As a result of an earlier land treaty from the government (in 1887) the government awarded the Creek minors children 160 acres of land, which passed to Rector after her parents’ deaths. Though her land was thought to be useless, oil was discovered in its depths in 1913, when she was just 10 years old.
Her wealth caused immediate alarm and all efforts were made to put the child Sarah under “guardianship” of whites whose lives became comfortable immediately. Meanwhile Sarah still lived in humble surroundings. As white businessmen took control of her estate, efforts were also made to put her under control of officials at Tuskegee Institute.
Much attention was given to Sarah in the press. In 1913, there was an effort to have her declared white, so that because of her millions she could ride in a first class car on the trains.
file that under black history they could be teaching us in February
The situation for Women in Afghanistan is still very difficult, but it has improved a lot since 2001. And its happened because of Afghan Women. Its happened because of brave women who are doing brave things.
Afghan Cycles- Afghan Cycles introduces the first women to ride bikes in the country, illustrating the gender and social barriers that the team is breaking, one pedal stroke at a time. Highlighting 4 of the 12 teammates, we look at their lives on and off the bike. From training on dangerous trucking highways to following them through a typical day in Kabul, the film shares the intimate story of these brave and passionate young women who feel free when they are on their bikes in an otherwise oppressive culture.
and the emmy award for best actress goes to… emma roberts, for her performance in the “surprise, bitch” gif
Anonymous asked: why do you persist in making horror stuff, isn't that a man's job? girls don't understand real horror.
The Representation Project presents a look at how women in the media were treated this year - some high points, yes, but a whole lotta lows. I don’t agree with everything spotlighted as a negative, but overall, it’s a lot to think about.
To spin it in a positive way - I think recently of Steven Universe, with its three diverse female protagonists; Bee and Puppycat, which raised hundreds of thousands; Wendy Davis’ valiant fight for reproductive rights and its international coverage; Catching Fire and Frozen, which did incredibly well at the box office and feature awesome stories of girls rescuing themselves and each other. What were your favourite high points for women in pop culture this year?