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Tammy Duckworth

US Senator Tammy Duckworth

Senator Tammy Duckworth is the consummate American hero. Her resume is so impressive it brings tears to my eyes. Duckworth served in the US Army in Iraq as a helicopter pilot. It was one of the few combat positions available to women. She suffered severe combat wounds and became a double amputee in 2004. After recovery, she went BACK into military service for another decade. She retired from the Illinois Army National Guard in 2014 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Read more

The Guilty Feminist

The Guilty Feminist

The Guilty Feminist is such an excellent podcast.  I love it so much.  Whenever I listen to it, I laugh and laugh and laugh.  The best part is when I listen to it with headphones in public (I like to listen to it while grocery shopping) and I laugh and snort for seemingly no reason.

The premise of the podcast is spelled out near the beginning of each episode by host, Deborah Frances-White.  I will quote here since it is so well said:

“The guilty feminist, the podcast in which we explore our noble goals as 21st century feminists and the hypocrisies and insecurities which undermine them.”

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Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates

Everytime I hear Melinda Gates speak, or read something she’s written, I learn something new.   It was while listening to a short interview with Gates on Call Your Girlfriend, that I became passionately inspired to explore the concept of unpaid labor and the socioeconomic impact it has on women across the globe.

Gates was responding to questions from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2016 annual letter in which they each discuss an area of foundation focus for the following year.  In this letter, Melinda Gates discusses the topic of unpaid labor in an incredibly engaging way.  If you’re confused about what we mean when we’re talking about unpaid labor, Gates does a terrific job of describing it, Read more

The Jemima Code

The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks

“When we break the Jemima Code, America’s most maligned kitchen servant, Aunt Jemima is transformed into an inspirational and powerful symbol of culinary wisdom and authority — a role model.”   

-Toni Tipton-Martin

This isn’t a book of recipes, it is a book about books of recipes. It is about the people and the stories behind the books.  And it is a book that leads to more books.  And an outstanding blog. Read more

Nerdette

Nerdette

I am an analog nerd. I love the library. I go there at least once a week to peruse the aisles and check out physical books. I like math and have read many books about it. I watch PBS. A lot. One time my cousin made a joke about the W.M. Keck Foundation and I laughed when everyone else just stared at her. I don’t play video games because I have no talent for them (except for LEGO Star Wars, for some reason I clean up on that one). I can barely figure out how to use this laptop, my cell phone is a mystery I have zero interest in figuring out. I have never seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies and I have only ever seen the Star Wars movie that was called Star Wars with nothing else tacked on to the title when it came out in the 70s. I think it is now number 4, which is irritating since it came out first, but whatever, I don’t care about learning the reasoning behind that, either. Read more

Bossypants

Bossypants

If you read the blog on Wednesday, you already know that we here at Persistiny love Tina Fey. You will also know that my favorite line from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is, “Last one to the bunker is the mother of whores!” That doesn’t have anything to do with the book Bossypants, I just wanted to keep to my habit of saying that sentence at least once a day.

Should you read Bossypants? Absolutely. Will it improve your life if you do? Probably not. Read more

Tina Fey

Tina Fey

My older son once wrote on his Instagram profile, “I’m not real sure what goes here but Tina Fey, if you are reading this, I love you.” And I couldn’t agree with him more.

More than once, I’ve read and laughed my way through Bossy Pants, I’ve watched 30 Rock over and over, I quote Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on a daily basis. My favorite quote? “Last one to the bunker is the mother of whores!” Read more

Women With Tech

Women with Tech

Mobile apps. Many women with tech use them and if you’re anything like me, you download some of them then never use them. Why? Was it too cumbersome to set up a profile, or was the interface boring? Was it because the app didn’t perform as expected, or do we use them a couple times then simply forget they exist?

I never forget Waze exists because I have no sense of direction. Without Waze I would never leave the 5 mile radius surrounding my house. Since I live in a metropolitan area, that’s a problem I used to have.
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