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Rosa Bonheur Wears the Pants

Rosa Bonheur Wears the Pants

Imagine you're going to walk out into pastures to draw horses and sheep from life, or to the slaughter house, to see what the muscles of animals look like under the skin (better to paint them) but you have to do it in a long skirt, that brushes the ground. A long...

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Sofanisba Anguissola, Painter, 1532-1625

Sofanisba Anguissola, Painter, 1532-1625

Sofanisba Anguissola was a portrait painter during the Italian Renaissance. (You may have heard of other Renaissance painters such as Artemesia Gentileschi, Michangelo and Leonardo DaVinci.) She was born in 1532 in Cremona, Italy to a family of minor nobility. Her...

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A Naked Baby Doll at the Check out Stand

A Naked Baby Doll at the Check out Stand

Dolls for Boys When my son was a toddler, he adopted one of his older sister's dolls, declared it a boy doll instead of a girl doll and renamed it. Despite the wide selection of clothes available, he preferred that his doll was naked. I was cool with all of that, so...

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Wonderful Photos of Black Fatherhood

The Chicago Reader has a lovely photo essay of black fathers with their kids. We need more images like this! Author W. D. Floyd writes: At a Father’s Day speech in 2008, Obama claimed that there are too many Black fathers missing from too many homes and that it...

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Edmonia Lewis, Black American Sculptor

Edmonia Lewis, Black American Sculptor

Mary Edmonia Lewis was a sculptor in America at a time when it was difficult for any woman to be a sculptor, and significantly more difficult for a black woman to do so. Author Kirsten Pai Buick, author of the book Child of the Fire, about Edmonia Lewis, says that...

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Women Inventors Placemat!

Women Inventors Placemat!

Have we mentioned the placemat is here? It's here! One day at breakfast, over a year ago, my daughter looked up from her Inventors of the World placemat asked sadly, “Why is there only one woman on this?” I said “There are more than that! I have a whole book of them...

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#1000BlackGirlBooks founder Marley Dias

#1000BlackGirlBooks founder Marley Dias

Representation Matters! Have you heard about Marley Dias? When she was in 6th grade, she wanted to read more books with black girls as the main character, so she started a champaign and set out to find 1000. “I knew I was frustrated by the lack of diversity in the...

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