Today is Amelia Earthart’s 113th birthday! The woman spearheaded women’s rights and their roles outside of the home. Four years before her famous disappearance, Amelia had her palm analyzed by then famous astrologist Nellie Simmons Meier. View Amelia’s palm print and Nellie’s interpretation at the Library of Congress online!
“One of my favorite phobias is that girls, especially those whose tastes aren’t routine, often don’t get a fair break… It has come down through the generations, an inheritance of age-old customs which produced the corollary that women are bred to timidity.” – Amelia Earthart
This week, PBS is airing a five part series entitled: “Women, War & Peace” highlighting the unique struggles of women during war time. Women, who in many countries are denied the rights of voting or serving in the military, often suffer disproportionately during warfare – the victims of domestic attacks and gender based torture methods (such as rape). PBS is highlighting the story of women during war in places such as Bosnia, Somalia, and Darfur.
To learn more about the series, see the website, which includes behind the scenes stories, analysis, and greater detail than covered in the television series. An important look at how warfare affects the home front and those who have the least power in starting or stopping it.
The Smithsonian highlights women who risked their lives during the Civil War to support their respective causes. Spying during war time is one of the most dangerous undertakings (frequently resulting in immediate execution.