The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Nitza Quiñones Alejandro to a spot on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, making her the first openly gay Latina to hold a federal judgeship.
“A Puerto Rico native, Quiñones breaks a glass ceiling as the first openly LGBT Hispanic to serve on the federal bench,” the Blade reports. “Additionally, she’s the seventh openly LGBT person ever to receive confirmation as a federal judge.”
President Obama first nominated Quiñones to the federal judgeship in November and renominated her in January. At this afternoon’s White House LGBT Pride Month Reception, he congratulated her, “even though she couldn’t be here today, because she’s getting ready to finally take her seat on the bench and get to work,” he said.
Huge deal. Congratulations to her!
Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock speaks on the Royal Institution Unconference 2011.
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock provides an overview of her unconventional career path to becoming a space scientist, including how her fascination with the moon started with The Clangers.
She challenges delegates to tackle the stereotypes of science careers, encouraging them to pursue alternative roles in science after completing their studies.
"My first job was hanging out of the door of an aircraft, taking pictures of missiles. I must admit as a scientist I’d expected that I’d be working in a lab somewhere, or playing with test tubes. This was more like James Bond!"
"You’ve got the opportunity to make a real difference to society… [And] the potential to do more than you ever realise."
(Image credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images) When astronaut Karen Nyberg attended her 25th high school reunion, she didn’t just bring photos of her husband or child — instead she was able to show her classmates a view of Earth from 200 miles above its surface. Nyberg, 42, is in the middle of a six-month stay on the International Space Station and managed to attend her reunion at Henning High School in Henning, Minn., via video link. Nyberg gave her former classmates and their families a tour of the space station and even a glimpse of the sun rising over the earth…
This has always been a dream of mine as well…to do this exact same thing in space….
Happy Ada Lovelace Day!
grrrlfever asked: yo, creator/ex moderator of the blog here. i chose wonder woman as the icon because she was one of my personal heroes growing up and she showed me that women can kick ass. i knew i would never be able to pick an icon that would represent all women so i just went with something personal. however, the current moderators are welcome to change it to something more fitting if that's what the followers want! peace out
I’ve had this conversation a few times, and my answer has always been that wonder woman was the icon used when I came to this blog, so I’ve left it because-
What could we change it to?
I’ve dismissed the idea of using the Venus sign because that remains to be a very western concept tied up in colonialism, and someone once suggested an image of a uterus/cervix/ovaries trio but that’s problematic as hell b/c not all woman have said internal configurations, and someone suggested that we make up our “sign” but again- how do we have the right to decide that a logo will represent the women of the world, and dare to enforce that?
So, this is a perpetual question that remains on this blog, that really comes with the realization that there is no universal sign of womanhood b/c all ladies are wonderfully varied.
This question remains to be a thing that one day we’ll figure out. (And is always open for thoughts by our followers.)
(The question was along the lines of “why do you use a white cis woman as the representation of this blog?”)
mydearfriendtoto asked: I think it depends on how it is presented - a. it should never be the first thing said and b. it shouldn't be a statistical value, there is a difference between bearing/having X amount of children and *raising* children. I think raising kids is good to note but it is problematic because it could easily be read as measuring worth by amount of children.
Anonymous asked: parenthood is so undervalued, and the bulk of its tasks still fall to women. if a woman can achieve something in addition to doing all the unsung (and unpaid) tasks of motherhood, then that's pretty badass imo.
crotchetybushtit asked: I think just including it if she had children and not including a bullet of she didn't. I totally think it's important to give props for that.
Anonymous asked: if we're celebrating a woman's achievements, parenthood has a place there; motherhood is an achievement too.
tsundere2106 asked: When Mary Kom won the Olympic medal for India, what pissed me off the most was that they focused so much on the fact that she was a mother of three children from a lower middle class household. If a woman is good at boxing and gets accolades for it then the news article or the public focus should be on that, not her life as a mother. Including 'motherhood' would only show that society wants to put her back to that 'essentialist' role, not giving her hard work the spotlight.