The Women Who Powered World War 2, All In Color

women of WWII red lipstick marking parts

Wikipedia Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, California.

We recognize them from ‘Rosie the Riveter’ recruitment posters, but the female workforce of World War II provided us with much more than colorful kitsch. More than six million women joined the workforce during the War, and by 1942, the estimated proportion of jobs deemed acceptable for women shot up from roughly 29 to 85 percent.

Women rose to the occasion and carried out tasks once considered out of their “reach”, feeling that it was their duty to support their short-handed country during times of conflict. All of this, in spite of the fact that their home had done little to support or empower women in its nearly 200-year history.

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In Afghanistan, A Skateboarding School Where Girls Rule

In the war-ravaged lands of Afghanistan, it’s common for kids boys to be seen in the roads playing soccer or stick ball. Young girls, however, are not are not encouraged to participate in sports, or in most cases even seek an education past that of Islamic studies and housekeeping.

Between that, poverty, and regional violence that makes Afghani streets an unsafe place for most, it seems that Afghanistan would be one of the last places in the world to find a skateboarding school – let alone one that boasts a 40 percent female enrollment. In an area that doesn’t even allow young girls to ride bicycles, this is a truly remarkable feat. So just how did this come to be?

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Ziegfeld Follies: The Other, Sensational Side Of Flappers

Ziegfeld Follies Cover

Source: The Red List

Florenz Ziegfeld’s business cards read “Impresario Extraordinaire”. And from 1907 until the final Follies show in the late 1920s, no one questioned its veracity. Ziegfeld’s longest-lasting legacy is his Follies: young, beautiful and talented women who ruled Broadway at the turn of the century and shared (or stole, in some cases) the stage with some of the era’s entertainment greats. Some of the Ziegfeld Girls went on to become famous in their own right: names like Lillian Lorraine, Jessica Reed, Billie Burke and Anna Held are inextricably linked with the lights, feathers and sparkle of the Follies’ glory days.

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Comedian Trevor Noah

Jon Stewart Leaves Comedy Central

Source: Daily Beast

Jon Stewart is finally saying goodbye to The Daily Show after 17 years of serving up sharp, quick-witted satire on the Comedy Central series. Ever since Stewart’s announcement, the Internet has collapsed into a tizzy speculating who would take over the coveted role.

Yet it came as a complete surprise when the network announced that comedian Trevor Noah would be replacing Stewart. Haven’t heard of Noah before? Don’t worry, a lot of people in the U.S. haven’t, despite him being an internationally recognized comedian. Here’s a good start:

Noah Takes Over Comedy Central

Source: YouTube


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