women's month


day 8

March 30, 2018 Roobs Leiser

onna-bugeisha the onna-bugeisha were female samurai warriors of japan. they trained & fought alongside their male counterparts - being held to the same standards and with the expectation to perform equal duties. tomoe gozen was one such warrior - not only fearsome on the battlefield, but fiercely intelligent - commanding her troops with effortless leadership and engaging in politics throughout the region. the master of her clan - the minamoto - named her as japan’s first true general. she led her army of just 300 samurai to victory against more than 2000 warriors, and in 1184 defeated (and decapitated) an...


day 7

March 14, 2018 Roobs Leiser

ok, ok, i’m behind - but now you get 3 days’ worth all at once. marsha p johnson b. 1945 d. 1992 if you’ve watched in awe or found your vocabulary now littered with any one of the hundreds of catchphrases you’ve heard on rupaul’s drag race, you really should know about marsha p johnson. considered by many to be the one true drag mother, marsha was a stalwart of the new york city drag, LGBT+, and art scenes during her life. she was also an outspoken and fearless activist, who made life in the city bearable for many. on...


day 6

March 08, 2018 Roobs Leiser

today is thursday march 8th. it is international women’s day. if my life did not actively revolve around an aim to empower women, today might be cause for unusual celebration. as it stands, i try my best to do this on a daily basis, and - especially given that this entire month will be dedicated to amplifying the voices of women - today is merely day 6.  i struggled with the idea of picking *one* woman who would stand as the mascot for international women’s day. so instead i picked a quote, and with that quote, comes the woman who...


day 3 (& 4)

March 06, 2018 Roobs Leiser

i couldn't even keep up daily posting for 3 days?! anyway, here's double the girl power.  today is tuesday march 6th, and today we honour ida b. wells & evelyn glennie ida b. wells   b. 1862 d. 1931 born a slave in mississippi, ida found herself the sole caregiver and provider to her 5 siblings. by her early 20s, she was already making waves locally with her political views and educated approach to equal rights. she took a job as a schoolteacher in memphis in the 1880s and, while on a train there, found herself being ordered out of...


day 2

March 04, 2018 Roobs Leiser

today is sunday march 4th, and today’s historical badass of choice is: madam cj walker   b. 1867 d. 1919 madam cj was born sarah breedlove in 1867 on a louisiana cotton plantation. orphaned at 7, married at 14, and widowed at 20 with a daughter to support, she didn’t have what could be considered an easy start to life. she relocated to st louis and took up work as a washerwoman to put her daughter a’leila through school. during the 1890s, she suffered from alopecia - a particularly common ailment among black women at the time, owing in part...