Jeannette Rankin (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973) was the first woman in the United States Congress, elected in Montana in 1916 and again in 1940. After being elected in 1916 she said, “I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won’t be the last.”
A lifelong pacifist, she was one of fifty members of Congress who voted against entry into World War I in 1917, and the only member of Congress who voted against declaring war on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
"Okay, but, programmers say, there’s another important reason we can’t do away with the tickbox, allow people to state their own genders, or allow people to decline to state. That’s because they need to know which pronouns to use.
They present this argument with a look of triumph, as though they think this is a mic drop and they can now walk away, ‘conversation’ concluded. Why they think this incredibly gender essentialist, lazy, and fundamentally boring argument is in any way persuasive is beyond me, because it’s not just irritating, it’s also wrong. For one thing, you could easily include a dropdown asking which set of common pronouns the user would prefer, and you wouldn’t even need to demand a gender marker. You could also avoid the use of pronouns altogether, or revert to singular ‘they’ in cases where no gender is provided. All of these tactics are easy to implement, and there’s no reason not to use them, unless, of course, you’re stuck on the idea that gender is a binary, that everyone wants to share information about their gender, and that no one has a complex relationship with gender."
5 Ways To Keep Me Reading Your First Chapter
Camp NaNoWriMo 2014 has officially launched! Whether you’re writing a new novel, tackling a screenplay, or finishing an existing piece of work, Camp is a writing free-for-all. For those of you still on your publishing journey before Camp, Blair Thornburgh, editorial assistant at Quark Books, explains what makes her stop reading a manuscript:
I was recently at a conference where an editor detailed her method for critiquing a first draft. The complicated process was as follows:
- Start reading it.
- When it stops being compelling, stop reading it.
- When you stop reading it, draw a line on the page and write “This is where I stopped reading”.
Brash. Ballsy. Take-no-prisoners.
But what specifically makes an editor grind to a halt and refuse to go on? Opinions differ, of course, but as far as I’m concerned there are some pretty basic “don’t”s that make me want to close a document while I’m reading a sample chapter: