English: Little Tamar. Manuscript inscription and coloring by Broderzon and Chaikov. Haver Publishing, 1917.
This was a 4 MB image when I downloaded it from Yale’s rare books and manuscript library website. Somehow, I don’t think it survived the journey to my laptop hard drive and back up to tumblr, as a jpg no less, without losing detail along the way.
General Modern Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
Illustrated books depicting the flowering of Yiddish secular culture in Russia between the years 1912 to 1928.
I like how the animals are gathered around Tamar as she studies. They aren’t fluffy animals. Some are serious, like the lion and vulture. But they are there to help, I think. They aren’t there to eat her, like the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood!
I know that because of the image that follows on page 7, which I will post next. Tamar isn’t eaten by wild animals, but she does go on an adventure beyond Kiev, maybe even the Ukraine.
My family in the Old Country
I liked the subject matter, as well as the image. It was unusual for that time, about 1917. Instead of a boy studying and reading, or a stylized portrait of a princess, the main character in the story is a girl, wearing ordinary clothes.
Before then, most women didn’t know how to read. My grandmother told me that, and her grandmother told her. A matchmaker arranged the marriages for my great-grandmother and her two sisters. One of the items emphasized, as an extra feature during negotiations for the bride-price (dowry?), was that their father had paid extra tuition for his daughters to learn to read AND write, in Russian and Yiddish.
I want to do this too. The latex paint thing- it isn’t actually latex house paint. I hope not, for the model’s sake. I would use navy blue or perhaps bright blue. Also, big toothy white smiles are more my style. I don’t have what it takes for photogenic drama. Perhaps I am already so scary that friendliness is necessary to balance the intensity.
I found a nice Tumblr blog by a young woman who seems to like information and data security, NASA, fashion, and is not over-fond of tired memes. It is mneiai dot tumblr dot com.
Click the bold font URL above to view the image to which my post refers. I have vouchsafed this blog as 100% child safe to hxxp://mywot.com a.k.a. Web of Trust, so I am honor bound to adhere to certain constraints.
I was reminded of an article I read a few months ago about the “real reason women quit engineering.” Stemming The Tide: Why Women Leave Engineeringsummarizes the findings of a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study of 3,700 women with engineering degrees.
They found that just one in four women who had left the field reported doing so to spend more time with family. And, unsurprisingly:
Women engineers who were treated in a condescending, patronizing manner, and were belittled and undermined by their supervisors and co-workers were most likely to want to leave their organizations.
News such as this can’t inspire young women to go into these fields…
What percentage of women are participating in the more technical side of technology companies? Vastly fewer than men. According to U.S. government statistics, women accounted for 36 percent of IT professionals in 1991. They now account for only 25 percent of same.
In an article last year in the Wall Street Journal [regarding] the lack of women in venture-backed startups:
Only about 11% of U.S. firms with venture-capital backing in 2009 had current or former female CEOs or female founders… Start-up incubator Y Combinator has had just 14 female founders among the 208 firms it has funded.
The “where-are-all-the-women” meme is familiar… But in start-up land, where the good idea is supposed to trump social status and everything else, the lack of women in positions of authority stands out.
The American veteran population is rapidly becoming more female. In the United States, women began entering the armed forces in a big way only 40 years ago. Currently about 14% of active duty troops are women (and 18% of the reserves). At the same time, about eight percent of 22 million veterans are women… All this has caused some problems for the VA, which failed to adequately prepare…
Prepare to be shocked and amazed:
The female veterans do not respond to the stresses of military service, or the physical injuries, the same way men do.
More services have to be provided for female veterans, because they are more likely to seek care. It’s one of the reasons women live longer than men. They take better care of themselves, and do not suffer in silence.
Many VA medical personnel have been treating an exclusively male clientele for so long, that they are at a loss when confronted with female patients… This is harder on the female patients than it is on the VA staff.
Politicians have discovered the problem, but all they can do is pass more laws. The real solution will have to come from the VA.
As as aside to any males reading this: I have given you the key to the kingdom, The Secret, apparently. Who knew? I mean, I sort of did, but never so eloquently validated. No one looks at Twitpics and makes 494 comments. The founder of Twitter, Evan Williams, posted an image of an envelope he received from Homeland Security, which I would’ve thought would garner a fair share of interest, yet even THAT only got about 20 views. An image of Bill Gates doing something of interest got about 100 comments. Yet this: 494 comments and nearly 24,879 page views!