Today is my birthday. I’m 26 years old today — but I look much younger. With my big, brown eyes and round cheeks, people who don’t know me often mistake me for being in my early 20s or even in my teens. (It probably doesn’t help matters that my maturity hovers around the “Yo Gabba Gabba!” level at times.) Looking younger than my actual age is both a blessing and a curse. It is difficult, as a young-looking woman, to be taken seriously by older people when I discuss politics, society or culture. I’m not going to complain about being told that I “look so young,” though, when the latter is meant as a compliment. Who doesn’t enjoy compliments?
But I’ll admit I feel weird accepting those compliments sometimes. Why should I be flattered that I look young? Keep reading »
“In the selection [of astronauts], we had almost the same requirements on women candidates as those for men, but the only difference was that they must be married, as we believe married women would be more physically and psychologically mature.”
— Zhang Jianqi, former deputy commander of China’s manned space program. Uh, how exactly? [AP] Keep reading »
Sometimes a girl just gets sick and tired of all the cutesy little words and phrases that exist to describe women. I mean, cougar? Puma? Cheetah? Who can keep them all straight?
Depending on the situation, most of my life I’ve been called either a “princess” (for wanting what I want when I want it) or a “femi-Nazi” (for being a feminist with thoughts and opinions).
Oh, but one lucky day I’ll be called a M.I.L.F., or even “a woman of a certain age.” Can you tell that I just can’t wait?
We at The Frisky put our pretty little heads together and made a list of 17 words and phrases about women and girls that we’re just sick and tired of hearing. Won’t you let us know which ones you’re done with, too? Keep reading »
During World War II, when the United States faced a pilot shortage, more than 1,100 women filled the gap. Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) served as civilian volunteers from 1942 to 1944, flying new planes from factories to military bases, testing planes, and towing targets to give gunners training (they flew planes with a moving target attached so military men could practice their shooting skills — yikes).
At first, people weren’t sure whether they could handle flying military aircraft. But at the final WASP graduation ceremony, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Forces, Henry “Hap” Arnold, acknowledged the lady pilots’ abilities, saying, “Now, in 1944, it is on the record that women can fly as well as men.” Keep reading »
March is National Women’s History Month, so we asked readers on our “Do Tell” newsletter subscribers to tell us what ladies have inspired them, helping them become who they are today. What women have influence your life? Share your story in the comments. Keep reading »