Today’s the anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe. Did you know that women were often (uncredited) spies and couriers in WWII? Read about this woman (she’s incredible):
Anne Sofie Østvedt quickly rose through the ranks to become the deputy commander of the underground intelligence-gathering resistance group XU. According to the top-secret document in her AAUW file, “As from the summer of 1943, she functioned as the proxy of the chief and in that capacity had contacts with the leading underground organizations. During the stays abroad and inspection trips of her chief, she was the acting leader of the whole system, comprising that whole of south Norway (about 3,000 men).
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Though they remained POWs under horrific conditions for three years and suffered their own injuries and illnesses, they continued to care for soldiers in the camp until they were freed in February 1945.
It’s Nurses Week! And in case you didn’t know that nurses are awesome, well, they are.
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A welder at a boat-and-sub-building yard adjusts her goggles before resuming work, October, 1943. By 1945, women comprised well over a third of the civilian labor force (in 1940, it was closer to a quarter) and millions of those jobs were filled in factories: building bombers, manufacturing munitions, welding, drilling and riveting for the war effort. (source)
Happy 41st birthday to the federal legalization of contraception for unmarried people!
March 22 marks the 41st anniversary of Eisenstadt v. Baird, the Supreme Court decision that established the right of single individuals to possess contraception. That’s right: As recently as 1972, you could go to jail for giving contraception to an unmarried person. And William Baird did. Eight times. In five different states.
This is awesome. Happy Saturday.
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