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Chilean women vote in a municipal election, 1945.

Chilean granted women the right to vote in municipal elections in 1931.  Chilean women achieved full suffrage in 1949.

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i’m laughing wayyy harder than i should be omg

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Well, I can only hope you all are watching the excellent Ken Burns documentary, The Roosevelts, which began airing last night. In honor of that, and not at all because I’m on vacation and feeling lazy, this week I’m going to reblog some of my favorite Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt posts.

Seriously, though, the documentary is great so far. Check it out if you can!


Meet … America’s New President, Franklin Roosevelt.

Some great shots in this British Pathé short film from 1932, introducing FDR to the British public.

Courtesy of British Pathé Ltd. Check them out on Tumblr, too.




talk about perspective. shit.

Fucking hell.

I remember the first time I saw a map of Africa to scale. My jaw dropped.


my entire life

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Feminism is not about who opens the jar.

It is not about who pays for the date. It is not about who moves the couch. It is not about who kills the bugs. It is not about who cooks the dinner. It’s not even about who stays home with the kids, as long as the decision was made together, after thinking carefully about your situation and coming to an agreement that makes sense for your particular marriage and family.

It is about making sure that nobody ever has to do anything by “default” because of their gender. The stronger person should move the couch. The person who enjoys cooking more, has more time for it, and/or is better at it should do the cooking. Sometimes the stronger person is male, sometimes not. Sometimes the person who is best suited for cooking is female, sometimes not. You should do what works.

But it is also about letting people know that it is okay to change. If you’re a woman who wants to become stronger, that’s great. If you’re a man who wants to learn how to cook, that’s also great. You might start out with a relationship where the guy opens all the jars and the girl cooks all the meals, but you might find that you want to try something else. So try it.