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Friday Hoyden: Hortense Mancini

Hortense Mancini was married at fifteen to one of the richest men in Europe, who turned out to be an obsessive, violent, controlling abuser. She found a way to escape, and to live the rest of her life with an exuberance that would be difficult to match.

Friday Hoyden: Beatrice

The way women are treated by men in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is awful, but don’t let that fool you into thinking this is an anti-women play. This is a play that exposes everything that is foolish and harmful about fearing female sexuality, or about doubting female capacity for steadfastness.

Friday Hoyden: Héloïse d’Argenteuil

The second in my set of Three Wise H’s. Poor, tragic Heloise was one of the great minds of the twelfth century. Eventually Abbess of the Oratory of the Paraclete, she was not a nun by vocation, but through the medieval systems of sexual repression and ultra-strict gender role enforcement, along with a good sized dollop of bad luck.

Friday Hoyden: Graça Machel

With the news of the death of Nelson Mandela, for the next while there will be many reflections published on his life and its impact. It is worthwhile to take some time to think of one of the people who will be feeling his death most keenly, his wife Graça Machel.

Friday Hoyden: Ada Lovelace Day 2013

It was the fourth Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday this week (juuuust missed posting on the day), celebrating women’s achievements in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. Did you go to any Ada Lovelace Day events this year? Tell us about it if you did.

And the gold goes to….

TW: Discussions of rape culture and child sexual abuse The 21st annual Ernie awards were held at NSW Parliament House last night, and for the first time I was there for the … festivities? It’s a fun night, but also… Read More ›