The question that these finds raise, of course, is: how many women might we have overlooked in what have been traditionally perceived as male roles in the past? Gladiators are now thought of as an all-male phenomenon. But in Roman times there were female gladiators, even if they were looked on with scorn by the satirist Juvenal (which puts them on a par with virtually every other social group Juvenal discusses). He is particularly underwhelmed by the thickness of calf that female gladiators display. He has a pretty low opinion of male gladiators’ attractiveness too: weeping sores and unhealed wounds do not a matinee idol make, as far as Juvenal is concerned. … [Read more...] about How many more warrior women are missing from the history books?
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Sappho She is the great woman poet of antiquity. Born on Lesbos in the second half of the 7th century BC, she wrote poems of love and longing, marriage hymns and invocations to the gods. She was hugely admired in antiquity and praised as the "female Homer". She was also imitated – one of her most exquisite poems was translated into Latin by Catullus. Her poems exist in fragments and scraps, but nine volumes of works were said to be in the possession of the great library at Alexandria. Little is known of her life and she has been appropriated as everything from gay icon to model matron. … [Read more...] about Harridans, harlots and heroines: women of the classical world
She’s been called ‘the most powerful woman in art’. She ran into some trouble last year when she said of sexual harassment: ‘I personally have never suffered any such issues. Then, I wouldn’t. I was raised to be a confident woman who, when I encountered harassment, would say, ‘Please don’t’… or something rather more direct.’ Some said this blamed the victims of abuse - and she apologised. … [Read more...] about The 20 influential women you’ve never heard of: A single mum who runs a £2bn firm to a biochemist who could cure dementia are among the unknowns to make Vogue’s list of Britain’s most inspirational ladies
"You want to say something larger, to say something cohesive, to impart a truth in a way that is beautiful. It's like taking medicine with apple sauce. The label 'confessional' makes me alarmed because although my writing is confessional, I think you have to write something that's structured and is an attempt at art, even if it's not a successful attempt. It worries me if you just write a diary or a blog and then publish it. You can't just hand it over and reach literary absolution because you've confessed everything." Crosley's first piece of confessional writing sprang from an email she sent to a group of friends recounting an incident where she got locked out of the same apartment twice in the same day – the email found its way to an editor at the Village Voice who encouraged her to rework it as an article. After the publication of her first anthology in 2008, Crosley was touted as a 21st-century Dorothy Parker. "Those comparisons are flattering but not accurate," she says. "I … [Read more...] about True confessions in new women’s lit
In the short video, Ebony can be seen waiting for the video call, only for the realisation to dawn that she is speaking to the Hollywood star. Standing up in excitement, Ebony quickly praised the star for taking the time to speak to her. "Oh, I can't believe I'm talking to you right now," she exclaims. "You don't even know how much of a fan I am of yours. I have a Kerry – I named my daughter Kerry!" … [Read more...] about Kerry Washington had a very big surprise for this beauty fan