iowawomensarchives:

The Treasure in the Old Will: Iowa Women’s Archives Inherits Valuable Nancy Drew Collection

There were no missing documents, phony relatives, or suspicious fires — just a straightforward bequest from Peggy Wirt, whose mother, the late Mildred Wirt Benson, was the original ghostwriter of the Nancy Drew series. But the collection that was recently left to the Iowa Women’s Archives calls to mind another mystery trope – the hidden treasure: the set of 150 books, written and signed by Benson, was appraised at $115,000. According to IWA Curator Kären Mason, however, the true value of the donation lies in further documenting an important figure in American popular culture…

…University of Iowa Professor Emeritus Carolyn Stewart Dyer has written of Nancy Drew as a feminist icon who inspires women “to persevere, to achieve, to ask questions and find answers”:

Most compelling of the many elements of the stories women told us about reading Nancy Drew were the accounts of how, as girls, they saw in Nancy an alternative to conventional notions of what a woman could be. Women in many occupations told of learning from Nancy to see adventure in solving problems and the joy of self-reliance. These qualities, they said, led them to the futures they chose as lawyers, researchers, librarians, and detectives, among other roles.

Read the full press release here.

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elektric-owl:

LYKKE LI  + -  ”Gunshot”

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fairweatherfrey:

fairweatherfrey:

Shout-out to all the other Mary Bennets of their families

I feel you

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So me

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rookiemag:

What is a Boy?

Show this primer on sexism, respect, and so much more to the dudes in your life. By Charles Aaron. Collage by Ruby A.

rookiemag:

What is a Boy?

Show this primer on sexism, respect, and so much more to the dudes in your life. By Charles Aaron. Collage by Ruby A.

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fashionsfromhistory:

Plate from ‘Les Incroyables et Merveilleuses’
1814
V&A

fashionsfromhistory:

Plate from ‘Les Incroyables et Merveilleuses’

1814

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vampmissedith:

When I was a freshman, my sister was in eighth grade. There was a boy in two of her periods who would ask her out every single day. (Third and seventh period, if I remember correctly.) All day during third and seventh she would repeatedly tell him no. She didn’t beat around the bush, she didn’t lie and say she was taken—she just said no.

One day, in third period, after being rejected several times, he said; “I have a gun in my locker. If you don’t say yes, I am going to shoot you in seventh.”

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bevare:

Pablo Picasso, L’Entreinte, 1901

bevare:

Pablo Picasso, L’Entreinte, 1901

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