You won’t allow me to go to school.
I won’t become a doctor.
One day you will be sick.
— Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl
This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous), and their doubts about religion.
One of the best articles I’ve read all year. Here’s the link
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker reading in her modified officer’s uniform with pants (c.1870s). Photo by Elliott and Fry of 55 Baker Street, London.
Feminist, abolitionist, alleged spy, surgeon and only female recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for hardship endured as a prisoner of war. She served as an assistant surgeon of the 52nd Ohio Infantry. After crossing Confederate lines to treat civilians, she was taken prisoner in 1864 by Confederate troops and imprisoned in Richmond for four months.
Reading in the Morning Light. Carl Vilhelm Holsøe (Danish, 1863-1935). Oil on canvas.
Holsøe’s pieces often deal with narratives involving the home as illustrated with this piece. He often concentrated on interiors with a masterful technique that reflected the influence of the Dutch masters such as Vermeer.