Cranky Ladies of History bits and bobs

Cranky Ladies logoWell, the crowdfunding ride is nearly over! Just 24 hours left until the Pozible campaign ends, and I’m still blown away by the support we have received, not only in the pledges that saw us reach our goal at just halfway through and smash our first stretch goal, but in the social media signal boosting and the mainstream media as well. It’s been amazing, and Tansy and I are truly grateful for every bit of it. It’s not too late to pledge, and nab exclusive rewards (and a very special surprise we’ve cooked up as well!).

Over the month, I’ve been collecting little tidbits of Cranky Ladies related stuff, and so I’m just going to pop a bunch of them in the one post to see out the campaign.

Suffragettes plaqueVia Alex Pierce, this plaque honouring suffragette Emily Wilding Davison was erected illegally by MP Benn in House of Commons a few years ago.

Female military leaders (The Mary Sue)

15 Adorable Kids Pose As Iconic Figures In Women’s History

This whole month, the poem “Phenomenal Woman”, as narrated by the wonderful Maya Angelou, has been on my mind. So I wanted to link it here.

And in the same way, this song has for some reason resonated with me. Neither the poem nor the song are necessarily about Cranky Ladies of History, but the theme is surely there! (and yes, it’s a fairly ridiculous video clip, which I had not seen until I found it to link here! Ignore that, and enjoy the song 🙂 )

Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 9.31.09 PMA great set of biographies of women from history, collated by A Mighty Girl.

Devotion: stories of Australia’s wartime nurses is a wonderful read, put out last year by the Australian War Memorial. Incredible stories, presented in a beautiful book full of photographs and other primary source material.

Kenny_Elizabeth_SisterElizabeth Kenny (1880-1952): Australian, entrepreneur, not-quite-qualified nurse, pioneer of effective treatment for symptoms of polio and cerebral palsy (and effectively modern rehabilitation methods), hospital founder, war nurse, designer of an effective transportation stretcher and true cranky lady of her time! (I read about her in one of my school’s library books, Elizabeth Kenny by Jenny Craig, CIS Cardigan Street Publishers, 1995)

And to finish up, don’t forget to take a look at our Cranky Ladies of History blog tour – we have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have contributed, and it’s been marvellous reading about all those fantastic cranky ladies! Thank you to everyone who has taken part!