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13 Aug 2010

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Friday’s Food for Thought: Breaking Down Major Barriers for Women

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? As always, we hope everyone had a productive week and is enjoying the final weeks of summer and vacation season. As the GEOINT community knows, it was a very big week. Well actually a very big two weeks. General Clapper was confirmed as the new DNI and Letitia Long was inducted as the new Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), while breaking down major barriers by being the first woman to head an Intel agency. So, this week’s FFT post is all about breaking down barriers and the major strides that women have made. Happy Friday!

Letitia A. Long Becomes First Woman to Lead Intelligence Agency
Letitia A. Long this week became the first woman to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency, assuming her position as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at a ceremony held in Springfield, Va, The Associated Press reported. “I have never seen an agency as young as the NGA do so much in so little time,” she said of the agency, which was founded in 1996. Of course, we all know this news, but we had to include it as the first article in this week’s FFT post. Oh, and read more here.

Famous Firsts in American Woman History
American women’s history has been full of pioneers: Women who fought for their rights, worked hard to be treated equally and made great strides in fields like science, politics, sports, literature and art. These are just a few of the remarkable accomplishments that historians not to mention people across the United States celebrate. What “Famous Firsts” will American women achieve next? Well, we can answer that…Letitia Long. Read more from History.com here.

Amelia Earhart: First Woman to Fly Solo Scross the Atlantic Ocean
Amelia Earhart, one of the world’s most celebrated aviators, was the first woman to fly alone over the Atlantic Ocean. Earhart was born in Kansas in 1897, but moved often with her family and completed high school in Chicago in 1916. She worked as a military nurse in Canada during World War I and as a social worker at Denison House in Boston after the war. She learned to fly (against her family’s wishes) in 1920–21 and in 1922 bought her first plane, a Kinner Canary. On June 17–18, 1928, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, although she was only a passenger in a plane flown by Wilmer Stutz and Louis Gordon. The same year, her reflections on that flight were published as 20 Hrs., 40 Min. She married the publisher George Palmer Putnam in 1931 but continued her career under her maiden name. Read more from History.com here.

Be Sure to Celebrate Women’s History Month in March
Growing out of a small-town school event in California, Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. The United States observes it annually throughout the month of March. Women’s History Month, now celebrated annually in the United States, grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1979. The idea quickly caught on within communities, schools and organizations across the country. In 1981, the U.S. Congress made it official, passing a resolution establishing Women’s History Week. Six years later, the event was expanded into the entire month of March. Read more here.

Women’s Rights Definition
The term women’s rights refers to freedoms and entitlements of women and girls of all ages. These rights may or may not be institutionalized, ignored or suppressed by law, local custom, and behavior in a particular society. These liberties are grouped together and differentiated from broader notions of human rights because they often differ from the freedoms inherently possessed by or recognized for men and boys, and because activists for this issue claim an inherent historical and traditional bias against the exercise of rights by women and girls. Issues commonly associated with notions of women’s rights include, though are not limited to, the right: to bodily integrity and autonomy; to vote (suffrage); to hold public office; to work; to fair wages or equal pay; to own property; to education; to serve in the military or be conscripted; to enter into legal contracts; and to have marital, parental and religious rights. Women and their supporters have campaigned and in some places continue to campaign for the same rights as men. Read the full Wikipedia entry here.

Respect – Aretha Franklin
This classic song requires no introduction. Enjoy.

Happy Friday!

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