What: The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free by Andrew J. Hawkins
From: The Verge
The title says it all. The New York Public Library, a place that was already pretty BOSS, announced last month that over 200,000 images were now available for use and royalty free. Go forth and download ;).
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, featuring epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s. Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library’s user-friendly visualization tool. It’s a nostalgist’s dream come true.
“No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!” writes Shana Kimball, manager of the library’s public programs and outreach.
You can read the full article here.
What: Film Portrays A ‘Perfect Storm’ That Led To Unwanted Sterilizations For Many Latinas by Shereen Marisol Meraji
This story had me stop and practice my deep breathing techniques. The story in no way surprised me, and that is what made me so angry and sad.
No Más Bebés (No More Babies), which airs on PBS on Feb. 1, tells the story of how 10 immigrant Mexican women, Hermosillo included, sued LA County doctors, the state and the U.S. government in 1975 for allegedly violating their civil rights. The women’s cases were similar. Each had an emergency cesarean section and each said she was either unaware that she signed for a tubal ligation or was told by a medical professional that not signing for one could mean death for her and her unborn child.
No Más Bebés examines how the lawsuit, Madrigal v. Quilligan, came to be, how questions of informed consent — or lack thereof — and coercion played into the case, and how the collision of various societal issues resulted in stories like Hermosillo’s.
This type of injustice, didn’t just happen to Hispanic and Latino women.
And then there was the long-held stance, still popular today, that poor women should not have children they can’t afford to support, especially poor women of color. For decades, Puerto Rican women had been subjected to sterilizations at various points as a way to combat astronomical unemployment and poverty on the island; a 1965 survey found that a third of Puerto Rican mothers living on the island at the time had been sterilized. Native American women were sterilized at the hands of the Indian Health Service in the 1970s. Poor African-American women on government assistance were also sterilized across the country during that time period. A particularly damning case, brought two years before Madrigal v. Quilligan, involved two black sisters sterilized at ages 14 and 12 in Alabama.
Take some time and watch the trailer and listen to the full story. It will re-affirm why it is SO important to be active in your community and aware of issues that impact different populations in society. You can read the full article and listen to the story here.
What: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Turns 200: A Cartoon Celebration by Jen Sorensen
Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice turned 200 last week, and cartoonist Jen Sorensen drew a pretty awesome illustrated comic version of the classic book.
NPR always manages to to bring a smile to my face, and this comic had me giggling for a while. You can view the full comic over on NPR here.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”