Mar. 6th, 2017

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Saint Gines de la Jara, about 1692, Luisa Roldan. The J. Paul Getty Museum.
Florence Fisher, negative 1872 print 1910, Julia Margaret Cameron. The J. Paul Getty Museum.
Still Life with a Bowl of Citrons, late 1640s, Giovanna Garzoni. The J. Paul Getty Museum.
A Rosa Bonheur sketchbook from 1847 with studies of plants, peasants, farm tools, decorative objects, landscapes, and human figures. The Getty Research Institute, 850837 (f.5)
Pineapple with Australian cockroaches..., 1719, Maria Sibylla Merian. The Getty Research Institute.

It’s Women’s History Month!

Can you name 5 women artists? The National Museum of Women in the Arts is leading a campaign to call attention to the inequity women artists face today, as well as in the past.

Here are some our favorite women artists from the Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute special collections.

Luisa Roldán (called “La Roldana”) - She was a court sculptor and the first woman sculptor recorded in Spain! She married another sculptor, and they worked together to become Luisa’s father’s primary source of income. 

Julia Margaret Cameron - She started her career in photography at age 48 and went on to photograph intellectuals and leaders in Victorian England. She’s well known for her dreamlike photographs of her family, and was drawn to inspiration from literature. 

Giovanna Garzoni - She was one of the first women still life painters. Her work was so well loved that, according to one writer, she could sell her work “for whatever price she wished.” Among her many patrons was the famous Medici family.

Rosa Bonheur - She was a realist painter and sculptor most known for her beautiful and lifelike paintings of animals. Her work was exhibited in the 1848 Paris salon, and today she is considered to have been the most famous female painter of the 19th century. Page through one of her sketchbooks here.

Maria Sybilla Meriaen - She was both a naturalist and scientific illustrator. She published her first book at age 28! Her compositions are dynamic and full of life, not surprising as she was one of the first naturalists to observe insects directly. 

Who is your favorite woman artist? #5WomenArtists
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In November 1889, American journalist Nellie Bly began her record-breaking 72 day trip around the world. She was inspired to take this trip after reading Jules Verne’s 1873 novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. Bly traveled mostly by steamships and railroads with the journey taking her through England, France, Pakistan, and Japan. On January 25, 1890, Bly returned to New Jersey 72 days and 6 hours after her trip began.

Nellie Bly became a media sensation and a board game was created to celebrate her accomplishment. Gamers of 1890 would spin the dial and travel around the board until they reached the end. They would also want to avoid certain squares on the board which saddled them with delays similar to those Bly encountered, such as waiting for a ship to depart. If you look closely at the game board, you can see that a stormy day would take you back 10 days.

Sounds like fun!
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Mar. 6th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!Ways to Give:dreamwaffles linked to a fundraiser for Miranda, a close friend who is escaping an abusive home; yesterday morning she was assaulted by her father and is planning to live in her car until she can get her feet under her, but hoping she doesn’t have to. You can read more and help her afford a safe living situation here.guineapigwithaflamethrower recently had a really terrible day (the anniversary of her father’s death) and spilled an entire glass of wine on her laptop, which now needs to be replaced; as a receptionist at a rape-crisis center she’s not exactly wealthy. You can read more and donate at her youcaring; also if anyone has a line on a used macbook they’d be willing to sell, you can get in touch via tumblr. (I know her a bit and she’s really good people; this is a suck thing to have happen on an already terrible day.)rionsanura linked to a fundraiser for Tredici Bacci, an italian-cinema-soundtrack inspired band/chamber orchestra. They’re trying to get to South By Southwest but will be playing without compensation, so they need travel funding. You can read more and give here; I think $10 for their entire discography in download form is a pretty good deal, having listened to some of their tunes. You can also check out the group on Band Camp here but warning the banner is a little NSFW (butts!).rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn’t been cleared to return to work, thus can’t earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they’ve received, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker’s comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can’t get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.Help For Free:brainwane has a post up calling for volunteers with fluent written English to provide 90-minute online English tutoring sessions between now and April 3rd. This will be helping non-US students applying for (primarily tech) internships who are at a disadvantage because of undeveloped written English skills, who need some kind, nonjudgemental help with their written applications. You can read more and find out how to help here.Activism:Alma linked to Children Of A Different Sky, a forthcoming story anthology which is raising funds for refugee aid. You can read more and support the Indiegogo here.
I’m relinking this week to She’s Running, a new podcast about women running for local, state, and federal office. The podcast interviews women about their inspirations, support systems, and challenges. You can listen to the first episode here or on iTunes – and remember to rate and review if you do! (I really enjoyed episode one; I haven’t listened to episode two yet but I’m looking forward to it.)
And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you’re not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you’re new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
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