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Vicki Leon, author of over 35 nonfiction books on women's history, ancient history, and travel, along with pictorial books for younger readers on wildlife and earth's fragile habitats, lives on the California coast but often returns to her favorite research sources around the Med.

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Image created from image crediting Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sassy Femmes Still Rock the New Mexico Art World What is there about northern New Mexico that has drawn artists and writers, including a surprising number of sassy, creative and powerful women, for over a century?
Series: Uppity Women Wednesdays (9 Articles, 10117 views)

Collage of public domain images Tuesday, December 30, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Colossal Comet Proclaims the Birth of Champagne What in heaven's name could a great comet, a daring Frenchwoman, and a great glass of bubbly have in common? This triple cosmic intersection in 1811 produced one of history's most memorable moments when an inventive winemaking widow created the first modern champagne from a vintage so extraordinary that she named it after the comet that blazed across the skies above her-- "le vin de la comete."
Series: Uppity Women Wednesdays (9 Articles, 10117 views)

Slave Auction Handbill Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Abused kids, child trafficking, & slavery in Honest Abe's day Rarely do page-turners written for middle-school kids ignite excitement in adults. (A notable exception is the series of Harry Potter books.) Fewer still explore the secret sorrows of children's lives in the mid-1800s, whether enslaved or free. Running Out of Night, a debut novel from Californian Sharon Lovejoy, offers both.
Series: Uppity Women Wednesdays (9 Articles, 10117 views)

Collage using detail of Medusa by Caravaggio (1595–1596) Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Haunted by the Evil Eye? Grab the nearest phallus! Uppity historian and time-traveler Vicki Leon offers a fascinatingly eerie experience this month with stories of vampire chicks, winged harpies from hell, and bogeywomen B.C.! Long-ago Greeks and Romans went wild during their October festivities which revolved around graves, ghosts, and gruesome rites to keep scary spirits at bay. Even weirder? Their belief in the evil eye. To ward it off, they depended on Phallus Power!
Series: Uppity Women Wednesdays (9 Articles, 10117 views)

Uppity Women Wednesdays with Vicki Leon Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Inked Amazons: Passionate Warrior Women Who Loved Cannabis, Battle-axes, Booty & Bling Vicki Leon's Sept. installment of "Uppity Women Wednesdays" reviews Stanford scholar Adrienne Mayor's new book, "The Amazons: Lives & Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World." The mythological Amazons were modeled on real barbarian archers -- sexy horsewomen who gloried in battles, wore ink as well as bling and got high on pot. Lots of intriguing surprises here - ancient history is livelier than you thought!
Series: Uppity Women Wednesdays (9 Articles, 10117 views), Book Reviews (2 Articles, 2212 views)

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Friends, donors and countrymen Let the men and women who want to be servants of the people earn back our trust the old-fashioned way and show their commitment by carrying out voter-specified works in the public interest. Instead of liturgy, we could call it an investment in the greater good. That puts a satisfying new spin on the term "buying American," doesn't it?

Image created from image crediting Tuesday, August 19, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Cleopatra One-Upped! Nubian Queen Trounced Romans, Evaded Taxes Ancient Egypt had Cleopatra, but Egypt's unsung southern neighbor, Meroe (now Sudan) rocked a centuries-long line of warrior women. One ferocious standout, Queen Amanirenas, dropkicked the Romans out, won autonomy and deftly avoided taxation. Her people smelted iron, mined huge quantities of gold, and 200 of their pyramids still stand. And the temple honoring their queen is open to visitors in NYC today.
Series: Uppity Women Wednesdays (9 Articles, 10117 views)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 (20 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Early American Torture Porn: How to "Cure" a Witchy Woman Imagine watching unwilling females of your acquaintance being strip searched, probed, and tortured by a group of your friends, from needle stabbing to the very public, pubic shaving of said naked ladies. Sound like a tall tale from the internet? Far from it. These abuses were routinely carried out by numerous holier-than-thou religious communities of colonial America. All in the sacred name of witchcraft suppression.
Series: Uppity Women Wednesdays (9 Articles, 10117 views)

Uppity Women Wednesdays Logo Tuesday, June 10, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Melodies for the Gladiatrix: Uppity Women in the Roman Arena Musical bloodbaths: who knew? Oh, those edgy, extravaganza-crazy Romans! Not only did they put on the most extreme and murderous shows in the arena--they did it to live music! AND uppity women were part of the act, as gladiators and as musicians.
Series: Uppity Women Wednesdays (9 Articles, 10117 views), Music (2 Articles, 1892 views)

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Five Decades of Jazz Supernovas: an Intimate Look Backstage May is for music lovers, and the new book "In Concert!" is a tribute to the folks who've made 50 years of jazz, soul, and pop memorable. It's written and photographed by award winner Bill King, one of the music world's own.
Series: Book Reviews (2 Articles, 2212 views), Music (2 Articles, 1892 views)

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Mother's Day? Forget Chocolate - Give Her Feminist Food for Thought This Mother's Day, try validating the moms in your life. One way is to introduce her to a wider world of awesome, flesh-and-blood moms, most of whom she won't have heard of. Meeting these gutsy trailblazers will nourish her in surprising ways -- and you, too!
Series: Uppity Women Wednesdays (9 Articles, 10117 views)