Super Girls! Violet from The Incredibles

  Name: Violet Parr Appears in: The Incredibles Occupation: Schoolgirl Powers: force-fields, turning invisible Quote: “I feel different. Is different okay?”   The Incredibles is one of my favourite Pixar movies. It’s funny, it’s creative, it’s original – and Edna Mode is maybe one of the best characters ever made. Of all the characters’ powers however, I was always most envious of Violet. It was only pointed out to me recently that her capabilities (creating force fields and turning invisible) mirror her own introverted personality from the film’s beginning. I’m not...

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Review: Moana – Why Disney’s Latest Princess is Making Waves

“Make way! Make way!” There’s a new Disney Princess in town! Moana is the story of an adventurous young woman of the same name. The daughter of the village chief, she is torn between her love for her village and her desire to sail across the sea. When the life of her island and her people are threatened, Moana is chosen by the ocean to embark on a journey to stop a powerful darkness brought on centuries before when the demigod Maui stole the legendary, life-creating heart of the Mother Island. Together, Moana and Maui embark on an epic adventure to restore the Heart of Te Fiti, battling...

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Cleopatra or Kim Kardashian?

I must admit, I know quite a lot about Kim Kardashian. In fact, I know a little about her whole family. I’m not sure how I know about them. I’ve never actually gone out of my way to watch their television program or read an article about them. But the Kardashians are pervasive in our culture. So, I assume I’ve just picked up these bits of Kardashian knowledge just by being in society. From the bits of knowledge, I’ve picked up, I have deduced that I’m not a huge fan. I’m not sure that she does much to help our culture and I’m not sure we need to contour our face (it seems like a lot of...

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Annie Fox and the case of the disappearing Purple Heart

On December 7th, 1941, the US entered WWII when Pearl Harbor was bombed. At the time, First Lieutenant Annie G. Fox of the Army Nurse Corps was the Head Nurse at Hickam Field. Her bravery in rallying her nurses, organizing civilian volunteers, and treating the wounded earned her not only universal praise, but also a medal. During the heaviest part of the bombing, Lt. Fox was in surgery, serving as anesthesiologist. In October of 1942, she was awarded the Purple Heart, the first to a woman, with her citation reading During the attack, Lieutenant Fox in an exemplary manner, performed her...

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Grace Darling’s remarkable rescue

Grace Darling was born on 24 November 1815 in Northumberland, northeast England. She was the daughter of a lighthouse keeper and lived with her eight siblings on an island just off the coast in Longstone Lighthouse. In the morning of the 7 September 1838, aged just 22, Grace was looking out of her bedroom window when she spotted the wreck at sea. The steam ship Forfarshire had smashed into rocks near the island of Big Harcar on its way from Kingston-upon-Hull to Dundee. Survivors were clinging to rocks but were in serious danger of being swept away and drowning. Grace and her father went to...

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Flora Sandes

Flora Sandes (22 January 1876 – 24 November 1956) was a very interesting woman in the First World War. Although she was British, she enlisted into the allied Serbian army and consequently was the first British woman to fight as a soldier during the war. Flora was born in Yorkshire in 1876 but moved to Suffolk at the age of nine. Flora always dreamed as a child of being a soldier and was always yearning for that bit of adventure that came with it. However as a British woman this was not going to happen. Before WWI she did, however, find herself exploring the world, first working in Cairo,...

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Rosa Luxemburg

During WWI, Germany was having complex political problems on its home front. We don’t often hear much about German women during the war, but Rosa Luxemburg (5th March 1871 – 15th January 1919) was a heroine, standing up and dying for her political views in Germany. Rosa was born in Poland in 1871 to Jewish parents. From an early age, she knew the world had to change and she wanted to be involved with that. So she studied hard at school and moved to Zurich, Switzerland to go to university there; a place that allowed women to study. Her degree was in philosophy, but she also attended extra...

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Mairi Chisholm

Thoughts of the First World War often conjure up images of men in the trenches, fighting over no man’s land, and men travelling in ambulances, cars, or motorbikes. However, men were not the only people who utilized motorbike transport during WWI. The Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) also used motorbike messengers. Another daring and inspirational woman who rod a motorbike was Mairi Chisholm (1896–1981), a nurse and worker at a first aid station behind enemy lines in Belgium. Mairi left for France in September 1914 at the age of 18, and set up a relief and first-aid station in the bombed-out...

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Helen Fairchild

Helen Fairchild (November 21, 1885 – January 18, 1918) was an American nurse who served as part of the American Expeditionary Force. Like many brave women who went to the frontline, Helen put her life on the line to help the soldiers injured in combat. For America, the First World War began on the 6th April, 1917, after Germany began using submarine warfare on any ship close to Britain. Up to that point, America remained neutral. Helen Fairchild had just graduated from nursing school in 1913, and a month after the war was declared in America she decided to help. In May 1917, Helen was...

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Alice Isaacson

Alice Isaacson was born in Ireland in 1874 and emigrated to America with her family shortly after her birth. Alice received her nursing training at St. Luke’s Hospital, Iowa and the Chicago Lying-In Hospital. Until the start of World War One in 1914, little is known about Alice’s work as a nurse or how she eventually joined the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) in 1914. However, we do know that in 1916 she was transferred to the Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC) to work in hospitals in England and France. This is where Alice’s story really begins, as she left behind two diaries that detail...

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