A number of friends from outside the United States sent me women-oriented stuff this morning. I was surprised by the alignment until I came to understand that today is apparently "International Women's Day." Americans don't do "international" things, no more this than the metric system: in America the whole month of March is "Women's History Month," though we tend to forget that if we don't belong to institutions that remind us (as we do "Black History Month," which falls in February).
Nevertheless, there were some good pieces! Here are the three best.
A brief piece on Phillipa of Hainault (see also the sidebar, as she has a permanent reference here at the Hall).
On Marozia, the woman who was the power behind three Popes.
A paper on the ways in which women in the Medieval Islamic world wielded power and influence.
By the way, Ranger Up has a new Joan of Arc shirt that some of you might like for a brave woman in your life.
Happy International Women's Day! I think I'll go have lunch with my mother -- she lives on the other side of the state, but my sister is visiting from Wyoming, so it's a good day to catch them both.
UPDATE: Here's a good one: Betty McIntosh, one of the few women to work in the OSS during WWII, a pioneer in psychological warfare, turns 100 years old.