"Every Councilmember faces a choice of who they represent and which world they inhabit,” said Kshama Sawant, who took office earlier this month. “My place is with working people and their struggles. I want to give a voice to workers, trade union members, women, and immigrants. As a Councilmember, I re-commit to a fundamentally different political outlook. In line with the principles of the political party I represent, Socialist Alternative, I pledged to stay accountable to working people by taking only average workers' wage.”
Kshama Sawant, Seattle's only socialist councilwoman (shout out to Bernie), will accept only $40,000 of her salary this year, on par with [...]
In the mid-nineteenth century, long before computers existed, Ada Lovelace invented computer programming. She was the daughter of Lord Byron, whose wife insisted that young Ada receive a strong education in math and science; she was also a mother of three, although records remain frustratingly unclear on the quality of her beef stroganoff. Lovelace wasn't credited publicly for her work until almost a century later, and she's still often written out of the history of computer science. This is the fifth Ada Lovelace Day, and there's going to be a Wikipedia edit-a-thon this afternoon to raise the profile of notable women in STEM, [...]
One recent morning I awoke cranky and tired due to one too many Cosmos and a third night of insomnia. My first book was published a few months ago and I naively thought I would finally have some time to relax, some time for “pure happiness.” But it suddenly seemed like the real work had only begun. For months now I’ve been struggling with… let’s call it exhaustion. Yet again the difficult question loomed: how do we writers experience and accept obstacles without being buried alive?
As I sat on the couch griping, my husband tossed me The Long-Winded Lady by Maeve Brennan (1917-1993), an old-time New Yorker writer [...]