Dec 8, 2011

Girls Are Best

This book is funny, honest and down-right necessary. Girls aren’t the best at everything... HOWEVER, neither are men... which is sometimes forgotten. Women are rarely remembered for the great things they have contributed to societies, this is why a book like this is so useful. Let’s not forget those wonderful women who were the best at what they did and what they do and who shoudln’t be overshadowed by their male counterparts.

I’ve picked out of a few of my favourite bits from the book, enjoy!

1.     The Triplewart Seadevil is great. Well, if you’re a girl. It’s a kind of fish. At least the females look like a fish. The boys are so small they don’t look like anything mych. They don’t even have a digestive system. The only way for a boy Triplewart to survive is by finding a girl and clinging onto her for the rest of his life. It’s a bit like a boyfriend who keep saying’ ‘I’ll die if you leave me’ – exepct in this case, of course, it’s true.

2.     Women fighters in history: Amazons, female bodyguards of the kings of Persia, the kings of Kandy in Sri Lanka (and Gadaffi).

3.     The Mercury 13: in 1958 the Americans first began to research putting a man into space. Not just a man actually. 24 women pilots were tested and 13 were chosen to become astronauts in the Mercury space programme. Suddenly, in 1961, NASA cancelled the women’s space programme. When asked why, they said it was because the women had never gone through the jet-aircraft system. And they weren’t allowed to until 1973...

4.    Women inventors: Ada Augusta Lovelace – the groundwork for developing the computer, Phyllis Pearsall – the A-Z maps, Stephanie Kwolek – Kevlar, used in bullet-proof vests and car tyres, Gertrude B. Elion – the first treatment for leukaemia, drugs for gout, malaria, meningitis and bacterial infections.

5.     Great women writers: Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Li Qingzhao, Sappho, Al-Khansa, Huo Xuan Huong, Mary Shelley

6.     Matriarchy in the animal kingdom: elephants, ants, snakes, killer whales, lions, spotted hyenas

7.     ‘Funny’ fact: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is one of the world’s oldest golf clubs. Women are not allowed to be member s. Prince Andrew is the captain of the R&A. He got the job because he is the second son of the Queen of England, yet he is the captain of a club that she is not allowed to join.

8.     Women in 21st century business: Dame Clara Furse is the Chief Exectuive of the London Stock Exchangee. Indra Nooyi is the chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. Margaret Whiteman is Chief Executive and President of eBay.


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