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Miss Italy knocked onto the ropes by Miss Sweden during a women's international boxing match in Stockholm, 1949. via @historyphotographed #theunsungheroines

Joyce E. Hill [Westerman] (born December 29, 1925) is a former catcher who played from 1945 through 1952 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m), 150 lb., she batted left-handed and threw right-handed.Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Hill did not play any sports at Kenosha High School because they had none for girls. She acquired softball experience while playing in the county softball league for 12-to 15-year-olds and then in an industrial league for two years. In Kenosha, she gained a good reputation as a hard throwing pitcher and shortstop for the team of Nash Motors, which later buy Hudson Company to found American Motors. Hill entered the league in 1945 with the Grand Rapids Chicks, but was converted into a catcher. She was a force behind the plate and had capacity as a left-handed hitter to drive the long ball.[1] Nevertheless, Hill was traded six times in a span of eight years because each season the league would move players to try to keep teams competitive. So, in 1946, she divided her playing time between the South Bend Blue Sox and the Fort Wayne Daisies, before stabilizing with the Peoria Redwings the next year. Hill retired after 1952 to become a mother and raise a family of two daughters, Janet and Judy, both of whom became ball players. She later went to work for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1985. When the 1992 film A League of Their Own was filmed at Cooperstown, she was one of the women who appeared for the last segment of the movie. #theunsungheroines

1984 Olympics Los Angeles postcard #la84 #theunsungheroines

I was looking for images of "woman + boxer" and came across "Billie Holiday with her dog “Mister,” 1946" and figured its better than anything else out there so.....enjoy. #theunsungheroines


Cont... "In 1936, packhorse librarians served 50,000 families, and, by 1937, 155 public schools. Children loved the program; many mountain schools didn't have libraries, and since they were so far from public libraries, most students had never checked out a book. "'Bring me a book to read,' is the cry of every child as he runs to meet the librarian with whom he has become acquainted," wrote one Pack Horse Library supervisor. "Not a certain book, but any kind of book. The child has read none of them." "The mountain people loved Mark Twain," says Kathi Appelt, who co-wrote a middle-grade book about the librarians with Schmitzer, in a 2002 radio interview. "One of the most popular books…was Robinson Crusoe.” Since so many adults could not read, she noted, illustrated books were among the most beloved. Illiterate adults relied on their literate children to help decipher them. Ethel Perryman supervised women's and professional projects at London, Kentucky during the WPA years. "Some of the folks who want books live back in the mountains, and they use the creek beds for travel as there are no roads to their places, " she wrote to the president of Kentucky's PTA. “They carry books to isolated rural schools and community centers, picking up and replenishing book stocks as they go so that the entire number of books circulate through the county " The system had some challenges, Schmitzer writes: Roads could be impassable, and one librarian had to hike her 18-mile route when her mule died. Some mountain families initially resisted the librarians, suspicious of outsiders riding in with unknown materials. In a bid to earn their trust, carriers would read Bible passages aloud. Many had only heard them through oral tradition, and the idea that the packhorse librarians could offer access to the Bible cast a positive light on their other materials." Via The Smithsonian Magazine #theunsungheroines

Continued from yesterday - "The books and magazines they carried usually came from outside donations. She traveled around the state, asking people in more affluent and accessible regions to help their fellow Kentuckians in Appalachia. She asked for everything: books, magazines, Sunday school materials, textbooks. Once the precious books were in a library’s collection, librarians did everything they could to preserve them. They repaired books, repurposing old Christmas cards as bookmarks so people would be less likely to dog-ear pages. Soon, word of the campaign spread, and books came from half of the states in the country. A Kentuckian who had moved to California sent 500 books as a memorial to his mother. One Pittsburgh benefactor collected reading material and told a reporter stories she'd heard from packhorse librarians. "Let the book lady leave us something to read on Sundays and at night when we get through hoeing the corn," one child asked, she said. Others sacrificed to help the project, saving pennies for a drive to replenish book stocks and buy four miniature hand-cranked movie machines." Via The Simothsonain Magazine #theunsungheroines

Their horses splashed through iced-over creeks. Librarians rode up into the Kentucky mountains, their saddlebags stuffed with books, doling out reading material to isolated rural people. The Great Depression had plunged the nation into poverty, and Kentucky—a poor state made even poorer by a paralyzed national economy—was among the hardest hit. The Pack Horse Library initiative, which sent librarians deep into Appalachia, was one of the New Deal’s most unique plans. The project, as implemented by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), distributed reading material to the people who lived in the craggy, 10,000-square-mile portion of eastern Kentucky. In 1930, up to 31 percent of people in eastern Kentucky couldn’t read. Residents wanted to learn, notes historian Donald C. Boyd. Coal and railroads, poised to industrialize eastern Kentucky, loomed large in the minds of many Appalachians who were ready to take part in the hoped prosperity that would bring. "Workers viewed the sudden economic changes as a threat to their survival and literacy as a means of escape from a vicious economic trap," writes Boyd. In 1913, a Kentuckian named May Stafford solicited money to take books to rural people on horseback, but her project only lasted one year. Local Berea College sent a horse-drawn book wagon into the mountains in the late teens and early 1920s. But that program had long since ended by 1934, when the first WPA-sponsored packhorse library was formed in Leslie County. Librarians manned these outposts, giving books to carriers who then climbed aboard their mules or horses, panniers loaded with books, and headed into the hills. They took their job as seriously as mail carriers and crossed streams in wintry conditions, feet frozen in the stirrups. Carriers rode out at least twice a month, with each route covering 100 to 120 miles a week. Nan Milan, who carried books in an eight-mile radius from the Pine Mountain Settlement School, a boarding school for mountain children, joked that the horses she rode had shorter legs on one side than the other so that they wouldn't slide off of the steep mountain paths. Via- The Smithsonian Magazine #theunsungheroines

On August 26, 1926, 20 year old Olympic swimmer Gertrude Ederle covered herself in sheep grease and waded into the frigid waters of the English Channel. In the distance, she spotted a red balloon signifying a small craft warning and thought to herself “Please, God, help me,” before plunging into the choppy sea. Fourteen hours and thirty four minutes later, she emerged, “bleary eyed and water logged” on the shore of Dover, England, having earned her place in history as the first woman to swim across the Channel. . . She had made it in record breaking time (shaving two hours off the previous 'best'), through storms and turbulent squalls, guided by a boat containing her father and sister who cheered her on by flashing signs that listed the parts of the red roadster promised to her if she was successful.Nothing prepared Gertrude for the fame and fanfare she received upon her return to the U.S.A. While standing on the top deck of the steamship transporting her from Europe to New York City, she was greeted by a shower of fresh flower bouquets falling from the sky, dropped by circling, swooping planes that danced overhead. A ticker tape parade attended by over 2 million people shouting “Trudy! Trudy!” welcomed her home to Manhattan. Fans wanting a closer look at their new hero stormed the doors of City Hall upon her entrance, forcing Gertrude to seek safety in the mayor's office. In the following weeks, a dance step was named after her, along with song called “Tell Me Trudy, Who's Going To Be the Lucky One?” Men proposed to her by mail week after week. She met the President, Calvin Coolidge, who dubbed her “America's Best Girl” while others deemed her “The Queen of The Waves.” She was flown to Hollywood to star in a short film about herself and joined a touring vaudeville act. Gertrude never got used to the attention which brought a sense of mounting anxiety. 'I finally got the shakes,'' she told an interviewer years later. ''I was just a bundle of nerves. I had to quit the tour and I was stone deaf.'' As a child, a case of the measles left her with a growing hearing problems made much worse by her Channel swim. #theunsungheroines

When female players in the @USGA are asked about the tournament being held at Trump National in Bedminster all have deflected. But Brittany Lincicome @brittany1golf addressed it Thursday in an interview with the Tribune, saying she hopes the president stays away during the championship. "Hopefully maybe he doesn't show up and it won't be a big debacle and it will be about us and not him," she said. "I don't know him. I have met him probably once. I think it will be fine. We're going to play an amazing golf course and let our clubs do the talking." After POTUS-supporter John Daly tweeted an attack on her, hundreds of other Trump followers trolled her. She responded by saying she would take a break from social media during the major championship. When will it end? Feel free to comment on @USGA page and let them know how you feel since they deleted all my comments 👌🏽Female athletes have enough sexism to deal with. No need for them to be playing on grounds where the most sexist man on the course will be glaring over the greens. #neverthelessshepersisted #theunsungheroines

In my opinion? A spineless move from the  @usga - I'd love for this to get reposted or shared or have all you speak up in your own way 👊🏽 Donald Trump said to have threatened USGA with lawsuit if it moved the women's Open from his course. Per @NPR ”Holding the tournament on this course sends the exact wrong message," says Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, a group that advocates for women's rights. It's been pushing the USGA for months to move this tournament to another course. UltraViolet even hired a plane to fly above the U.S. Open men's championship in Wisconsin last month pulling a banner that urged the USGA to "take a mulligan, dump Trump." "They're giving millions in revenue, free advertising and branding, to his platform and policies," Thomas said, "which repeatedly degrade women, and encourage hate and division." The USGA hasn't budged. One writer @majorleaguewomen and former player on the LPGA circuit said ”I’ve been following and covering this debacle for the last year, and could not get a single player to go on the record with me saying that they did not want to play at Trump’s course.In private they told me that, yes, they wish the USGA could move venues. But these players understand what they’re risking by having an opinion that does not line up with Trump’s most loyal servants. I think the reason why this tournament is so hard for me to watch this year is that it serves as a stark reminder that women are fighting battles on their own. Sure, we have some male allies, but the force of our allies isn’t strong enough. Women are also having to come to terms with the fact that those they originally thought supported them, only do so when it’s convenient. When we make statements defending ourselves against sexism, we’re called snowflakes or femi-nazis, because god forbid we don’t like it when our president goes on rants and raves about women’s looks on Twitter. And lord knows we don’t like it when we have a commander-in-chief who has defended sexual predators like Bill O’Reilly or Roger Ailes." What do you guys think?? #theunsungheroines #sexism #neverthelessshepersisted

THIS MADE MY DAY 🙌🏽 Watch World No. 1 Andy Murray @andymurray interject with a correction midway through with a reporter. 👌🏽👍🏽🎉American female players have dominated major semifinals for years, thanks to @SerenaWilliams, who has advanced to a major semifinal or beyond 20 times since 2009. I ❤️#feministmen 🎾 #theunsungheroines

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