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Happy Birthday Anna May Wong!   (January 3rd, 1905 - February 3rd, 1961)

She called herself The Woman of a Thousand Deaths because her screen characters — racist stereotypes of dragon ladies, prostitutes, and jilted mistresses — inevitably died, and she left Hollywood when the lead Chinese female role in the big budget production of “The Good Earth” went to a white woman with her eyes taped (for which she won an Oscar). Yet Anna May Wong lives on, on film, in pictures, on paper, a Chinese American pioneer who used not only her beauty but her voice and her written words to speak out for herself and her people.

Wow, she sounds incredible. 


  • globally, 77,600,000 girls do not attend school
  • there are 33,000,000 fewer girls than boys in primary education
  • girls with secondary education are 6 times less likely to be married as children
  • a girl with 7 years of schooling in the developing world will have 2.2 fewer children
  • a child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5
  • two thirds of the 775,000,000 illiterate adults, and 63% of illiterate youth, are female
  • literate mothers are twice as likely to immunize their and send them children to school
  • a girl who completes basic education is 3 times less likely to contract HIV
  • a girl earns 20% more as an adult for every additional year of education she receives
  • a nation’s GDP rises an average of 3% when 10% more its girls attend school
  • less than 2% of international development funds are specifically allocated to girls
  • school is not free in over 50 countries


photos: (1) malala yousafzai; (2) joey l. of a school for the hamar tribe in ethiopia; (3) beawiharta in jakarta of students who risk life crossing a collpased bridge to get to school; (4) muhammed muheisen, pakistan; (5) altaf gadri of an unofficial school run for slum dwellers held under a bridge; (6) paula bronstein of burmese refugees in thailand at a school in their refugee camp; (7) noah seelam, hyderabad, india; (8) per anders pettersson, uganda; (9) lana slezic in afghanistan; (10) roberto schmidt in afghanistan, where acid attacks and poisoning of school water by the taliban is on the increase






Parenting, you’re doing it right. 

I can only hope to be this type of parent.

These parents make my heart melt

That last one really got me. That’s such a good idea, and bless his dad for wanting his son to not feel left out. All his friends were probably like “Look at all my candy” and Fletcher was like “LOOK AT ALL MY TOYS HAHA I GOT TOYS”

I’d never seen the airplane one before! That’s BRILLIANT!

The last one is my favorite.

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