EARTH Moves Under My Feet...
human skull unearthed in south-central Brazil
in 1975 was recently identified by scientists
as the oldest human remains (11,500 years) ever
recovered in the Americas. They belong to a young
woman nicknamed Luzia, in homage to Lucy, the
3.2 million-year-old human found in Africa.
Maori of New Zealand use the same word for "land"as
for "placenta" (whenua) to symbolize our relationship
with Mother Earth.
the U.S., when babies are born out of hospital,
new mothers or midwives will often bury the placenta,
then plant a tree over it.
Gabbra nomads of northwest Kenya plant a boy's
placenta under the corral where baby camels are
kept, and a girl's placenta under the hearth.
of the 209 road runners who qualified for the
Olympic women's marathon trials last February
in South Carolina were 40 or older.
than 43 million U.S. women said they would "definitely
or probably" accept an invitation to go target
shooting if asked.
recently published study by the British Home Office
found that 4.2% of men--the exact same figure
as for women--were assaulted by a current or former
partner in the previous year, although women were
twice as likely as men to have been injured.
arrests of U.S. women for violent crimes increased
96% between 1985 and 1994, compared to a 47% increase
for men, according to the FBI.
in the WATER
women surfers gathered at California's Huntington
Beach to form the Women's International Surfing
Association in 1975, the International Year of
98% of women who give birth in water have had
no pain medication, according to Waterbirth International.
hip-hop trio TLC won an NAACP image award for
the music video "Waterfalls" in 1996.
was believed to have been the first organized
and recorded all-woman ice hockey game was played
in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, in 1892. Research
has since revealed that this game may have involved
women playing against men dressed as women.
U.S. flight attendants in the 1940s had to be
single, female, white, under age 27, between 105
and 125 lbs., between 5'2'' and 5'7'', and could
have no "physical abnormalities," which included
1804, female balloonist Marie-Madeleine Blanchard
was appointed France's chief of air service. She
died in 1819 while releasing airborne fireworks
for a crowd in Paris.
on Venus bear the names of famous women throughout
history, such as Cleopatra, Amelia Earhart, Emily
Dickinson, and Lady Godiva.
Sources: Association of Flight Attendants; British
Crime Survey; Canadian Hockey Association; FBI
Uniform Crime Report; International Women's Air
and Space Museum; Midwives Alliance of North America;
Museu Nacional Brazil; NAACP; USA Track and Field;
Wahine Magazine; Waterbirth International; Women's
Shooting Sports Foundation.