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Great scene, and based on an actual historical incident in medieval Germany:

When King Conrad III defeated the Duke of Welf (in the year 1140) and placed Weinsberg under siege, the wives of the besieged castle negotiated a surrender which granted them the right to leave with whatever they could carry on their shoulders. The king allowed them that much. Leaving everything else aside, each woman took her own husband on her shoulders and carried him out. When the king’s people saw what was happening, many of them said that that was not what had been meant and wanted to put a stop to it. But the king laughed and accepted the women’s clever trick. “A king” he said, “should always stand by his word.”

Medieval women were BAMFs.

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Stories Untold: Race, Representation, and Politics in Children’s and Young Adult Books 

an event at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York City, May 2014

With diverse expertise in child development, parenting, writing, activism, and publishing, panelists discussed why #WeNeedDiverseBooks, the roots of the problem and examples of problematic representation, voice and authorship, and solutions going forward. Panelists included Charlene Allen, author of fiction for middle grade and young adult audiences; Dr. Sharon Cadiz, a nationally recognized child development expert with a passion for children’s literature; Matt de la Peña, author of seven critically-acclaimed young adult and middle grade novels; Vikki Law, a freelance writer and editor; and Stacy Whitman, the founder and publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books. The evening was moderated by activist and writer Sonia J Cheruvillil.

Watch this important panel, and be sure to share it on!

People will assume your sickness is your fault. No matter what kind of long-term illness you have, you will eventually run into this person. The one who remains convinced that, despite what doctors say, you are sick because you just haven’t tried enough. “But have you tried positive thinking?” they ask you. “What about switching to an all-raw lembas diet?

5 Things I Didn’t Know About Health Care (Until I Got Sick)

What an awesome article. I wish all my friends & family could read this so they could understand better.

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