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Women and Pants

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Women Wearing Pants Author gholea In the Western world, Historically, in that part of the world, women have worn dresses and skirt-like garments while men have worn pants (trousers). During the late 1800s, women started to wear pants for industrial work. During World War II, women wore their husband's pants while they took on jobs, and in the 1970s, pants became especially fashionable for women. Today, pants are worn far more often than skirts by women, and many women wear pants almost all the time. Although trousers for women in western countries did not become fashion items until the later 20th century, women began wearing men's trousers (suitably altered) for outdoor work a hundred years earlier. The Wigan pit brow girls scandalized Victorian society by wearing trousers for their dangerous work in the coal mines. They wore skirts over their trousers and rolled them up to their waist to keep them out of the way. Wigan Pit Row Lass Women worki

Sui Liu and Wu Yan - Ugly Concubines

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Su Liu  In the period of Qi there was a girl who was born with a tumor in her neck. Her name was Su Liu and this tumor made her slightly disfigured. This caused everyone in her village to stay away and isolate her. Once King Min went on a tour around his kingdom and visited Su Liu's village. All the villagers crowded round the king and stopped their work but Su Liu continued picking mulberry leaves and ignored the crowds.  The King's men saw this and thought ignoring the king was insulting behavior, so she was dragged in front of King Min. The king asked her to explain her actions. She told him that she had learned to concentrate on her task 100 percentage, no matter how small or unimportant that task might seem. The king Min thought that she was a remarkable woman and took her to his court where she proved her worth time and time again. Later in her life the King Min married her and she assisted in the governing of the country and helped to bring peace and prosperi

The Most Hated Woman in Mexico by Colin Falconer

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Author Colin Falconer is back to share a post about a fascinating Mexican woman of history depicted in his best-selling novel, Aztec. If you haven't had a chance to read this book, you must. It's a definite page turner with plenty of shock and awe to rivet you to the end. Following is the guest post. Oh, and there's a link to a previous post contained within. When you get to it, check it out. You'll laugh till you hurt! THE MOST HATED WOMAN IN MEXICO Hernan Cortes  was probably one of the greatest of the conquistadores – which is a back handed compliment in a way, like being the best of the Nazis or being named Terrorist of the Year. He was a man of ruthless genius, a Christian crusader possessed of unparalleled greed, even for those times – but his achievements were breath-taking. He won a land of almost limitless resource for Spain with an army of less than five hundred Spaniards, not all of them soldiers and not all of them loyal, while ostensibly

Wang Zhaojun and Cai Wenji

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Wang Zhaojun In 33Bc during the Han dynasty there was a policy of diplomacy with the Huns, making sure that the Han dynasty and the Huns were on friendly term. This policy involves marring high class Chinese ladies with the Hun nobility so to cement the relationship of the 2 parties. Many women were forced to marry the Hun nobility but only one saw it as a positive opportunity and openly offered herself to this exchange. Her name was Wang Zhaojun and was described as one of the "Four greatest beauties" in Chinese history. The Khan of the Huns personally came to Chang an city the then capital city and asked for a court lady. Wang Zhaojun offered herself when all the other court ladies refuse because it meant leaving the known, their family and a pleasant life at court.  However unlike the Han dynasty the wife of the Kahn had a great influence and Wang Zhaojun managed to use this influence to continue the good relations between the Han dynasty and Huns. During her l

Lucky 7 Meme

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Lisa Yarde, also known as The Brooklyn Scribbler , a favourite author whose work I have admired for years, has tagged me in a cute contest that will let me give my readers a sneak peak of my latest novel in progress. I've chosen an excerpt from my Orphan of the Olive Tree which is scheduled for release summer/fall 2012. The contest rules are: The contest rules are: 1.  Go to page 77 of your current work in progress. 2.  Go to line 7. 3.  Copy the next 7 lines or sentences as written and post them onto your blog or website. 4.  Tag 7 other authors. 5.  Let them know they've been tagged. Here is my latest work which is one chapter away from completion. It is called Orphan of the Olive Tree. The story is a family saga about one a woman who gives away one of her newborn twin daughters based on superstition and fear and the consequences of her dark act on two families.  Without another word, Cosma placed the unwanted babe in her basket and tucked c

Esther

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Why Esther is One of the Great Women of the Bible Author Jo Ann LeQuang In the modern world, we often feel that we are on the vanguard of the emerging role of women in business, economics, and politics. But powerful women have always been a part of history. In fact, the Bible tells the story of a woman who played world politics and outfoxed a dangerous rival in the Book of Esther. Esther became a queen by a series of unexpected events. Theologians will tell you that the book of Esther was written in part to demonstrate the fact that there are no coincidences, because a divine hand guides all events. Here, Esther was a orphaned Jewish girl who was growing up in the care of her older cousin and guardian, Mordecai, who despite his Jewish faith held a prominent position at the king's court. These were the days of the Jewish exile when Jews had been dispersed to different parts of the world. Persia was a rich and powerful nation, but one that had its share of Antisem

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

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The Lifeboat is a page turning novel of hard choices and survival! Back Cover Summary: Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found. Will she pay any price to keep it?  The Lifeboat is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes. Review: An explosion on a luxury liner sends passengers scrambling for lifeboats. Grace and several other passengers overcrowd a lifeboat where they remain adrift for many days. Treach

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

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A page turning novel of hard choices and survival! Back Cover Summary: Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found. Will she pay any price to keep it?  The Lifeboat is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes. Review: An explosion on a luxury liner sends passengers scrambling for lifeboats. Grace and several other passengers overcrowd a lifeboat where they remain adrift for many day

Sacagawea (1788 - 1812)

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Today, I find myself on vacation in Great Falls, Montana. We bought a condo there several years ago and enjoy coming down at every opportunity. Everywhere you go in this city, you encounter signs or street names honoring the Lewis and Clark expedition when they searched for a route through the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean in the early 1800’s. And the woman who led that expedition was a woman named Sacagawea. As I walk the path along the shore of the Missouri River, I think about her and what her life might have been like.  Here is her story, told in her own words as I imagine she would speak them to us: Sacagawea I was born the daughter of a proud Shoshone chief in the territory known as Idaho around the year 1788. Translated, my name means Bird Woman . My life was a happy one until I turned twelve. That was when everything I knew and loved was taken from me. A raiding party of Hidatsa Indians killed the men, women, and boys of our tribe, sparing only young wo