Margaret Hamilton, and not [yet!] Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy-Grace Roman or Mae Jemison. You'll have to google them up on your own time.
In Ireland, IWD 2017 has been chosen to push forward a particular aspect of the feminist agenda: The right to choose whether to carry a foetus to term if you fall pregnant. As it happens, I'm in the middle of the reproductive system(s) in my Human Physiology course at The Institute. It is impossible not to reflect on the inequality of it: bloke contributes 10
- 40.3.3. The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.
Article 40.3.3. is what many women of child-bearing age and their supporters Repeal Eight & Abortion Rights Campaign & the National Council for Women in Ireland now wish to remove from the constitution by repealing the 8th Amendment. News digest on the matter. Last week, the Irish Times ran a poll which indicated that a referendum to do this would fail 28% vs 38%. With the abject failure of pollsters to correctly call the Scottish Independence Referendum and the last elections in the US and UK, nobody would take these numbers as firmly predictive about the outcome. Nevertheless, they should give the pro-Choice activists pause as to whether the time is yet right. I mentioned this poll to Dau.II and her comment was that if everyone who wasn't a women of child-bearing age would just shut up and/or stay at home, then she and her friends would be able to get control of their own bodies. It is a matter of choice and I don't have any locus standi on this any more than I have the right to stop two blokes getting married, or you playing Grand Theft Auto or Katie Taylor battering the face off another young women for money. . Your mileage may vary; you may be wholly convinced that you know what's best for my daughter. But I'm sorry