remembering women who's friendships we've lost too soon.

“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.”

—   Sylvia Plath (via feellng)

(Source: feellng, via hollyisaheadcase)

Rosalind Elsie Franklin (July 25, 1920 – April 16, 1958), British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer 

Rosalind Elsie Franklin (July 25, 1920 – April 16, 1958), British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer 

Rosalind Elsie Franklin was a British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. She is best known for her work on the X-ray diffraction images of DNA which led to the discovery of the DNA double helix. According to Francis Crick, her data was key to determining the structure to formulate Crick and Watson’s 1953 model regarding the structure of DNA. Franklin’s images of X-ray diffraction confirming the helical structure of DNA were shown to Watson without her approval or knowledge. This image provided valuable insight into the DNA structure, but Franklin’s scientific contributions to the discovery of the double helix are often overlooked. Watson has suggested that ideally Franklin would have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with Maurice Wilkins. After finishing her portion of the work on DNA, Franklin led pioneering work on the tobacco mosaic virus and the polio virus. She died in 1958 at the age of 37 of ovarian cancer most likely due to overexposure to x-ray radiation. 

Skye McCole Bartusiak (September 28, 1992 – July 19, 2014), American film and television actress.

Skye McCole Bartusiak (September 28, 1992 – July 19, 2014), American film and television actress.

Skye McCole Bartusiak first starred in The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson, in 2000. She later played the young Marilyn Monroe in the TV miniseries Blonde, and Don’t Say a Word alongside Michael Douglas and Brittany Murphy, both in 2001. In 2003, McCole Bartusiak returned to period drama with Love Comes Softly, and a year later she played the young Jackie in Against the Ropes alongside Meg Ryan. She starred in the “Kids” episode of the hospital drama series House, and took a lead role as Sunshine in the film Kill Your Darlings. On July 19, 2014, McCole Bartusiak was found dead in her apartment behind her parents’ Houston home. Her mother told CNN that the actress was found by her boyfriend, sitting up in her bed; she began CPR on her daughter before the arrival of paramedics, who then worked “for 45 minutes” to no avail. Helen McCole Bartusiak said Skye “had been healthy and did not drink or do drugs”, and had recently been suffering from epileptic seizures and that this likely played a role in her death. Skye was 21 years old.


“Ana Mendieta died at just 36 years old, but the imprint of her life digs deeper than most. Mendieta’s work occupies the indeterminate space between land, body and performance art, refusing to be confined to any one genre while working to expand the horizons of them all. With the immediacy of a fresh wound and the weightlessness of a half-remembered song, Mendieta’s artwork remains as haunting and relevant today as ever.”


Anne Frank at 85: What would she have become had she lived?

Anne Frank would have turned 85 years old Thursday. It was on June 12, 1942, her 13th birthday, that she received the red-and-white checked diary. Not long after, she and her parents and sister, along with four others, went into hiding in the attic of a house in Amsterdam. Two years later, someone betrayed them […]

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath

Two teenage girls in northern India were gang-raped, strangled to death by their attackers, and then hanged from a mango tree in the fields of their village. Residents of the village in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh found the girls Wednesday, hours after they disappeared Tuesday night from their homes, according to police.

The girls, cousins aged 14 and 16, had headed to the fields to use the bathroom as they did not have one at home, the AP reported.

Government reports show that a rape happens every 22 minutes in India;
Over half a billion Indians lack access to toilets. Women often face sexual assault when seeking out clean bathroom space.