History is not a long series of centuries in which men did all the interesting/important things and women stayed home and twiddled their thumbs in between pushing out babies, making soup and dying in childbirth.

History is actually a long series of centuries of men writing down what they thought was important and interesting, and FORGETTING TO WRITE ABOUT WOMEN. It’s also a long series of centuries of women’s work and women’s writing being actively denigrated by men. Writings were destroyed, contributions were downplayed, and women were actively oppressed against, absolutely.

But the forgetting part is vitally important. Most historians and other writers of what we now consider “primary sources” simply didn’t think about women and their contribution to society. They took it for granted, except when that contribution or its lack directly affected men.

This does not in any way mean that the female contribution to society was in fact less interesting or important, or complicated, simply that history—the process of writing down and preserving of the facts, not the facts/events themselves—was looking the other way.

Tansy Rayner Roberts

I actually recommend the entire post, especially if you like history or fantasy or writing. 

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So very weird & disorienting to see yourself quoted on Twitter! Of course I’m going to reblog this, though. Glad to see people still rediscovering that article, of which I am very proud.

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Day 7: Cranky Ladies on the ABC

Campaign update: the publicity we’ve been receiving for Cranky Ladies of History made a massive difference this week. The project is well on track to fund!

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Modern Fairy Tales (:


Modern Fairy Tales (:

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(via Day 5: Cranky Ladies, Horrible Histories & Mary Seacole)

My daughters have been learning a lot about history via Horrible Histories - and yes, a lot of it is about poo, vomit, cholera and amusing songs about Aztecs making flutes out of the bones of their enemies. But they’ve also been learning about how history can be distorted, especially about issues to do with gender, race and class. Mary Seacole is a great example of this, a mixed-race Jamaican woman who is only now being acknowledged for her work during the Crimean War - it wasn’t just Florence Nightingale changing all those bandages!


Sarah Rees Brennan talking sense about how the unfair criticism that female authors receive is not the same thing as, you know, literary criticism.

"If someone honestly spends their time going ‘God, when will these stupid whiny bitches stop talking about feminism? Sexism exists, but this bitch isn’t suffering from it! What a bitch, why doesn’t she shut her stupid bitch mouth!’ and they don’t see a contradiction there, okay. I don’t get it, but it happens a lot. It’s happened to me a lot. 

But here’s a suggestion: a good way to make me stop talking about being called a bitch would be to stop calling me a bitch. And I’d enjoy being called a bitch less often. Everybody wins!”

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Crowdfunding: Fun For All the Family

Day 3 in this marvellous spectator sport we call crowdfunding an anthology. Cranky Ladies of History is a hit so far! Miles to go, though. In other news, I wrote some stuff.

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Cranky Ladies of History anthology by Tehani Wessely and Tansy Roberts

Late in 2013, Australian writer and editor Liz Barr blogged about Tsaritsa Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia, dubbing her one of history’s great “cranky ladies”. Being the editor I am, I immediately thought of several fantastic writers I would love to see write short stories about history’s cranky ladies, those women who bucked the trends of their time and took on cultural norms to challenge society’s rules and ideas about how women should behave.