Happy International Women’s Day!
In honour of the day, I want to introduce you to two of my personal heroes.
Hypatia of Alexandria
Greek Neoplatonist philosopher in Roman Egypt and the last librarian of the Library of Alexandria.
Why was she badass?
Hypatia was the very first historically-noted female mathematician. She was the head of the Platonist school in Alexandria, where she taught philosophy and astronomy to any and all students, not differing between pagans, Christians and foreigners.
She is believed to have made significant contributions to the fields of mathematics, astronomy and physics. Hypatia is widely considered to be a universal genius, or polymath, like Leonardo da Vinci (who was born 1100 years later).
She must have been so respected!
She was. Well, until she became an unwilling point of contention between the governor of Alexandria and the (arguably) power-hungry Bishop of Alexandria. Hypatia was murdered by a Christian mob that accused her of witchcraft and godlessness. Her name discredited for nearly two thousand years, only in the past few centuries have her true accomplishments been widely accepted.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (via alighthouseofwords)
I’ve been stalking some Tumblr roleplay groups that have Indian face claims and I’ve noticed that the name choices for Indian character are generally quite bad. Sometimes they’re given names that I would associate with grandparents - like the Indian equivalents of Gertrude, Bertha or Mildred. And other times, the admin just gives up and names them Kareena or Raj. So, I’ve come up with a few ways to help you name Indian characters.