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90 seconds into the interview, she says 'excuse me,' and I want to high-five her through the screen.

Meet Gerda Lerner, one of the founders of the field of women's history. Think she's got some things to say about women's history then? Um, yes. She's *actually* got some things to yell. Listening to her say "Excuse me?" with such rage and knowledge made me smile. I love how she's just having none of it!

1. This is the "Excuse me?" part. And I love it. Look at her face! She's so mad. I am comforted that she is so mad:


2. I did not know women's suffrage lasted 72 years! A women's history fact from one of the founders OF women's history:

3. Also, I'm now seeing child labor as a women's history thing, and it makes so much sense. Why did I never think of it that way?!?! *Boggle* 113 years:

4. A moment of encouragement from Ms. Lerner:

5. Rule #1: Nobody gave us anything. The idea that the movement for women's rights (or any movement!) *always* faces constant resistance was strangely comforting:

People where I'm from would call Gerda Lerner a *firecracker.* Highest compliment.

As face masks have become mandatory in many places to limit the spread of coronavirus, it's also become an increasingly politicized thing. As we know, anything that involves political polarization also involves vast amounts of misinformation and disinformation. Whose idea was the internet again?

No one I know loves wearing a mask. We all wish we didn't have to. But there are an awful lot of people saying they can't wear one, or they refuse to wear one because they've been led to believe that masks are somehow more dangerous than not wearing one. I've seen and read "information" on everything from masks depriving people of oxygen to masks causing CO2 build up to masks creating fungus problems.

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