Maisie Williams rewrote a sexist headline about herself because she is the best.

You probably know Maisie Williams as Arya Stark from "Game of Thrones."


Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in "Game of Thrones" watching Arya Stark in a play about "Game of Thrones." It makes sense when you see it. Sort of. Image via "Game of Thrones"/YouTube.


On screen and off, Williams is pretty much the best.

First, she's incredibly charitable. She once donated over $14,000 (£10,000) to a cancer charity started by her friend and raised money for dolphins by skydiving.

She's also taken many opportunities to speak out against sexism and society's tendency to put women in a box and tell them what they can't do more often than what they can.

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She's an ambassador for the #likeagirl campaign and delivered a speech in New York last summer where she said, in part:

"It's time for society to stop telling girls what they should and shouldn't do. And instead through the quietest whispers and the loudest megaphones tell them that they are unstoppable."

Then she saw this sexist headline about her attending a charity event: "Unveiled: Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams goes braless in sheer lace dress and quirky headpiece at charity masquerade ball."

Let's just say she wasn't thrilled about it.

The article was about Williams' attendance at the 2016 Masquerade Ball for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children or NSPCC.

While the headline takes the time to address the fact that she attended "braless," it fails to mention that she helped raise money for an organization she cares about. It also failed to treat her as more than a clothing rack.

So Williams used Twitter to suggest an alternative.


I know that's not Arya, but still.

Tabloid headlines about women are often sexist and objectifying, critiquing outfits and makeup instead of saying anything remotely substantive.

It's such a rampant problem, that a while back Vagenda magazine asked Twitter to fix this problem headline by headline, and the results were amazing:


With her tweet, Williams managed to address media sexism, draw attention to a worthy cause, and cement her place as one of the best in the west.

It doesn't matter if she's playing a princess, assassin, or a girl just trying to make her way, on Twitter, Maisie Williams is nothing less than a queen.

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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