The Wednesday Five: Best Longreads of the Week


Pioneering Astronomer Vera Rubin on Women in Science, Dark Matter, and Our Never-Ending Quest to Know the Universe, by Maria Popova


“In 1965, astronomer Vera Rubin (b. July 23, 1928) became the first woman permitted to observe at the Palomar Observatory, home to the most powerful telescopes at the time. So began her pioneering work on galaxy rotation, which precipitated Rubin’s confirmation of the existence of dark matter — one of the most significant milestones in our understanding of the universe.” — Read more at Brainpickings




Laverne & Curly: The slapstick anarchists of “Broad City,” by Emily Nussbaum


“While “Broad City” is often praised for its warm portrait of friendship and sexual frankness, the spine of the show is genius slapstick . . . A stoner comedy about two woke girls, created by the best friends Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, “Broad City” launched, in 2009, as a set of shaggy, self-produced Web sketches. In 2014, it evolved into a confident sitcom début on Comedy Central, produced by Amy Poehler. From the start, the show attracted blazing devotees.” — Read more at The New Yorker




How Lifetime Became One Of The Best Places In Hollywood For Women, by Laura Goode


“On Lifetime, women are strong; women are victimized. Women are sexual; women are violently sexualized. Women want a reflection of their own experiences; women want an escape from their own experiences. Women are committed to creating complex reflections of their own lives and stories; women wrote or directed 73% of Lifetime’s original films from 1994–2016. Lifetime’s always invested in female viewers, stories, and creators, but until public awareness of Hollywood’s entrenched misogyny crescendoed into a federal investigation, this priority went largely unheralded.” — Read more at BuzzFeed

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