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South Dakota’s Department of Social Services is transferring Lakota foster children to the Department of Corrections and Mental Health Facilities at a staggering rate. The 10-year period between 1999 and 2009 depicts a nearly five-fold increase for children being moved to “non-foster care institutions,” growing from 6.9% in 1999 to 32.8% in 2009.
Why is this happening to these children? Why are they being taken from their families, from their communities, and being institutionalized? This “institutionalization” is not solving issues that these children may have. Please appeal to South Dakota to end its racist tactics.
The Women Who Mapped the Universe And Still Couldn’t Get Any Respect
In 1881, Edward Charles Pickering, director of the Harvard Observatory, had a problem: the volume of data coming into his observatory was exceeding his staff’s ability to analyze it. He also had doubts about his staff’s competence–especially that of his assistant, who Pickering dubbed inefficient at cataloging. So he did what any scientist of the latter 19th century would have done: he fired his male assistant and replaced him with his maid, Williamina Fleming. Fleming proved so adept at computing and copying that she would work at Harvard for 34 years–eventually managing a large staff of assistants.
So began an era in Harvard Observatory history where women—more than 80 during Pickering’s tenure, from 1877 to his death in 1919— worked for the director, computing and cataloging data. Some of these women would produce significant work on their own; some would even earn a certain level of fame among followers of female scientists. But the majority are remembered not individually but collectively, by the moniker Pickering’s Harem.