It wouldn’t be National Doctors’ Day celebration without paying tribute to Clara Barton!
According to the American Red Cross, Clara, who was born Clarissa Harlowe Barton, began teaching school at a time when most teachers were men, and she was among the first women to gain employment in the federal government. Her start in medicine began during the Civil War, when Clara was working in the U.S. Patent Office in Washington, D.C. As wounded men came into the city, Clara saw the need for supplies and care for the troops.
As time went on, she grew to understand the problem even more, and was eventually successful in petitioning to go onto the battlefield to treat the injured troops. Clara was known as the "Angel of the Battlefield" across Virginia, where her medical services assisted doctors and surgeons whose resources were already stretched thin.
After the Civil War, Clara traveled to Europe, where she sought a brief rest after so many years of turmoil. However, her relaxation was short lived - she learned of the International Red Cross, and of those needing help on the battlefield in the Franco-Prussian War. True to her character, Clara joined the International Red Cross in their efforts, pinning a handmade red cross ribbon to her jacket and helping the wounded. When Clara returned to the United States, she influenced Congress, and the first Congressional charter of the Red Cross was issued in 1900!
March is Women’s History Month! To celebrate, we’re spotlighting our exchange alumni, famous stories, and unsung heroes. These women have shown us all that #ItOnlyTakesOne to raise the bar, set a new standard, or make a positive impact. Share your favorite stories for Women’s History Month with us on social media by tagging them with #ItOnlyTakesOne.
- Me: It's April, and you know what April is?
- Friend: "When shoures soote the droghte of March hath perced to the roote?"
- Me: I was thinking "the cruelest month," but I figured you'd favor Chaucer.
Steve Rogers doesn’t know about Luke’s dad.
…What did that Avengers Tower movie night look like?
"Okay, I’ve got historical events and music so far. What movies do I need to see?" Steve asks, breaking out his notebook.
“Some Like It Hot,” Bruce says immediately.
“Robin Hood,” Clint puts in, to no one’s surprise.
Steve smiles. “Errol Flynn?”
“Men in Tights.”
Natasha looks up from where she’s curled in an armchair. “The Sound of Music?”
Clint snorts. “I think he might object to the singing Nazis, Nat.”
Steve just raises an eyebrow. “Singing Nazis?” That one goes on the list.
"Ooh, in that case, Pearl Harbor,” Tony says.
A chorus of groans and protests meet his statement.
"What? I kind of want to see his head explode."
Steve does not put that one on the list. “Anything else?”
“Star Wars,” Darcy says, without looking up from her phone.
The room goes silent. Everyone stops and stares at her like they’ve forgotten she stuck around after Jane went back to New Mexico. Which they probably have.
"Darce, you’re a genius,” Clint breathes.
Bruce actually smiles. “We are in the presence of the last unspoiled adult in the entire country.”
Tony’s eyes light up. “Oh my god, he doesn’t know that Vader is—”
Natasha has him in a choke-hold before anyone realizes she’s moving. “Not another syllable.”
Tony raises his hands in surrender, and Natasha loosens her hold. “What the hell was that about?” he wheezes.
She nods towards Bruce, who is looking somewhat green around the gills.
"Spoilers make him angry."
Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna aboard the Russian Imperial Yacht “Polar Star”, 1907
Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year.
When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.
But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)
At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.
Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”
Amen to that, Hugh.
De Caestecker delivers perhaps his best performance to date in the series, proving once again that while he may be called on to deliver the comic relief, he is equally adept at drama. We’ve been treated to seeing Fitz grow as a field agent over the course of the series. While he can’t stop the tears, Fitz is anything but a coward as he faces off against Garrett. (x)