At first she worked in a pool of women performing math calculations. Katherine has referred to the women in the pool as virtual `computers who wore skirts.’ Their main job was to read the data from the black boxes of planes and carry out other precise mathematical tasks. Then one day, Katherine (and a colleague) were temporarily assigned to help the all-male flight research team. Katherine’s knowledge of analytic geometry helped make quick allies of male bosses and colleagues to the extent that,’they forgot to return her to the pool.’ While the racial and gender barriers were always there, she ignored them. She was assertive, asking to be included in editorial meetings (where no women had gone before.) She simply told people she had done the work and that she belonged.
In a victory activists were unsure they’d get, Uganda’s Constitutional Court overturned the country’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act today, declaring the anti-LGBT law “null and void” because of a parliamentary technicality in how it was passed.
The court determined that when members of Parliament passed the law in December 2013, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had not established quorum — a required minimum number of members present to vote — effectively invalidating the law.
Q:If an American were to go visit someone in Finland, what would you say are good gifts to bring the host?
Hmm. Well, when a we get visitors the first thing we do after greeting is to sit down and have a coffee. Most of the gifts our visitors have brought to us is something to eat with the coffee, such as cookies, candies, little pastries (or sometimes a new package of coffee).
If you want to play safe, bring something traditional American buns, cookies, pastries or candies. Or some exotic coffee.