Kickass Women in History: Malalai of Maiwand
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Articles / January 11, 2020

Many of us today know of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakastani activist for women’s education. This month’s Kickass Women is in honor of her namesake, Malalai of Maiwand (1861-1880). Malalai was a heroine in the Afghanistan rebellion against the British in the Second Anglo-Afghan War. This war, which lasted from 1878 to 1880, involved Afghanistan’s attempt to prevent British colonization. Malalai’s story involves the fight against colonialism, women at war, and the power of romantic poetry as a form of resistance. Malalai was born in Khig, a small village near the larger community of Maiwand. When the Battle of Maiwand began, her father, a shepherd, and her fiancee joined the ranks of Afghans fighting the British. Malalai was there to provide support to troops by supplying nursing care, water, and weapons. According to legend, the battle took place on what was to be her wedding day. When the Afghans began to fall back, Malalali grabbed a flag (some say she used her veil) and shouted this landay: “Young love! If you do not fall in the battle of Maiwand, By God, someone is saving you as a symbol of shame!” As the battle intensified she took the place of the lead…

Whatcha Reading? January 2020 Edition, Part One
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Articles / January 11, 2020

It’s our first Watcha Reading of the year! I hope you’re all excited to talk about books! Tara: I’m reading Polaris Rising because Amanda said on the podcast that it’s amazing and, well, it’s definitely amazing. I’m also listening to 30 Dates in 30 Days by Elle Spencer, ( A | BN | K | AB )which is a pretty cute f/f romance. It has a lawyer who wants to find love and is reluctantly talked into going on (you guessed it) 30 dates in 30 days, and ends up most attracted to the bartender, who’s declared she doesn’t do relationships. They’re currently in denial about their feelings and I’m looking forward to seeing how it resolves. Catherine: I’ve just finished reading Artistic License by Elle Pierson (Lucy Parker’s first pseudonym). It’s sweet and funny and comforting, but I can really see how she has developed since then. And I’m alternating fiction reading with reading my way through Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat, which is not so much a cookbook as a masterclass in the fundamentals of flavour. I’m really enjoying her writing style, which is lively and friendly and personal, as well as the little bits of…