WOW2 – September's Trailblazing Women and Events in Our History - 9-1 through 9-8

2022-09-10 00:25:52 By : Ms. Linda Xia

– Liz Carpenter, American political humorist,  speech writer, and feminist

WOW2  is a   four-times-a-month  sister blog to   This Week in the War on Women. This edition covers women and events from  August 25 through August 31.

The next installment of WOW2 will be on September 10, 2022.

– Nikky Finney, American poet, civil rights  activist, 2012 National Book Award for Poetry winner

– Ann Richards, Democratic Governor of Texas, pro-choice advocate, memorable public speaker

The purpose of WOW2 is to learn about and honor women of achievement, including many who’ve been ignored or marginalized in most of the history books, and to mark moments in women’s history. It also serves as a reference archive of women’s history. There are so many more phenomenal women than I ever dreamed of finding, and all too often their stories are almost unknown, even to feminists and scholars.

These trailblazers have a lot to teach us about persistence in the face of overwhelming odds. I hope you will find reclaiming our past as much of an inspiration as I do.

will post soon,  so be sure  to go there next, and catch  up on the latest dispatches from the frontlines.

Many, many thanks to  libera nos,  intrepid  Assistant Editor of WOW2. Any remaining mistakes are either mine, or uncaught computer glitches in transferring the data from his emails to DK5. And much thanks to  wow2lib,  WOW2’s Librarian Emeritus.

The Virginia opossum, also called the North American opossum, is a marsupial. It is the only opossum living north of Mexico.  

The female may have one to three litters in a single year, and can have anywhere from four to 25 babies in a single litter. However, female opossums only have 13 nipples — 12 in a circle and one in the center. Because marsupials can only feed one joey per nipple, only the first 13 babies of a litter tend to survive.

Still, thirteen is a lot of babies to be responsible for at one time. The joeys stay with the mother for about 100 days as they continue developing, eventually moving to ride on the mother's back when they grow bigger. They frequently inhabit urban environments so they can scavenge from food sources like trash cans, pet food, compost piles, gardens, and roadside carrion.

Their average lifespan is only about two years, but due to their large and frequent litters,  they are in the “least concern” conservation category.​​​​