It’s another week, and Africa’s been hopping. From conflict development to genomes to billionaires, there’s a bunch to cover, so let’s dive right in, shall we? Continue reading
I had a top five list all ready for tonight, but it’s going to have to wait till next week. The truth is, it’s election night and I am glued to the television, watching the results. Continue reading
As if you guys couldn’t get enough political articles to read, here’s my two cents (or less if you bargain with me) on the matter.
As the title suggests, I am a twenty-something (25-soon-to-be-26 to be exact) who lives in Florida with my husband. Yes, we are a hetero white couple who live in a major city (Orlando) and both have jobs. My husband works at a small business, which he has been with since its infancy ten years ago. I’m the product of a middle-class family and went through the public education system here in Florida. So, if one were to guess based on these few facts, it may seem like I would probably lean toward the right politically, wouldn’t it? Continue reading
Because reading all the news takes too much time, I’ve put it into easily digestible haiku.
In 1893, New Zealand was the first country in the world to grant universal suffrage for women over 21. The woman who led the way for this to occur was Kate Sheppard, who is a true Badass Lady of History. Continue reading
I recently came across a very interesting post on YouGov, a polling data site, that analyzed whether electability makes a difference in Republican voters’ candidate preferences. Political scientists usually agree that in a two party system, there’s a sophisticated pattern of strategic decision-making that happens when people vote, whether consciously or unconsciously. The prevailing idea is that when the winner only needs to earn the most votes, people don’t want to “waste” their votes on a sure loser. In the YouGov piece, John Sides and Alex Lundry tested this hypothesis with the prominent Republican candidates running in the 2012 Presidential race to see whether hearing potential chances of winning would make voters more likely to change their preferences. The results were interesting, although not surprising. Continue reading
It was another record setting night for votes, and both races were so close I didn’t know who was going to win until the last possible minute. Tonight we’ll vote in the final Sweet Sixteen battle, then tomorrow at this time I’ll reveal the Elite Eight. Continue reading
Welcome back! It’s Monday, and we’re about to embark on a week of really harsh decisions. To make the pain of having to pick a little less, we’ll only be voting on two pairs each day this week, with the Elite Eight revealed on Friday. Next week, we’ll create the Final Four on Monday and Tuesday, vote on the two Final Four pairs on Wednesday and we’ll have our final, GRAND CHAMPION OF ALL THE LADYHEROES vote on Thursday.
This means the winner will be declared on April 1, and I promise whatever our plans may be for April Fool’s Day, we won’t fuck with Middlemarch.
Here’s a link to the most recent Middlemarch Bracket, in case you need it.
And here’s a recap of the ladies in the Sweet Sixteen:
Kate, Offred, Lady Macbeth and Jo March in Adult Fiction
Anathema Device, Vivianne, Esmerelda Weatherwax and Morgaine in Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia
Lyra Belaqua, Katniss Everdeen, Meg Murray and Hermione Granger in YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Dystopia
Scout Finch, Jessica “not so” Darling, Anne of Green Gables and Harriet the Spy for YA Fiction.
The New Poll
Here we are again, ready to add four new literary badasses into the Sweet Sixteen. Once again, I don’t think there will be any surprises, but some of the races were closer than I expected. Click on to find out last night’s winners and meet tonight’s batch of contestants. Continue reading
We got so many votes this weekend! Everyone came out to pick their favorites, which is fantastic, even though most of you had the same favorites. As expected, there were few surprises among the ones v. sixteens, but you can see the results after the break anyway. Continue reading
Welcome back! We’re about to tackle our last poll for the first round, on Monday we’ll begin knocking the final 32 into the Sweet Sixteen. I don’t know about y’all, but I am having so much fun with this I can hardly stand it. Last night’s voting wasn’t even close, in any category, so I’m not sure how many surprises you’ll find after the cut. Continue reading
Last night was another record setter for votes, with many of you coming out to speak for your favorite lady heroines. I’m not sure there will be any surprises in the results, but I’d like the Pratchett fans to go ahead and sit down or get a bowl of comfort pudding or the like. Continue reading
Hello! We survived yet another server move! This one was touch and go for awhile, I thought I’d sent our girl Persephone to the underworld for good a couple of times. Since I made you wait on Friday, when we learned we had to move, I couldn’t make you all wait until tomorrow to find out the results and get back on the Madness train. Have I built the suspense enough? Click on! Continue reading
Today we’re pitting the six seeds against the eleven seeds in all four divisions, and I’ll reveal last night’s winners with a new bracket after the cut. I wanted to take a moment to say thanks to all the voters for participating, this has been the most fun I’ve had all winter. Bookish ladies for the win! Continue reading
It’s seven o’clock, which means it’s Middlemarch time! After the cut I have last night’s winners, and updated bracket AND the polls for the 7s v. 10s. So don’t say I never gave you anything. Last night’s battles were all super, super close with no more than 10 votes separating the individuals. Curious? Click on!
After exchanging leads multiple times, these are your results from last night.
Junior SciFi/Fantasy/Dystopia division: Luna Lovegood defeats Ginny Weasley
Junior Fiction Division: Laura Ingalls defeats Leslie from Bridge to Terabithia
Adult SciFi/Fantasy/Dystopia division: Angua defeats Fran from The Stand
Adult Fiction Division: Francie Nolan barely defeats Nora from A Doll’s House.
And for tonight’s poll: