Celebrating Inspirational People

Betty Ballantine, Who Helped Invent the Modern Paperback, Dies At 99

Hillel Italie, Feb. 14, 2019 | 3:20 PM

Betty Ballantine, half of a groundbreaking husband-and-wife publishing team that helped invent the modern paperback, shown in 1980. (Phot by:Richard Ballantine / AP)

Betty Ballantine, half of a groundbreaking husband-and-wife publishing team that helped invent the modern paperback and vastly expand the market for science fiction and other genres through such bestsellers as “The Hobbit” and “Fahrenheit 451,” has died.

Ballantine died Tuesday at her home in Bearsville, N.Y., her granddaughter, Katharyn Ballantine, said. She was 99 and had been in declining health.


Susie King Taylor

1848-1912. Photo c. 1902 (Courtesy East Carolina University)

When Susie King Taylor was born in slavery in 1848, it was illegal to educate African Americans in Georgia but she learned to read and write at a young age thanks to a secret school. After she fled to Union-controlled St. Simons Island during the U.S. Civil War, her talents brought her to the attention of Union officers who asked the teenager if she would organize a school if they could obtain books and materials. She gladly agreed and, at age 14, Taylor became the first black teacher for freed African-Americans at a freely operating school in Georgia. She taught 40 children in a day school and, as she wrote in her memoir, “a number of adults who came to me nights, all of them so eager to learn to read, to read above anything else.”

Soon after, she married Edward King, an African-American non-commissioned officer stationed there with the First South Carolina Volunteers of African Descent. When the island was evacuated in 1862, she opted to follow his regiment as a nurse.


U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Sues U.S. Soccer for Gender Discrimination

More than two dozen members of the United States women’s national team sued U.S. Soccer in federal court on Friday.

Photo by: Douglas Defelice/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

Jeremy Engle, March 12, 2019

Before reading the article:

Are you a sports fan? Do you watch any sports played by women?

Did you know that the United States women’s national soccer team has won three World Cup titles and four Olympic gold medals? (You can watch highlights of the team’s 2015 World Cup victory here.)

This June, the team will begin the defense of its Women’s World Cup title in France. But on March 8, the team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Do you think female athletes deserve more respect? More attention? More pay?

Now, read the article, “U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Sues U.S. Soccer for Gender Discrimination” ...

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