Posts By: Jeremy Porath

Civilization games introduce Tomyris as playable character

The long-running Civilization video game series just announced one of the new characters/civilizations you can play as – and it’s none other than former RP Tomyris, who beheaded Cyrus the Great! She represents “Scythia,” that loose grouping of nomads into which Greeks lumped virtually everyone east of them.

Cool stuff! Love her outfit. Not a million miles off from the direction I went.

(and good lord, don’t read the comments on the video)

Zahra Nemati

Zahra Nemati is a unique person in many ways. The first Iranian woman who won a gold medal at either the Olympic or Paralympic Games, she owns 5 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze Paralympic medals. She set a number of records, including the best shooting accuracy at the Paralympic Games.

Zahra Nemati qualified this year for both the Olympic and Paralympic archery competitions. She took up archery after a 2004 car accident took away her goal of competing in taekwondo.

Fu Yuanhui

Fu Yuanhui is all of us (but 1000x more loveable)

Don’t ever change!
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Posted by Asian Crush on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fu Yuanhui is just the best. See also her comments about getting her period during the Olympics.

Meenakshi Amma

At 73, she is possibly the oldest woman exponent of Kalaripayattu, the ancient martial arts from Kerala. Now she is passing down her 68 years of expertise to a new generation – for free.

Hidden Figures trailer

This movie, previously mentioned on RP, covers many of the black female scientists – including Katherine Johnson – and mathematicians of the early days of NASA. It features Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer, and comes out in the US on January 13, 2017.

(it looks so good!)

Kristin Armstrong

“For all the moms out there, I hope that this was a very inspiring day,” Armstrong said after winning her race and making Olympic history in Rio de Janeiro.

“For so long we’ve been told that we should be finished at a certain age… there’s a lot of athletes out there that are actually showing that that’s not true.

For all the moms out there, I hope that this was a very inspiring day.”

Irom Sharmila

Indian activist Irom Sharmila ends her 16-year-long hunger strike against a controversial security law in order to compete in elections.

16 years – I have no words. 16 years. Good lord.

May she bring about the change she’s sought with her entrance into politics.

Yusra Mardini

Almost every athlete at the 2016 Olympic Games will have an interesting backstory, but Yusra Mardini’s is more extraordinary than most.   Mardini is in Rio to represent a team of 10 refugee Olympic athletes.  While any other 18-year-old’s biggest achievements may be confined to the A-level results they leave school with, Mardini’s is almost incomprehensible.

“I had to be funny while almost dead, because there were six year old boys in the boat too,” said Yusra Mardini, the Syrian refugee competing in swimming at the Rio Olympics.

(thanks to everyone who sent this in!)

Mongolia’s female archers

Female archers are not only raising eyebrows— they’re raising hopes that all of Mongolia’s Olympic style games will be open to women once again.

In Mongolian culture, “as soon as there’s a woman who is clever, who is a good leader, she is also a good archer”.

This article makes much mention of Khutulun, the Mongolian princess that features heavily in Netflix’s Marco Polo, and who was previously covered on RP. In fact, you know what? Here, have a gander at the book redo of her image:
Khutulun book