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14-yr-old Publishes Article Schooling American Historian in…American History

Whatever the equivalent of a writer's mic drop is, this is that.

Rebecca Fried has guts. At age 14 she challenged the research of Richard Jensen, a historian and former University of Illinois Professor, who claimed that anti-Irish discrimination in America was a myth. He said ‘No Irish Need Apply’ signs and newspaper ads were almost non-existent in the 1840’s – 1920’s. Rebecca proved him wrong.

She poked around on the web and discovered job ads and signs in storefronts saying *Irish need not apply.* Digging deeper, she found they appeared in cities across America, and she had the data to prove it.

 

Wanted advertisement displaying the qualification “No Irish need apply.” The New York Herald, Vol. XXVIII Issue 186,

 

Turns out Protestants were holding some bias against Irish Catholic immigrants.

She published a scholarly article on her findings and it’s now being read and referenced by American historians.

We love when Americans of all types are given a platform to challenge authority when they smell a rat. Jensen might be a lil’ embarrassed, but it’s important to keep the record real.

Everyone deserves to know the truth. Big ups to Rebecca for dropping the knowledge.

Éirinn go Brách!

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There’s a Revolution Happening in the Toy World

With the holidays fast approaching, here are a few inclusive gift ideas and a little good cheer to boot.

Toy companies are finally starting to offer more inclusive doll options. People of color and those with disabilities have been historically underrepresented in the toy aisles, so this is a big win for kids.

Studies show that poor representation in a child’s toy selection can lead to a negative psychological impact. Giving kids dolls with varied ethnicities and abilities will likely increase their capacity for empathy in real life. This makes sense.

In a society where people of color and people with varied abilities are often are pushed to the side or left out of the conversation, it’s important to give a shout out to those that are working (and playing) hard to restore balance. Here are a few companies doing great work:

Melanites

This killer new startup – the first-ever line of boy dolls of color – invites all kids in on doll play. Because, honestly, who doesn’t want in on slumber parties and wild adventures in fantasyland with a mini-me. For even more details you can read our story on them.

Toy Like Me

Toy Like Me is an organization advocating for the toy industry to get more woke. They offer resources where you can get bespoke dolls made with, say, the exact birthmarks or prosthetics, that a real kid has.

 

 

Weesie Pals

Weesie pals are customizable stuffed animals with cleft lips or microtia – a congenital deformity where the ear is underdeveloped.

American Girl

Yep, that’s correct. American Girl is on it when it comes to inclusive toys. Their dolls can have crutches, allergy-free lunch sets, mini-hearing aids and pretend diabetes kids.

 

Dominika poses with her American Girl doll
Dominika poses with her American Girl doll, who also has a hearing aid. Photo: Kevin Irvine/NPR

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