Category: Research and Discovery

Something Fierce

firey explosion

I love the Lannan Foundation’s exhibition Something Fierce. It features eight women artists whose work exemplifies an element of ferocity, whether it be expressed in the subject, process or intent.

Rockin’ Maker Women

I recently ran across Barb Makes Things and Becky Stern, two amazing women who make things. Yes, I was looking for instructions on how to make something. It’s not made yet, but these women inspired me! Since I found them,…

The Woman Who Smashed Codes

portrait of Elizebeth

Author Jason Fagone’s book, The Woman Who Smashed Codes, tells the story of an amazing woman named Elizebeth Smith Friedman who taught herself to be a codebreaker. In a Twitter stream about the book, Jason explained that “[a] codebreaker solves…

Investing in Female Entrepreneurs

An interesting academic paper by Elizabeth Mishkin is out: Gender and Sibling Dynamics in the Intergenerational Transmission of Entrepreneurship (PDF). The Abstract (with our emphasis): This project uses gender and sibling dynamics to explore the intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurship. I…

Women And Robots, More Than Just A Pretty Face

a robot with a flower

Worldcrunch’s Laurence Devillers penned an insightful article that noted “women must play a core role in the development of all artificial intelligence to avoid a future designed with a male bias.” With AI and Big Data, we try to model…

Women Warriors

bones of a female Viking warrior

Natalie Haynes of The Guardian asks How many more warrior women are missing from the history books? The story notes that “[t]he recent discovery of female bones in a Viking warrior grave is yet another indication that we’ve only scratched…

Linda Liukas and Hello Ruby

About Hello Ruby graphic

Linda Liukas is a programmer, storyteller and illustrator from Helsinki, Finland. She wrote the book Hello Ruby (and others), and thinks we can learn to code.

Peggy Whitson, Astronaut

Peggy Whitson, Astronaut

Ars Technica’s article, America’s new ironman is headed home from space—it’s Peggy Whitson, offers a few highlights about this hard working space biochemist. In part, Without much fanfare, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson will return to Earth on Saturday night—it will…

The Invisible Code-Breakers of WWII

Colossus codebreaking computer in operation

Tech Republic’s article Hacking the Nazis: The secret story of the women who broke Hitler’s codes shares the stories of three veteran servicewomen who helped the code-breaking operations at Bletchley Park and other allied locations. The article notes that Because…

The Radium Girls

Young women painting at a factory of the United States Radium Corporation

Sarah Zhang of The Atlantic spoke with author Kate Moore in an article entitled The Girls With Radioactive Bones, about the lives of young women who worked in radium-dial factories. Zhang described the women: They would, quite literally, glow. During…