Category: Writing

Influential Women on Influential Books

The Guardian ran a fascinating piece in December entitled The Book That Made Me A Feminist in which several notable women talk about the books that influenced them. “In the week that feminism was declared word of the year by…

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.

Lynda Barry, Artist Who Loves Science Too

Lynda Barry and Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry is a funny and insightful cartoonist, writer, and professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She goes by the name Professor Skeletor. You can learn how to draw comics (and other things) from her at The Near-Sighted Monkey. OnWisconsin…

A Woman’s Name on the Declaration of Independence

Mary Katherine Goddard, printed on the bottom of the Declaration of Independence

Petula Dvorak at The Washington Post pointed out that Mary Katherine Goddard’s name is on the bottom of the Declaration of Independence. That’s right, a woman’s name on one of our nation’s formative documents. Goddard was fearless her entire career…

Lab Girl

photo of Hope Jahren at a whiteboard

Hope Jahren wrote the delightful book, Lab Girl, a heart-felt tour of her life in science. The book follows her adventures in her lab and around the world, including some of the struggles associated with being a world-class scientist and…

Gwenn Seemel, Portrait Artist

Gwenn Seemel in front of Kurt Reeves mural, photo credit Molly Ross

Gwenn paints moving, colorful portraits of (and for) people. She also painted a beautiful collection of animals in a series called Crime Against Nature. About her work, here’s a bit from her biography: I am drawn to portraits, both individual…



Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, a good day to think about what I’m thankful for: the strong and diverse voices of women. With great appreciation in mind, I highly recommend diving into the site Feministing. It’s an amazing…

Women in Comics

from Phoebe and her Unicorn (Twitter)

GoComics hosts several comic strips drawn by some amazing women. Here are some of them, along with descriptions from others. For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston Lynn Johnston, CM, OM is a Canadian cartoonist, known for her newspaper comic…

Nadine Gordimer, Storyteller and Historian

Nadine Gordimer, courtesy of Times Live

Nadine Gordimer was born in and lived in South Africa, where she drew inspiration for her novels and short stories from what she called “the tragedy of [her] own particular place.” Gordimer, an anti-Apartheid activist, studied and wrote about master-servant…