Overcoming Abuse by Doing Something Outstanding

The Washington Post ran an article, Grandma Gatewood survived domestic violence to walk the Appalachian Trail alone at 67, about Emma Gatewood.

Grandma Gatewood, as she became known, was the first woman to hike the entire 2,050 miles of the Appalachian Trail by herself in 1955. She was 67 years old at the time, a mother of 11 and grandmother of 23. She’d survived more than 30 years of marriage to a brutal husband who beat her repeatedly.

Here’s a short trailer, Grandma Gatewood, An Appalachian Tale from Peter Huston on Vimeo.

Women Film Pioneers Project

Women Film Pioneers Project

Columbia University School of the Arts hosts the Women Film Pioneers Project, which features silent-era (1900-1930) producers, directors, co-directors, scenario writers, scenario editors, camera operators, title writers, editors, costume designers, exhibitors, and more to make the point that they were…

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…

Clare Torry, Vocalist

An old video on how Clare Torry became the vocalist on one of Pink Floyd’s famous songs, “The Great Gig in the Sky” on their album “Dark Side of the Moon.” Sometimes we stumble into fame.

Gray, Small and Female

Old Woman by Adam Jones-Flickr

Last November 2, 2010, Joseph F. Coughlin spoke at a seminar series called Transportation @MIT. His talk was titled “The Future is Gray, Small & Female: Disruptive Demographics and Transportation Tomorrow.” In the video, Coughlin “provides an overview of three…

Inventor’s Digest talks with Judy Lee

Inventor’s Digest (ID) has an informative interview called Five Questions with… Judy Lee. Judy describes herself as “the type of kid who built forts in the woods, played in the creek and loved to take an object apart and discover…

Dare 2b Digital 2011

2nd Annual Dare 2B Digital (D2BD) Conference on Careers for Young Women using Computing Technologies Date: Saturday, February 12, 2011 Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Place: The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California From the website: The intent…

Sally Ride and Science

CNN ran a nice interview with Dr. Sally Ride called Ride urges emphasis on math, science studies. In 1983, Dr. Ride became the first American woman to travel in space as a crew member of the Space Shuttle Challenger. From…

The Girl Next Door

It occurred to me after some number of visits to my apartment that the girl of 11 years, who lived nearby, was looking to me as a role model of some kind. I was certainly different from other women she…