Category: Entrepreneurs

Women of the 1980s Indie Music Scene

Not being part of mainstream “history” doesn’t mean women weren’t there or didn’t have a voice. The Guardian’s pictorial, The forgotten women of the 1980s indie boom – in pictures, offers a few intriguing photos from a new book, Untypical Girls,…

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…

Danica: A Hard-Driving Woman

Danica Patrick

This is an interesting moment in time. The Guardian’s Andrew Lawrence wrote Nascar’s Danica Patrick drove the lonely road to a feminist legacy, briefly noting that “she certainly enjoyed her share of gender firsts – leading 19 laps of the…

Opportunities Then and Now

Marta Ramos and Gail Evans, from NY Times story

The New York Times’ story, To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now highlights the staggering difference in opportunities between jobs today and jobs of the past. From the story, The $16.60 per hour…

Congratulations Julie Payette

Photo of Julie Payette

Former astronaut Julie Payette has been appointed to be Canada’s next governor general, the U.K. Queen’s new representative. Payette speaks six languages, and is an accomplished athlete, pianist and choral singer. She’s also a computer engineer with a commercial pilot…

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…

A Photo Portfolio of Women Working

Crisman Womens Work portfolio thumbs

Photographer Chris Crisman has done a nice photo portfolio of women doing work in traditionally male-dominated jobs: heavy equipment operators, a fire fighter, a pig farmer, a butcher, a brewer. Each of these jobs requires physical strength as well as…

The Gutsy Girl

Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton

San Francisco author Caroline Paul‘s new book, Gutsy Girl: Escapes for Your Life of Epic Adventure, is pretty awesome for several reasons. First, because Caroline leads by example. She has done amazing things that include climbing mountains, flying planes, rafting…

The Founding Mothers of Silicon Valley

Women of Silicon Valley (from BackChannel)

Jessi Hempel wrote an inspiring piece, A Women’s History of Silicon Valley, that highlights six women who: contributed to the creation of “networking protocols that form the basic architecture of the Internet” (Judy Estrin), invented the router (Sandy Lerner), created…

A Letter To A 13 Year Old Girl

Amelia Earhart

When asked how to become an aviator by a 13 year old girl, Amelia Earhart wrote a letter in response. It offers a practical approach, especially given the times and social attitudes about women doing these daring types of adventures.…