Category: History

Insightful Post on American Culture

woman with mouth taped, finger over mouth

Umair Haque wrote a breathtaking, insightful post, Why America’s is the Rich World’s Most Abusive Society Towards Women (By a Long Way) Or, How Toxic Institutions and Norms Made Being a Woman in America Suck in So Many Unique and…

The Female Farmer Project

Micheale Blakely - Female Farmer Project

Did you know that women grow over half of the world’s food? We are delighted that another group of stories about women is being told, and it’s also called Women’s Work! This project is unrelated to us except in our…

Two Important Women of Dr. Who

In the beginning, there is this iconic music that signals the start of the Dr. Who adventures. The person who created that theme, but who didn’t get credit for it until very recently, was Delia Derbyshire. The Guardian had a…

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…

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,…

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An intriguing piece by Thom Hartmann on The End of the Patriarchy.

In fact, I think that I could build a case that the reason the world is melting down, the reason we have conflicts all over the world, the reason we’re having territorial wars, the reason we’re having wars over water, the reason that we’re having wars over resources, all of these things are the result – in my opinion – of the oppression of women.

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…

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…

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…

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…