Category: History

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…

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…

Women Samurai Warriors

Female Samurai collage

The Vintage News has a story about Onna-bugeisha- Rare photos show the Japanese female warriors. From the story: Onna-bugeisha  was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility. Many women engaged in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members…

Hidden Figures (film)

"(we) calculate your launch and landing, sir."

Woo! This film looks fantastic: Hidden Figures is based on the untold true story of The Black Female Mathematicians Who Sent Astronauts to Space (link to article from 2015). The article noted that this was a historic moment in time:…

The Women of WWII Railroads

one of the women from Clinton, Iowa who worked on the railroad, WWII

There’s a great collection at Mashable of photos from Clinton, Iowa, April 1943, of women “who mobilized the American war effort.” From the article, With German submarines disrupting oceanic shipping, more freight was transported by railroad. When rationing on gasoline…

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…

Four Women Who Pioneered Electronic Music

Eliane Radigue - early synthesizer musician (knobs! dials!)

Back in the days of early computer-like electronics, women were experimenting with synthesizers and modular machines, pioneering electronic music. Open Culture has a great piece on four of these historic figures: Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel, Éliane Radigue & Pauline Oliveros.…

Women in Jazz

Photo of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, 1940

NPR’s Margaret Howze offers a Jazz Profile on Women in Jazz (Part 1, Part 2). When we think of women in jazz, we automatically think of singers, but there have been a number of female instrumentalists dating all the way…

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.…

1200 Years of Women Composers

Spotify's 1200 years of women composers

I hesitate to post this because it’s tied to proprietary software. For those who have accounts at Spotify, or wish to access this list through your Facebook account, blogger ulyssestone has an amazing Spotify playlist called 1200 Years of Women…

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The Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, Inc. is organizing the work to establish a monument to honor TN Suffragists. Tennessee was the thirty-sixth state to vote in favor of ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, allowing women the right to vote.

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.