About WYSK

WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW is an editorial site and community all about dynamic women… our drive and passion, our interesting stories and professional talents, what we care about, what we consume and how we live.

We’re here to shine a spotlight on women who are making things happen in their world. They have outperformed, innovated, discovered, defied and soared. And they may just inspire you to change the course of your own life.

Meet Ms. Muscle… April Atkins, The World’s Strongest Seventh Grader (In 1954)

Meet Ms. Muscle… April Atkins, The World’s Strongest Seventh Grader (In 1954)

July 30, 2015 by

In the mid-1950s on California's famed Muscle Beach, there was one individual who "routinely blew minds" by performing "utterly improbable feats of strength." Her name was April Atkins, and unlike the adult strongmen who flocked to this birthplace of the physical fitness boom, she was only in the seventh grade ... [Read More]

Amy_Schumer_BC

Ask Your (Fill In The Blank) If Birth Control Is Right For You… A Reproductive Rights Parody Starring Amy Schumer

July 30, 2015 by

"Ask your doctor if birth control is right for you. Ask your boss. Ask your boss’s priest. Ask a Boy Scout. Ask a mailman…" This birth control "ad" aired back in April, during season 3, episode 1 of Inside Amy Schumer. It's a reproductive rights parody and it's spot-on. ... [Read More]

11402324_416160105238036_5658521806666778342_o

The I’m Tired Project Highlights The Impact Of Microaggressions & Stereotypes

July 30, 2015 by

Inspired to do something that would make a difference, friends and recent college graduates Harriet Evans and Paula Akpan created The I’m Tired Project aiming to highlight the significance and lasting impact of microaggressions and stereotypes ... [Read More]

ThighReading_Lead

#ThighReading: Latest Body Positive Hashtag Has Women Celebrating Their Perfectly Imperfect Thighs

July 29, 2015 by

Just as former aspiring ballerina turned competitive cyclist Christine D'Ercole discovered the incredible power of her once shame inducing "thunder thighs," countless women are taking to Twitter and showing off their perfectly imperfect thighs using the hashtag #ThighReading. It's the latest body positive ... [Read More]

Bill Nye The Science Guy On Women In STEM And His Top Secret Code Breaking Mom

Bill Nye The Science Guy On Women In STEM And His Top Secret Code Breaking Mom

July 29, 2015 by

In this exclusive, one-minute scene from the soon-to-be documentary The Bill Nye Film, the famed and beloved Science Guy talks about his mom who was recruited by the U.S. Navy during WWII to work on the Enigma code as a top secret code breaker. In recounting her passion for and satisfaction with the ... [Read More]

635719685265778067-FullSizeRender2

This 5th Grader’s Science Project About Stuffed Animals And Germs Was Published In A Medical Journal

July 28, 2015 by

When Gaby Zane was faced with her 5th grade science project assignment she tapped into what she knows best… stuffed animals and kids. As the daughter of two doctors, Gaby thought about what kids must go through when they are in the hospital. ... [Read More]

MichellePoler copy

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid? This Woman Is Challenging Herself To 100 Days Without Fear

July 28, 2015 by

Michelle Poler is a 20-something young woman who has lived the greater part of her life in fear. And not just the big stuff that many of us would be fearful of, but small, everyday things that have held her back from enjoying her life to the fullest. ... [Read More]

beatrixPotter

10 Things You May Not Know About Beatrix Potter

July 28, 2015 by

Writer, illustrator and conservationist Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866. Growing up in an affluent family afforded Beatrix a privileged childhood spent cultivating a passion for art and nature. As a young girl, Beatrix enjoyed sketching animals and later invented stories that combined her love for both animals ... [Read More]