Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day has its origins in the observances of organized women's groups who would come together and use flowers to decorate the graves of loved ones who died in the Civil War. And historically, from the American Revolutionary War to the present, women have always volunteered in defense of our country and served in ... [Read More]
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
- Moina Michael, 1915
Woman You Should Know Moina Michael was a U.S. professor and humanitarian. Inspired by “In Flander’s Fields,” a poem written by John McCrae in 1915 during World War I that refers to the red poppies which ... [Read More]
Mary. Bertha. Tiffany. Jennifer. Amy. Dorothy. Emma.
Have you ever wondered how first names come to be and gain in popularity? According to the data gurus at Abacaba, in 1880, there were less than 100,000 baby girls in the US. But by 2013, there were almost 2,000,000, and the name bubble grew ... [Read More]
When rocket scientist Yvonne Brill passed away in 2013, the New York Times published an obituary (which has since been edited) that started with a paragraph about her cooking skills, and her role as a wife and mother. It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers learned about Ms. Brill’s incredible achievements and brilliant ... [Read More]
By Leah Warshawski - My husband and I were in Shanghai recently (at a few international schools) screening our last film (FINDING HILLYWOOD) and showing a clip from our new film in production, BIG SONIA. Halfway though the clip you see the number tattooed on Sonia’s forearm as she’s arranging scarves in her tailor ... [Read More]
Although President Woodrow Wilson gets all the credit for putting Mother’s Day on our national holiday calendar 100 years ago in 1914, the day was already being championed nine years earlier compliments of Woman You Should Know Anna Jarvis.
Anna’s mother Ann Reeves Jarvis was a social ... [Read More]
Editor’s note: On May 3, 1990, the Board of Trustees at Mills College voted to admit men to the school's undergraduate program for the first time in the college's 138-year history. The announcement became the catalyst for a sixteen-day student strike that gained national attention, ... [Read More]
Happy Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for the 5th of May. A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into quite a fiesta of all things Mexican - the culture, the heritage and... the food. So, before you go flavor diving into a bowl of guacamole or salsa to celebrate, we thought you'd like to know that the tortilla chip you are using to scoop up all of that tasty goodness is ... [Read More]