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Google Doodle Honors Phoebe Snetsinger, One Of the World’s Most Prolific Birders

June 9, 2016 by

For most of Phoebe Snetsinger’s life, bird-watching was just a hobby, but when she was diagnosed at the age of 50 with terminal cancer, it became an obsession and her life’s work. Today, Google Doodle honors this passionate woman you should know on the anniversary of her birthday. ... [Read More]

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She “Had An Eye At The Tip Of Each Finger”… Meet The Outstanding 19th c. OB Who Invented The Vaginal Speculum

June 7, 2016 by

Marie Gillain Boivin was born in Montreuil, France in 1773, and was educated by nuns who ran a hospital at Etampes, a suburb of Paris. When the nunnery was destroyed during the French Revolution, she began studying anatomy and midwifery, ... [Read More]

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Today Is National Doughnut Day… Meet The Women Integral To Its History

June 3, 2016 by

Today marks the 79th year that National Doughnut Day is being celebrated in the U.S., a magical "holiday" started by The Salvation Army in Chicago during the Great Depression. While the pillowy dough and sweet glazey goodness are the obvious allure, the real purpose of the day, then and now, is fundraising for people in need. It also honors military veterans, ... [Read More]

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Georgia Rooks Dwelle… Pioneering Doctor Dedicated To Black Women’s Health

June 2, 2016 by

The daughter of a former slave, Georgia Rooks Dwelle was born in 1884 in Albany, Georgia, grew up in Augusta, and attended Spelman College (then Spelman Seminary) in Atlanta. In 1900 she became the school’s first graduate to go on to medical school - Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. From there, she worked tirelessly, against all odds and faced with ... [Read More]

Lotte “Scissorhands” Reininger: Pioneering Animator Predated Walt Disney By A Decade

Lotte “Scissorhands” Reiniger: Pioneering Animator Predated Walt Disney By A Decade

June 2, 2016 by

We love when Google Doodle goes all WYSKy on the world and shines a spotlight on a woman everyone should know. Today was one of those days as they posted an ode to Lotte Reiniger (June 2, 1899 - June 19, 1981) on what would have been her 117th birthday. We had no idea who she was and, of course, needed to know more. ... [Read More]

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Dr. Mary Edwards Walker: The Woman Who Refused To Give Up

May 31, 2016 by

Mary Edwards Walker (1832 - 1919) was a surgeon, abolitionist, outspoken advocate for women's rights, dress reformist (she wore pants), all-around character and badass who refused to live within the confines of gender-based roles. No wonder she was known as "Contrary Mary". ... [Read More]

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It’s National Bicycle Month: Meet The First Woman To Bicycle Around The World

May 16, 2016 by

May is National Bicycle Month, which was established by the League of American Bicyclists to celebrate the power of the bicycle, and to promote overall bicycle safety education. For more than a century, the bicycle has been an important part of the lives of many Americans, and has had a significant cultural effect on our society, ... [Read More]

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10 Things You Should Know About “America’s First Lady Of The Air” Harriet Quimby

May 11, 2016 by

Harriet Quimby (May 11, 1875 - July 1, 1912) was many things during her short-lived life: an accomplished journalist, a photographer, and most notably a pioneering aviator. In fact, she was the first American woman to become a licensed pilot, the first woman to fly the English Channel, and is considered by some to have been the most influential pilot of her time. In honor of ... [Read More]

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