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It’s Earth Day… Meet Rachel Carson, The Woman Who Inspired Modern Environmentalism In 1962

April 22, 2015 by

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, a campaign created in 1970 to "force environmental protection onto the national political agenda." It has since grown to be a movement that is credited as "the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe." More than a billion people participate in Earth Day each year, and we want you to ... [Read More]

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Happy Birthday Belle Case La Follette… Another Kickass Trailblazer We Never Learned About

April 21, 2015 by

It’s truly baffling that women’s history is presented, far too often, in a painfully boring way, especially when the women who made said history were anything but boring. So with the help of a clever video-short from the Wisconsin Media Lab, this is our ode to Belle Case La Follette, a kickass woman who made her voice heard ... [Read More]

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Baby Snatcher: He Stole Her “Doll Baby” Concept To Make Iconic Cabbage Patch Kids

April 20, 2015 by

In the early 1970s, Martha Nelson Thomas, a humble, soft sculpture artist from far western Kentucky, brought a new kind of doll and concept into the world. Made entirely by hand, each soft-from-head-to-toe “Doll Baby” she birthed was “adopted out” to a loving family. But Martha's labor of love turned into an unthinkable ... [Read More]

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WOMANeuvers: How Women Were Told To “Battle The Bulges” In The 1940s

April 16, 2015 by

"Girls... it seems that after you've helped to win the war, you'll still have another battle on your hands, legs, and things... the battle of the bulges." We're not sure what part of this 1940s film clip is more hilarious: the voice over dude's cadence, the copy he's reading, the heels the robotically smiling girls are doing their "WOMANeuvers" in, ... [Read More]

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How Is It Possible We Never Learned About This Woman? Meet Dr. May Edward Chinn

April 15, 2015 by

In this episode of “How Is It Possible We Never Learned About This Woman?”, we introduce you to Dr. May Edward Chinn, an extraordinary woman who, in addition to achieving several medical firsts, was instrumental in the development of the PAP smear in the early 1930s. Born April 15, 1896, today would have been her ... [Read More]

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146 Years Ago Today These Extraordinary Women Spoke Up For Animals When No One Else Would

April 14, 2015 by

In the late 1800s, the treatment of animals was not a topic of concern or conversation. Animals were considered utilitarian, and consequently, inhumane treatment was commonplace. But a small group of extraordinary women, led by Caroline Earle White, raised their voices to fight animal cruelty in the ... [Read More]

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Rock Pioneer Joan Jett To Get Her Rightful Place In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

April 13, 2015 by

This Saturday, April 18, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will, at long last, be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Among the 8 legendary groups and artists being inducted this year, Joan Jett is the only woman, which is an all too familiar spot for this fearless pioneer who has fought for everything she's achieved over ... [Read More]

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Emily Howell Warner Was The First Woman Who Could Say, “This Is Your Captain Speaking…”

April 8, 2015 by

How many times have you gotten on a plane and heard a woman's voice come over the speaker, uttering the familiar phrase, "This is your captain speaking..."? Likely never. That's because by current industry estimates there are only around 450 women airline captains worldwide. To put that number in perspective, there are roughly ... [Read More]