Traveling Over The River And Through The Wood This Holiday? You Should Know Lydia Maria Child

November 25, 2015 by

Approximately 42 million Americans are expected to take a road trip this Thanksgiving. So if you're one of them and plan to go "over the river and through the wood" to anyone's house tomorrow, you should know that this famed line was originally written in 1844 as part of a Thanksgiving Day poem, not a Christmas ... [Read More]


Giving Thanks To Sarah Hale For Crusading To Make Thanksgiving Day A National Holiday

November 25, 2015 by

"Let us consecrate the day to benevolence of action, by sending good gifts to the poor, and doing those deeds of charity that will, for one day, make every American home the place of plenty and of rejoicing." Sarah Hale (1788 - 1879), a dedicated advocate for women’s education and economic independence (though she strangely ... [Read More]


Flight Of The Lady Hawk: All-Women Air Force Crew Broke Military Flight Record

November 24, 2015 by

This month marks the first anniversary of Lady Hawk Day in the city of Grand Forks, ND. Mayor Mike Brown established the day in recognition of the “Flight of the Lady Hawk,” the longest flight without air refueling on record for a military aircraft, led by an all-women team. The idea for the record-breaking flight came from 348th ... [Read More]


The Extraordinary Life Of Frida Kahlo Illustrated

November 23, 2015 by

The story of Frida Kahlo has been shared on the big screen and in numerous books, and now, the extraordinary life of the visionary artist is summarized in one delightful comic by comedian, writer and cartoonist Sissy Biscuit (yes, it’s a pen name). In an email to WYSK, Sissy shared that she fell in love with the artist when she was a teenager. “I was very sick with acute Lyme disease ... [Read More]


Artist Creates Portraits Of Modern Women On A Manual Typewriter With Historic Feminist Texts

November 20, 2015 by

Leslie Nichols is an accomplished Kentucky-based artist whose primary medium is the manual typewriter or what she calls "an early tool of the secretary." She uses it to create the most stunningly haunting images of women with nothing but typed text. Her recent series, Textual Portraits, features images of ... [Read More]


Vietnam Women’s Memorial: Honoring The 265,000 Forgotten Women Who Served

November 11, 2015 by

"In an era of universal polemics and political unrest - with no thought of glory, with no fanfare or public notice - 265,000 women volunteered to go where they were needed, to do what was needed. The era was known as Vietnam, and these young women, most in their 20s, risked their lives to care for our country's wounded and ... [Read More]

Meet The Godmother Of Rock And Roll… Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Meet The Godmother Of Rock And Roll… Sister Rosetta Tharpe

November 10, 2015 by

"I take great pleasure in bringing to you one of the greatest, one of the world's greatest Gospel singers, and guitar virtuoso, the inimitable Sister Rosetta Tharpe." In this film footage shot in 1964, that's the introduction the woman known as "The Godmother of Rock and Roll" is given as she pulls up in a horse drawn carriage to a make-shift stage at an abandoned ... [Read More]

Hedy lammar

Why Everyone Should Know 1940s Hollywood Star-Turned-Inventor Hedy Lamarr

November 9, 2015 by

It's a particularly WYSKy day when Google devotes their daily doodle to a woman who made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of science and technology. On what would have been Hedy Lamarr's 101st birthday, talented artist Jennifer Hom visually captures the extraordinary story of this 1940s Hollywood ... [Read More]