Born 90 years ago today, on July 31, 1924, Geraldine Hoff Doyle was just 17 years old when a United Press International (UPI) photographer snapped a picture of her while she was operating a metal-stamping press at American Broach & Machine Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan during the summer of 1942. She was a beautiful girl whose friends were fighting in World War II ... [Read More]
Today is National Cheesecake Day, a designated 24 hours in which to celebrate a decadent dessert whose origins date back to ancient Greece (not 1950s Brooklyn - think Junior’s - as some might assume). Inspired by the "holiday," we decided to dig in to the rich, creamy confection’s history to find out when and how the term ... [Read More]
Though Amelia Earhart’s July 1937 disappearance over the Pacific remains shrouded in mystery, her courage, vision, and groundbreaking achievements in aviation and for women are known around the world. Today, on what would have been her 117th birthday, we’re celebrating everything the pioneering aviatrix ... [Read More]
Meet Lucy Coffey! At 108 years old she is our nation's oldest woman veteran, having served at the rank of sergeant in the procurement office of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II.
Lucy was working at a local A&P supermarket when she decided to enlist in 1943, and subsequently landed in Japan. ... [Read More]
165 years ago today, on July 22, in 1849, famed American poet Emma Lazarus was born in New York City to a wealthy sugar refining family of Portuguese Sephardic Jewish descent. A writer from an early age, she went on to become part of the late nineteenth century New York literary elite, and at age 34 penned the inspiring sonnet that would give the Statue of ... [Read More]
Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger coined the term “birth control” in 1914, revolutionizing women’s lives in United States, and around the world.
On this 100-year anniversary, the organization has created this timeline, which charts the history of contraception from 1914 to the present day.
Although there are many more battles to fight, it’s encouraging to see how far we have ... [Read More]
Unrealistic beauty standards aren’t exclusive to modern society, or to western culture. Documentary photographer and cultural anthropologist Jo Farrell captures one of the oldest barbaric “beauty” rituals in her photography project, Living History: Bound Feet Women Of China.
The project chronicles and celebrates the lives ... [Read More]