A Bond Beyond Borders

June 25, 2012 by

A friend of WYSK, Erin from Milwaukee, introduced us to Swimming In The Daylight, the incredible story of the unlikely friendship between author Lisa Paul, then a young college student from the American Midwest, with a strong Catholic faith, and her Jewish, Russian-language tutor, Inna Kitrosskaya Meiman. In the 1980's the Soviet Union wasn't known for supporting human rights, and aside from learning the ... [Read More]


On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

June 19, 2012 by

On June 8th, over 6,000 female runners marked the 40th anniversary of the New York Road Runners Mini 10K race. Founded on June 3, 1972 by running legends Kathrine Switzer and Nina Kuscsik, with the support of NYRR founder Fred Lebow, it was the first ever, women-only road race. Originally named the Crazylegs Mini Marathon (after the race sponsor's pink shaving cream and the fashionable mini skirt), an ... [Read More]

Sally Ride & her Space Shuttle Challenger crewmates. Photo copyright: NASA

29 Years Ago Today Sally Ride Made History

June 18, 2012 by

On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride (Ph.D.) became the first American woman to go to space, serving as a crew member aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. The female physicist, who was 32 at the time of her mission, has since become one of NASA's most famous trailblazers. The former astronaut, now 61, became involved with NASA's space program after responding to a newspaper advertisement seeking applicants. She ... [Read More]

Katherine Legge

Historic Female Firsts At The Indy 500

May 29, 2012 by

On the chance that you're not a fan of auto racing, then you probably don't know that this past Sunday, May 27th was the 96th annual Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered one of the most significant motorsports events in the world, which is why we think it's pretty cool that a double dose of WYSK-y style ... [Read More]

Mother and Child

It’s Mothers Day, Every Day

May 8, 2012 by

Mother's Day hasn't always been about gifts, flowers and candy, and although many of us may think it was created as a marketing ploy by the greeting card industry, days of tribute in honor of mothers, can actually be traced back to the Greeks and ancient Romans. In fact, Mother's Day in the United States, was established almost one hundred years ago by woman you should know, Anna Jarvis. Over the decades, ... [Read More]

Jennifer Shacker_Christine Jones

“Are You My Prince? You Certainly Took Your Time.” The Reality Of Fairy Tales

April 18, 2012 by

Once upon a time, in different lands far, far away, there lived two scholars... Christine Jones, associate professor of literature and languages at the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT), and Jennifer Schacker, professor of English at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). United by a common scholarly interest and complementary expertise, they embarked on an epic collaboration that crossed both ... [Read More]

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month: Women in Poetry

April 16, 2012 by

April is National Poetry Month, which was founded by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 to honor the art of poetry, and to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in America. In today's day and age where technology rules and texting and email are our most pervasive forms of writing, poetry seems to have taken a back seat in most of our lives. So, when we decided we wanted to learn more about women ... [Read More]


100 Years Of Building Courage, Confidence and Character

March 12, 2012 by

Today, March 12th, marks the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) Centennial Anniversary. We are all familiar with the Girl Scout cookies and merit badges, but this organization is much more than just that. One hundred years ago today, with the goal of bringing girls out of their isolated home surroundings, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia for a local Girl Scout meeting. She ... [Read More]