Jun 20, 2018

Women's History Calendar


I just launched a really great Kickstarter campaign and I'm so excited to share it with you.  I've been working on creating a 2019 women's history calendar.  Now this isn't your average calendar, it is filled with all kinds of information like birthdays, historic events, and holidays.  It's like women's history month all year long. Find out more about this exciting project here.  On Kickstarter it's all or nothing so please help me bring this project to life. The campaign only lasts for a few days so don't wait.  



Mar 29, 2018

Henrietta Swan Leavitt

Henrietta Swan Leavitt
Henrietta Swan Leavitt studied the patterns of Cepheid stars in the Magellanic Clouds.  She worked from photographs on glass plates taken from an observatory in Peru.  She was able to correlate the size and brightness of these variable stars to the duration of their cycle. Her research lead to our understanding of distance of stars and galaxies from Earth.

Mar 28, 2018

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkins

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkins

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkins is best known for discovering the structure of penicillin, insulin, and B12.  She used a process called x-ray crystallography, similar to how Rosalind Franklin discovered the structure of DNA. And in case you were worried, she did receive a Noble Prize for her work.  She's even on a Britrish stamp.



Headstrong: 52 Women who changed Science and the World:
Dorothy and 51 other amazing women are featured in this amazing book.

Mar 27, 2018

Sophie Blanchard

Sophie Blanchard
Sohpie Blanchard may not have been the first female balloonist, but she was the fist female professional balloonist.  She and her husband made a living of ballooning.  They often gave performances such as parachuting down animals and lighting fireworks.  Sophie was also unfortunately the first female to die in a ballooning accident. 


This History Chicks Podcast:
http://thehistorychicks.com/minicast-sophie-blanchard/

Stuff You Missed in History Podcast:
https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/classics-sophie-blanchard.htm

Mar 26, 2018

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr
Born in Austria-Hungry, Hedwig Keisler moved to America and changed her name to Hedy Lamarr.  Not only did she become a sucessfull actress, she also invented a few things.  She co-invented an alternating frequency technology for use in WWII for torpedos.  Later, this technology was used for Wi-fi, GPS, and Bluetooth.

Gal's Guide to the Galaxy Podcast:
https://galsguide.org/2017/06/09/hedy-lamarr-your-gal-friday/

This History Chicks:
http://thehistorychicks.com/episode-60-four-inventors/

Mar 25, 2018

Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori was an educator best known for creating the Montessori method.  She attended medical school where she was forced to do her cadaver studies alone after hours because she was a woman. After graduation, she spent time working with special needs children.  She then opened the Casa de Bambini and developed a whole new way of educating children.  The methods involved sensory education with colored blocks, chores to keep their workspace tidy, and personal hygiene. 

Stuff You Missed in History Podcast:
https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/maria-montessori.htm

BBC Extraordinary Women Series:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXqeTYHn0p4


Mar 24, 2018

Williamnia Fleming

Williamnia Flemming
Williamnia Fleming was one of the Harvard computers.  She worked as a maid for Charles Pickerning, the head of the  Harvard University.  Pickerning got frustrated with his male computers he exclaimed that his maid could do a better job.  So he hired her.  She worked on coming up with a classification system for stars.  She also discovered the horse head nebula.

Gal's Guide to the Galaxy Podcast:
The episode is on Annie Jump cannon but other Harvard computer women are mentioned.

The Glass Universe:
I just recently heard about this book and am very excited to read it