Women's History Month - Elizabeth Blackwell

The first woman to receive a medical degree in the US.

Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar

The last Ruler of Madagascar.

She's Crafty - Microscopic Edition!

Some really cool science inspired crafts!

Happy Birthday - Septima Poinsette Clark

The "Queen Mother" or "Grandmother of the American Civil Rights Movement."

Monday, March 2, 2015

Unsung Women of Chemistry

A couple of weeks ago, I saw this really great video being passed around. Mary Sherman Morgan, Alice Ball, and Rachel Lloyd were all chemists whose work has fundamentally changed the way we live, and yet their stories were all but lost to us. I wanted to know more not just about these women scientist, but about the folks who took the time to make and share this video.

In this first of several posts I am delighted to share some of the discussion I had with Noel Waghorn of Reactions, the maker of this and other really great videos about chemistry and chemists! In the next few posts, I'll go into a bit more detail about each of these amazing scientists and their lives.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

She's Crafty - Women's History Month Edition

Hurrah hurray! It's Women's History Month again! I mean, I know around here every month is the month to celebrate women throughout history, but March is an extra special time around here!

So, to kick off the celebration, how about some awesome and inspirational crafty items!

The phrase "Well behaved women seldom make history," which I heard often in my childhood, first appeared in an academic paper written by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. I love this quote for two reasons: One, it reminds me to look for the women in history who were raising hell, and to place their actions in the proper context. And two, it reminds me to raise a little hell now and then too.

This pendant by Lisa at Lark and Juniper is a perfect way to not only remember the importance of stirring up stuff, but celebrate it too!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Weekend Reading

Happy Weekend! Hope it's a relaxing one, no matter where you are!

Image source: Winslow Homer, Wiki Commons.

It's been a busy week around here, what with getting the SRPS News up and running, and getting caught up on blogging and other work-related stuff. I've got a stack of interesting looking articles and blog posts all queued up for a relaxing day of reading and gardening. (Sorry folks in New England, but I figure if it's going to be unseasonably warm and dry here at least I may as well enjoy it, right?)

Here are a couple of stories I've already read and enjoyed. I hope you'll find them interesting as well. Feel free to share links to things you've written or interesting things you've read (regarding kick ass women and girls) in the comments.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Newsletters are cool again!

Yeah, I know. I think it's kinda weird too. What's old really is new again!

After years of assiduously avoiding giving out my email address to people pushing newsletters, I've found myself actually signing up for a couple here and there. And, more astounding, actually reading them! Surprising myself the most, I find they're perfect for keeping up with what's going on with my favorite bloggers, and not nearly as stressful as having to wade through my RSS feed every day! (Seriously, that thing's way out of hand!)

I've given it some thought and have decided to start a semi-weekly newsletter for folks who enjoy what I post here as well as what I share on my various social media platforms. It'll be a way to highlight news posts as well as the super awesome stuff I find elsewhere on the web and want to share with you all.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Quote of the Day

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.” - Frida Kahlo

I was reminded about this quote the other day while watching the episode of Six Feet Under (one of my favorite shows filled with great, complex, and truly strange characters) when Ruth (the mom) goes to a meeting of The Plan (a self-help kind of group), and the instructor has everyone do an exercise where they imagine everyone else is laughing at them, telling them it's a joke and to laugh once they get it. It takes some of them only a few seconds to get it, while others take a while longer. But Ruth doesn't get it. She just gets mad.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

She's Crafty - Star Wars Edition

I understand the middle and eastern parts of the US are still looking more like Hoth than anyone would like. I've gathered some geeky Star Wars-themed crafts to help you keep warm.

I love geeky cross stitch! And this one is super awesome. Thanks to Meredith Cait at HardCoreStitchCorps you can make your very own Bless This House - Mos Isley Edition for your very own wretched hive lovely home.