Barbara Boxer
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Barbara Boxer Wanted the Congressional Gym to Allow Women, So She Sang a Song for Congress

When researching Washington, D.C. gyms for my day job, I fell down a delightful research rabbit hole that led me to the book Climbing the Hill: Gender Conflict in Congress by Karen and Herbert N. Foerstel. In it, I found out that not only did U.S. congressional gyms used to …

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Computing Venus: The Astronomy of Maria Mitchell (Women in Science 38)

In the early nineteenth century nothing about the island of Nantucket made sense. It was simultaneously a hotbed of Quakerism and of the notoriously bawdy and violent whaling industry, a deeply conservative and god-fearing community that was at the same time at the fore-front of gender equality in education and …

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The Female Chef’s Table

Apparently we still have to talk about the fact that female chefs are women, because the fact that they are women still matters. There is an artful new Netflix-produced documentary series called “Chef’s Table” that focuses on driven, innovative chefs. I just finished watching the episode about n/naka‘s Niki Nakayama …

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Anna Atkins
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Anna Atkins: Bontanist, Photographer, Pioneer

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 216th birthday of Anna Atkins, English botanist and photographer. While that may not sound remarkable at first, those simple credentials take on a new night when we consider the context: at that time, women were considered as amateur scientists only, and photography was new. In …

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#EveryDaySexism and Frida Kahlo

  For anyone who doesn’t know, The hashtag #EverydaySexism has been alive and kicking on twitter for quite sometime now. It’s a somewhat constant, spontaneous documentation of the average things that happen to women on a daily basis that reinforce the statis quo and the oppression and objectification of women …

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Breaking the Shackles Procreative: Margaret Sanger and the Creation Of The Pill. (Women in Science 32)

In 1912, it was against the law to publish a book that contained descriptions of birth control methods. It was against the law to even expound the theoretical benefits of birth control as a general notion. It was against the law to put a contraceptive diaphragm into the hands of …

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American Girl Magazines from the Swingin’ Sixties

My sister and I flew home to California this past weekend for my grandmother’s memorial service. My family organized the whole thing, and one thing I’ve learned from the experience is that to do a memorial properly, you need tons of photos of your loved one: there are obituaries and …

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Blacksmithing, Hair Sticks and Seeing the Matrix

I would like to share something that happened to me while I was selling my work in an art show. Well, more something that happened around me. It was the sort of thing that dismantles some of your illusions and lets you see the world through someone else’s eyes. I …

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