Iceland’s Forgotten Fisherwomen

Fisherwomen have played a significant role in Iceland’s history, and yet their contribution has been, for the most part, overlooked. / Michelle Jones, Sapiens Many Icelandic women fished in the 18th and 19th centuries, but their work has been largely unrecognized. Why did these female seafarers fade from the country’s memory? By Roberta Kwok /[…]

Frances Glessner Lee: Life and Death in Dioramas

Frances Glessner Lee working on one of her 19 Nutshells By Hillary Moses Mohaupt / 09.14.2017 When Frances Glessner Lee died in 1962, the New York Times obituary called her “a great-grandmother who became an authority on crime” and “a wealthy widow with a consuming interest in real-life mysteries.” The obituary goes on to note that Glessner Lee[…]

Emma Allison, a ‘Lady Engineer’

Baxter Engine, Souvenir of the Centennial Exhibition (1877), by George D. Curtis. (Google Books | Public Domain) By Robert Davis / 07.20.2017 Professor of History Wallace State College In 1876, the Centennial Exhibition, the first United States world’s fair, opened in Philadelphia to celebrate the nation’s 100 year anniversary. With its mission mandated by Congress to showcase “the nation’s progress in[…]

Maryam Mirzakhani was a Role Model for More than Just Her Mathematics

Maryam Mirzakhani, YouTube Screen Capture By Mehrdokht Poumader / 07.17.2017 Lecturer in Operations Management and Organizational Behavior Macquarie Graduate School of Management On July 14, Maryam Mirzakhani, Stanford professor of mathematics and the only female winner of the prestigious Fields Medal in Mathematics, died at the age of 40. In just a few hours, her[…]

Simone de Beauvoir’s Political Philosophy Resonates Today

Simone de Beauvoir in Paris in 1949. / Photo from Elliot Erwitt, Magnum By Dr. Skye C. Cleary / 03.10.2017 Lecturer Columbia University, City College of New York Simone de Beauvoir is rightly best known for declaring: ‘One is not born, but rather becomes, woman.’ A less well-known facet of her philosophy, particularly relevant today, is[…]

Nevertheless, They Persisted – Women’s Demonstrations in Ancient Rome

The Intervention of the Sabine Women (detail), by Jacques-Louis David, 1799 / Louvre Museum, Paris By Dr. Katherine Huntley / 04.24.2017 Professor of Archaeology and Ancient History Boise State University Protesting was a key part of Roman political life. And protesting was fueled by the fact that the Roman Republic, from its founding in 509BCE[…]

How a Growing Number of Muslim Women Clerics are Challenging Traditional Narratives

Indonesian female Muslim students read books in a library. Dadang Tri/Reuters By Dr. Rachel Rinaldo / 06.06.2017 Assistant Professor of Sociology University of Colorado Recent terrorist attacks such as the one in London inevitably lead to coverage of Islamist ideology, Muslim culture and Muslim women’s rights. What is often missing, however, in my view is[…]

Grace Dalrymple Elliott, Courtesan and Spy

Grace Dalrymple Elliott by Thomas Gainsborough, 1778. © Metropolitan Museum of Art By Joanne Major and Sarah Murden / 09.13.2016 The infamous eighteenth-century courtesan Grace Dalrymple Elliott’s birth has not been recorded, but she was certainly born in Scotland, most likely in Edinburgh around 1754. She was to grow up to achieve a scandalous notoriety[…]

Ana Nzinga Mbande, Fearless African Queen

Queen Nzinga Mbande was a ruthless and powerful 17th century African ruler of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms (modern-day Angola). Nzinga fearlessly and cleverly fought for the freedom and stature of her kingdoms against the Portuguese, who were colonizing the area at the time. By KeriLynn Engel Around the turn of the 17th century, the[…]

Dreams and Thunder – Indigenous Feminism

Photo of Zitkala-Ša by Joseph T. Keiley, 1898. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. By Dory Nason / 06.13.2016 To tell the history of Indigenous feminism, we have to acknowledge that such a history can’t be easily distilled down to a few pages or simply based on the origins we think we know and understand about[…]

Alabama Lawmakers Limit Drug Prosecutions in Pregnancy

A view of the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama / Brendan Smialowski, AFP, Getty Images Authorities could no longer charge a pregnant woman with child endangerment for taking a drug prescribed by her doctor. By Nina Martin / 05.04.2016 This story was co-published with Pregnant women and new mothers using legally prescribed medications may[…]

Beyond the NFL: A New Plan to Treat Brain Injuries For Women Escaping Abuse

Illustration by linearcurves/iStock Unlike players in the NFL, women who struggle with lifelong effects of concussions from abuse are rarely diagnosed. In Phoenix, scientists and advocates are working to change that. By Reagan Jackson Kerri Walker has been in two relationships involving domestic violence. Like many survivors, she was hit repeatedly. She was diagnosed with[…]