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By annebalsamo | Feminism, Science, Technology & Infrastructures

The Criminally Overlooked Talent of Baroque Painter Michaelina Wautier

Michaelina Wautier, “Triumph of Bacchus” (ca. 1643–1659)(All images courtesy Museum aan de Stroom)An oft-repeated tagline throughout the promotion …

How Women Came to Dominate Neuroendocrinology - Issue 63: Horizons

When Kathleen Morrison stepped onto the stage to present her research on the effects of stress on the brains of mothers and infants, she was nearly …

National Academy of Sciences

Artists Are Protesting a New Cuban Law That Requires Government Approval of Creative Production

Politics<p>Tania Bruguera and Coco Fusco are among the artists opposing the new legislation.<p>,<p>The Cuban government says it must pre-approve all …

Rights & Freedoms

Bumble announces a fund to invest in women-led businesses

Dating and networking app Bumble today announced the launch of Bumble Fund, a new vehicle focused on early stage investments specifically aimed at helping diverse, female entrepreneurs raise capital for their businesses. Sarah Jones Simmer, Bumble Chief Operating Officer, will lead Bumble Fund’s …

Venture Capital

Project launches to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in engineering and physical sciences

“It is not yet fully understood why academics from these groups struggle to progress in their careers. We are delighted to participate in this …

The Story of Sameera: World-Renowned Egyptian Nuclear Scientist

It is bewildering to know that during the early 20th century, when there were the likes of Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi, there was also the …

Egypt

Elbertie Foudray and the Adventure of Life

Historians believe in <b>contingency</b>—we insist that the past did not have to turn out the way that it did, that chance occurrences and human choices send …

Northwestern University

Superstars of STEM

Working with participants over two years, the program strives to;<p>Support 60 women employed in a range of roles in science, technology, engineering …

Storytelling

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'Respect' Wasn't A Feminist Anthem Until Aretha Franklin Made It One

On this day 50 years ago, a little-known gospel singer from Detroit went into a New York City recording studio to try to jump-start her career. No one saw it coming, but the song Aretha Franklin laid down on Valentine's Day 1967 would go on to become one of the greatest recordings of all …

Aretha Franklin

RESPECT: Here Are 5 of Aretha Franklin’s Most Important Contributions to Civil Rights

The "Queen of Soul" died Thursday.The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at the age of 76. Franklin, who had suffered from pancreatic cancer …

Civil Rights

A team of Nigerian schoolgirls won a top Silicon Valley prize for a fake-drug detector

Five Nigerian teenagers won first place in the junior division of the Technovation World Pitch Summit held in San Jose, California last with an app that has the potential to save thousands of lives.<p>Their award was also celebrated on Twitter by Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo.<p>Iridescent’s …

Silicon Valley

The state of black women getting funding in 2018

Less than 1% of black women founders get VC funding. What does this mean for the future of inclusive innovation?<p>Last year, Fast Company did a deep dive into the world of black women founders; the money (or lack thereof) that they raise, the challenges they circumvent, and what could be done to …

Women of Color

How I built a global tech community and company with zero code

“I love tech, but I’m not a techie” is a phrase I’ve heard from countless people, particularly women, since starting Hustle Crew in 2016. I shake my …

Entrepreneurship

A conversation with Arlan Hamilton

I’ve always wanted to know when you first had the idea for Backstage Capital. What was the first thing you did? <i></i><p>Cried [haha] It didn’t happen …

Venture Capital

Meet Peru's First Women Porters

TravelWomen of Impact<p>These trailblazing Peruvians are breaking the glass mountain as the first and only women to work as official porters on the Inca Trail.<p>The Andes Mountains are breathtaking: the iconic history, the rugged alpine vistas, the air thinner than a whisper. It’s a landscape that …

South America

How the First Foreign-Born First Lady Tackled Her Critics

Article Details:<p>Author<p>Natasha Frost<p>Website Name<p>history.com<p>Year Published<p>2018<p>Title<p>How the First Foreign-Born First Lady Tackled Her …

John Quincy Adams

‘Everybody Has Their Own Desert Fantasy’: Watch How Artist Andrea Zittel Is Helping Artists Realize Their Escapist Dreams

On View<p>As part of a collaboration with Art21, hear news-making artists describe their inspirations in their own words.<p>,<p>The desert is an enduring …

These Women Stepped In to Fill a WWII Pilot Shortage

When a shortage of pilots in WWII forced the U.S. Air Force to recruit women, America was captivated - and the public appetite for the Women Airforce …

Military

Bikinis and TED Talks: Can This All-Asian Competition Truly Disrupt Beauty Pageants?

Kathy Zhou never considered herself the type of woman who would enter a beauty pageant. But this May, the Pinterest engineer found herself among a …

San Francisco

Celebrities pay their respects to Aretha Franklin after the legend’s death at 76

Aretha Franklin, the iconic singer known as the Queen of Soul, died Thursday in Detroit at 76, of pancreatic cancer. As NPR reported on Thursday, …

Aretha Franklin

Holographic "digital wife" now on sale for $1352

Gatebox's <i>Boku no Yome</i> (“My Wife”) has been released in mass production for 150,000 yen (US$1,352). The holographic character stands about 8 inches …

Japanese Yen

How Little Women Overshadowed the Artistic Career of Another Alcott Sister

Watercolor of Orchard House by May Alcott Nieriker (c. 1860) (all images courtesy Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House)As Louisa May Alcott’s <i>Little …

The Story Behind TIME's Spike Lee Cover

For the Aug. 20 cover, TIME asked artist Carrie Mae Weems to photograph director Spike Lee, whose latest film <i>BlacKkKlansman</i> — based on the true story …

Women of Color

Midwives and Mothers: The Medicalization of Childbirth on a Guatemalan Plantation | Association for Feminist Anthropology

Sheila Cosminsky<p>Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016, 303 pp.<p>Reviewed by Mounia El Kotni<p><i>Midwives and Mothers</i> builds on Sheila Cosminsky’s …

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Portraits of eminent Imperial women unveiled

President Alice Gast unveiled portraits of five celebrated Imperial women this week.

Meet the women shaping science and engineering in Saudi Arabia

Since 2012, a handful of Saudi Arabia’s top scientists and engineers have arrived on MIT’s campus every year for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. …

Saudi Arabia

Q and A: Scientist and Advocate BethAnn McLaughlin

The neuroscientist talks about her experiences with trying to change how the scientific community copes with sexual assault and harassment.

Sexual Harassment