Heroines of Science: Links!

Berta Caceres 2015 Goldman Environmental Award Recipient

Berta Caceres 

I’ve been spending a lot of time writing about historical amazing science people at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and in doing so I’ve almost forgotten to watch for amazing science heroes who are working right now. So this entry is a links entry that I hope will lead you to some stories of women in the sciences (and related fields) who are kicking ass all over the place.

This link comes from Max Fagin, who wrote a post for us about Vera Rubin. Enjoy this article, “30 Most Innovative Women Professors Alive Today.” This includes such luminaries as Sarah Bergbreiter, who works in microrobotics, Lisa Randall, an expert in particle physics, and Susan Lindquist, molecular biologist.

Nature.com has a special “Women in Science” issues that shows many of the triumphs and challenges women face in science today.

Women are on the forefront of environmental movements around the world. On March 3, 2016, Honduran activist Berta Cáceres was assassinated. This is a terrible loss to Honduras and to all of us. Cáceres was a leader in attempting to protect the rainforest from illegal logging and other forms of exploration, From Democracy Now:

According to Global Witness, Honduras has become the deadliest country in the world for environmentalists. Between 2010 and 2014, 101 environmental campaigners were killed in the country.

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Kickass Woman: Khutulun

Every month I write an article for Smart Women, Trashy Books about kicks women in history and link to it here.  This month I’m featuring Khutulun – military leader, archer, soldier, and champion wrestler.

Khutulun served as her father’s military leader and took part in combat, taking many prisoners.  According to Marco Polo:

“[She would] make a dash at the host of the enemy, and seize a some man thereout, as deftly as a hawk punches on a bird, and carry him to her father; and this she did many a time.”

She’s most famous for being an unbeatable wrestler.  She refused to marry any man who she could defeat in a match until finally she fell in love with one of her father’s soldiers.  Khutulun continued to lead the army after her father died.

Head over to Smart Bitches to find out more about this amazing woman!  For more warrior women, I highly recommend the book Secret History of the Mongol Queens, by Jack Weatherford.  You can read my full-length review of the book here.

Kickass Women: Mary Bowser

Over on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, I run a monthly column about Kickass Women.  This month was about Mary Bowser, Civil War spy.  Bowser was born a slave and freed by the Van Lew family.  She worked for Elizabeth Van Lew as a servant.  Van Lew was a spymaster for the Union and she got Bowser as job as a domestic at the Confederate White House.  Everyone assumed that Bowser was illiterate, and she also pretend to be not very bright.  As a result, she had access to maps, letters, documents, and conversations.  Not only could she read and write, but she had an eidetic memory.  Van Lew considered Bowser to be the most valuable spy in her network.

You can read more about Mary Bowser here!

Kickass Women in History: Sophie Blanchard

Once a month I write a column for Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (smartbitchestrashybooks.com) called “Kickass Women in History”. This month, I wrote about Sophie Blanchard, balloonist.  she was the first woman to pilot a hot air or gas powered balloon solo, and she was famous for her exhibition flights and long distance flights in the early 1800s.  On the ground, Sophie was famously fearful – she hated carriages and loud noises.  In the air, she was fearless, and she combined her skill as a pilot and an entertainer with great business sense.  Sophie died in a ballooning accident in 1819.

For more about Sophie, check out my article over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books:  http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/2015/03/kickass-women-in-history-sophie-blanchard/

 

Kickass Women in History: Lady Dorothy Feilding-Moor

Time for me to link over to Smart Bitches, Trashy Books where this month’s Kickass Woman is Lady Dorothy Feilding-Moor, who was an ambulance driver in WWI.  I had so much fun researching this article – could’ve spent years reading about Lady Feilding and her compatriots.  Enjoy!

http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/2015/02/kickass-women-in-history-lady-dorothie-feilding-moor/

 

 

Kickass Women in History: Annie Londonderry

AnnielondonderryAs many of you know, I’ve recently started a project at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books called “Kickass Women in History”.  This month, I write about Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, also known as Annie Londonderry.

Annie Londonderry was the first woman to bicycle around the world.  She did, of course, take the occasionally boat ride.  Her detractors claimed that she carried her bike more than she rode it.  Be that as it may, she made it around the world in fifteen months, and went on to be a reporter, stating,

“I am a journalist and ‘a new woman’ if that term means that I believe I can do anything that any man can do.“

For more about Annie and how cycling changed the world for women, check out my post at this link!

History’s Hidden Heroes: format change

TaipingRebellion.com-rebelsHello my lovely Geek Girls, Guys, and People Who Identify as Intersex or Other-Wise Non-Binary.  We have a format change here on Geek Girl in Love because to my great delight the amazing Sarah Wendell at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has asked me to write a monthly column for her about real-life women in history.

The only problem with this delightful development is that I don’t actually have time, in between reviewing shows and books and raising my kid and trying to round up freelance projects, to write multiple columns a month on amazing people in history, much as I’d like to.  So once a month I’ll be sharing a link to Kickass Women of History at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

This month’s Kickass Woman is Su Sanniang.  She was a Robin Hood style bandit who became a general during the Taiping Rebellion.  She was said to have “powerful arms and the air of a hero.”   My kind of woman!  Click on the link above to learn more about her, or go to smartbitchestrashybooks.com.