10 Women Achievers We Learned About In #WomensHistoryMonth
Women make up only 0.5% of recorded history. This might have something to do with the fact that for eons, men were tasked with writing this, and it appears we had men writing about…men. Thankfully, we’re all rising up the #woke spectrum. This month, the Internet celebrates #WomensHistoryMonth, and we’re introduced to a steady stream of forgotten heroes and women achievers. Here’s a look at some of those inspiring names:
Amrita Pritam, the first woman to win a Sahitya Akademi award, in 1956. Her moving novels and poems were fuelled by wounds from the Partition.
— Uggernaut (@Pi_modi) February 9, 2018
Lise Meitner, arrives at the first model of nuclear fission. She was overlooked by the Nobel, as her male colleague walked away with the credit, citing her as an assistant. Around 60 years later, ‘Meitnerium’ the element, was named solely after her.
Lise Meitner solved the problem of nuclear fission—and although she never got the Nobel, she is the only woman outside of mythology to have an element named after her alone. #WomensHistoryMonth https://t.co/ZV0C4G6y61 pic.twitter.com/oXByKfYtlX
— Scientific American (@sciam) March 7, 2018
Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood actress of Austrian origin might be better known for her acting credits alongside Clark Gable, Judy Garland and Lana Turner. But she’s behind the tech on your phone today.
Although she is best known as a beautiful actress of the 30s and 40s, today’s popular consumer gadgets as well as defense technology continue to depend on this Hedy Lamarr invention: https://t.co/2uLakTLAy0 #WomensHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/N40ZdppPAo
— Northrop Grumman Careers (@NG_Careers) March 3, 2018
Elizabeth Magie was a true multi-hyphenate. She was a game designer, stenographer, short story and poetry writer, comedian, actress, engineer and a newspaper reporter. In 1904, she created The Landlord’s Game, the precursor to Monopoly.
— MarthaStewartLiving (@MS_Living) March 27, 2017
In 1905, Nettie Stevens arrived at the conclusion that chromosomes, and not environmental factors, determined the sex of an organism. Later that year, her noted contemporary EB Wilson walked away with the credit for arriving at a similar theory.
Newton, Einstein, Darwin: science superstars everyone knows. We’d like to introduce you to some equally impressive minds that only made it into the footnotes of history. https://t.co/HxQLjjV3Qz #IWD2018 #PressforProgress ^EK pic.twitter.com/XMwtDpQAyr
— CSIRO (@CSIROnews) March 8, 2018
Sucheta Kripalani was India’s first female Chief Minister, and led the Uttar Pradesh government between 1963 to 1967.
— Indian Feminism (@IndianFeminism) March 6, 2018
Meet Anna Pavlova, the first ballerina to tour the world with her dance company.
Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina and choreographer, performed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was the most celebrated dancer of her time. The company she created in 1910 was the first to tour ballet around the world.#WomensHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/qvbp5qheLT
— “Mad Cat” Cattis (@GeneralCattis) March 9, 2018
Codebreaker and cryptanalyst Joan Clarke was brought in to assist Alan Turing on a mission to crack Enigma cyphers. It would eventually help the Allied Forces win WWII. You might remember Keira Knightley essaying her in The Imitation Game.
Joan Clarke worked on the Enigma Project alongside Alan Turing at Bletchley Park during WWII, decrypting Nazi communications. Due to continued secrecy among cryptanalysts, the full extent of her contributions still remain unknown 22 years after her death. #WomensHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/wRg3Sq4KUD
— Becky Lockyer (@Becky_Lockyer) March 5, 2018
Rosalind Franklin’s X-ray diffraction studies pretty much formed the basis of James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery, of DNA’s double helix structure. Yet, she was left out of their Nobel Prize-winning paper.
To celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re sharing the stories of female science changemakers like Rosalind Franklin, who helped discover the double helix structure of DNA, via ThoughtCo.: https://t.co/bJB8j5Y1OO pic.twitter.com/E3Pi5foxrE
— AbbVie (@abbvie) March 1, 2018
In 1986, Margaret Keane had to sue her ex-husband, artist Walter Keane, for claiming he made the famous paintings of big-eyed children and animals. You might remember her from Tim Burton’s film, Big Eyes.
— Laura Cayouette (@KnowSmallParts) March 8, 2018