Kicking ass and taking ALL of the names, Heaven Fitch became the first female wrestler to win an individual state championship in NCHSAA history and finished up the season with a record of 54-4.
This picture makes me incredibly happy. That is all.
“So… today I met my role model. What else can I say?” – Greta
“She’s the only friend I’d skip school for.” – Malala
Producer/Co-Founder at Little Everywhere, Jane is the host of my current favorite podcast The Dream, in which Season 1 dived into the vast and troubling world of ̶p̶y̶r̶a̶m̶i̶d̶ ̶s̶c̶h̶e̶m̶e̶s̶ / ̶c̶u̶l̶t̶s̶ / Multi-Level Marketing companies. Disclosure alert, it absolutely scratches my confirmation-bias itch as far as my thoughts on MLMs going into the podcast, but I highly recommend it regardless.
Before starting Little Everywhere, Jane was a Peabody and Emmy Award winning journalist/producer at This American Life.
Australian skier Jade Hameister became the youngest person in history to complete the Polar Hat Trick (traversing to the North Pole from anywhere outside the Last Degree, crossing the 550km Greenland icecap, and skiing from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole). She did the first at age 14 and the last at age 16. During her travels, she saw direct impacts of Climate Change and is now a prominent activist.
During her TEDx talk in 2016 (after completing 2/3 of her Polar Hat Trick), Jade shared many of the messages that she received online by male trolls, many of which were a variation of “make me a sandwich”. So when she completed the last leg of her polar quest in 2018, she stood at the South Pole with the best photo prop:
“I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese),” she wrote. “Now ski 37 days and 600km to the South Pole and you can eat it.”
Chlöe Swarbrick – 25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker giving best retort when heckled while talking about Climate Change.
Nandi Bushell – 9-year-old absolutely ROCKING out on the drum’s to Nirvana’s In Bloom
Alaina Gassler, the fourteen yr old from West Grove who won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, the top award in the Broadcom MASTERS (the nation’s premier science and engineering competition for middle school students) for developing a super dope prototype to help get rid of blind spots created by some cars’ hefty A-pillar.
Yay women (and girls) in STEM!
CNN article HERE
Woman “Crushin’ it” Wednesday: Rosalie Fish, running to raise awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women. I’ll let the article speak for itself… but wow.
“According to the United States Department of Justice, indigenous women on some reservations are 10 times more likely to be murdered, and rates of indigenous women being killed or trafficked are significantly higher than the rest of the U.S. population. The Justice Department has also found that one in three Native American women have been raped or experienced an attempted rape while 506 indigenous women have disappeared or been killed in the United States since 2016.”
“This was a very emotional and very powerful weekend for me. I was inspired and supported by marathon runner and activist Jordan Marie Daniels to run for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. I dedicated my 1600 to Alice Looney, my 800 to Jacqueline Salyers, my 3200 to Renee Davis, and my 400 to Misty Upham. Wellpinit runner Gabriel Kieffer also donated a medal to Misty. I am honored by the families that allowed me to represent these women and I am blessed to be able to run for them.
MTS King’s girl’s team placed for the first time (4th) at state championships with only three competitors. While my other two teammates are much younger than me, I learned a lot from them. I’m so excited to see what they do for MTS and Indian Country in the future.” – Rosalie Fish
“Everybody relax, I’m a scientist”
Starting the New Year right with my favorite Woman “Crushin'” It ever, Alyssa!
Alys has had a pretty eventful couple of months. On December 14, 2018 she was officially presented her PhD from the University of Chicago’s program of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. The first picture above is from her defense, “Investigating molecular mechanisms and dynamics of Ena/VASP and other actin binding proteins”. Celebrations were in order (2nd picture), but not before practicing safe science.
While finishing up the PhD, Alyssa was traveling back and forth from Chicago to Cleveland, interviewing for careers after graduation. After a lot of miles, many phone and in person interviews and follow-ups, I’m very happy to share that Alys has accepted a Data Scientist role at the wonderful company Smucker’s!
Tackling all of this while also navigating the logistics of moving back to Cleveland is just one example (of many) of how Alys is able to do anything she sets her mind to do. Her commitment to being the best version of herself is what I admire most about her, and I’m so excited to see her continue to “Crush” it on the regular.
The number of women in the traditional “Guess Who?” game: 5 out of 24. The number of women in the “Who’s She?” spin-off from creator Zuzia Kozerska-Girard: Every. Single. One.
Biography cards that focus on the Woman’s accomplishments, this game probably has the best rule modification from it’s predecessor: you are NOT allowed to ask questions regarding appearances (HUZZAH!). Very exciting to see a game centered on learning more about bold, powerful women who have made an impact on society. Hopefully more games to come that will inspire little girls (and boys).
Read the Yahoo article because it’s fantastic:
“A record number of women will serve in the U.S. Congress in January 2019, according to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.
In the 116th Congress, at least 125 (106D, 19R) women will serve overall, increasing the percentage of women in Congress from 20% to 23% at minimum. There are three additional House races featuring a woman candidate that remain too close to call (GA-7, NY-22, UT-4).
- At least 102 (89D, 13R) women will serve in the U.S. House (previous record: 85 set in 2016), including a minimum of 43 (42D, 1R) women of color. Women will be at least 23% of all members of the U.S. House, up from 19.3% in 2018.
- At least 23 (17D, 6R) women will serve in the U.S. Senate (previous record: 23), including 4 (4D) women of color. Women will be at least 23% of all members of the U.S. Senate, matching women’s current level of Senate representation.
Nine (6D, 3R) women will serve as governors in 2019, including 1 (1D) woman of color.
The freshman class of women in the House of Representatives in 2019 will be the largest ever with a minimum of 36 non-incumbent women elected. 36 (35D, 1R) non-incumbent women have already won and 1 (1D) more is in an undecided contest. The previous high was 24, set in 1992.
“We’ve seen important breakthroughs, particularly in the U.S. House,” said CAWP Director Debbie Walsh, “but deepening disparities between the parties in women’s representation will continue to hobble us on the path to parity. We need women elected on both sides of the aisle.” – CAWP Center for American Women and Politics