Alice Paul Tapper


Image via Al Drago for The New York Times

I shared a post on Facebook recently that made me very frustrated and angry. The short of it was that a mother took her daughter (a Girl Scout), and her son (a Boy Scout) to the College Football Sun Bowl in Texas to sell programs and raise money for their troops. While the son was congratulated, talked to respectively, and asked if he was going to pursue becoming an Eagle Scout, the young girl and others in her troop were harassed by older men. One was called pushy for not giving programs away. Another was called a bitch. And another was asked if her and her friends could be girlfriends to a group of men…. the girls’ ages ranged from 9 to 11. None of them were asked about the Gold Award.

Anger aside, it reminded me of this Op-Ed I came across written by Girl Scout Alice Paul Tapper (named after historic Women’s and Civil Rights activist), a 5th grader who created a national Girl Scout patch called Raise Your Hand. She’s incredibly well-written, so I’d like to point to her Op-Ed directly:

I’m 10. And I Want Girls to Raise Their Hands.

As the Girl Scout cookie season comes into full-swing, I’d like to encourage everyone who sees these future leaders selling boxes around town to stop and talk to them about their time in the Girl Scouts. Congratulate them for participating in activities that help their community. Ask them about the Gold Award and yes, perhaps buy some cookies even if you’re trying to eat healthier =)

Dorsa Derakhshani


Dorsa Derakhshani is an Iranian chess Woman Grandmaster (WGM).

-Very quick aside, today I learned that the WGM title is the highest women-specific chess title (rating of 2300), but does not prevent women from also reaching the title of Grandmaster (GM, rating of 2500)-

In February of 2017, Dorsa was kicked off the Iranian chess team for “harming national interests” after she participated in a tournament without wearing a hijab. She had participated in previous tournaments without issue, but during this tournament, her brother played against an Israeli Grandmaster, which I guess is also a no-no (but fear not, Jared Kushner will create peace in the Middle East). Both Dorsa and her brother were banned.

Since the ban, Dorsa has won a chess scholarship from St. Louis University and studies biology while playing for the university’s chess team. She has changed her Chess Federation status to the United States, where she will continue to kick ass.

BONUS – My favorite of this week’s 20 Funniest Tweets from Women


Tina Smith

I had a doozy of a Wednesday, so did not get this up in time. But here we go!

Tina Smith


Hearty congratulations to Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith for being tapped to replace Al Franken in the US Senate. MRP reports that “Smith has been at the forefront on several administration priorities, including rural broadband expansion, early childhood education and economic development. She leads the Destination Medical Center initiative, a public-private economic development partnership in Rochester, Minn.”


Previous #WCW Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the “Award for Early Influence”!!!!

Badder Bitch than Taylor Swift, and TIME Person of the Year


@xnulz on Twitter was unfortunate enough to send out this question to the masses and boy oh boy, did the masses not disappoint in their answers.  Below are some of my favorites:

“Hedy Lamarr, considered the most beautiful actress of the 1930s/40s and the inspiration for Catwoman and Disney’s Snow White, perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII, which formed the basis of cellphone, WiFi and bluetooth technology.

— Music Box Theatre (@musicboxtheatre) December 3, 2017

“Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya: her husband was killed by the Nazis in 1941 during Operation Barbarossa. She went to the Soviet gov’t and demanded to get a tank to kill Nazis. The gov’t relented and she killed Nazis with her tank.

— (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (@shonan_naminori) December 2, 2017

“My mom. She opened and set up domestic abuse and rape crisis centers across the country and faces down pissed off hubbies known for hitting women. She was 5’, 95 lbs and fearless.

— Nick Thompson (@VeblensBeard1) December 3, 2017

“Lyudmila Pavlichenko. Russian sniper who killed over 300 Nazis including dozens of officers. When on a tour of the US, she was asked how many men she had killed, and responded, “No men, just fascists.” Woody Guthrie wrote a song about her.

— Buzzfeed Guy Debord (@BuzzfeedGDebord) December 2, 2017

“Franceska Mann, the Polish ballerina, who, while being led to the gas chamber, stole a Nazi guard’s gun, shot him dead, and started a female-led riot that gave hope to all of the prisoners of Auschwitz in the face of certain death

— Hollywood Histories (@moviehistories) December 2, 2017

“Elsie MacGill overcame polio, became the worlds first female aeronautical engineer and lead the manufacturing of fighter aircraft during WWII in Canada earning the nickname “Queen of the Hurricanes.” #badderthantaylor

— Brock Macdonald (@brockmacdonald) December 4, 2017


BONUS: TIME Person of the Year

The Silence Breakers

TIME’s Person of the Year for 2017 turned out to be a group of people: those that were brave enough to come out and speak about their experiences with sexual assault and harassment.

The Science Ambassador Scholarship


Cards Against Humanity (yeah, them) have funded a full-tuition scholarship for women pursuing an undergraduate STEM degree. The deadline for submissions is quickly approaching (December 11th), so spread the word to your favorite Women “Crushin’ it in STEM” Wednesday friends and family! Link below:

Science Ambassador Scholarship

Fan of Card’s Against Humanity but don’t know any baddass women pursuing a STEM degree? The scholarship is paid for by their Science Pack Expansion (available here)

Are you someone of high taste and think CAH is a terrible, terrible game whose makers and players should be ashamed of themselves and would never buy the game, let alone an expansion? Maybe instead look into, who CAH and the Scholarship Fund donated $5,000 dollars this year to help fund STEM projects and field trips for classrooms across the country.

1 Year Anniversary


For the three of you keeping score, November 23rd 2016 was my first #WCW post. It’s been a full year! And while I’ve certainly learned about the stories of women that were being overlooked, stories of women that went viral, and stories of women that were important to me, I’ve also learned a lot about social media and Google analytics. I found that at first I had look up stories on my own, or to go off of recommendations given to me by some pretty dope friends. It wasn’t hard, per say. I just had to make a conscious effort to seek stories out, as they weren’t showing up on my Facebook timeline, “Recommended for You” Goodreads lists, and so forth. But the more I clicked around, the more books I read or marked as “to-read”, the more I liked and followed pages and people that promoted strong and amazing women… I was suddenly bombarded by awesome content. It’s wonderful.

This next year promises more of the same. More uplifting stories of women in government (who seem to be the only ones making rational decisions right now), more sharing of stories of historical women who were instrumental in shaping society but were relegated to footnotes, more self-assessment on what it means to be an Ally. So here’s a list of pages or people whose content I’ve really enjoyed. And then I’ll get to today’s #WCW submission, which is the most important one for me to date.

Women You Should Know
Huff Post: Funniest Tweets From Women
Hillary Clinton
Gloria Steinem
Kamala Harris
Tulsi Gabbard
Julia Carpenter


My mother has always played an incredibly large role in my life, and my earliest memories about lessons in morality are from her. Most of these memories are wonderful; her reading bedtime stories of books that had obvious teachings about right and wrong, her not being angry AT ALL when I got in trouble for fighting on the playground when I was defending my younger brother from a bully, etc. Other memories were not so pleasant, but have burned into my memory.
The most vivid one: I can’t remember how old I was, but I was with my mother as she was going around town running errands and doing shopping. One of the trips was to the bank, where she had to make a withdrawal from her and my father’s joint checking account. They wouldn’t let her… They told her that she needed permission from my dad or that he needed to be there with her in order to take out the funds, again, from their JOINT account. My mother made it back to the car before she started to cry. That was my first vivid memory of gender discrimination. Even that young, I had no doubt that my father would not have needed my mother’s permission to withdraw the money and the WRONGNESS of it, combined with my mother’s tears, made me nauseous. She took a moment, called my father (who was also pissed), and then went about her day because She. Had. Shit. To. Do. and wasn’t about to let this blatant wrong stop her. She was a badass.

And still is. Today, Theresa is a loving and amazing foster parent. Since they started, my parents have fostered 14 children and have had many others under their roof for respite care. What’s especially amazing is that even though some of the children have stayed for longer than a year, all of them either go back to their families after their parents have cleaned up, or get adopted by other families if deemed appropriate by the courts. I think most people would hold back a little of themselves during care, lest they get too attached to these amazing kids. Not Theresa. She dives in emphatically and without reservation. She showers these kids with love and goes above and beyond what is normally expected of foster parents, making sure they have everything they need (even at Christmas, when foster parents are not given a stipend or are expected to give presents, you best believe that these kids have things under the tree). And when the children leave, it’s HARD. There are tears, and it honestly feels like part of her heart leaves with them, that’s how involved she is in these children’s lives. She’s upset for a while, but then she sets her shoulders and gets right back in it, because She. Has. Shit. To. Do. and there are many more children that need her. I can’t think of a better Woman “Crushin’ it” Wednesday for this blog’s 1 year anniversary.

Sarah Josepha Buell Hale


Another post stemming from Wednesday night trivia (as well as an official request from my mother. Hi mom!)

Trivia question: Nicknamed the ‘Mother of Thanksgiving,’ this prominent editor and writer wrote a letter urging President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November. Bonus points if you can name her famous nursery rhyme.

Answer: Sarah Josepha Buell Hale and “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

What I didn’t know until after, was that Sarah Josepha Hale was one of the first American Woman Novelists, and was also one of the first novelists to tackle slavery in her book Northwood: Life North and South. Although Sarah did not believe in Women’s Suffrage, she was incredibly influential promoting stories that opposed slavery and the importance of preserving the union. She was also a very strong and early advocate of higher education for women.

Danica Roem



This may honestly be my favorite #WCW submission yet, because of both the historical nature of the election, as well as her opponent in the race.

Meet Danica Roem, who yesterday became the first openly transgender state lawmaker in Virginia, winning her election for the 13th House of Delegates. The victory was especially sweet (so…so sweet) in that she beat out republican Bob Marshall, who referred to himself as Virginia’s “chief homophobe” in 2006 when co-sponsoring a Virginia constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and who also introduced a bathroom bill against transgender public school students. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out, Bob!

Miss Peru and Ni Una Menos


Major kudos to the contestants of this year’s Miss Peru beauty pageant, who took a section of the competition and turn it completely on its head. Apparently, each woman was supposed to declare her “measurements” (waist and bust size…..). Instead, they decided to share some alarming statistics about violence against women and to bring further visibility to the #NiUnaMenos movement in South America.

“My name is Camila Canicoba and I represent the department of Lima. My measurements are: 2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country”

“My name is Karen Cueto and I represent Lima and my measurements are: 82 femicides and 156 attempted femicides so far this year”

“Greetings from Almendra Marroquín. I represent Cañete, and my measurements are: more than 25% of girls and teenagers are abused in their schools”

“My name is Romina Lozano. I represent the constitutional province of Callaomy and my measurements are: 3,114 women victims of trafficking up until 2014.”