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.”
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
From 1901 to 2017, only 48 women have been awarded a Nobel Prize (compared to 892 men). The 2018 announcements are still coming in, but so far it’s looking like a good year for women in STEM.
Donna Strickland became just the 3rd woman to receive the Nobel in Physics (the last was 55 years ago). Sharing the honor this year with two others, Strickland’s work with lasers earned her the nod.
“Unlike her fellow winners, Strickland did not have a Wikipedia page at the time of the announcement. A Wikipedia user tried to set up a page in May, but it was denied by a moderator with the message: “This submission’s references do not show that the subject qualifies for a Wikipedia article.” Strickland, it was determined, had not received enough dedicated coverage elsewhere on the internet to warrant a page” –One Wikipedia Page Is a Metaphor for the Nobel Prize’s Record With Women
Frances H. Arnold
Frances H. Arnold became the 5th woman to receive the Nobel in Chemistry (like Strickland, sharing the award with others). Arnold received the nod for her work in with the directed evolution of enzymes.
“I think of what I do as copying nature’s design process,” Dr. Arnold said in an interview with NobelPrize.org. “All this tremendous beauty and complexity of the biological world all comes about to this one simple beautiful design algorithm.” – Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to a Woman for the Fifth Time in History
Dr. Frances Kelsey was a Canadian-American pharmacologist who worked as a reviewer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after an impressive career as a faculty member at the University of Chicago and University of South Dakota.
At the FDA, Dr. Kelsey was a member of a very small team whose responsibility it was to review drug applications from pharmaceutical companies, placing a much needed emphasis on evidence-based data. During this time, Dr. Kelsey repeatedly blocked the application for a drug called thalidomide, which was already widely used in Europe. Drawing on her past research of finding evidence of certain drugs that crossed the placental barrier, she was not convinced that thalidomide was safe for pregnant women, especially with the data (or lack of) that was being presented. Despite growing pressure to ram the drug application through (drug company’s bottom line $ of course being their most important worry), Dr. Kelsey and her team stuck to their guns and refused to let a drug with possible serious side-effects into the U.S. market. In the 1960s, births of many deformed infants in Europe started to be linked to thalidomide, and it became widely known that Dr. Kelsey prevented a disastrous medical crisis in the U.S.
In 1962, she became the second woman to be presented the President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service by President John F. Kennedy. Dr. Kelsey retired from the FDA in 2005 after 45 years of service.
Thank you to Sarah (a current #WCW in STEM) for sharing the below video and putting Dr. Kelsey on my radar!
A good follow up to the last Woman “Crushin’ It” #WCW post about the major uptick of female political candidates: 28 year old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez solidly beat out 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley (the 4th ranked House Democrat) in the New York primary. If elected in November (she is favored to win against the Republican challenger), she will become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Despite being out-raised 10-1 and repeatedly referred to in the press as “Joe Crowley’s opponent”, Alexandria was able to spearhead an aggressive and successful grassroots strategy. November is going to be crazy.
Former Navy pilot (reaching the rank of lieutenant commander) after being turned down by the Air Force, Tammie Jo Shults was one of the first female fighter pilots in the Navy three decades ago, flying the F/A-18 Hornet in an time when women could not go on combat missions.
Tammie eventually side-stepped into commercial flying, becoming a part-time pilot at Southwest Airlines. On April 17, 2018, the passengers of Flight 1380 were lucky enough to have her in the cockpit. The engine failed on the Boeing 737, flinging debris from a fan blade into the plane. Tammie was calm and collected, making an emergency landing.