Posts By: Jeremy Porath

All-girl rocketry team going to nationals

The members of R2G2 (Robots, Rockets, Gryphons, and Girls – gryphons being their school mascot) are fundraising online so that more of them can attend the national rocketry competition — an event they’d prefer to attend over their concurrently-scheduled junior prom.

The fundraising campaign hit its target in four days, but if you’d like to contribute, it’s still online here.

Oksana Chusovitina

Oksana Chusovitina might not be the teenage olympic gymnast we often see, but you better believe she can — and will — compete with the best of them.

“Am I old? I don’t feel old… Gymnastics keeps me young.”

Maia Dua wins the Girls Reforming the Future Challenge

High school student Maia Dua has won the top prize in Marvel Studio’s Girls Reforming the Future Challenge. Let’s have a look at the robot she built!

Congratulations to Maia Dua, whose “seeing eye” robot provides a cost-effective alternative for the vision-impaired!

Seattle Majestics

In a time when headlines shout about the damage football does to players’ brains and bodies, the women of the Seattle Majestics say the game has the power to save lives.

“We hit other women as hard as men hit other men. We play just as hard as they do,” says defensive back McKenzie Tolliver. “I think they’d see that too. If they came out and watched us, they’d be impressed.”

(thank you to Heather for sending this in!)

Ridhi Tariyal

When you say you’re going to build a company around menstrual blood, people think you’re joking.

“I was trying to develop a way for women to monitor their own fertility at home,” she told me, and “those kinds of diagnostic tests require a lot of blood. So I was thinking about women and blood. When you put those words together, it becomes obvious. We have an opportunity every single month to collect blood from women, without needles.”

Also worth reading is this Harvard Gazette article about Tariyal and Gire.

(image taken from the NextGen Jane website)

Zaha Hadid

The 65-year-old Pritzker Prize-winner helped define architecture in the 21st century.

“I used to not like being called a woman architect. I’m an architect, not just a woman architect,” she told CNN in 2012. And yet: “Guys used to tap me on the head and say, ‘You are okay for a girl.’ But I see the incredible amount of need from other women for reassurance that it could be done, so I don’t mind that at all.”

(image from this article)

Harriet Tubman to be featured on the $20 bill

In a surprise move, Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, one of the most heavily circulated bills in the world, according to a report from Politico.

YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

In case you’re not familiar with how awesome Tubman was, give this video a watch.

And yes, it’s official! In fact, we’re getting more women on our bills:

The new $10 design will depict that historic march and honor Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul for their contributions to the suffrage movement.

Interview with Meg Crane

In the late 60s, home pregnancy tests were an unthinkable fiction, and women had to see doctors every time they suspected they might be pregnant. Previously-featured modern worthy Meg Crane changed that by pushing to make home pregnancy tests a reality — and got cheated out of getting paid for it.

Now her story is being told. This is worth seven minutes of your time.

(I’m so very proud of my friends Celeste and Amanda, who recently met Meg and have been trumpeting her story as loudly as they can. This interview is part of those efforts. Y’all are heroes.)

Theresa Kachindamoto

Chief Kachindamoto has broken up 850 child marriages in three years, and banned the sexual initiations of young girls.

After receiving death threats for eliminating the practice of child marriages, she said, “I don’t care, I don’t mind. I’ve said whatever, we can talk, but these girls will go back to school.”

(thanks to everyone who sent this in! I’ve posted about this a while back, though that article referred to her as Inkosi, which I think is a title, while her first name is Theresa)

Gerda Geddes and Sophia Delza

Gerda Geddes (left). Photo courtesy of her daughter, Harriet Devlin / Sophia Delza (right). Photo courtesy of the NY Public Library

“Delza was essentially erased from the popular memory. We could only have Bruce Lee and the ‘kung fu craze’ as a new and exciting phenomenon if we all kind of pretended that Delza hadn’t already shown us many of these things 15 years earlier.”