[Image credit: NASA]
[Born Aug 26 1918]
She was taught from her youth, “you are as good as anybody in this town, but you’re no better”, meaning that though she may be a brilliant mathematician, that was no reason to look down on anyone.
She lived in a time when “Computer” was a job title and she was instrumental in doing the maths responsible for putting men on the moon.
When she skipped through grades due to her brilliance, she did not see her gifts as a source of employment. Her professor believed in her, and made sure she was prepared to become a research mathematician.
She took up a teaching job until she noticed that they were looking for Computers in Langley.
She was instrumental in literally writing the book on going to space.
She did all the mathematics involved in landing the space capsules. She said, “'Let me do it. You tell me when you want it and where you want it to land, and I'll do it backwards and tell you when to take off.”
Even though the final calculations were done with electronic computers, NASA always came back to Katherine to check the math.
In her new exhibit, A Woman’s Room Online, Artist Amy Roth Davis turned misogynistic messages, rape and death threats sent to women online into sculptures.
“The title of the show is meant, in part, to reference a feminist art installation created in 1972 called, Womanhouse. Womanhouse was organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, co-founders of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Feminist Art Program. In that exhibit, an entire house was taken over by a group of feminist women artists and each room became an installation art or performance space.”
Roth took an office space and transformed it i order to “show the viewer what it can feel like to be targeted in your place of work, over multiple years with aggressive online stalking and harassment.”
I, and many, many others contributed messages that we’ve received. Thank you, Amy,
The MacArthur Foundation awarded lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel one of its coveted Genius Grants. The only requirement of the $625,000 award is that Bechdel and the 20 other recipients continue doing the good work they were already doing.
So, hopefully this means Bechdel will continue doing revolutionary work related to film, family and culture. Her name was on everyone’s lips starting last…
“Los Angeles, Calif. — Miss Ethel Mildred Lee, 23-year-old girl born in this country of Chinese parents, is shown at her job as an electrician-helper at the Los Angeles yards of the California Shipbuilding Corporation, where she has worked for almost two years. Extra incentives to help the war effort are two brothers in the U.S. Army and one in the Navy yard at Honolulu, Hawaii. Miss Lee, who’s 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 98 pounds, buys $100 worth of War Bonds a month.” — January 20, 1944
Miss Ethel Mildred Lee, doin’ the damn thing. So many examples of women shitting on bullshit patriarchal thinking, just hidden in plain sight throughout history.
this is also your feminist history: shit’s complicated.
In no particular order:
This is the ones we could think of, we’ll add more when we’ve had a bit of a think, thanks for asking.