Historical Women in the West

The Wild West, Lady Style

Recently I was watching my 14 year old grandson play a video game, it was a story that took place in the Wild West and a player could pick the character they wanted to be. I asked him if there were any female characters. He said, “No Memaw, there aren’t famous women in the Wild West.” Oh really?! I asked him if he had ever heard of Calamity Jane. Not surprisingly, he hadn’t. Challenge accepted. I was going to prove to him that there many women who helped settle and/or pillage the West. It wasn’t hard to find women who...
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History's First Computer Programmer Was A Woman

Who invented the computer? Most of us immediately think of Steve jobs and Steve Woznick. Or perhaps even, Alan Turing, Charles Babbage, Konrad Zuse, or the IBM team of Bill Lowe, and Don Estridge in Boca Raton, Florida who, with a group of 12 strategists, worked around the clock to manufacture and promote of a computer Or perhaps you might think of the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient hand powered Greek analogue computer which has also been described as the first example of such a device, but we do not know who created it. You may even think of William Oughtred...

Before Hidden Figures

Who knows how many social and culture advances have been lost to the biased and inaccurate recording of women’s accomplishments throughout history? How many ideas have been lost, destroyed or simply overlooked by male historians? I suspect a great many. Have you heard of Emilie Du Chatelet, Sophie Germain, Mary Somerville, Ada Lovelace or Hypatia? Just a few female mathematicians who precede the women of Hidden Figures. I do not suggest that the women of Hidden Figures are not critical to our history in any way, I am merely pointing out that the struggle to value women has been going...