I love to write about fictional characters whose story challenges them to figure out what they are and who they can be. Real-life women of history inspire me.
It’s July 20, 1969. U.S. astronauts in the lunar module near the surface of the moon. Alarms blare. Should they abort? No, she saved the moon landing.
In the late nineteenth-century, few women had access to higher education, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Born to a poor immigrant family, Hertha Marks Ayrton let nothing stop her. She was a suffragette, a physicist, a mathematician, and an inventor. She was the woman men wanted to ignore. (c) Girton College, University…… Continue reading The Woman Men Wanted to Ignore
In 1851, the state of Illinois opened its first hospital for the mentally ill. The state legislature passed a law to protect people from being committed against his or her will. The law required a public hearing before that person was committed. With one exception, a husband could have his wife committed without either a…… Continue reading The Insanity of Inequality
It takes a strong woman to face a world that doesn’t value her gender. Some are strong enough to make the world see her, to value her. Historical labels for those who were born one gender but identified as another included monstrous, perverse, or insane. We may never know their truth. Only the tip of…… Continue reading Unconventional Women of History No One Taught You About