Please welcome Cinie’s World to the Pumasphere! Cinie has been covering politics, feminism, and pop culture for a long while now. She is a phenomenal writer and thinker (and funny, as all good bloggers are). Please read her post on Breaking the Color Barrier — it’s about the gorgeous and talented (and vilified) Vanessa Williams — Cinie makes it clear how true it is that women have been whitewashed from history, even very recent history.
This morning in comments we started a list of women’s contributions to society and industry that have been whitewashed out of the history books and otherwise disappeared. Here’s what we have so far:
- WOMEN’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS
- Social Work (Jane Addams)
- Nursing (Florence Nightingale)
- Elementary Education (Margaret and Rachel MacMillan)
- Computers (Ada Lovelace)
- The cotton industry (Eliza Pinckney)
- Environmental Movement (Rachel Carlson)
- Restaurants and Bars (first publicans were women in ancient Crete)
- Kevlar (Stephanie Kwolek)
- Radiotherapy (Marie Curie)
- Windshield Wipers
- Disposable Diapers
(h/t to Alice Rodham Puma)
Please add to this list with names and links in comments.
Alice Rodham Puma also offers this excellent link: Ingenious Women by Deborah Jaffe
Also check out the National Women’s History Virtual Museum. It is a REVELATION!
And Heidi Li’s brand new effort, 51 Percent.
(and p.s. the Puma PAC Action Teams are gearing up and revving to go. So far, the ERA and Woman Lynching Teams have already made great progress. And the FECK Obama team is still the gold standard. Please check out the ERA Now! Forum and the Woman Lynching Forum to see what the teams have accomplished in only a few short days. I am updating and improving our Action Team organization all day today, so stay tuned. To join a team, please visit the Lovely ACTION Center for team descriptions and then send an email to email@example.com to get started! It’s the second day of 2009 already, what are YOU doing to change the world?)