Women Pirates – Choosing a Life of Crime

Did you know that there women pirates have existed throughout history?  In the 1700 and 1800s, quite a few women were in the criminal seafaring business, including the infamous Anne Bonney and Mary Read.  Even though many of them had to dress as men to slip on to the ships, those that were acknowledged asContinue reading “Women Pirates – Choosing a Life of Crime”

Happy Birthday to Ms. Jerrie Mock- First Woman to fly solo around the world

Have you ever dreamt of doing something radical- like fly around the world alone?  Well that’s exactly what Ms. Jeraldine “Jerrie” Mock did in 1964 in her Cessna 180. Read her story here.  Thank you for inspiring us back then Jerrie and continuing to inspire us today. And even though you are passed and yourContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Ms. Jerrie Mock- First Woman to fly solo around the world”

Today in History: Rani of Jhansi, Rebel Queen

Born on 19 November, 1835 to a Brahmin Maratha family, Manikarnika lived a very unique and adventurous life.  Her father Moropant Tabme was a court advisor, and her mother, Bhagirathi, was a woman of education. Her mother passed when she was very young and her father raised her in unconventional ways by encouraging her to ride elephantsContinue reading “Today in History: Rani of Jhansi, Rebel Queen”

Today in History – Nellie Bly and her trip around the world in less than 80 days

A great piece published in 2014 about a forward thinking journalist in 1888 named Nellie Bly- the first woman to complete a trip around the world in just over 72 days.  I love her spirit when faced with adversity: “It is impossible for you to do it,” [her editor] told her. “You are a womanContinue reading “Today in History – Nellie Bly and her trip around the world in less than 80 days”

Thank you, Veterans.

  Thank you.  All of you.  Women have been serving in support of our nation since before we were even a nation.  Our service can be traced back to 1775 during the Revolutionary War and we were finally recognized as Veteran’s in the 1970s.  In 1976, women were finally admitted into the U.S. Service AcademiesContinue reading “Thank you, Veterans.”

Fighting Terror with Terror- The Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ)

Have you heard of the Kurdish Women’s Protection Unit? In Iraq and Syria – where humanity is fighting for survival – a small force of women has organized into an army.  Women who have had enough of being beaten, tortured, raped, enslaved, and victimized have organized in the Levant region against the Islamic States inContinue reading “Fighting Terror with Terror- The Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ)”

The Life and Bizarre Death of “Necro-Entrepreneur” Locusta, the World’s First Known Serial Killer

Originally posted on Dirty, Sexy History:
The Love Potion. Evelyn de Morgan, 1903. Little is known about the world’s first serial killer, which is perhaps why accounts of Locusta’s death are . . . eccentric? Here’s what we do know: Locusta hailed from Gaul, the outer province of Ancient Rome now known as France. Trained…

Mary Katharine Goddard and the Declaration of Independence

Since today is election day, I thought it was only fit to reflect on our founding fathers and the incredible design they imagined for our democracy.  It all started with our Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1776, signed by 34 (of 56) delegates of these United States on parchment paper.  It was a momentousContinue reading “Mary Katharine Goddard and the Declaration of Independence”

Failure also brings a lesson

The original quote is “Tragedy also brings a gift.”  Army MSgt Cedric King is a warrior and an inspiration.  Not only in his military accomplishments, but also in his knowledge that tragedy and failure can be a gift.  He was gravely wounded in combat, ultimately losing both of his legs and suffering damage to hisContinue reading “Failure also brings a lesson”