An Original “Rosie the Riveter” Takes to the Sky

After 68 yrs of “riveting” and receiving the 2017 Air Force Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award,  Elinor Otto flew in a C-17 she helped build on Monday, 18 Dec 2017.  Ms. Otto joined the aerospace industry in 1942 as a single mother, when Rosie the Riveter signs inspired her and she worked until 2014, at theContinue reading “An Original “Rosie the Riveter” Takes to the Sky”

Another Nature vs Nurture Discussion

  It has been my contention that women are capable of similar strengths as men with training, repetition and need.  Recent discoveries in archeology, like this one, are proving that modern skeletons for both men and women are skinnier than they have been in some prehistoric societies.  As science draws focus on ancient women apartContinue reading “Another Nature vs Nurture Discussion”

Why the Milieux Project?

It might not be transparent, so I’d like to write a little on the Milieux Project and our “why”.  To be sure, we are still defining it, but we definitely started with a desire to change how our culture thinks about flying and who can do it.  But it has become more than this.  IContinue reading “Why the Milieux Project?”

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”

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…