We know that girls can do math, and be very good at it. But a new study published this week in PNAS shows that some girls in elementary school aren't learning just how to add one plus one—they are learning that girls should be scared of those numbers. Just like their teachers.University of Chicago ...
January 26, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
Dozens of talented women preceded Amelia Earhart, and thousands have followed, and each has her own groundbreaking story to tell
October 22, 2009 | By Patricia Trenner
I hadn’t intended on writing about my Saturday excursion to the theater, even though the play, Legacy of Light, was about two female scientists; the play’s run ended on Sunday. However, I’m so disappointed, and I have to tell you why.The play follows two women: French mathematician and physicist Ém...
June 16, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
In 1909, 22-year-old Alice Ramsey made history as the first woman to drive across the United States
June 05, 2009 | By Marina Koestler Ruben
In 2005, when then-president of Harvard (and current Obama advisor) Larry Summers posited that biological differences might be one reason why women have not been as successful as men in math and science careers, he was only the latest man to make that suggestion. Back in 1887, George Romanes declar...
June 04, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
During WWI, the Woman’s Land Army of America mobilized women into sustaining American farms and building national pride
May 29, 2009 | By Elaine F. Weiss
Tuesday on the Freakonomics blog, Stephen Dubner posed the following question from a reader:I am an economics teacher from Alaska. I can personally list my top 10 favorite actors, top 10 favorite living writers, top 10 favorite rock groups, and even my top 10 living economists and top 10 entreprene...
April 02, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
Though underrepresented in some fields, female scientists are no longer rare. That wasn’t the case for a very long time. Usually when you see historical photos of scientists, there will be only a woman or two among them. The Smithsonian Institution Archives, though, has put together a collection of...
March 24, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
Author Elaine Showalter discusses the lasting influence of Harriet Beecher Stowe and why Gertrude Stein is overrated
March 06, 2009 | By Chloë Schama
The concubine who became China’s last empress
March 01, 2008 | By Amanda Bensen
Explore some of the most significant achievements made by women in the past century
March 01, 2008 | By Candice Lo
SLIDESHOW: A photographic essay of how women won the vote
March 01, 2007 | By Whitney Dangerfield
A new series of commemorative coins honors presidential spouses whose achievements have long been overlooked
February 01, 2007 | By Amy Crawford
A generation later, the first female astronaut is still on a mission
November 2005 | By K.C. Cole
In 1848 when it came time to declare the rights of women, this tilt-top table provided solid support
October 1998 | By Valerie Jablow