Women from outside STEM are still capable of greatness and I thought it would be nice to have a place to highlight their awesomeness.
Gertrude of Arabia: the great adventurer may finally get her museum
The article focuses on her family home, as funding efforts are being made to restore it and turn it into a museum about Gertrude, but there’s tantalising biographical information provided that makes me want to learn more about her,
Aged just 20, she was the first woman to achieve a first in history at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. By her early 30s, she had mastered Farsi well enough to produce a translation of the Divan of Hafiz that is still admired in present-day Iran. She then became so successful a mountaineer that a peak in the Swiss Alps is named after her. And she was one of the first archaeologists – and certainly the first woman - to examine the Byzantine remains of Anatolian Turkey.
Yet those are her mere add-on accomplishments. For today, Gertrude is mainly remembered as the woman who explored much of the Middle East, taking some of the earliest photographs of the monuments now being destroyed by Isis. The knowledge she acquired became invaluable to the British government during the first world war.
And a couple of women that I’ve already highlighted in “Useful and Interesting Links”,
Eleanor Rathbone, the woman who campaigned for child benefit, and for it to be paid directly to mothers.
The amazing life of Margaret Sanger, “Our Lady of Birth Control”: “I was intrigued that such a great do-gooder was also quite a bad girl in private”
A really interesting interview with a graphic novelist on the life of Margaret Sanger, that manages to dispel a few myths about her, particularly regarding the whole eugenics issue.