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July 2013 Blog Archive

Remembering Helen Thomas, A Genuine Trailblazer

In Memory of Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas was a true MAKER and a genuine trailblazer. As a resolute voice for gender equality, Helen’s strength of character made her a force to be reckoned with, inspiring generations of women like me to continue our work of breaking down the barriers that have stood in our way.

As the first woman to break into the White House press corps, Helen covered ten Presidents and countless diplomats.  But in Helen’s story, with all its twists and turns, there’s one player that sticks out in my mind: her father. 

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Women Who Ruled: Influential British Female Monarchs (Photo Gallery)

Women Who Ruled: Influential British Female Monarchs (Photo Gallery)

Throughout British history, female monarchs have been few and far between.  This may change with The Succession to the Crown Act 2013, a bill that ends the old law placing males ahead of females in the line of succession to the British throne, regardless of birthdate.  Whatever the future may hold, we would love to take a moment to learn from the stories of the queens of Britain.  

Click through the gallery above to learn about the female monarchs who have shaped Britain's past, present and future. 

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Categories: MAKERS

Which Groundbreaking Woman Said This?

Which Groundbreaking Woman Said This?

MAKERS is testing your knowledge of women's history! Do you know which incredible, groundbreaking woman said each of these memorable quotes?

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Categories: Women's History, MAKERS

Jane Austen to Grace the Ten Pound Note!

Jane Austen Ten Pound Bank Note

In exciting news, the Bank of England has provided a computer generated mock of what the new design on the 10-pound note will be: Jane Austen! 

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Categories: In the News

Good News, Bad News for FDNY Women?

Brenda Berkman FDNY

Information about women firefighters in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) invariably has a kind of “good news, bad news” quality to it.  In 1982, 40 women became the first women to be hired as FDNY firefighters after the FDNY hiring procedures were found by a court to be not job-related.  Subsequently, most of those women were subjected to repeated acts of sexual harassment and discrimination including death threats, tampering with protective gear, sexual assault and more.

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Categories: In the News, MAKERS

Congratulations to the Royal Family!

Kate and William

Congratulations to the Royal Family on their new baby boy, Prince of Cambridge!

Perched on the edges of our seats, we have been waiting to hear whether Kate would give birth to a baby boy or girl (let’s be honest, we secretly hoped it would be a girl!). As we waited and wondered, we realized the significance of Kate and Will’s first born child: he or she would become the first British heir to the Crown who may ascend to the throne regardless of gender.

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Categories: In the News

Women Who Ruled: Historic Female Leaders from Around the World (Photo Gallery)

Women Who Ruled: Historic Female Leaders from Around the World (Photo Gallery)

While more and more women are moving to leadership positions around the globe, the role of women in power remains too rare a thing--in the United States of America we have yet to see a female American president!

Although today's progress might seem a bit slow, women have led peoples, states, and countries througout history. And just like their male counterparts, they have left their mark as leaders. 

Click through the gallery above to learn about the female leaders who have shaped history.

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Categories: Women in Politics

Congrats to ESPY Nominated Snowboarder and Upcoming MAKER Kelly Clark!

Congrats to ESPY Nominated Snowboarder and Upcoming MAKER Kelly Clark!

We would like to give a big celebratory shout out to upcoming MAKER, snowboarder Kelly Clark on her 2013 ESPY nomination for Best Female Action Sports Athlete!

Clark is a two-time Olympic medalist who brought home the gold in 2002 and bronze in 2010. Among her peers she's considered to be a trailblazer, always pushing her own limits and setting new records. We hope to see Clark at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the awesome new innovation she brings to her sport.

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Categories: MAKERS, In the News

Win the Newest Novel in the Soccer Sisters Series!

Tweet to Win Soccer Sisters Vee Caught OffSide

We are so excited that Andrea Montalbano's new book in the tween Soccer Sisters series is hot off the press! This new book highlights the importance of providing young girls with stories to which they can relate, and learn from in the years ahead of them and in their everyday lives.

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On This Day 1999: Where Were You When Mia Hamm Led Team to World Cup Victory?

On This Day 1999: Where Were You When Mia Hamm Led Team to World Cup Victory?

Even as the world saw her as best all-around women's soccer player, Mia Hamm doubted herself when her coach told her she was to take a penalty shot that could possibly break the tie between the U.S. and China in the shootout of the final 1999 World Cup match. With more than 99,000 captivated fans filling the Rose Bowl on July 10th, 1999, Hamm connected with the ball on her penalty kick, and along with her incredible teammates including Brandi Chastain, helped lead the U.S. National Women's team to victory.

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Tags: Soccer, Mia Hamm