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Women’s History Wednesday: Pseudonymous Psisters March 30, 2011

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For this week’s Women’s History Wednesday, I am highlighting two lady writers from the 20s through the 40s who published under male pseudonyms.

To work in science fiction, fantasy and pulp, it was considered wise to use a male or androgynous name due to the target audience being pubescent males. In short the theory was (and somewhat remains) that boys won’t buy girl-books, but girls will buy boy-books, so it was more economically sound to put out male authors. Plus more boys buy books, so let’s go after that audience. Little mind that maybe more girls would have bought sci-fi / fantasy / pulp books had their been anything geared towards them.

Gertrude Barrows Bennett was the influential and well-regarded author of speculative and science fiction under the name “Francis Stevens.” She either invented, or popularized, depending on who you ask, the sub-genre of “dark fantasy.” (more…)

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Women’s History Wednesday: Radiant Ladies of Science March 23, 2011

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For this edition of Women’s History Wednesday please stand back – I am going to try SCIENCE!

With all the talk in the news about radiation threats and nuclear disaster, I thought it would be nice to remember the ladies who contributed to our understanding of radiation. Most people have heard of Marie Curie, but do they remember her actual contributions? Let’s take a little moment.

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Women’s History Wednesday: Shirley Chisholm, Remarkable Lady March 16, 2011

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So when Syd started this wonderful little blog, I asked myself what I could contribute. Because you guys really, I am pretty dumb. I don’t know a lot. I don’t know statistics, I haven’t researched personal stories.

I constantly find myself coming across stories or information, usually just as an aside, in an “and of course everyone knows about [thing Spork has never heard of before right now],” kind of way. So I bet a lot of this will be familiar to a lot of folks but maybe they’ll be one or two people for whom this is new information, and if you already knew it well a little reminder isn’t so bad, is it? Because I will pick awesome ladies to profile, ones who showed us just what a lady can do if she sets her mind to it.

So first up: Shirley Chisholm, one of the most remarkable ladies ever!

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