Daily Inspiration- Women in Science

My favorite morning ritual after I get to school is to grab coffee with friends, then spend a few minutes checking my favorite blogs and the new ASAP research articles on Feedly. I regularly follow about 70 different blogs and feeds, ranging from fashion to photography to science to NPR. Having this much variety at my fingertips gives me inspiration in all avenues of my life- sometimes in unexpected ways.

I’m a regular reader of Miss Moss‘s lifestyle blog because I love her aesthetic: simple, elegant, but with a punch. I have to thank her for clueing me into the Women in Science¬†photograph collection in the Smithsonian Archives.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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Ruth Colvin Starrett McGuire (1893-1950) was plant pathologist known for her work on sugar cane diseases.

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Mary Plumb Blade (1913-1994) was one of the first women to hold an engineering faculty position in the United States. She taught drawing, mathematics and design, and was an accomplished mountain climber.

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Jane Blankenship Gibson (photo c.1961) grew up spending her summers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she was mentored by her father, a physical chemist. After getting her degree, she became a spectroscopist for Lockheed Martin.

You gotta love these strong, knowledge-seeking women who chased after the unknown and weren’t afraid of a little adventure. Because isn’t that what science is all about?

I think I’ve found my inspiration… time to get to work!