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Women Who Rock: Gilda Radner

March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.

GILDA RADNER (1946-1989)

She strides across the stage trailing that impossible cloud of wild curly hair behind her. She stops, smiles sweetly, and sings, “Let’s talk dirty to the animals.” Or she’s Rosanne Rosanna Dana reading a viewer’s question: “I have a question about breastfeeding. Do I have to keep my breast in the refrigerator between feedings?” As Baba Wawa might say, Gilda Radner was a “wiving wegend,” adding just enough absurdity to the most mundane situations to make her a star on “Saturday Night Live,” and to fill concert halls.

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Women Who Rock: Grace Hopper

March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.

GRACE HOPPER (1906-1992)
Born on Dec. 9, 1906 in New York City, computer scientist Grace Hopper led an extraordinary life. She earned a doctorate in mathematics from Yale in 1934 at a time when it was rare for women to earn such degrees. Hopper then became a professor at Vassar college where she remained until 1943, when she joined the U.S. Navy reserves. Having a passion for both math and computers, Hopper joined Harvard’s Computation Laboratory as a research engineer in 1946. She became only the third person to work on Harvard’s Mark I computer, the first automatic digital computer in America. (The military used the Mark I until 1959 for ballistics calculations.) It was during this time that she coined the term computer “bug,” after a moth caused a giant malfunction in the Mark I’s operation. Keep reading »

Women Who Rock: Patsy Cline

March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.

PATSY CLINE (1932-1963)

It is visceral; we have to stop and listen every time a Patsy Cline song comes on the radio. That smoky, silky, sultry voice pulls you in and makes you live the lyrics that she sings.

She was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on Sept. 8, 1932, in Winchester, Va., to Sam and Hilda Hensley. Though she had an unhappy childhood, the home appeared happy to others. Patsy was the “poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks.” Sadly, her father abandoned the family when Patsy was 15. Hilda supported the family with her sewing, becoming a master seamstress and making most of Patsy’s “cowgirl” costumes over the years. But Patsy ended up challenging the fashion of country music by ditching the gingham and cowgirl look for cocktail dresses and sequins. Keep reading »

Women Who Rock: Benazir Bhutto

March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.

BENAZIR BHUTTO (1953-2007)

Benazir Bhutto was born on June 21, 1953 in Karachi, Pakistan. Her parents were well known politicians — her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was a former prime minister. Bhutto was educated at Harvard and Oxford, studying government and law. She was the first woman to lead Pakistan as a prime minister, serving two terms as leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party. She was only 35 when she was elected to her first term, breaking barriers not only as a woman, but also as being the first woman to lead a Muslim-dominated country. Keep reading »

Women Who Rock: Rachel Carson

March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.

RACHEL CARSON (1907-1964)

Rachel Carson was quite a woman. She pioneered the position that humans are a part of nature and that their quality of life is impacted by ecology. Even when faced with criticism by the government and chemical companies for her “radical” point of view, she continued to educate the world about the frail beauty of nature. Born in the town of Springdale, PA, on May 27, 1907, her love of nature and biology was cultivated by her mother, who encouraged her to marvel at their wonders. This love for nature was further developed throughout Carson’s education at the Pennsylvania College for Women, where she earned her undergraduate degree, and at Johns Hopkins University, where she earned her zoology master’s degree in 1932.
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Women Who Rock: Julia Child

March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.

JULIA CHILD (1912-2004)

Was there more to America’s first celebrity chef than what we read and saw? Most definitely. Julia Child had a past that most wouldn’t believe, and a number of accomplishments that chefs around the world would envy.

She was born Julia McWilliams on Aug. 15, 1912. After a childhood spent attending Katharine Branson School for Girls, Julia attended Smith College in Massachusetts. Instead of marrying and settling down, she volunteered at the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to today’s CIA. While her title was research assistant, she was actually a spy during World War II. It was during this time that she met Paul Child, her future husband.
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