March 22nd – News Wrap Up

Top Stories from Today —

UK Parliament attacker shot; panic on Westminster Bridge (NYT)

US joins first air assault ‘behind enemy lines’ against ISIS in Syria (CNN) 

Pharmacist found guilty of fraud in deadly US meningitis outbreak (Reuters)

Congress rolls back Obama-era rule on hunting bears and wolves in Alaska (NPR)

Supreme Court rules in favor of Special Education student (NPR)

A university says it shouldn’t have to pay money to campus rape victims *tw* (BuzzFeed News) 


Hedy Lemarr – Inventor of Wi-Fi 

An actress who performed along the greats like Judy Garland and Clark Gable in the Golden Age of Hollywood was so much more than a movie star. 

It was Hedy’s idea for a secret communication system, specifically to guide torpedoes using “frequency hopping” during WWII.

Her invention is used for Wi-Fi, GPS, and most military communication.

She signed her patent over to the Navy who shelved the idea and told her to make money for the war instead of ‘silly inventing’. She never made a dime or got the credit she deserved.


March 21st – News Wrap Up

Top Stories from Today —

UK and US ban electronic devices on flights from Muslim-majority countries. (WA Post) 

Contagious measle patients visited public Seattle areas. ( 

Ivanka’s move into the White House raises questions​ about ethics. (NPR)

Women don “The Handmaid’s Tale” robes to protest Texas abortion bills. (AV Club)

Chicago police investigating Livestream gang rape of teen girl. *tw* (NPR) 

North Korea missile explodes seconds after launch. (WA Post) 

Ladies who invented your favorite genre

Do you love stories about masked heroes who fight for the poor? Science experiments gone awry? Utopian societies? Rogue space adventurers? 

You have these women to thank.

Margaret Lucas Cavendish – 1660s

Utopian Sci-Fi

The eccentric Duchess of New Castle aka “Mad Madge” published her works under her name at a time where female writers remained anonymous. Her novella “The Blazing World” was the first science fiction novel, and represents a pioneering female scientific Utopia. 

Learn more here.

Mary Shelly 
Sci-Fi Horror 

She published “Frankenstein, or the Post Modern Prometheus” at age 21 in 1818. Her other famous works include “Valperga” and “The Last Man.”

Learn more here.

Emma Orczy 1890s

Costumed Vigilante 

When she was three, her family held a big party where everyone was in costume. Afterwards, she was hurriedly tucked into bed. Outside she could see red; the barn, the stables and the crops were burned in protest.

She considered this her “spiritual birthplace.” She would later use this moment for themes in her work: poor rebelling against​ the rich, and the mystery of the mask.

She wrote “The Scarlett Pimpernel” in five weeks. It was published first as a play, then a novel. It went on to be adapted for movies and Broadway, and even referenced in cartoons.

Learn more here.

Catherine Lucille Moore – 1930s

Space Western

C.L. Moore’s work started showing up in pulp magazines including two significant series in “Weird Tales.” One was about a rogue and adventurer Northwest Smith wandering throughout space, the other was about the warrior Jirel of Joiry, one of the first female protagonists in “sword and sorcery” fiction.

Her work also appeared in “Astounding Science Fiction” magazine. These include: “Judgement Night,” “The Code,”Promised Land,” “Heir Apparent,” and “Paradise Street.” 

In 1981, she received the “World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement” and the”Gandalf Grand Master Award” at the World Science Fiction Convention. 

Learn more here.

March 20th – News Wrap Up

Top Stories from Today —

Highlights from the House hearing on Russian interference in US Election (NYT) 

Neil Gorsuch nomination hearing for Supreme Court Justice (NYT) 

Republicans announce changes to their healthcare bill (WA Post)

Studies shed light on opioid exposure among US children and teens (Fox News)

WA state trying to find source of diesel spill on Columbia River (

Uber president resigns amid scandals (

Ketamine for depression treatment? (NPR) 

Juliette “Daisy” Low – Founder of the Girl Scouts

“I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”
– Juliette Low at the first Girl Scout meeting

At a time where women didn’t even have the right to vote, a nearly deaf woman created an outdoor and educational program for young girls that emphasized three core values: Courage, Confidence, and Character.

105 years ago, Juliette Low and a group of 18 girls started the Girl Scout movement in Savannah, Georgia. Unusual for the time, Juliette ensured that all girls, no matter their class, race, culture, or ability, could learn and develop their leadership skills.

Today there are over 3 million Girl Scouts and 53 million alumnae.

Learn more here.

Just some of Juliette’s Accomplishments…

1944: She had a Liberty ship named after her, the SS Juliette Low.

1948: She got her face on a 3 cent stamp.

1954: An elementary school is named after her in Savannah, GA.

1979: She is inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.

2005: She is memorialized in the “Point of Light” monument in Washington DC.

2012: President Obama  posthumously awards her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award.




March 16th – News Wrap Up

Today’s Top Stories —

Trump’s budget proposal takes a gamble. (NYT)

Seattle Mayor Murray defends soda tax proposal. (

Great Barrier Reef suffering from ‘unprecedented’ damage. (CNN)

An ex-Vanderbilt football player videotaped his teammates raping his girlfriend. *tw* (teen Vogue)

Trump adviser Flynn paid by Russia-related entities. (WA Post)

Millions need food in South Sudan’s famine. (CBS News)