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.



Wendy the Welder(s): WWII Battleship Builders 

Move over Rosie!

These white women worked in the Kaiser shipyards in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR, and they managed to crank out a Liberty ship almost every week.

They wore heavy denim, leather coveralls, and steel toed shoes from the men’s department.

Welders faced opposition from unions, husbands, and even the shipyard newspaper. But soon, people found them capable and competent, and gained support.

After the war, they were laid off so servicemen could return to their jobs, and so they could return back to the home.



March 9th – News Wrap Up

U.S. troops on the ground in Syria. (NYT)

South Korea removes president. (NYT)

WA state Attorney General challenges new Trump ban. (atg.wa.gov)

Tillerson recuses himself from Keystone XL pipeline review.(Bloomberg)

Texas Senate to decide on ‘wrongful birth’ bill. (CNN) 

EPA environmental justice head resigns. (PBS News Hour)