Day: March 6, 2017

Remember the Ladies: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Educated at home, Elizabeth apparently had read passages from Paradise Lost and a number of Shakespearean plays, among other great works, before the age of ten. By her twelfth year, she had written her first “epic” poem, which consisted of four books of rhyming couplets. Two years later, Elizabeth developed a lung ailment that plagued her for the rest of her life. Doctors began treating her with morphine, which she would take until her death. While saddling a pony when she was fifteen, Elizabeth also suffered a spinal injury. Despite her ailments, her education continued to flourish.

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Remember the Ladies: Madge Adam

In 1935, Madge Adam became the first of a long line of postgraduate research students in solar physics at the University of Oxford Observatory. The new director of the observatory, Professor HH Plaskett, was about to establish solar physics as its chief research object, and the Sun was Adam’s particular interest. Having just found herself in possession of a first, she heard that Plaskett was asking for research students. “So I knocked on his door and said, ‘How about me?’.”

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Remember the Ladies: Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova

Before her recruitment as a cosmonaut, Tereshkova was a textile factory assembly worker and an amateur skydiver. After the dissolution of the first group of female cosmonauts in 1969, she became a prominent member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, holding various political offices. She remained politically active following the collapse of the Soviet Union and is still referred as a heroine in post-Soviet Russia.

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