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Victoria Claflin Woodhull, circa 1870
Early in 2016, there were two women running for President of the United States— Secretary Hillary Clinton, for the Democrats, and Carly Fiorina, who subsequently withdrew from the race, for the Republicans. A poll conducted for YouGov in 2015 shows that 67% of Americans believe the United States is ready to elect a female president. While the possibility of having a female president is making...
The Gerber Baby
Although many today may not know her name, her creation is household knowledge. Dorothy Hope Smith, who gave us the timeless image of the Gerber Baby, was one of the most talented illustrators of the twentieth century. Born in Maryland in 1895, Smith was the middle of three girls. In her early teens, she moved with her parents to Chicago, Ill., where she spent her formative years. Following high...
male and female disposable razors
President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act over 50 years ago, yet the gender pay gap persists. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, American women earn just $.79 for every dollar men earn. Under the law, women must be paid the same wage for the same work. The $.21 disparity comes from variables such as the number of hours worked or the fact that many higher-paying jobs continue to be dominated by...
cars connected through technology
Imagine if your car could anticipate a crash and not only warn you about it, but also change speed or direction to avoid danger. Imagine if your car could communicate with the infrastructure—so it would know when the next traffic signal is about to change and adjust its speed to maximize energy use. Imagine if while driving, your car hits a pothole and actually transmits the exact location...
The TF-X flying car will fit in a single-car garag
The flying car has long been a staple of science fiction and fantasy stories. From Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to The Jetsons to Back to the Future , flying cars represent the most fantastical vision of the future. In 2016, flying cars are not fantastical; they’re a reality. A few companies have flying cars in development, and optimistic projections have flying cars available for purchase by...
As we ease into another election year, we hear the same old song about candidates slinging mud at their opponents. Rather than positing workable solutions to social and economic problems, White House hopefuls spend their time and money cramming newspapers, magazines, and the airwaves with nasty attack ads. Politics is a dirty game; it always will be. But if you think the rhetorical barbs...
Norman Rockwell illustration
Magazine illustration is a lost art in the twenty-first century. But from the mid-1800s into the 1940s, the covers and pages of once-popular publications like Collier’s , Cosmopolitan , Harper’s Weekly , and The Saturday Evening Post featured the work of esteemed artists such as Norman Rockwell, Joseph Leyendecker, Frederic Remington, and countless others. Their compositions depicted...
Linden Ponds
Linden Ponds is home to many talented artists, from painters and sculptors to jewelry makers and poets. The Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass., even has a dedicated gallery space where residents and outside artists display their work. The resident-run Linden Ponds Artist Council organizes shows in the gallery that rotate about once a month. Over the summer, a subcommittee of the Artist...
prescription drug prices graphic
In September of 2015, the cost of Daraprim, a prescription drug used by cancer and AIDS patients, went from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill overnight. The over 5,000% price increase made headlines around the world. Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, which makes the drug, said the price hike was necessary for the company to make a profit. The company and its brash CEO quickly became...