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Such an unexpected but wonderful historical record!
 
On The Shoulders of Giants

♀ A sepia print of an Indian woman, a Japanese woman and a woman from Syria, dated 1885. What do they have in common? Extraordinarily, each was the first licensed female medical doctor in their country of origin. They were trained at the Women's Medical College in Pennsylvania, the first of its kind in the country. This was a time before women had the right to vote. If they did attend college at all, it was at the risk of contracting "neuralgia, uterine disease, hysteria, and other derangements of the nervous system” (according to Harvard gynecologist Edward H. Clarke). 

An all-woman medical school was first proposed in 1846, supported by the Quakers and the feminist movement. Dr. Ellwood Harvey, one of the early teaching faculty, daringly smuggled out a slave, Ann Maria Weems, dressed as a male buggy driver, from right outside the White House. With his reward money, he bought his students a  papier maché dissection mannequin. Eventually, poverty forced him to quit teaching, but he still helped out with odd jobs. What a magnificent man!  

Fate and fortune were to buffet Ms. Joshi's life. Married at age 9 to a man 11 years older, her husband turned out to be surprisingly progressive. After she lost her first child at age 14, she vowed to render to her "poor suffering country women the true medical aid they so sadly stand in need of and which they would rather die than accept at the hands of a male physician". She was first offered a scholarship by a missionary on condition that she converted to Christianity. When she demurred, a wealthy socialite from New Jersey stepped in and financed her education. She is believed to be the first Hindu woman to set foot on American soil. I didn't arrive until 1983 ;)

Times were tough then. The fate of these three intrepid pioneers was a sad one. Joshi died of tuberculosis in India at the age of 21, without ever practicing. Fittingly, her husband sent her ashes back to America. Islambouli was not heard of again, likely because she was never allowed to practice in her home country. Although Okami rose to the position of head of gynecology at a Tokyo hospital, she resigned two years later when the Emperor of Japan refused to meet her because she was a woman. 

Times have changed. My own mother was married at the age of 13 to a man also 11 years her senior. My father recalls helping my mother with her geography homework in high school. She never did attend college, despite being a charismatic woman with quicksilver wit and efficiency. Little wonder then, when I was accepted into graduate school in the US, unmarried and 21 years young, my parents staunchly stood behind me against the dire predictions of friends and relatives ("She'll come back with a yellow haired American!" "Haven't you read Cosmopolitan magazine? They are all perverts there!"). Happily, I escaped perversion, earned my doctoral degree and even gained a supportive spouse of my own. In 2004, I became only the 103rd woman to be promoted to Professor in the 111-year history of the Johns Hopkins medical school, and the first in my department, the oldest Physiology department in the country. If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants

#STEMwomen   #ScienceEveryday  

More reading: http://www.pri.org/stories/2013-07-15/historical-photos-circulating-depict-women-medical-pioneers
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Psssst!  Early birds tickets are now available for #LCA2014  
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Well it really has been a while since I've truly visited G+.... May since the last web login and June a few times for a quick boredom fix via the mobile.

Really dislike the mobile app... for various reasons... but I really do miss the content and the people here.  Need to squeeze more recreational hours into the day.

So just dropping by to say... MISS YOU GUYS!!!

Oh and Linux Conf Au early bird tickets are available!  *squee*  #LCA2014
linux.conf.au 2014
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This!
 
Fundraising for a Robotics kit

Most people know that I am keen to help females into Technology as much as possible. I would love to even up the numbers. I am not doing this at the expense of males in any way, and equally encourage anyone with a great interest.
My son is in the local robotics club, but due to restricted parts and budget, my daugher is unable to join. Several other females have shown interest in joining also, however due to not having enough parts, they are unable to.

The Robotics they use are the Vex ones, as these are the ones used by all other schools, and the only way we can compete with other schools, however they are a little expensive.

My goal is to raise the money for another 'Classroom and Competition Robotics Kit' plus a few other parts so they can make the best robotics they can. The cost of this kid is just  over $1200NZD plus the other parts so i have put my goal at $2000 

Whilst this is personal fund raising , all the proceeds will be going to the local high school robotics team to spend on the items

If you can help, and wish to help some females in technology, please donate something, it does not even have to be a huge amount, every little bit helps.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart

Liz

https://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/CambridgeRobotics

ps. Sorry about notifications to those whom got it , i sent it thinking you may be interested
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For my Master's degree, I worked on electric machines, and came into frequent contact (sometimes literally) with a lot of high voltage equipment. But only once did I accidentally set the lab on fire -- and it was with a little battery. Here's what happened: As I cleaned up my lab workspace one late night, I threw a nine volt battery casually into a box of junk under my workbench, which unbeknownst to me contained a piece of steel wool. Second later, I smelled smoke, and saw flames raging from said box. Fortunately, I caught it and extinguished it quickly. Here's a visual demonstration of what must have happened. Be careful out there!
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+Tim McNamara +Liz Quilty

Will be great to get over to your side of the world for #LCA2015

*crosses fingers*
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That is incredible! Will be interesting to see how much use he retains in his hand.

What a brilliant idea. Being an industrial accident I'm assuming that his arm would have sustained a great deal of damage (mashed), waiting until the tissue had recovered enough to reattach the hand is just... brilliant!

Well done China Doctors.
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This!

Perhaps part of the reason I make a bad feminist.
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+Ralph Uy That and the shrunken penis are exactly what I meant. lol
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New Hair as of the 23rd August... Starting to move away from the super dark colour I've had for the last 12 years and blending the colour out to a mid red/brown/auburn colour.

Adore my new hairdresser - Lauren at Gosh Hair Salon in Mt Waverley... She actually knows how to cut curly hair and was able to give me exactly what I asked for.

Their dyes and products are divine and lean towards more natural ingredients and plant extracts.  Can't recommend De Lorenzo products enough, my hair is so healthy and shiny and gorgeous!

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http://goshhair.com.au/ )
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