Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg!

I guess I dropped out of my blog recently, while trying to decide whether to  keep it up.  But it is Women’s Month and I am watching  a CD of RBG so I am inspired to salute two women I admire.

“I ask no favor for my sex, all I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”

Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg! (born March 15, 1933 ) And wishing you many more!


RBG is a fascinating biopic exploring Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s exceptional life and career. Her early legal battles changed the world for women; she also took on a case for a single parent father and won “widow’s rights” for him. This from a tiny, soft-spoken women who somehow made her voice heard and became a justice on the Supreme Court. Here is the official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biIRlcQqmOc

Professor & lawyer RBG, 1977 by L Gilbert

Rosalind Franklin

 Like many women scientists of the time, Franklin was robbed of recognition throughout her career. Her story is a web of sexism and rivalry.

Since I first heard about Rosalind Franklin I’ve been mad that she did not get the credit she deserved when Watson and Crick published their findings on DNA.  She was the person who “photographed” the double helix structure of DNA by x-ray crystallography.  A colleague, Maurice Wilkins, showed Watson and Crick her x-ray without consulting her. They could not have built their model without her x-ray – yet shamefully they did not acknowledge her work. In 1958 at age 37, Rosalind Franklin died of cancer probably due to her research with radiation. Maurice Wilkins was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962 along with the two men.

Franklin’s x-ray showing the double helix

There was a PSB special on Rosalind Franklin last year, but I wonder how many people have even heard of her. For more information on her life and other scientific contributions go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalind_Franklin

This is a short tribute to these courageous pioneers in their fields, but I encourage you to delve deeper – the details are fascinating.

Who do you admire? Who are your heros?