Rosie Hackett – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

On appearance, Rosanna “Rosie” Hackett looks like a sweet little old Irish woman but by all accounts, she was a furious unionist and influential member of the labour scene. I first found out about her whilst working in Glasnevin Cemetery where she is buried, the genealogist at the museum angrily showed me her death certificate … Continue reading Rosie Hackett – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

The Penis Envy Blues: Karen Horney and the Birth of Feminine Psychology – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

If you’ve heard of Dr. Karen Horney, I’m guessing that you have taken an introductory psychology course. (At least that’s where I heard of her, and now that I teach psychology courses my students tell me they have never heard of her before.) Like me (and my students), you might have learned that she was … Continue reading The Penis Envy Blues: Karen Horney and the Birth of Feminine Psychology – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

Arabella Babb Mansfield – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

Arabella “Belle” Babb Mansfield (May 23, 1849-August 1, 1911) – is best known for being the first woman in the United States to pass the bar examination and the nation’s first female attorney. At the time she sat for the bar, Iowa law required applicants for bar admission to be white, male, and over the … Continue reading Arabella Babb Mansfield – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

Susan La Fiesche – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

Born June 17, 1865, Susan La Flesche Picotte ignored what was expected of a Victorian Native American woman, to become the first female Native American doctor. Historyreaders.com tell us Susan was the daughter of bi-racial parents, who each had white fathers and Native mothers. Her father, Joseph La Flesche, also called Iron Eye, was chief … Continue reading Susan La Fiesche – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002) – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

Most people who have heard of 'Pippi Longstocking' - a red-haired, freckled, fiercely independent and anti-authoritarian girl - might also be familiar with the name of her creator: the children's book author Astrid Lindgren. As long as I can remember I thought of Astrid Lindgren as a kind and gentle looking, elderly lady. I never … Continue reading Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002) – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

Adelina Myers – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land

Adelina Myers, a 12 or perhaps 13 year-old girl born in Virginia of immigrant German-American parents, was killed in an explosion while working her shift at the ammunition factory, the city’s worst wartime accident during the American Civil War, on Friday the 13th, March 1863. Among the victims were girls even younger than Adelina. Blame … Continue reading Adelina Myers – Tales from Wo-Fan’s Land