Women’s History Category Archives

Month of Macabre: The “From Hell” Letter

On October 15, 1888, George Lusk (then the head of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee) received a letter in the mail. It was delivered with half of a human kidney. The letter read: From hell Mr Lusk Sor I send you half the Kidne I took from one women prasarved it for you tother pirce I fried and ate it was very nise I may send …

Month of Macabre: A Timeline of the Salem Witch Trials

October 12th marks the 323rd anniversary of the end of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. Salem, Massachusetts is famous for the witch trials and the city currently draws in tourists who come to experience the macabre location first-hand. Witch hunts are mentioned in law texts from ancient Egypt but became common practice in Europe between 1450 and 1750. As many as 100,000 people were executed for …

Mark your calendars! October 13th is Ada Lovelace Day

This year marks the seventh annual Ada Lovelace Day which celebrates women who work within STEM fields. You can learn more about the history of the event here. Ada Lovelace (Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, that is) is known as the world’s first computer programmer. The daughter of Lord Byron (yes, the Lord Byron), Ada was interested in math and science from a very young age. She and …

Review: The Girls of Murder City: Lame, Lust and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry I’m a CHICAGO musical fan and generally enjoy stories about lady criminals, so this was a must-read for me. I really enjoyed it. The Girls of Murder City tells the story of, mainly, three women: playwright and reporter Maureen Watkins and two glamorous murderesses, Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan. Watkins …

Marie Antoinette’s Scandalous Portrait

During Marie Antoinette’s life, she went through a few phases, as we all do as we grow up. As an adult, Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, took a liking to what she thought of as a simpler lifestyle. She began dressing in simpler gowns and her hairstyles became more tame and less… towering. In 1783, she had the architect Richard Mique build a country retreat for her, known …