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Since 2009, Ada Lovelace Day has aimed “to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire.”  The day’s namesake, Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), was the daughter of Lord Byron and Anne Isabella Milbanke.  Ada, in possession of a keen intellect and deep passion for machinery, was educated in mathematics at the insistence of her mother. Later in life, Ada studied the workings of the Analytical Engine developed by mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage. In her notes on the engine, Ada described an algorithm for computing numbers – an algorithm which would distinguish Ada as one of the world’s “first computer programmers.”  

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, we present some images from the CHF Archives of women working in various chemistry labs. Click on each photo for additional information.

And for more women in science content, consider taking a look at the films in The Catalyst Series: Women in Chemistry by the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!


I have re-fallen in love with PBS, mainly because their online selection of videos is so frickin’ BAMF.

Thought my followers would enjoy this little FULL EPISODE about racism, archaeology, and the fact that YES, THERE WERE BLACK RULERS OF EGYPT AND BLACK PEOPLE IN EGYPT AND GUESS WHAT, THEY KICKED ASS.



The Walking Debt


The Walking Debt

People always make Juliet out to be dumb in Romeo and Juliet, but I think she at least had some sense where Romeo didn't have much of any
Romeo: I was thinking about this chick earlier who I said I was in love with but now I love that girl over there that is very likely to either belong to my family's enemy or be close with my family's enemy as it is their party I am crashing
Juliet: I do not like being so young and forced into a relationship with an older man, but oh there's a cute guy more my age over there. And since he's here he must have been invited and is there for a reasonable love match for myself
Romeo: We should kiss right now at this party
Juliet: No that is a super dumb idea
Romeo: *kisses her anyway*
Juliet: That was dumb of you
Romeo: We should get married right now
Juliet: We don't know each other. Shouldn't we wait until at least a little time has passed?
Romeo: Like tomorrow?
Juliet: Sure, fine.
Juliet: We're married now, so we have to try and make things better between our families.
Romeo: Right.
Romeo: It seems I have killed your cousin and am now exiled.
Juliet: Ok so since Romeo fucked up I'm gonna fix this shit by taking a harmless sleeping liquid. He'll come and get me and we can go away together.
Romeo: *immediately kills himself*
Juliet: For fucks sake.


The art of lying when people are looking right at you


That feeling you get during a dry spell on Tumblr, save for that one sole spike in likes and reblogs.



The second worst burn that Two Face has ever felt.

the comment perfected this post



The second worst burn that Two Face has ever felt.

the comment perfected this post




Video-inspiration for aspiring women in physics!

If you’re a girl or a woman starting out in physics, watch this video! Now! Do not delay!

When I first started out in physics, as a junior in high school taking AP physics, I was starving for female role models. I remember poking through my textbook in my free time (because yes, I was a nerd) and coming upon pictures like this one:

How amazing, that in one place at one time there were so many incredibly influential and brilliant physicists. Einstein, Heisenberg, Pauli, Schrodinger, Dirac, Planck, the list goes on and on! But only one woman, Marie Curie.

And that made me profoundly sad!

I know from personal experience, in a male-dominated field, it helps so much to have other women to inspire you, to tell you that you can do this, to reassure you that it’s okay if physics is hard, and that you don’t have to be a genius to be a good physicist. 

So. Young women, if you’re out there, and you’re considering physics, but you’re struggling, or you love it but you’re not sure it’s for you, watch this video! Soak in the wisdom.

Watch this!  One of labmates is in it.

Late night feels! This is an absolute must watch for everyone, but especially young women. I love how obvious and tangible the passion is in this video.