A nurse at an ARP (Air Raid Precaution) First Aid Post, Calcutta c. 1944


Private Carrie E. Kenny, c. 1918 was a Marine Reservist who spent 26 years working for the Corps in the Inquiry and Investigation Divsion, Paymaster Department.


Private First Class Priscilla Goodrich (left) and Private Elaine Munsinger (right) break down an airplane engine in the Assembly and Repair Department at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.


Female worker cleaning the rifling of a BL 15 in gun, Coventry Ordnance Works, England, United Kingdom, 1914-1918 #WWI
Photo by Horace Nicholls


War munitions workers taking a break on a brick wall, 4 April 1917


Farmerettes of the Woman’s Land Army of America took over farm work when the men were called to wartime service, c. 1917

From 1917 to 1919, the Woman’s Land Army of America brought more than 20,000 city and town women to rural America to take over farm work after men were called to war.

Most of these women had never before worked on a farm, but they were soon plowing fields, driving tractors, planting and harvesting. The Land Army’s “farmerettes” were paid wages equal to male farm laborers and were protected by an eight-hour workday. For many, the farmerettes were shocking at first—wearing pants!—but farmers began to rely upon the women workers.

Inspired by the women of Great Britain, organized as the Land Lassies, the Woman’s Land Army of America was established by a consortium of women’s organizations—including gardening clubs, suffrage societies, women’s colleges, civic groups, and the YWCA.



Nojin, a fighter for the PYD, mans a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain.

“For us, there is no difference between women and men,” Dunya said.

Then she added: “But, women are better shooters than men. We’re more accurate.” One of the male fighters at the post was quick to agree.


"President Ronald Reagan greets CAPT. Grace Hopper as she arrives at the White House for her promotion to commodore, 12/15/1983"

Did you notice today’s Google Doodle dedicated to computing pioneer and U.S.Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper’s 107th birthday ?  Our colleagues at the National Archives at Kansas City found this photo of then-Captain Hopper during her promotion to Commodore 30 years ago in December 1983. 

(There are dozens more photos of Rear Admiral Hopper in our online catalog.)


Source: Optimystical Studios!

We keep talking about unlocking the Women In History portion of our Heroes & Inspirations line. But who are the Women in History we keep talking about?

  1. Indira Gandhi (3rd Prime Minister of India) {portrait by Molly Brewer}
  2. Wilma Mankiller (Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation) {Portrait by Alison Oxborrow} 
  3. Fatima Al-Fihri (founder of the world’s first academic degree-granting institution of higher education, which is still in operation today)
  4. Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady of the US and human rights activist) 
  5. Ida B. Wells (Journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist and an early leader in the civil rights movement) 
  6. Liliʻuokalani (Queen of Hawaii)
  7. Lydia Litvyak (Russian Ace fighter pilot) 
  8. Harriet Tubman (Abolitionist, humanitarian, Union spy, and suffragette) 
  9. Virginia Hall (WW2 spy) 
  10. Joan of Arc (Commander of the French Army during the Hundred Years’ War)

The 1st 2 pictures are the portraits we’ve already commissioned so that you can see what we’re doing with the line. The rest will be created by some of the lovely lady artists working on our Scientist line, and some new lady artists as well.

This is our $7,000 stretch goal. We’re not too far away (as I’m writing we are a hair over $1,700 from that goal). And that closeness, coupled with the impending end of our Kickstarter (Monday 11/18 at 9:16 MST) is why we are making such a push to get there, and get there quick. We want to give people a chance to swap around pledges if they want, or increase them to include the Women In History. On top of that we would really like to try and unlock the Ladies of Literature line, but we can’t even really make a push for that until we’ve hit that $7,000 mark.

If you want postcards of these women, jewelry of these women, crystal earrings or pendants inspired by these women, and you want to support amazing women artists; then PLEASE consider donating. Postcards are a $10 pledge, or if you just want a thank you, every dollar helps.

Here’s the link:

Please also consider sharing this project with your friends & family. Let’s push the word out beyond our little bubble and out into the big wide world. 


As a side note, we are doing a Stretch Bonus Surge until 6pm (MST) on 11/13/13 (Wednesday). If we can reach the $7,000 goal by that time, everyone who pledges $15 or more will get a bonus FREE piece of jewelry from one of our other collections with their reward.

So there is a perk to getting your pledges in now.

A cool jewelry studio called Optimystical Designs (optimysticals on tumblr) is doing a line of HEROES & INSPIRATIONS. They started with LADIES OF SCIENCE but are hoping to also do LADIES OF HISTORY. The deadline for fundraising is close and I thought some of your readers might be interested (since Lydia Litvyak and Virginia Hall are WWII heroes)! No links in questions, of course, and I don't want to be a bother, but I thought you'd like to know!

Well I’m interested! If  you want to submit a post about it please feel free!