Forgotten and Overshadowed Women Of History.
Who Run The World?
Written by Lauren 12/03/22
Happy Women's History Month! As Bee Clean Soaps is a proudly women-owned and run company, we thought it vital to celebrate.
Let's use this month's blog to highlight some amazing women that often get overshadowed by their male counterparts.
1. Ada Lovelace - The First Computer Programmer
Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer and is best known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.
Lovelace was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and to have published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is often regarded as the first computer programmer.
Her educational and social exploits brought her into contact with scientists such as Andrew Crosse, Charles Babbage, Sir David Brewster, Charles Wheatstone, Michael Faraday and the author Charles Dickens, contacts which she used to further her education. Ada described her approach as "poetical science" and herself as an "Analyst (& Metaphysician)".
2. Mary Shelley - The Mother Of Science Fiction
Marry Shelly was an English novelist who wrote the Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), which is considered an early example of science fiction.
She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley and was the daughter of philosopher and feminist activist Mary Wollstonecraft and political philosopher William Godwin.
In 1816, the couple and Mary's stepsister famously spent a summer with Lord Byron and John William Polidori near Geneva, Switzerland, where Shelley conceived the idea for her novel Frankenstein. The Shelleys left Britain in 1818 for Italy, where their second and third children died before Shelley gave birth to her last and only surviving child. In 1823, Shelley returned to England and from then on devoted herself to the upbringing of her son and a career as a professional author.
3. Henrietta Lacks - HeLa Cell Line
Henrietta Lacks (born Loretta Pleasant) was an African-American woman whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalised human cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. An immortalised cell line reproduces indefinitely under specific conditions, and the HeLa cell line continues to be a source of invaluable medical data to the present day.
Lacks was the unwitting source of these cells from a tumour biopsied during treatment for cervical cancer in 1951. These cells were then cultured by George Otto Gey, who created the cell line known as HeLa. As was then the practice, no consent was required to culture the cells obtained from Lacks's treatment. On October 13, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) presented the Director-General Award to Lawrence Lacks, the son of Henrietta Lacks, in recognition of her unknowing contribution to science and medicine.
"I cannot think of any other single cell line or lab reagent that's been used to this extent and has resulted in so many advances."
Soumya Swaminathan, a chief scientist at the WHO.
These three amazing women who changed the world without even realising it at the time will have impacted everyone's life at some point or another. This is why it is so important to recognise and remember not only these women but the many many more that could have been on this list. A quick Google search is all it takes!
New Products For Women's History Month!
Raising Pounds For Pads - Bloody Good Period
We are celebrating with a partnership with the charity Bloody Good Period which makes sure women here in the UK always have access the clean sanitary products no matter what. We made this decision before the crisis in Ukraine, and in hindsight, we are so glad we did.
Two million refugees have fled from Ukraine alone and if we look globally:
"Female refugees did not have access to underwear and more had no access to sanitary products when they had their period. The study found that half of the women surveyed suffered from untreated urinary tract infections (UTIs) as a result."
- Lauren Hampson, 2022 for The Independent.