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Kathe Kollwitz, Activist through Art

Kathe Kollwitz, Activist through Art

Kathë Kollwitz, 1867-1945 Kathë Kollowitz (say the W like a V), is known for her prints that protest a social situation from her times, or show the profound grief of a parent whose child has died. Print Making to Make a Statement Print making was a choice that she...

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Mary Cassatt, American Impressionist

Mary Cassatt, American Impressionist

Mary Cassatt, American Impressionist, 1844-1926 Mary Cassatt was a wealthy American woman who is known for painting other wealthy women in (more or less) proper places – at home, with children, at the opera. At first glance, you might think she was proper herself. But...

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Hedy Lamarr and Frequency Hopping

Hedy Lamarr and Frequency Hopping

Sometimes, an invention is invented because someone makes an imaginative leap from one thing to another. That can be why a regular person comes up with a clever new innovation that the experts didn’t see—the expert is focused on their one area of expertise, that they...

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Rosa Bonheur Wears the Pants

Rosa Bonheur Wears the Pants

Imagine you're going to walk out into pastures to draw horses and sheep from life, or to the slaughter house, to see what the muscles of animals look like under the skin (better to paint them) but you have to do it in a long skirt, that brushes the ground. A long...

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Sofanisba Anguissola, Painter, 1532-1625

Sofanisba Anguissola, Painter, 1532-1625

Sofanisba Anguissola was a portrait painter during the Italian Renaissance. (You may have heard of other Renaissance painters such as Artemesia Gentileschi, Michangelo and Leonardo DaVinci.) She was born in 1532 in Cremona, Italy to a family of minor nobility. Her...

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A Naked Baby Doll at the Check out Stand

A Naked Baby Doll at the Check out Stand

Dolls for Boys When my son was a toddler, he adopted one of his older sister's dolls, declared it a boy doll instead of a girl doll and renamed it. Despite the wide selection of clothes available, he preferred that his doll was naked. I was cool with all of that, so...

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