Because of the way much of history has been written, we know about plenty of historical geeky men. From Copernicus to Kepler to Sagan, from Newton to Einstein to Feynman, and from Babbage to Wozniak, men are very well represented. Well, it is finally time for us women to promote the many geeky gals throughout history. Since women haven’t had the same opportunities in education and professions in history, the odds historically were never in our favor (until recently). But fortunately, the ones we do know about are stupendous examples of the brilliant female mind.
ThinkGeek, one of our valued sponsors, has three fairly new T-shirts displaying the awesomeness that is a few of these women. The T-shirts caught my eye months ago when I first spotted them in the ThinkGeek catalog that came in the mail. Each highlights a woman important in a different branch of history.
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) is often thought of as the first computer programmer. Mary Shelley (1797-1851) wrote Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Marie Curie (1867-1934) is famous for her work with radioactivity, and was the first person ever awarded two Nobel Prizes. All three women accomplished a lot, but all died younger than one would have hoped.
The art on these shirts is what drew me to them in the first place. The images are beautiful and detailed, showing each geek heroine in her element. The shirts are cut for women and run small. Order the next size up. They are thin and clingy.
For you men out there who also appreciate geeky heroines, though, don’t fret. ThinkGeek also has heroine shirts in men’s sizes and shapes, in slightly different colors.
Note: ThinkGeek did send me one of each of the shirts for women, but with no agreement or assumption that I would review them. I’m doing so because I like the shirts so much.