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  • Presidential Gender Watch 2016!

    Brought to us by the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Center for American Women in Politics (a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics/Rutgers University).   "A NONPARTISAN PROJECT TO TRACK, ANALYZE AND ILLUMINATE GENDER DYNAMICS IN ELECTION 2016" You can sign up for updates.  I just did.  Not going to miss a thing in 2016.   From their website: Presidential Gender Watch 2016 is a nonpartisan project of the Center for American Women and Politics and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation to track, analyze, and illuminate gender dynamics in the 2016 presidential election. Presidential Gender Watch 2016 draws...

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  • Women's Equality Day + Vision 2020

    August 26th, Women's Equality Day and the day chosen to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.   National Women's History Project gives us the history and proclamation.  http://www.nwhp.org/resources/commemorations/womens-equality-day/ Drexel University's Vision 2020 seeks, among other things, to achieve women's economic and social equality by the year 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote.  http://www.drexel.edu/vision2020/ Here's to women (and men) who commit themselves to equality for all, in large or small ways. Thank you.  

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  • Smart Women Take Politics Personally

    Here at Smart Women Company HQ, we've been thinking about women who have gone before us to pave the way - women who fought hard for our right to vote. Here are just a few of the women who inspire us daily to campaign for our rights and to take politics personally!  1. Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (born in 1832) Dr Mary was a true revolutionary.  Not only was she the second woman in US history to become a licensed doctor, she was an abolitionist, decorated war surgeon, and gender-equality activist. In a bold move for her time Dr. Mary wore trousers and a jacket to her wedding and...

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  • Shelly Bean the Sports Queen Makes History

    'Shelly Bean the Sports Queen' book series for girls was a long time in the making.  Making history for Shelly Boyum Breen started with a lack of girls sports stories in books.   *"When I was in elementary school, I vividly remember the Scholastic book order form and the excitement I had to put in an order.  As the only girl in my class that played sports, I, like the most of the boys, gravitated to books about the football, hockey and basketball.  But never in the choices listed was there one about girls playing sports – no one who...

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  • 'Sew' Smart Mason Jar Pin Cushion With Pirates + Other Smart Women

                    Working on projects with Smart Women fabric got me thinking.   Who invented the bobbin-less sewing machine?  Beulah Louise Henry was a prolific inventress with many patents.  I am lying.  Working on the fabric got me thinking about women and sewing machines. Here is a link to a tutorial on the Mason jar pincushions courtesy of Megan Nielson! http://blog.megannielsen.com/2013/03/tutorial-mason-jar-pin-cushion/   Below is more info on Beulah and a quote attributed to her.           ''If necessity is the mother of invention, then resourcefulness is the father.'' Beulah Louise Henry, U.S....

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  • The Power of a Simple Object + Message

      Dear Smart Women Company: "I received your marketing email with a photo of the "Smart women make changes" eraser, and it reminded me to send you an overdue thank-you note. That eraser was important to me.Eight or nine years ago, I was in a dead-end relationship, wasting time, but not really motivated to change anything. I saw the eraser and, aside from the charming styling, something about it spoke to me... at the time I didn't even quite realize why. But I still put it front and center on my (paperless, pencil-less) desk, and those two serious cuties looked...

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  • Order Shipping + Job Security?

    Janice has a new grandson (Finley), Pam's niece turned 1 last week and Leslie is taking a vacation tomorrow.  This is why I stand in line to ship packages at the local post office.  Over time, seeing the same familiar faces, one makes an acquaintance and sometimes even a friend.  It may be time-saving to buy postage on line and have orders picked up by the post office.  But it is not about time. It is about face-to-face transactions.  It is about sharing our family information for a few minutes while we tend to our transaction.  It is showing up...

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  • Smart Women Make Changes

                                                                                 Welcome to our new store + site.  I am grateful for all of you.  Whether you own our products, shared your stories or offered us comments and advice, we are immeasurably grateful.  Smart Women Company began 15 years ago in a bowl of bath salts on a kitchen table.  Sans internet, sans email and sans start up capitol.   With a baby on...

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