After two hundred years, are we ready for the truth about Mary Shelley’s novel?…/the-strange-and-twisted-life-of…

After two hundred years, are we ready for the truth about Mary Shelley’s novel?

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A British publisher is releasing 1,000 facsimiles of the two notebooks in which Shelly scrawled her iconic novel…/frankenstein-manuscript-…/…

A British publisher is releasing 1,000 facsimiles of the two notebooks in which Shelly scrawled her iconic novel
Mattel is also honoring a few living legends, including Olympian Chloe Kim, this International Women's Day.

After being fed all seven Potter tales, a predictive keyboard has produced a tale that veers from almost genuine to gloriously bonkers -…/harry-potter-botnik-jk-rowling

After being fed all seven Potter tales, a predictive keyboard has produced a tale that veers from almost genuine to gloriously bonkers
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Happy 87th birthday to groundbreaking aviator and "almost astronaut" Jerrie Cobb! Cobb was one of the Mercury 13, a group of women who went through the same psy...chological and physical screening as the male astronauts of NASA’s Mercury 7. Although Cobb was an accomplished pilot and excelled in all three phases of astronaut testing, she was denied the opportunity to become one of the country's first astronauts because only men were deemed fit for space exploration.

Following in her pilot father's footsteps, Cobb earned her private pilot's license by age 17 and her commercial license a year later. By 19, she was teaching other new pilots how to fly and, at 21, she was delivering military fighters to allied Air Forces worldwide. However, skepticism about women pilots and a glut of qualified male pilots, veterans of World War II, meant that Cobb couldn't get prestigious flying jobs. Despite these obstacles, Cobb set new world records for speed, distance, and absolute altitude while in her 20s. She was awarded the Amelia Earhart Gold Medal of Achievement and became the first woman to fly in the Paris Air Show; after which she was named pilot of the year.

By the late 1950s, NASA was testing male pilots as potential astronaut candidates. The tests had been designed by physician William Randolph Lovelace II and he was curious to find out how women would respond. Since NASA refused to pursue the matter, Lovelace arranged private funding and began seeking candidates. Thirteen women, including Cobb, passed the physical screening and intended to go on to psychological and aeronautics screenings. Cobb not only passed all three phases but ended up in the top 2% of all candidates -- male or female -- evaluated.

In 1963, Cobb flew to Washington, D.C. to argue the case of the women candidates in front of a subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics. Her arguments were countered by several male astronaut candidates, including John Glenn, who said that male-only astronauts were “a fact of our social order.” The committee affirmed the prohibition on women in the space program; Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova would go on to become the first woman in space only a few months later.

With her hopes of going to space gone -- NASA did not open the astronaut program to women until 1978 -- Cobb spent the next thirty years flying humanitarian aid missions in South America. In 1981, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her aid work. Cobb and others still hope that she can fulfill her dream of going to space. In 1999, the National Organization of Women urged NASA to send her into orbit -- like they did with John Glenn -- to study the effects of space and aging. If the opportunity were offered, Cobb says she would take it: “I would give my life to fly in space,” she said during the campaign. “It’s hard for me to talk about it but I would. I would then, and I will now.”

To introduce young readers to the courageous women of Mercury 13, we recommend “Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared To Dream” for ages 10 to 14 ( and “Women In Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Ground-Breaking Adventures” for ages 12 and up (

For a book about the Mercury 13 program for adult readers, check out "The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight" at

For more stories of both real-life and fictional girls and women who challenged sexism and gender discrimination, visit our "Gender Discrimination" book section at

To encourage your Mighty Girl's interest in science and engineering, check out the recommendations in our two blog posts: "Top Science Toys for Mighty Girls" ( and "Building Her Dreams: Building and Engineering Toys for Mighty Girls" (

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Today's A Mighty Girl Community Pick: "The Wrinkle In Time Quintet Box Set." With anticipation growing for the release of the new 'A Wrinkle in Time' feature fi...lm next month, now is the perfect time to revisit this beloved series – or introduce it to young readers for the first time! Madeleine L'Engle’s 1962 Newbery Medal-winning story follows the adventures in space and time of Meg Murray, her brother Charles Wallace and friend Calvin, and it's only the beginning of an exciting quintet of novels! This extraordinary series, filled with themes including love, loss, friendship, and the triumph of good over evil, has been a favorite since the original novel was first published. This boxed set features new editions with artwork from Taeeun Yoo and includes extras like a transcript of L’Engle’s Newbery acceptance speech and a question-and-answer section. Highly recommended for ages 10 and up.

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"A Wrinkle in Time" has also been adapted into a beautifully illustrated graphic novel, for ages 10 and up, at…

Fans of this beloved series may also enjoy the new Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which dolls which are based on the film characters and are now available for pre-order at

To learn about more of our favorite Mighty Girl series, check out the recommendations in our blog post on "The Whole Story: Mighty Girl Book Box Sets and Collections" at

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How the Creators of Loving Vincent Brought the First Fully Painted Animated Film to Life…/how-creators-loving-vinc…/…

Vincent van Gogh’s swirling coats of paint really move in the Oscar-nominated film thanks to 62,450 original oil paintings