Monthly Archives: August 2012

Catherine of Braganza, Queen of England

Amidst all the commotion created by King Charles II’s sex life and flamboyant mistresses, there actually was a Queen. She was Catherine of Braganza and she led a very interesting life in England as the King’s wife and later as … Continue reading

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Nell Gwyn, Mistress of King Charles II of England

Because Nell had her horoscope cast, we happen to know exactly when she entered the world. She was born on February 2, 1650 at 6:00 AM, probably in Oxford. She was the younger daughter of Helena Smith and Captain Thomas … Continue reading

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Gerty Radnitz Cori – Nobel Prize Winning Biochemist

In the late 19th century after universities began admitting women, there were still challenges to overcome. Most secondary schools for girls focused on social graces and being a good conversationalist but didn’t prepare them for entrance to the university. When … Continue reading

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Indra Devi, the First Lady of Yoga

In a huge departure from the women I usually write about, I’d like to introduce our readers to a woman who practiced the ancient discipline of yoga. Yoga was the domain of men from its inception. The earliest visual evidence … Continue reading

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Irène Joliot-Curie – For the Joy of Science

In 1925, Irène Curie walked into an auditorium of 1000 people to defend her dissertation. This was big news because she was the daughter of two time Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie. The pressure could have been enormous, but as … Continue reading

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