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The Train To Awesometown Really Does Go Through Suckville–ALL ABOARD!

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

To the fab 13 regular readers of my tiny little blog – you already heard me say this, but I said it again today in our local paper - that the train to Awesometown really does go through Suckville.  That is, (especially for my sisters out there on this one), we have to embrace sucking at everything before we master it.  Rarely, if ever, do we naturally become excellent at something without a lot of hard work and dedication to whatever it is we truly want to master right out of the gate.

And, while I’m no grande dame at social media, it’s an excellent example of a tour through to Awesometown that’s happening next week, between myself (a social media neophyte) and some sisters of Indiana REALLY rocking social media as part of #SMDames13!  I’m REALLY pumped about this event, because I think it will help ALL women of Indiana start sharing their stories on (somewhat intimidating) social media channels moving forward.  And when women in a state only make between 59-64 cents of what men make per dollar, the only way we’re going to get closer to closing the pay gap is by showing women what other women are already rocking, and how to get there.

That being said, I certainly did NOT create #SMDames13 solo – it was put together by many amazing women and sponsors locally – including my partner in crime on this event, Ms. Amy Stark of Stark ReAlity Check, and our awesome advisory council full of women already doing a bajillion things, including rocking social media – Tiffany Benedict Berkson of Historic Indianapolis, Crystal Grave of Snappening, Dana M. Nelson, a rockstar and educator in social media, and Lorraine Ball of Roundpeg.

Next, our sponsors who also helped us make this event possible–we could NOT have done this without you!

Stark ReAlity Check - Amy’s amazing company, of course!
Miles Printing on Plastics – a Certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise with the city of Indianapolis AND the state of Indiana!
Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick – who continues to be PRO women in the state of Indiana!
Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering – who will be sharing her own story on immigrating to the US at our event!
Just Pop In – sharing with our dames popcorn flavored with Hoosier Mama’s Bloody Mary Mix!
Ever Film Productions
Faith Blackwell Photography
U-Relish Farm
Indy Boomer Magazine and
Real Scene TV
Ruby Law

Last, but certainly not least – I have to thank the 50+ women who dared to sign up for this inaugural event.  Our 18 speakers will be awesome, but we couldn’t have started this shindig without our brave audience.  (We are, by the way, on a waitlist for tickets – but we are dedicated to having a full house and will move women up on this list should anyone cancel…)

The holidays are launching even more special than ever this year – because we’re hosting this event next Thursday.  I can’t think of a better time to have this event as well – I’m so grateful that all these amazing people are willing to step up and help the women of Indiana share their stories with the universe.  THANKS TO ALL – and see you 11/21/13!

American Pharmacists Month: Were the first #STEMinists Pharmacists?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

For those of you who don’t know, October is American Pharmacists’ Month.  And while I’m rocking this Kickstarter STEMPrincess project, I wanted to bring you a new twist on the holiday and national recognition of my peeps in pharmacy, both Indiana and STEM style!

First off, as pharmacy is a part of life sciences/STEM, and I’ve been shouting from the rooftops that we need more girlpower in STEM, I haven’t exactly connected the two up very much online.  Why?  Well, because the majority of pharmacists coming out of pharmacy schools now aren’t men…they are actually women.  Yes, women now dominate the profession (although, I’d personally still like to see more women in leadership roles within the profession, but I’ll save that rant for another day.)

Let’s go a different direction with this.

A friend of mine who is always watching my back from Historic Indianapolis gave me heads up on an article from the local paper dated September 30, 1979 that featured the very first woman who was a licensed pharmacist in the state of Indiana.  Her name was Ada Rush.  She passed the Indiana state pharmacy licensing exam in 1910.

Now, I know what you might be thinking: whoa, Albert. This STEM girl shortage rubber isn’t meeting the road here.  Why are there so many women in pharmacy (a life science, healthcare and STEM profession) when you keep on touting there aren’t that many women in STEM?

Back to Ada: she actually didn’t finish high school and got married at age 18.**  But, her husband, Leroy, was a pharmacist.  When Leroy and Ada opened up the second pharmacy, guess who was encouraged to head back to school to get a degree in pharmacy?

Yes! Leroy encouraged his wife Ada to head to the Indianapolis College of Pharmacy for the-then-13-month pharmacy degree program, so Ada could mind pharmacy #1 while her husband Leroy opened pharmacy #2.

Do you get where I’m going with this?  I’m trying to say that, in my own quirky way, my first profession (pharmacy) and the men within it were in this case, some of the very first STEMinists* in the state of Indiana!  Ada was the only woman in her pharmacy class, but she was urged by her husband, a pharmacist, to rock pharmacy school.

So, love to my fellow man and womankind pharmacists, and a particular universal shout out to both Ada and Leroy Rush, wherever in the universe they may be (Ada was 93 at the time this article was written in 1979).  For Indiana, Pharmacy, STEM and Hoosier women in general are the richer for both of them stepping up to the plate and showing the state of Indiana and the universe that men and women BOTH can rock STEM!

Last but not least, special shout out to all the men STEMinists out there.  Without you, we’d be even more behind in STEM, but thanks in part to you, we are moving on up even faster.  THANK YOU, GENTSTEMinists!  And let me finish with clarity: there still are NOT enough women in most if not all the other STEM professions.  We’ve still got a LOT of work to do here!


*STEMinist = a man or woman who encourages other women to get into a STEM profession.

**Actually, back in the 1900s, one didn’t need to be a high school graduate to attend pharmacy school.  That’s no longer the case.

***GENTSTEMinist = a man who encourages women to get into a STEM profession.