We're going to complete the first set of Wonder Women enamel pins!
UPDATE: KICKSTARTER NOW LIVE!
UPDATE TWO: Removal of Kalpana Chawla from the campaign. Details below.
The Wonder Women Project is a series of collectible enamel pins celebrating amazing women and their accomplishments. These women are role models for people of any gender and should be recognized for their contributions to the world.
Don't you want to learn about amazing female inventors, scholars, and minds?
About The 8 New Pins
The first two pins featured actress & inventor Hedy Lamarr and mathematician & Fields Medal recipient Maryam Mirzakhani.
They will now be joined by eight new faces from fields ranging from astronomy to engineering to advertising.
- Ursula Burns - A mechanical engineer by education, Burns rose to become CEO of Xerox, making her the first African American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company, and the first woman to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company.
- Mary Wells Lawrence - a retired American advertising executive. She was the founding president of Wells Rich Greene, an advertising agency known for its creative, innovative, and revolutionary work. (You can thank her for "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz.") Lawrence was the first female CEO of a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
- Cathleen S. Morawetz - a Canadian mathematician who spent much of her career in the United States. Morawetz's research was mainly in the study of the partial differential equations governing fluid flow, particularly those of mixed type occurring in transonic flow. (How air moves over a foil to create a boom!)
- Flossie Wong-Staal - a Chinese-American virologist and molecular biologist. She was the first scientist to clone HIV and determine the function of its genes, a major step in proving that HIV is the cause of AIDS. In 2007, The Daily Telegraph heralded Dr. Wong-Staal as #32 of the "Top 100 Living Geniuses."
- Patricia Bath - an American ophthalmologist, inventor, and academic. She has broken ground for women and African Americans in a number of areas. Before her, no woman had served on the staff of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, headed a post-graduate training program in ophthalmology, or been elected to the honorary staff of the UCLA Medical Center. Before her, no African-American person had served as a resident in ophthalmology at New York University and no African-American woman had ever served on staff as a surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center. Bath is the first African-American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose.
- Lydia Villa-Komaroff - a molecular and cellular biologist who has been an academic laboratory scientist, a university administrator, and a business woman. She was the third Mexican American woman in the United States to receive a doctorate degree in cell biology at MIT. She is a co-founding member of The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. She was part of a team that discovered how bacterial cells could be used to generate insulin.
Kalpana Chawla - an American astronaut and the first woman of Indian origin in space. She earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, a second Masters and a PhD in aerospace engineering! Sadly, she long with the rest of the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia died when the orbiter disintegrated during re-entry. Chawla was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and several streets, universities, and institutions have been named in her honor.
- Mae Carol Jemison- is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. After medical school and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps from 1985 until 1987, when she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. She also made a brief appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation!
- Jocelyn Bell Burnell - an astrophysicist from Northern Ireland who was credited with "one of the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th Century". As a postgraduate student, she discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967. She was President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 2002 to 2004, president of the Institute of Physics from October 2008 until October 2010, and was interim president following the death of her successor, Marshall Stoneham, in early 2011.
Each of these new pins will feature more colors and a symbol representative of one of their accomplishments.
The goal of this Kickstarter is to continue the success we've had with the first and second campaigns. This Kickstarter aims to complete the first set of pins and by doing so create more awareness about women and their accomplishments.
We hope to build off of the success of the first two campaigns to really kickstart these pins into production. With a large set of pins available we hope to increase awareness of female accomplishment.
There are many ways to contribute to this campaign.
You can directly back the campaign via one of our many reward tiers. There are even some limited "early bird" deals that are available for a limited number of backers. The sooner we can get the campaign funded the more momentum we'll have during the campaign to have it be a success. The first few days really matter!
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Removal of Kalpana Chawla:
I contacted Kalpana's husband to see if there was a a particular charity or cause that resonated with her so that when the pins were produced half the profits from sales would go to a charity. I received a reply and in pretty clear terms I was told to remove her from the campaign.
We all process grief in our own way but I am disappointed that I won't be able to make any art pins or prints with Kalpana's likeness. She is a remarkable person and a hero to many around the world. I was proud to have her in the collection.
In lieu of Kalpana I've taken a pin that was set for Series 2 and moved it up to series 1 - Mae C. Jemison: