Pittsburghers celebrate Rachel Carson, famed scientist who changed lives and how we look at the environment, as one of our own. Honors don’t get much bigger than having a prime bridge downtown named after you: Carson, along with Clemente and Warhol, make up our iconic Three Sisters bridges. There’s also a 35.7 mile Rachel Carson nature trail, and the Pennsylvania even named a state office building after her to house environmental protection and conservation departments.
Carson was born on a small farm in nearby Springdale. She was raised in the area and graduated from Chatham University with a degree in… Read the rest
Pittsburgh may be at the top of a lot of lists – best place to retire, 10th most romantic city in the US, most liveable city. However, Pittsburgh and the entire state of Pennsylvania are WAY behind when it comes to women in politics.
Some sobering stats on the state of women in politics in Pennsylvania:
Pennsylvania ranks 47th when looking at the number of women holding elected office, and 47th in terms of women’s overall political participation in our state. (via WomenVotePA)
State Senate – only 16% are women
State House – only 18% are women
Pennsylvanian ranks 38… Read the rest
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I stumbled upon this event while browsing weekend activities for this weekend at ThisIsHappening.org and this looks like my kind of event – Pittsburgh story telling. A bunch of historians from around Pittbsurgh are digging up some artifacts and stories from the Warhol Museum (I love Andy Warhol’s time capsules), The Homewood Cemetary, Pitt, Chatam and more. I don’t know much about the Archival Happy Hour Group but it looks like this is going to be a pretty amazing story hour.Unbeknownst Pittsburgh! from the Archival Happy Hour Action GroupFriday, Feb. 6, 2009 7pmMary Breed Lecture Hall, Margaret… Read the rest