Woman of the Week: Rosalind Franklin

This week’s Woman of the Week is beyond overdue for some attention. Rosalind Franklin was a physical chemist and X-ray crystallographer during the 1940s and 50s, whose revolutionary work on DNA and RNA, among other subjects, impacts how advanced we are in these fields today.

Born to a well-off English family in 1920, Rosalind was educated in a private girls school, followed by studying the natural sciences at Newnham College, Cambridge. In 1941, Rosalind graduated and earned a research fellowship at the University of Cambridge in a physical chemistry lab. By 1942, Rosalind had left her research fellowship disappointed and found a new research position studying coal. Through this research she was able to get her PhD in 1945 and, as if she wasn’t badass enough, move to Paris to begin post-doctoral research at an X-ray crystallography lab.

In 1950, using the skills she had learned in Paris, Rosalind was granted a three-year fellowship to go to King’s College in London to study proteins and lipids, but quickly was transferred to study DNA as a result of recent strides in the field. Working with her PhD student Raymond Gosling and fellow researcher Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind contributed much to the study of DNA, eventually resulting in what is viewed as the most important picture in DNA history: Photo 51.

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Photo 51 was taken by Rosalind, who used her past experience to create the clearest photo of DNA at the time and led to the determination that DNA was a double helix. She went on to make several more pioneering advances to fields such as RNA plant viruses and expressed interest in studying animal viruses. Unfortunately she was unable to follow up on this due to failing her failing health and in 1958 at age 37 Rosalind died of ovarian cancer.

And here’s where we get to the juicy part: despite Rosalind’s many achievements and contributions in all her research she received little recognition during and right after her life. Three other researchers of DNA structure, including Wilkins, received the Nobel Prize from their conclusions many of which were built off of Rosalind’s work, such as Photo 51. Rosalind was not even recognized in the accepting speeches of the three researchers and, further, it is not clear that she even gave them permission to view her research from which they were able to draw their Nobel Prize- winning conclusions. One of the researchers, James Watson, even slandered her in his book about discovering the DNA double helix. Today Rosalind is recognized much more for her achievements than she was during her lifetime, but her name still comes after those three researchers who refused to share their spotlight.

We hope to give Rosalind some of the recognition she deserves by nominating her as our Woman of the Week. Rosalind’s sister stresses she wasn’t a feminist; and perhaps she wasn’t in the active sense, but Rosalind sure held her own for a woman facing the chauvinistic barriers presented by mid-twentieth century, male-dominated academia.

Woman of the Week: Nellie Bly

We chose Nellie Bly as our Woman of the Week for her incredible achievements, most notably in writing. Badass with a pen? Sounds familiar ;)

Born Elizabeth Cochran in 1864 Pennsylvania, Nellie is best known for being a pioneer in investigative journalism, but she was also an inventor and record breaker. At 19, after writing a fiercely passionate response to the bullshit, pardon me, chauvinistic column titled "What Girls Are Good For" in the Pittsburgh Dispatch, Nellie was recruited to begin writing for the Dispatch. From there her journalism career launched.

Initially assigned to writing about 'womanly interests' (gardening, society, fashion, etc.), Nellie was not satisfied and chose instead to become a foreign correspondent in Mexico and write for 6 months about Mexican culture. After returning to the states, Nellie was again asked to write fluff pieces, but was having none of it. She instead snagged an undercover job for the New York World, where she faked insanity and was admitted to an asylum, where she stayed for 10 days. Nellie's report on the conditions inside the asylum were horrifying and led to many reforms.

Her next move was to take a page out of Jules Verne's book Around the World in Eighty Days--and we mean this most literallyExcept it only took Nellie 72 days. Which was the world record at the time. And she traveled alone. Looks like girls are good for quite a bit!

Later in Life, Nellie reported on women's suffrage movements in Europe during WWI and dabbled in inventing by patenting a new milk can and garbage can. In 1922, at age 57, Nellie died of pneumonia, but left her mark on the world in more ways than one.

Nellie Bly, you're so fly, you're so fly you blow our minds...

 

 

KISS MY PUMPS - An Office Line that Empowers Women

We are proud to share the launch of our new office line Kiss My Pumps! This line was created to inspire, celebrate and support a new wave of female leaders, entrepreneurs and BOSS ladies!

The beautiful and bold aesthetic is only topped by our commitment to charity. A portion of proceeds from the entire line will directly benefit Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation. Additionally, 100% of profits from one signature product will be donated to Girl Up each season.

Retailers can purchase the line at the National Stationery Show starting on May 15th! The line will be available here on our website starting in June! Woohhoo!

Rainbow Holographic Journals - Kiss My Pumps by Paper Epiphanies

Rainbow Holographic Journals - Kiss My Pumps by Paper Epiphanies

Kiss My Pumps mugs by Paper Epiphanies
100% of profits from this art print will be donated to Girl Up. Kiss My Pumps by Paper Epiphanies

100% of profits from this art print will be donated to Girl Up. Kiss My Pumps by Paper Epiphanies

 

 

 

5 Cards That’ll Make #YoMama Laugh

Let’s be straight – your Mom deserves a good laugh after some of the shit you’ve pulled over the years. And Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show the lady who guided you through your terrible 2’s, that ‘awkward phase’, heartbreaks and everything in between, just how amazing she is.

Since ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ doesn’t quite cut it, we’ve created five cards with heartfelt and funny sentiments that are sure to put a smile and probably a smirk on your Mom’s face. 

Pick the card that best suits your Mom and share in the comments below!

For the eternally cool Mom who is your bestie: 

For the Mom who looks hot at any age: 

For the Stepmom who makes your dad very happy:

For the Mom who needs to take a load off after raising your ass:  

For the Stepmom whose closet you would raid in a heartbeat: 

Unique LA Here We Come

We were BEYOND excited to find out that we have been chosen as one of 2014 Unique LA Holiday Market vendors! We have been a fan of this creative makers market for years and are very excited to participate on December 6th and 7th!

If you're close to Los Angeles be sure to swing by and visit us! 

WHAT: The 7th Annual LA Holiday Market

WHEN: December 6th & 7th 

WHAT TIME: 11am-6pm (both Saturday & Sunday)

WHERE: The Penthouse at California Market Center, 110 East Ninth St.

DETAILS: $10 at the door (cash only), Kids 12 and under are free.  Free drinks! Free snacks! Free DIY craft projects all weekend long in The DIY Den! Free photo booth portraits. An exclusive Juice Served Here juice bar & G & B Coffee Lounge. Delicious food from the Fred 62 Pop-Up food court!

 

Paper Camp 2014

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Paper Camp. I know – pretty funny name, right?! My husband had visions of an adult slumber party with paper…which wasn’t too far from the truth. Overall, the weekend turned out to be an incredible experience. In the course of just two days, I gained invaluable tips on how to hone and grow my business and met so many incredible, talented women. I went home with more knowledge than I could handle, many new friends and one HUGE swag bag (more on that later).  Thinking about going yourself? Here’s the scoop:

Before the event even started, the founder of Trade Show Bootcamp, Katie Hunt pumped everyone up with a pre-camp mailer. The custom surprise arrived via snail mail about a week and half before camp and really set the tone for the entire weekend. To start, let’s just say these ladies GET paper. Katie also created fun, Paper Camp branded images for us to share on social media. The branding for the entire weekend was spot on. Everything had a cohesive feel and the branding really united all elements of the event.

When the weekend of Paper Camp finally arrived, the first 20 minutes felt like the first day of school. A little bit of the “who am I going to sit with at lunch” syndrome took over and I quickly made an effort to introduce myself to the ladies around me. That newbie feeling quickly melted away as I began chatting with the 25 other talent, inspiring women in the room. Over the course of the weekend, I can honestly say I met some truly incredible women that I know I will stay in contact with for years to come!

After everyone checked and received our custom laser-printed name tags, we made our way into the conference room which was decked out in all kinds of Paper Camp swag. Each camper had a customized notepad, clipboard and of course, the highly coveted Paper Camp manual with everything you need to know about creating a kickass wholesale arm for your business. Once everyone was settled in, the camp leaders got right down to business. And let me tell you – THESE LADIES MEAN BUSINESS!

The leaders in the room were all industry experts who represented numerous sides of the paper business. Over the course of two full days, they shared their experiences, insight, secrets and pitfalls. Katie of Tradeshow boot camp served as the moderator for the weekend and helped guide the questions and conversations. Carina and Kim of Crow and Canary shared amazing insights, helped campers learn what card reps are looking for and how to prepare your business for working with a rep.  Julie of Sweet Paper in La Jolla attended to speak on behalf of what buyers are looking for in your card line. She did an incredible job of explaining the buying habits of retailers, what timeline they purchase on and most importantly, all of their pet peeves. On the designer front, Rachael of Pistachio Press, Claudia of Fig 2 Design, Amber of Fly Wheel Press, and Erika of Delphine all shared incredible information on how they “grew up” in the paper industry – DOs and DON'Ts, hard lessons learned, and more. Each of them brought something incredibly unique to the group dynamic and they all played an important role in the weekend. Often, the group leaders would strongly disagree on a topic and I thought this was one of the most genuine elements of the conference. They basically shared that there is never one “right way” to do things and these ladies were perfect examples of that. Each had very different opinions on everything from booth design to selling to consumers and the camp allowed me to see all of those different perspectives.

Some of the fine ladies at Paper Camp 2014!

In addition to the camp leaders, we had the opportunity to meet with Ronnie of DeFrance Printing to discuss a variety of printing options, as well as meet with Carlos of Manny Stone to learn all of the various options for booth installations at NSS. During each break, we had the opportunity to browse through a "tools table" that housed example catalogs, wedding suites, NSS mailers, booth carpet and flooring samples and more. It was great to see how many options are out there and actually be able to touch them in person. It was refreshing to see that many big companies, simply do a tasteful, functional catalog and mailer and that you don’t have to go crazy to compete.

After each break, we would return to find special surprises at our table. The campers began to refer to it as the “stationery fairy” and we received everything from Poppin office gear to greeting cards and beautiful letterpress prints. And the best part of the HUGE Swag Bags we received…all of the items were created by Paper Camp Alums! Another element I enjoyed, were the numerous opportunities to socialize with the group leaders throughout the weekend in more casual settings. From a group dinner to various social/happy hours, there were many chances for great conversations to be had and additional questions to be answered.

Our incredible Paper Camp Leaders!

Our incredible Paper Camp Leaders!

Overall, I would say that Paper Camp is 100% worth the investment in your business. If you’re serious about creating a card line or stationery company, then Paper Camp is a must! The only problem is that once someone tells you everything you need to know, you suddenly have 5,000 new questions and the process starts all over again... hopefully, there will be many alumni events to come!

Can't wait to put all of this learning into action!

- Paper Epiphanies